Greetings, bloglings. I trust you've all had a good week? I certainly have, any lag issues notwithstanding. You almost didn't get a blog this week, as the new foraging puzzle just came out on Ice and I am rapidly becoming addicted. There's a monkey! And durians!
And now, as promised, Something Completely Different. (Cue Michael Palin, disheveled and ragged, running up to your screen.) It's - turn the tables day.
This week, I've got a question for YOU! See, the Olymics start on Friday. I'm a fan. I tear up during the Opening Ceremonies, every single time, because, politics aside, I love the ideal of the Olympic Games. One of my favorite things is the unexpected moments, in which athletes don't necessarily win the gold medal, but rise above what they're "supposed" to be. For instance, Eric "the Eel" Moussambani of Equatorial Guinea, who nearly drowned but finished his hundred-meter swim in Sydney anyway, because darnit, he'd come to swim at the Olympics and that's what he was going to do. He set a new national record for Equatorial Guinea. How cool is that? I'm not a swimmer, but Moussambani is still one of my personal heroes. He sucked, but he did it with style and accomplished something he could be proud of. Or Zhang Dan, the Chinese figure skater who took one of the worst falls I've ever seen, dusted herself off, and picked up where she'd fallen, eventually winning a silver medal. Or Bjørnar Håkensmoen. He was the coach of the Norwegian ski team, and when a Canadian cross-country skiier's pole broke, he grabbed one of his own team's and gave it to her. That, to me, is the pinnacle of what the Olympics are supposed to be about, and it gives me pride in the human race.
Puzzle Pirates has those sorts of moments, too. Help from unexpected quarters during a blockade. Little flags toppling huge, ocean-dominating alliances. New players who don't know that they're "supposed" to lose giving their all and juuuust edging out a top player in a tournament - and that top player then congratulating them, rather than calling them a lucker and complaining them for hacking.
Sure, there're problems. You say doping, I say alt abuse and speedmodding (I'm gonna getcha, you fiends). But Puzzle Pirates is also full of shining moments.
So, my question for you is, what is YOUR favorite Puzzle Pirates shining moment? What surprised you? What made you feel triumphant? What made you feel glad? What made you proud? I'd love to know. For what it's worth, I won't give you my favorite, because that would give away my Sekrit Identity, but my second-favorite by far was the words "oh, you've got the job, by the way."
So come on. Hit me with your best shot. Take a swing. Other sporting metaphors.
Next week on QOTW: Nothing. There won't be a QOTW from me next week (perhaps one of my fellow bloggers will step in, but that's up to them) as I'm going camping and will be far from the Internet. See you all in fourteen days!