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For the last two weeks I’ve been sicker than I had been in years. The constant rain meant constant pain and very little sleep. By Tuesday of last week I was a complete mess.
Since I couldn’t work on my book–in fact I couldn’t sit up at my computer–I was looking for a diversion. And that’s how I ended up downloading Epic Pet Wars for the iPhone. And that’s how I ended up playing it in a near-addictive frenzy.
I said yesterday on Twitter that Epic Pet Wars is Advanced Dungeons and Dragons plus Pokemon minus the lousy Dungeon Master who has no story-telling skills and has read Lord of The Rings and Terry Brooks Shanara stuff too many times. I guess that wasn’t clear because I got tweets back telling me I shouldn’t play it if I don’t like it. Thing is, in my world that’s the highest form of praise.
I love half of role-playing games. I like the fact that any good role-playing game is essentially the combination of math and spreadsheet-style organisational flow. You can dress it up with elves and wizards and Jedi, but it’s still all about the math. I did poorly in Math in high school for any number of reasons, but as I’ve grown older I’ve come to love the clean simplicity and organisation of it. ( * I retook Algebra in college because the State of Tennessee made me. I got an A+ and have never looked down on Math again.) The half of role-playing games I’ve never liked is the acting-out of someone else’s story. Good fantasy storytellers are rare. I am not one at all, but I know a good one when I see it. Unfortunately most of the people who wrote the scenarios for gaming weren’t the ones I saw.
I’m rambling. What I mean to be saying is that EPW can be played online at their website, on Facebook and on the iPod. It’s free to get started–the cost comes later if you want to upgrade pets, but you never have to pay a cent if you don’t want to. It’s the best possible way to spend a few minutes of downtime. Or several sick days. And no, no one is paying me to write this.
My addiction to the game has forced me to pay attention to my long-dormant Twitter account. I’m still not in love with the medium as it is too abbreviated and navel-gazy for me. (“I’m Hungry.” “I just ate something.”) But it’s the best way to get Treasure Codes and Friend Codes for the game. So I’ve been issuing bizarre tweets with funky six letter codes. (My friend code, in case you hadn’t heard, is osrzae. Add me to your posse!) I’ve been seeking out codes and if my searches are any indication this game is going to be the next big thing. If it isn’t already.
So if you have access to the internet–and the fact that you are reading this makes me assume that you do–give Epic Pet Wars a try.