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Exercise #900

Exercise #900: Self Knowledge
Posted 5/21/21

What kind of gamer are you?

Now you might not play video games or Candy Crush on your iPhone, but the analogy holds true even in your daily life. (After all, what’s an RPG if it’s not an imaginary life?)

I don’t currently have the opportunity to play cooperative questing with people I don’t know, but I used to do a lot of it when I played Diablo II (Diablo III was a dismal failure for me and I still miss D2.) When I was questing with “friends,” I noticed some very different playing styles. Some were massively cooperative and cautious, while others were boisterous and reckless. One game I remember I was playing in a group of five. Four of us were being careful, checking out each new area and defeating the monsters one-by-one. The fifth member of our team was full of spirit and had a lower level character (easily killed by the bad guys). You’d think that would give him some care but no. He couldn’t stand it any longer and in one new area he went charging forward, around the bend in the road. And immediately came charging back, with a horde of blue goats with axes following him. (Don’t ask.)

Our entire party was slaughtered. LOL

What reminded me of this was a t-shirt I saw that says “I’m not procrastinating; I’m doing side quests.”

For today’s exercise, think about your gaming (or life) style, then write a scene illustrating it or give us an essay. You may, as always with Self Knowledge exercises, show a character doing this exercise instead.

Critiquers, you might try answering these questions for critiquing the piece:
     * Did you catch any spelling errors or other standard proofreading items? If so, note them for the author.
     * Could you relate to this piece? Why or why not?

 Word limit: 1200
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             SUB: Exercise #900/yourname

Why this is a self-knowledge exercise: Considering how we tackle life’s “quests” may give us some insight into who we are.

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