Here we are, already the middle of March. It also happens to be the Ides of March – I like the idea of a festival for the Feast of Anna Perenna, a goddess of the year (Latin annus) since the day was enthusiastically celebrated among the common people with picnics, drinking, and revelry.
We’ll gloss over the gory part of the Ides of March, which is when Julius Caesar was assassinated. Let’s get our revelry on instead, shall we?
Speaking of revelry… You probably know by now that Princess Nagger is obsessed with Minecraft:
She got interested in Minecraft when she spotted this:
Pretty cool looking, no?
For those unfamiliar with Minecraft, it’s a creative building game that allows players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D procedurally generated world. Gameplay has two principal modes: survival, which requires players to acquire resources and maintain their health and hunger; and creative, where players have an unlimited supply of resources, the ability to fly, and no health or hunger.
A third gameplay mode named hardcore is the same as survival, differing only in difficulty; it is set to hardest setting and respawning is disabled, forcing players to delete their worlds upon death. In May 2012, the game was also released on Xbox 360 as an Xbox Live Arcade game.
It’s sort of like a computerized or digital version of Lego’s or building blocks.
Her obsession is so great that she keeps talking about how much she wants to go to MineCon. Yes, they actually have a Minecraft Convention sort of like Comic-Con, but for the rabid Minecraft fans and players.
It started as a spontaneous gathering of Minecraft fans on August 31st 2010 in Bellevue, Washington (my old hometown), conceived by Notch (the creator) after expressing in a blog post several requests for a meet-up by players and had called on the community to organize one with no specific choice of venue.
While Notch had labeled it “Minecraftcon 2010″, it is a bit of a misnomer as it implies a formal convention not unlike that of a typical gaming or anime convention. A thread on the Minecraft Forums was an unofficial organization point for the Con, complete with YouTube videos and pictures afterwards.
Of course 2011 was a much bigger gathering in Las Vegas – this time 4,500 people attended, aging from new born to 105 years old and coming from 24 countries. Crazy, right? Last year it was held at Disneyland, Paris and attended by 4,500 people again.
Princess Nagger is anxiously waiting for them to announce when and where the 2013 MineCon will be – she’s hoping we’ll know that information before we move, on the off-chance that it happens to be here in the East before we move West. She’s also negotiating for me to buy her a Steve head:
And the Minecraft foam sword:
She already has plans to have the head autographed by, as she puts it, “Famous people!” like Notch and Jeb and Pink Hair (who actually isn’t called pink hair, but Princess Nagger refers to her as that because of her pink hair). If any of your kids are Minecraft-aholics like Princess Nagger is, she invites them to join her in her world. You can email me the info if you don’t want it public.
Speaking of obsessions… In addition to her Minecraft obsession, Princess Nagger has also been bugging me for months to get her a fursuit. Yes, all one word, because that’s how it’s listed on Etsy. There’s an artist on there that will custom make an animal head that you can actually wear, the pictured example is their dragon head:
Princess Nagger wants to have a wolf version made for her head. Just so she can ‘wow’ her friends at school. I told her she better start saving her non-existent money, because my money tree out back seems to have stopped producing. Ahem.
Speaking of silly… You’ve seen prank gift boxes, haven’t you? One Christmas I got several different ones to wrap gifts for my sister, brother-in-law, nephews and parents – it was hilarious seeing them think that what was pictured and described on the box was actually their gift. My niece sent me an image to this new one the other day:
Here’s the back of it (click on the image to see a larger version that you can actually read):
Isn’t that hilarious? It’s a Prank Pack Crib Dribbler gift box. If you have a friend who’s going to have a baby, this would be so much fun to put a real gift inside and have them think this is what you got them.
Speaking of funny… I’ve discovered that one of the best parts of buying directly from the Lego site is the cheering Lego’s at the completion of the purchase:
Lego’s have sure come a long way, haven’t they?
That’s it for this week – it’s great to be back into the fragmented fun and catching up with friends old and new. If you have fragmented or random thoughts more than once a week, you’re always welcome to join me for Random Tuesday Thoughts each week as well. Have a great weekend!
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