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Tiny Purple Fishes

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March marked several anniversaries for the staff at OOO. While Ye Fresh Hands passed their 4th year as OM and Thalia saw her 2nd, the Blindingly Shiny New Hands, including myself, celebrated our 1st anniversary. I thought it might be fun to look back at what I was doing this time last year. Turns out most of what I was doing was breaking things!

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Month of the Blind Date

Ah, February. A month for friends, flirtations, even flings for some. I'll be leading the celebrations on two oceans this year, Cobalt and Sage. You can expect tournaments, trivia, a few friendly rounds of Friend or Foe, haiku and screenshot related games, along with portrait opportunities. Oh yes, there will be prizes! For more information, including times and locations for all oceans, see Valentine's Ship Shindig.

All this frivolity not your style? Feeling forlorn, forgotten or forsaken? If you've ever been alone on a Valentine's day, ever suffered through a blind date as a favor to a friend, ever played the role of "Wing-Man" to a more bold and successful love stalker, I salute you by offering myself as sacrifice. We shy, awkward few should band together and celebrate our refusal to bow-down to the Hallmark sugary sappiness and take to the high seas! Late the evening of Friday the 13th, I'll be hosting several tournaments and competitions, the winners of which will be entered into a drawing for the chance to be my blind date for an evening (well, for an hour, really). This event is open to all 6 English production oceans. To learn more, see Be Galene's Blind Date.

If you've not yet checked it out, several OMs are currently twitterpated with Twitter. You can follow myself at GaleneYPP. For more official tweets, including news on events or issues in game, follow PuzzlePirates.

Peek Behind the Scenes

If you're into pink and roses and hearts, frilly romantic notions and sappy love songs, you'll get a kick out of these images. I'm often asked about my work space. Here she is, fully decked out on all oceans, the Tea Ell Sea. As you can see, she's painted in my colors, with appropriate lighting. She boasts parlor tables of all types, storage for all my magic tools and a sleepover room for pillow fights with my fellow OMs.

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In all seriousness, I do get tired of creating my costume and weapons for tournaments when I'd like to switch up the weapons. Having a supply pre-made that I can grab along with a tournament board in the same room, is convenient. Parlor tables located there eliminate the need to risk entering a busy inn (and players assuming I'm thus free to play or chat) to deal with issues at the tables. Ok, so the pillows were just for fun.

Delayed Resolution - Looking for Closure?

In my first blog, I asked you mates to offer up your thoughts on where my blog name, "Tiny Purple Fishes" came from. The phrase comes from the song "Tales of Brave Ulysses", which in my head was being performed by Cream but was indeed written by Eric Clapton and Martin Sharp. Eggs to Lado of Cobalt and Rehab of Malachite for being the first to identify the song, one by performing artist and one by songwriter.

I love the song, the sea and the old stories in mythology. For me, the fish also represent how my brain works at things. I might have several dozen seemingly random and unrelated thoughts, like individual fish swimming along. In my mind, however, they're all part of some related larger school of fish, though this isn't apparent to others until I toss the net out and catch them all in together.

Tiny WHAT?

PirateX tells you, "Galene, when you gonna put up a blog? All the other new OMs have one :("
You told PirateX, "I've never done a blog before. I'll see what I'd have to do to get that set up, mate!"

PirateX tells you, "Galene, when you gonna put up a blog? You said you'd set it up :("
You told PirateX, "Oh right! I'd completely forgotten with all these Halloween Events! I'll see what I can do after Halloween!"

PirateX tells you, "Galene, when you gonna put up a blog? It's after Halloween :("
You told PirateX, "I'm sorry mate, I still have not had time. Been rather busy lately with passing out charts and testing Cursed Isles on Ice. I'll try to get it up after Cursed Isles is released to production oceans."

PirateX tells you, "Galene, when you gonna put up a blog? CI has been released :("
OK OK OK! I can't take any more frowns! Doesn't look like I'm going to ever allow myself a chance to catch my breath, so it's time to just dive in and do it. Nao u smilz 4 me, kk?

What the heck does "Tiny Purple Fishes" mean, anyway?
That's for me to know, and you to start guessing! The only hint I'll give you is that there is more than one correct answer. Use the comments for this blog to submit your guesses (be sure to include your pirate name and preferred ocean), and you just might win a Galene egg if you're close! Keep it clean, one guess per pirate, deadline November 30th, 2008 at 11:59 PM server time.

What can we expect to see in Galene's blog?
Who knows! Spontaneous casual contests like the one above, funny anecdotes from both in game and IRL (or things I think are funny, anyway), discussion on being an OM and what it's like to have a sup3r s3krit identity or anything else that tickles my fancy might find it's way in here. I'll definitely be sharing some of my hopes and thoughts on the Puzzle Pirates game experience. What you won't see is any debates on policy or in depth discussion on game mechanics not already released to the public. Don't even ask :P

Galene was a Nereid, Daughter to Nereus and Doris. If you're searching for her online, you might also find her listed as Galateia (various spellings). Galene represents calm seas, and I do fancy myself as bit of a problem solver and peacemaker in my life outside of Puzzle Pirates, two traits I hope will serve me well here. As you might have guessed, I also am extremely fond of the sea and all it's inhabitants. I'll be pushing hard for a YPP cruise, even if it's just aboard my little Tea Ell Sea.

LulguyWith that, I'd like to start off by sharing a bit of artwork. You've no doubt already figured out that my header contains a delicious bit of art given to me by the talented Tilinka. I'm especially delighted by any artwork which seems to show an understanding of who my character is, which she's illustrated brilliantly here. She wasn't the first artist to offer such rendering, however! Less than 24 hours after the pirate "Galene" was created and out visiting with the players, I received a PM on the forums from Lulguy. I'm in awe of it's beautiful simplicity! I thank you both for your time and your warm welcoming of me to the Puzzle Pirates Family.

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