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QOTW Nine: Something Completely Different.

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!


Posted by Donall

Eric the Eel swam at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, not Athens 2004. :)

August 07, 2008 at 02:03 AM PDT | permalink

Posted by Gaea

So he did! Whoops. <br><br>See if I write the blog late at night again.

August 07, 2008 at 03:15 AM PDT | permalink

Posted by Teclis

So many fave moments to choose from. First sink? First promotion? I would have to go with the friends you make. Its so easy to forget that there are real people behind these cute little pirate faces. True and long term friends in game will always remember that. There have been moments in game that have made me laugh so much as if i was really in the presence of fellow crew mates/hearties. These moments for me have an everlasting impression and will stay with me for a long long time.

August 07, 2008 at 01:33 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by Indeed

Back in the long long ago, before people realized that parts of this game were fun, a larger flag wanted to have a war for funsies, and asked all of Midnight (all that existed at the time) for takers. So I decided it was time for my one-person flag to see some action. I spammed my hearties whenever I saw a boat out, and we had 3 or so sloop v. sloop sinking battles. The Excitement! I carped my little heart out. After my first sink, the king of said larger flag said he'd be happy to buy me new ships to play with if I wasn't able to afford to continue the war.

August 07, 2008 at 08:06 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by Indeed

If you're wondering why I didn't say "meeting my husband," that happened outside of the game, at a pirate meet-up, and therefore, was not considered. Definitely would top the life list of unexpected and awesome things.

August 07, 2008 at 08:09 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by Flutie

What about at the 2000 Sydney games, Women's AA Gymnastics Vault was set ~2" too low. Thats one of the things I wish I would know of what would really have happened if it was set right. Where would everyone be if it didnt happen. I've watched every Olympic Opening ceremony since I was little, sadly, I'll be at work for this year's and its not being aired live on the net that I can find....and I dont have a recorder either.

August 07, 2008 at 09:53 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by Bennyboi

Best PP moment? Hmm. I have quite a few. XD Getting my SW? Earning loads of poes, eventually buying some respectable clothes? Oh,and then there were the new OMs, all of whom are totally awesome, I've met em all. I think the best bit for me, however, is when I finally stopped playing poker and losing all them hard earned poes. :D

August 08, 2008 at 02:59 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by IVdripper

My favorite moment was at my very first pirate meet-up. It was sponsored by Three Rings in Key West. I was staying with a friend up north in Naples and took the ferry down to Key West (4 hours). I was green by the time I got off the ship, but trudged over to the outdoor cafe anyway. 50 pirates sitting on the deck and from afar I saw the black/white sleeping cap. I was so looking forward to meeting Hypnos, I made a bee-line to the cap. When I saw what was under the cap, I just started cracking up. (I won't give out any spoilers here for those who don't know). Since I basically look like my pirate, Hyps knew it was me and gave me a big hug. It was just an awesome moment for me. The whole time in Key West was amazing fun and it encouraged me to go to other meets, all of which have been a blast. IV

August 11, 2008 at 05:36 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by Randompanzy

my proudest moment was my first sinking blockade win http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y268/phillip1904/Myfirstsinkingcadewin.jpg ^^

August 14, 2008 at 10:16 AM PDT | permalink

Posted by Poppetje

Best pirate moment ever was when a hearty had send me this tell: 'your a good girl'. It was only 1 tiny tell but all I needed at that time.

August 14, 2008 at 12:32 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by Jolyma

My favorite shining moment...there are so many, but recently I was hunted down by a new pirate on Malachite. He wanted to talk to me about one of my crew. My first thought was, "Oh great, these never go well." To my surprise, the new pirate asked to join my crew, because one of my officers had spent an hour talking to him, and explaining the game, and how everything works. Whenever the officer didn't know, she would say that she would ask one of the SO's, and let the new pirate know later, and heartied the pirate. They were so impressed with how friendly my officer was, they wanted to join our crew. I was so proud of my crewmate right then. I have a great crew full of wonderful people, but to see someone go that far to help a new pirate was just awesome.

August 20, 2008 at 10:35 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by Gaea

Jolyma, that is really, really special. :-)

August 27, 2008 at 02:58 AM PDT | permalink

Posted by Kura

Oh, yes i know I'm a bit late :) But here I go anyways.
So, it was the end of the school year, i was content and glad that we were finally able to get away from tests, homework, and angry teachers who had had enough of us. I planned a trip to Florida (I live on the west coast) and was all ready to go, when it turned out my flight was cancelled, i was bummed. Before i had left for the airport, i had told my crewbies good-bye, said that i would miss them.. yada yada ya... When i came back i logged in right away, and they were all laughing at me!
i felt rather irked, i asked one of my good crew mates what was so funny? She /e points to the crew list, so i scrolled up and down and there at the very bottom, was my name with a large hat, i was an SO! After 3 years in my wonderful crew i had been deemed worthy, hoorah!

October 15, 2008 at 02:30 AM PDT | permalink

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