Jul 032012
Or perhaps he just needs more life in his life
I suspect a deeply rooted
subconscious Oedipal complex.
Either that or he needs to
stop drinking bourbon at bedtime.

I had the weirdest dream. A weird DDO dream.

Am I spending too much time playing DDO? Or perhaps not enough time doing other things? Or both?

Maybe it is all the new changes in the expansion pack, upsetting everything I used to know as well as my own backyard and forcing me to learn a bunch of new details like any other new player.

The part I remember begins in a cafeteria. A company-type of setting, somewhere one might go for a coffee and snack before work. Except it wasn’t work. I’m not sure what it was. But I know I was early.

A friendly bearded fellow introduced himself as a Turbine producer, who really wanted my opinions about the direction that DDO game development should take.

See, I told you it was weird.

I wanted to make a Freudian reference joke* here but I can’t, no obvious train and tunnel, no snakes, and my mom wasn’t in the dream at all.

* Or do I mean Jungian reference jokes? I can never remember. One of those guys πŸ™‚

But enough of that. The dream was plenty weird already, it didn’t need Freud or Jung.

I had an awesome idea for the game, and the Turbine guy really loved it! I remember it still – I suggested that they take the power-ups that you can get in the challenges and make them random drops everywhere, especially when breaking boxes and jars. I was particularly vehement about that last part.

Nevermind that I am a D&D purist and resist any idea that is not straight from the 3.5 source books. No, my subconsious self is some kind of munchkin that wants to suddenly be double-sized, doing quad damage, at eight-times enhanced speed.

I hate my subconscious self.

While we were talking, the room filled up with other players and other Turbine developers. The Turbine folk split us up so they could get all of our ideas individually. I ended up with an attractive blonde female Turbine developer.

I’ve met a couple of Turbine developers and seen others on video interviews, but none of them appeared in my dream. I guess my unconscious self saw no reason to screw up a perfectly good dream with any bits of reality.

While I was expounding on my power-up idea (and the Turbine dev was fascinated!) I noticed that I was naked. Too bad, I’d wanted to get up and move around to talk with the other devs too but now I would have to stay sitting at the desk I was already using to avoid revealing my lack of clothing to the other players.

Apparently in dream world, sitting at a desk completely obscures nudity.

And maybe Freud (and/or Jung?) has a role in this dream after all.

The next part I recall we had left the cafeteria and were outside walking to some common destination. Work? The world’s biggest netgaming session? Somewhere,Β  fiftyΒ  or sixty of us, strung out along a block of sidewalk as a loose group, continuing our discussions about the future of DDO.

I was worried about the nudity thing, but on double-checking I realized I had underwear on after all, so it’s all good.

And then I was awake, but still fuzzy about the line between dream and reality and very (very!) unhappy with myself for wasting such a great opportunity to present some of my ideas to Turbine and instead talking about power-ups.

The apparent moral of the story: if you are planning to have a confab with a passel of Turbine developers, make sure you are not actually Going Commando.

πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€ πŸ™‚

  7 Responses to “Ever Dream About DDO? I Did And It Was Weird”

Comments (7)
  1. πŸ˜€
    I had years ago a addiction playing Age of Empires with a friend. I started to have frequent times when gamestuff suddenly disrupted my dreams. Especially the catapults they showed up everywhere.

  2. Sometimes, a [randomly generated object] is just a [same randomly generated object].

  3. Once I dreamt I was in Cursed Crypt, only as I progressed, the crypt started to become a spaceship and I won the end fight with a phaser on the bridge of the Enterprise TNG-version. Usually my DDO dreams are just “I’m playing DDO and farming the same quests I did before I went to bed.” Booooring.

    When I was a kid, I had dream in Scooby Doo cartoon style. I was Daphne, we were all speaking French, and the monster was Pac-Man chasing us with sound effects. Best. Dream. Ever.

  4. Haha. Sometimes if Ive been playing a game WAY to much, I literally become a part of the game in my dreams. Ive been in L4D, Morrowind, Oblivion, Fallout… You name it Ive been in it. Somehow. DDO too, even. Its always very interesting.

  5. Recently I thought it would be very good, if there was a device that let you play computer games in your sleep, so that you could play all night and still get a full night’s sleep.

    So it looks like an early night is on the cards, so that I can discuss this with the attractive blond Turbine developer.

  6. πŸ˜€ lol. That was for sure an amusing dream. πŸ™‚ you know, the nudity thing is usually the first sign that it’s a dream and not reality, lol.

    I have a few times been surrounded by DDO giant spiders in my dreams. I don’t remember the story or anything, but probably I was running from them.

    πŸ™‚ And about nudity? I guess I’m kind of a nudist, because in any dream I am nude, I’m usually walking around like nothing’s different, and might be thinking that maybe it could bother other people XD

    πŸ™‚ I do on occasion have adventures in my dreams where I’m going through secret passage ways in a castle looking for something, and need to solve a mystery of some sort.

  7. maybe if they were really rare drops…

What do you think?

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