it’s so fun to relate

When I finished up my work yesterday, I walked out into the living room to see how Nolan was doing. He was playing Warcraft (non-MMO version.)

"Hey," I said, "how was your day?"

"It was good," he said. He drove his little hero dude across the map, and rained furious death down upon some other player. The game announced that Nolan was GODLIKE.

"Nice 1" the vanquished foe said in the game’s chat, in a shocking display of good sportsmanship.

"Dude, you owned that guy," I said.

Nolan looked up at me and smiled. "Yeah, I’m doing well this match."

I watched him for a minute, not because I care all that much about the game, but because I’d been working  since he got home from school, and I’d hardly seen him at all.

"Hey," he said, "the weirdest thing happened to me today!"

"Oh?" I said, "What’s that?"

"This girl came up to me and started talking to me about D&D, because of my shirt."

He was wearing the +20 Shirt of Smiting T-shirt I gave him last year.

"And she was all, ‘I used to play a dwarf, but now I play an elf, and I won’t play half orcs because they’re seriously ugly.’"

"Dude." I said.

"Yeah!" He said, "and she was hot!"

"Well," I said, "if you need a refresher course in D&D, you know where to find me."

"Thanks," he said.

15 thoughts on “it’s so fun to relate”

  1. Say what? You can relate to hot girls chatting you up about D&D?
    You do realize you lived in 1980s Earth when you were a teen, right? The girl who chatted you up about superpowered magnets was just *acting*.
    BTW, if D&D and video games are this popular among today’s normal kids, then what are today’s geeks and nerds doing?

  2. Ahh, gamer chicks. The Holy Grail of all geekdom.
    They were out there in the late 70’s early 80’s and they’re out there today. A rare species, elusive and cunning, but well worth the hunt.

  3. Back when I did the first annual Boston->NY AIDS Ride in 1995, I wore an Indigo Girls “Swamp Ophelia” t-shirt for the second day of the ride. A random woman bicyclist rode up alongside me, and pausing before she passed, said, “If you were a woman, I’d sleep with you just for wearing that t-shirt.”
    No, not the same thing at all. I just like telling that story. :-)

  4. Oh, man, I wore my “Save vs. Sexy” t-shirt to gaming last time. I may have to buy the Shirt of Smiting.
    I’m probably too old to be hot anymore, though…

  5. My girlfriend and I both have +20 Shirts of Smiting, acquired independently before we even knew each other. It is far more common than it ought to be for us to both decide to wear that shirt on the same day, and not notice until we get home from our respective jobs that evening.
    I love my girlfriend.

  6. This post is the perfect example of why your blog is so much fun to read. It was both touching (in that father-bonding-with-his-son way) and hilarious (in that father-bonding-with-his-son way).

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