I was reading +Chuck Thorin 's blog post about Fantastic Heroes & Witchery earlier today (great post by the way) and a term I have seen around various OSR, OD&D, etc. communities popped up; "FLAILSNAILS". I have no idea of what a flailsnail is and it took a quick google search to discover the meaning of the term and why some people use it almost like a curse.
This of course got me thinking that I am horrible at any in-community terminology that isn't the norm of my Western Culture of choice (That being Generalized American Geek). For instance despite being a tabletop gamer for going on 15 years now, I had no knowledge of what a Munchkin was until last year. This of course expands outward into videogaming as well.
It was quite a common joke on "Sisters of Elune" back when I played WoW that if someone was looking for a dungeon instance party in general for my character to pip in with "what the hell is that?" This still happens in LotRO (Which I also call Lot-ro and get yelled at for).
In the end I am saying I'm not a very good geek, I don't get the terminology of my own sub-culture. However, I can tell you how preciously a holodeck works, why CNA and bio-tech lifeforms are better concepts for Transformers than pure robotic forms and give a detailed (my wife has clocked me at 2 hours) description of the Phoenix Force. Only problem is if someone asked me to talk about TPF I'd have no idea.
Okay, now that I'm done a generalized ranting, I got myself a preview of +Shane Ward 's new adventrue which I hope to shout out and praise tomorrow. And if my daughter's tablet finishes charging before work the long-awaited second part of +Venger Satanis's LotDS will be posted.
Note for everyone out there never, ever write a post on a tablet in the tablet's generic word processor. Bad things happens.
Also, go watch "Rise of the Predacons" it is a much better ending to a Transformers series than anything Bay has done.