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Dork Credentials

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by downndirty, Aug 21, 2017.

  1. downndirty

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    So, I've recently introduced my girlfriend to the following graphic novels/fiction:

    -100 Bullets
    -Preacher
    -Kabuki
    -Sex Criminals
    -Usagi Yojimbo
    -The Dark Knight Returns (1986)
    -Y the Last Man

    Also, American Gods, Game of Thrones (THE MOTHERFUCKING BOOKS), The Name of The Wind, and some other "adult" fantasy (read: they talk about boners and stuff).

    It's hilarious to watch her carry a stack of "graphic novels" to the gym or beach and have nerd arguments all afternoon.

    What are your dorky guilty pleasures?
    What are your dork credentials?
    What's the best graphic novel/comic book you've read?
     
  2. Juice

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    I had to drag my wife kicking and screaming into GoT. Now shes a total addict and is obsessed with it. She was almost in tears during the climax of last night's episode.

    My dork credentials is that during my teen years, my friends and I would have LAN parties around 2-3 a month on the weekends. We would cycle through each other's houses, but there was always at least 4-8 of us willing to join in. Those are some of my fondest memories. Since, then I've been gaming non-stop and cant wait to have kids and game with them. Thinking of starting them sequentially with NES and working our way forward.
     
  3. Crown Royal

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    My dork credentials these days rest largely in knowledge of movies and music, but I used to collect comics until my early teens and I like the occasional adult graphic novel like Preacher or Watchmen.
     
  4. joule_thief

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    I own something like a thousand comic books, roughly 1500 DVDs (and probably half that on the Plex server), and virtually every console gaming platform since the Atari and something like 500 games. I used to manage a pawn shop and got discounts for most of the DVDs and games.

    I don't remember offhand what graphic novels I own or have read, but I'd have to say my favorites were the really dark Batman novels.
     
  5. DrFrylock

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    My nerd credentials are that, although I haven't read them, I know that THE MOTHERFUCKING BOOKS aren't called Game of Thrones.

    God you probably don't even understand why the Kessel run is completed in parsecs.

    Fuck.
     
  6. AbsentMindedProf

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    My biggest dork credentials are my love for the Lord of the Rings and Tolkien. I first read the books when I was twelve, and then read them once a year until college. I've read them a couple times since then too, as well as The Silmarillion and the books written/compiled by Christopher Tolkien. The only collector item I every really want to get is a first edition copy of all three books. Printing and condition don't really matter so hopefully I can do it in the next couple of years.

    My dorky guilty pleasure is cheesy fantasy novels. A lot of them have writing and storytelling on the same level of a crappy romance novel, but give me a week at the beach and I'll go through a whole trilogy like it's nothing.
     
  7. Rush-O-Matic

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    I was president of my high school Science Club.
     
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    You win.

    I was on the cross country team and chess club.
     
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    Thank you, thank you! I'd like to thank my AP Chemistry teacher who regularly let us light things on fire, and general break things in the lab.
     
  10. Crown Royal

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    Being proactive doesn't make you a dork. And if you joined to get out of school early, that's actually cool.
     
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    I grew up reading comics. I was in FFA. I've read GWTW and ALL of the HP books multiple times. My favorite books in elementary school were horse stories.

    adult wise - I'm generally the dork who actually reads the rules and follows them overall, and I don't follow most pop culture.


    I can't play chess or understand chemistry though.
     
  12. dixiebandit69

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    I was in the Media Tech club in high school (aka : Audio/ Visual club).

    I used my access to VHS editing decks to bootleg movies and splice pornography into childrens' films that I rented from local video stores.

    Yeah, I got the idea from watching "Fight Club," but how many people can say that they've actually done it?
     
  13. Juice

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    Lol oh Jesus. Did you get to wear their snazzy blue jacket too? I went to a very rural school and we had an entire set of classes called Vocational Agriculture, tailored specifically for FFA. We called those kids "Aggies."
     
