Anywho...on to the hops!!
First up is a neat little excursion I saw over on Alison's Geek Banter blog. She and Jamie from Mithril Wisdom want to know what some of our favorite games are and how do we enjoy "Leveling Up!".
I realize that I'm going to be giving my age away here, but I remember when the only 'video' type game out there was the original Pong. I got it one year, for Christmas, and played the crap out of it....figuratively speaking, of course.
Pong was great until the advent of Atari, where I got hooked on Space Invaders. From there it was the original Nintendo where my friends and I would have have all nighters playing Castlevania. Now that was a hard game....but lots of fun and many hours of sleep were sacrificed in defeating Count Dracula!
Two of my all time favorite games are the first Final Fantasy and Dragon Warrior 3 for the original Nintendo. In fact, I have the first Final Fantasy game downloaded onto my Wii and still play it when I'm feeling nostalgic.
These days, though, my favorite game would have be (as cliched as it is) World of Warcraft. It's an MMO (Massively Multi-player Online) RPG (Role Playing Game) where you play with millions (in WoW's case) of other players.
One of the reasons this game will always hold a special place in my heart is that it's where I met my wife. She was one of those millions of players who I happened to start talking to and interacting with. Things progressed into the physical world and the rest, as they say, is history.
To this day, we still play and are hopeless alt-aholics. We have our own mini-launch parties with each new expansion and just have a great time playing the game.
World of Warcraft, as silly as it sounds, helped me to level up in the real world as well as the virtual one.
Some honorable mentions from other game genres:
Board Games: Clue, Monopoly, Descent.
Card Games: Munchkin, Magic the Gathering, Euchre
Table Top Role Playing Games: Champions, Feng Shui, D.C. Heroes
Cue cartoon hopping sound effects....
Now, springing to the next hop....
Elise Fallson and her blogging buddy Michelle Wallace at Writer in Transit have put together a very creative and fun hop to celebrate their one and two year. respectfully, blogging anniversaries.
They've provided the pictures and we're supposed to provide the captions and we got bonus points if we use the words twist, cheek, buzz, honour, grey, champagne, tango, and vomit.
M-- "Elise, you do realize that you have to get into the balloon before it takes off, right?
E-- "No really? I thought I'd just put a new twist on things and jog next to it."<smirks>
M--"Will you stop fooling around and get up here. It's tough to steer this thing with a buzz from the champagne. I need another drink."
E--"I'm working on it, but I need to make sure my skirt doesn't fall. I wouldn't want that lurking dragon to see me 'turn the other cheek', as it were....ahem."
Hero--"Never fear ladies...Major Vomit is here! I bet you're wondering about the name....well...it's a long story and...."
M--"When I said I needed a 'drink' this wasn't what I meant. I'm just sooo glad we had the honour of being rescued by this doofus."
E--"The Major obviously proves the fact that you don't need a lot of grey matter to be a super hero. Ugh...we're soaking wet!"
M--"I think I heard a combination of a 'splash' and a 'thud'. Sounds like The Major is following the law. The law of gravity."
Dragon--"O.k, I guess I should explain why I've been lurking in the background....you see, I've been trying to learn the tango and...."
M--"Nope, not interested sorry. Hurry Elise, we need to get back behind our keyboards where it's safe. This way back to the blogosphere!!"
Congrats to Elise and Michelle. Here's to many more years of blogging and having fun doing it!