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Doll Houses

I had meant to write a post this week about the nature of the changes to the GCPP. These are exciting changes and will hopefully make the entire project more accessible by all. However, I have just seen something which has sidetracked me.

As most players are aware, there are doll trinkets for each Ocean Master. We have the option to award these as we see fit. The requirements to receive one vary significantly from Ocean Master to Ocean Master and usually reflect some degree of our interests and involvement with the game.

Initially, I awarded my dolls to players who helped out with my bake-off events. Eventually, I devised a way to run bake-offs without assistance, and the number of dolls awarded decreased somewhat significantly. The change was not due to a wish to have fewer dolls in circulation, just that it was more efficient for me to run a bake-off myself than to coordinate with others.

The last time I awarded a significant number of dolls was to my judges in the Microfiction Deathmatch. Since then, I believe I have awarded two, both prizes in contests.

Somewhat inevitably, dolls were posted for sale soon after they appeared. They seem to have settled in a value somewhat below a familiar but above nearly any other item in the game. It is inevitable that any tradeable commodity in the game will be traded. Even personalising the dolls does not seem to make a difference.

Professionally, we do not care what happens. Even so, I did sigh slightly when I noticed that my latest award had been offered for sale soon after it was received. Such is the way of things.

But I confess that I was taken aback when I saw this:


and this:

and this:

I am touched.

Comments:

Posted by Shinrai

We love you Bia!

March 03, 2007 at 08:25 AM PST | permalink

Posted by Clohe

Was that take on Sage Ocean?

March 03, 2007 at 08:27 AM PST | permalink

Posted by Swordblade

How did you be able to see that if you wernt in the chat circle?

March 03, 2007 at 11:47 AM PST | permalink

Posted by Shinrai

Swordblade: I think somebody SENT those screenshots. (Somebody in the circle)

March 03, 2007 at 12:26 PM PST | permalink

Posted by dorian

i dont think i would sell a doll... if i earned one i would rather keep it. i mean i did the work for it why should someone who just has money have the right to it.

March 03, 2007 at 07:00 PM PST | permalink

Posted by PTG

I'll trade you a Bia doll for that chat circle.

March 04, 2007 at 02:58 AM PST | permalink

Posted by Baldo

I just won my first doll and I will never trade or sell it. It's just a really neat prize.

March 05, 2007 at 08:59 AM PST | permalink

Posted by Shirato

I came second in a "The Claw" rumble tournament for a Hypnos doll. When I saw the dolls, I really wanted a Hypnos doll, because Hypnos rocks! So that was pretty sad, but I'll get one! And I won't ever sell a doll. Ever. They're just too hugable. :)

March 05, 2007 at 11:09 AM PST | permalink

Posted by IVdripper

I ‚ô• my Bia doll. I would never trade, gift or sell it. It is one of my prized possessions. I have been offered boatloads of PoE for it and turned down every offer. Don't worry, Bia, some of us still cherish the personal aspects of this game.

/me cusses the *sshat who called his Bia doll crap.

IV(who would give almost everything she owns for a Cephalopod doll)

March 05, 2007 at 01:12 PM PST | permalink

Posted by Cassis

In the unlikely event that I got a second doll of a particular type (ie: two Bia dolls, two Hypnos dolls, etc) I have to admit that I'd cheerfully give the second one away. More specifically, I'd be likely to give away the second in a rousing game of 'Guess the Number' of 'Make The OM Feel Warm And Fuzzy And Perhaps A Wee Bit Stalked.' It would be worth some laughs.

March 05, 2007 at 01:20 PM PST | permalink

Posted by Gothmog

Bia, will you *EVER* answer my petition? Fffs!

March 06, 2007 at 10:28 AM PST | permalink

Posted by Fonqueesha

Those were sah-weet screenies. Brings a tear to the eye...

March 06, 2007 at 02:30 PM PST | permalink

Posted by Pierce

March 06, 2007 at 07:49 PM PST | permalink

Posted by Pleun

Well, i don't understand people selling their dolls. Heck, i'd be extatic with any trinket, since all i have is some skull someone gave me, and a valentine flower i bought myself for my birthday (yes i know, pathetic, but since the renovations messed up my birthday, i wanted to make something of it by myself). Though i have to say, i have some fond memory of you bia. I remember logging on, and immediately getting a tell from you (how did you do that?), asking me if i had a minute, and then asking me if i was interested in becoming a greeter (yes, this was with the old recommendations system), that was like such a nice surprise, i had no idea someone recommended me. Really too bad that got lost with the new system.

March 12, 2007 at 12:23 PM PDT | permalink

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January 06, 2010 at 11:59 AM PST | permalink

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