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    Growing up I had a little geocities site that I "html coded" myself. That was fun. I didn't play a lot of computer games because I didn't have much money, but I remember splitting the cost of Age of Empires II with my younger brother and playing the hell out of it for years. I moved on to Ultima Online, which was pay to play, since my brother in law let me use his account. Later on I played free servers. I also played the saxophone in the band and in high school, the marching band. I did go off to band camp. No, it was not fun. I have no idea why I kept with that activity to the dying end. I loved sci fi and fantasy books and tore through that section at the library. Lord of the Rings, Sword of Truth series, Elvenstones series...OK, now seems like a good time to stop listing.

    El hubs got me into comic books a little in more recent years. I read a bit of Preacher and read all the Fables comics. I wish there was more to read from the Fables, those were really fun. I like to veg out and play a few games, though these days its stuff like Cities, Stardew Valley, and Civ. El hubs likes all the shooters and stuff that are too fast paced for me but I have played Battlegrounds a bit and that is a hell of a lot of fun. You can get into a new match so fast that there isn't much risk in dying.

    Games of Thrones, Preacher, One Punch Man, Rick n Morty. All current favorites.

    Where's my dork crown?
     
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    I was a de facto moderator on a Pokemorph MUSH well into my teens. Not a real one, just liked enough by the team that I got free reign.

    Those were the days...
     
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    I played dungeons and dragons in high school. You can all bow down before my dorkiness.

    Well, I actually only played a few times. Never bought any of the paraphernalia or books myself, and there was never any dressing up or anything like. Honestly, I don't even see it as that dorky. All it basically is is a board game with more options and creativity than other board games. It's not really any nerdier than playing RPG video games in my opinion.

    Other than that:

    - Was a big fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Fucking awesome show.
    - GOT/ASOIAF, know way more nuanced details than I should.
    - I post on this stupid website.
     
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    Mostly I play hella board games, I can probably beat you all at boggle, and I've read a fair amount of sci-fi, but my real crowning dork achievement is the yearly larp I do with my boyfriend and his extended family (marginally against my will). Once you've larped 7 times I don't think you can deny being a dork anymore.
     
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    I'm such a PC hardware nerd I enjoy running benchmarks in games and fiddling with the settings more than actually playing the game a lot of the time.
     
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    Been playing Dungeons & Dragons since 1985. I stopped watching Game of Thrones a while back, knowing it would overtake the books; I'm waiting for Martin to die and someone else to finish them, then maybe I'll watch the rest of the show. The books as a series, BTW are called A Song of Ice and Fire.
     
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    WHAT A FUKKIN LOSER

    Focus: Casuals. Every last one of you. In addition to all the typical stuff like comics (both paper and online), fantasy books (ASoIaF, Dresden Files are my favorites), Sci-Fi (am both a Star Wars AND Star Trek fan), I also play pen & paper RPGs like Dungeons and Dragons (Pathfinder currently, which is just an iteration of D&D) and World of Darkness (I'm pretty sure at last count I had something like 200+ sourcebooks for that system). I've put so much time and effort in the homebrew Pathfinder game I've been running for the past five years that my drive that contains all the characters, hand-drawn maps, plotlines, dungeons & quests, and world information is up to 411 files last time I checked.

    When I'm not running my game I play nerd card games like the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, and nerd board games like Shadows of Brimstone, Fury of Dracula, Twilight Struggle, and countless more.

    Mind you this is just my current list of nerd activities. In the past I played Magic: the Gathering (honestly the only reason I don't play anymore is because my cards got stolen and trying to replace them would've been herculean. I try not to think about it though since if they weren't stolen my collection would be worth mid-high five figures now.), I still have a Warhammer Army and two 40k armies, and achieved 275 days played on my main WoW character 8 years ago. Then there's the general console and PC gaming I've done since I got a Nintendo for Christmas back in 1988...

    I'd say get on my level but even the likes of ToyToy and RotN have more sense than to ever consider venturing down the rabbit hole I've descended.