Saturday, April 24, 2010

three random thoughts

  • During the fifties through to the early eighties wrestling on TV basically served as infomercials for the live events.  Cable and pay-per-view changed that formula.  But I think maybe a wrestling promotion in a large metropolitan area could make that formula work again by posting matches to youtube advertising the house shows.
  • Today I walked past a nail salon.  All the middle-aged ladies getting their nails done were watching a Bruce Lee movie on a big-ass flatscreen TV.  The universe is a little awesomer than I thought it was.
  • I tried AdventureQuest for a few days. It seems to be a perfectly adequate simulator for the least interesting parts of D&D.  Anybody got a recommendation for a browser-based D&D type thing-a-ma-bob with some overland exploration and/or dark, dingy dungeons?


  1. You've probably seen it, but:

  2. I used to be an admin on the server that adventurequest used for their official chat. I wasn't a huge fan; I actually related this to Artix, the guy who put the original together, and he admitted he wasn't either. Apparently, it was intended to be a satire of other flash games at the time (runescape, etc) and ended up immediately catching on in a big way. He was flabbergasted, but developed it further and eventually monetized it. Complete accidental success that he now makes a very, very good living off of.

  3. Anonymous4:22 AM

    Have you tried Runescape? It's slightly childish in feel, but no more so than AdventureQuest, and it does have overland travel/exploration. It is also entirely browser-based (no download.)

  4. Anonymous4:26 AM

    Oh, and though it doesn't feature overland travel per-se, given your sense of humor I think you might enjoy , It's the next best thing to Risus Online!

  5. Kingdom of Loathing is pretty great.

  6. Red Cardinal6:42 AM

    "You decide to eat at a new food court. However you leave when your sandwich is found guilty of treason." :)