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Hello again, blogophiles :-) It's been a while! I'm all settled in over here now, though, and it's quite comfortable.
In the meantime, I had some fun writing a silly parody Blog Song over in the Cask of Blog forums - you can read it here, if you're feeling particularly masochistic.
I frequently get asked about what I like best about being an OM. There's a lot of things (my coworkers are awesome, I get to work in my jammies if I want to, I get a comfy chair to sit in, having a job in general sure beats unemployment), but for sheer sandboxy fun, very few things beat the superpowers. I don't know about anyone else, but the first piece of the (rather extensive) OM documentation I went for was the page on chat commands, just to see what I could do now that I'd been zapped with gamma rays.
(At this point, picture me sitting in a chair, grin spreading across my face, cackling. They called me mad! Mad, I say! Just outside the window, lightening is flashing, and thunder rolls across the sky, terrifying the peasa - wait, wrong script.)
In actual fact, the chat commands now at my disposal do count as superpowers, and to paraphrase Ben Parker, they need to be used responsibly. I can think of three ways of breaking the game off the top of my head, and I'm sure I can come up with more given the time. Some are immediate (servers grinding to a halt, necessitating a call to some poor beleaguered dev at four in the morning), and some are a bit more subtle (im in ur econummee, inflating ur poez). I try to use my powers for good, not evil.
The ones I use most are probably the ones which whisk me to different places. One of my favorite things to do is to suddenly appear behind some poor innocent pirate and make them jump. (Okay, so maybe there's a bit of the supervillain in me. I could be Startling Lass!) I also like the /zgo command. That's the one that lets me pop onto ships, or voyage to remote locations, without using the docks and the ferry. It saves a lot of time - possibly not much each time I use it, but over the course of a shift (particularly if I'm renaming ships!), it's very, very handy. When I'm on my player pirate, though, I keep trying to use it and then get all embarrassed when I get the "unknown command" message. Whoops. (There's another answer, just in case you were wondering. I only have the superpowers when I'm being Gaea.)
I also have the ability to summon a player to my current location, provided it's somewhere they're allowed to be in the first place. I can't summon Randompirate to someone else's shack, for instance. For this reason, I usually use uninhabited islands if I'm trying to have a private conversation with someone and they're puzzle-visioned enough that they're not seeing my tells. If you see me on an island in the middle of nowhere, that's usually what I'm doing, although I do sometimes spend whole shifts on islands rather than on my ship (Acanthaster Spits on Malachite, for instance - it's so pretty!)
Then there's the /freestuff commands. The first command I learned off by heart was the one for making a navy blue short dress, since I made six of those in the space of about ten minutes. In retrospect, I could have copy-pasted, but where would the fun be in that?
There are masses of others, too, but I'll keep them secret, just in
case I want to take over the world someday. You can't use them to resist
if you don't know about them!
Puny mortals will never defeat me
Not that I'd ever do such a thing, of course.
(On a completely random note, I just went over to Blogthings' "What's your superhero name?" and typed in Gaea and female, and it told me my superhero name was The Flying Tornado, and that my superpower was Piracy. My weakness is apparently Fish - take note, rumblers! - and I get around in a space shuttle. Sweet.)
Next week, when your usual Tuesday evening service returns, QOTW Seven: Help, help, I'm being shanghaied!