So tonight I had the rare pleasure of meeting Flycatcher, the Wiggum-Caveman brothers, and their radiant girlfriends. Regrettably Emissary apparently could not make it, nor could Austin f/k/a Gerber, nor Yellowking and others from farther afield in North Carolina. Nonetheless, I had a fine time.
Alcohol was consumed, but no one was put in the butt. Impressions follow:
Lift test: Passed. There's a considerable degree of weight here, not physically but in terms of intellectual substance. Doctorates and doctorates-to-be abounded, but credentials aside Flycatcher and the brothers are every bit as intelligent and informed in person as their internet personas led me to hope they would be. Despite the absence of google they more than held their own in topics ranging from children's ability to recognize faces, to genetic manipulation and its potential benefits, to gossip about members of this forum.
Captain Caveman was/is one of the funniest people on gonegold. He's just as funny and quick on the draw in person. Quite an achievement.
Graphics: 95/100 Did you know that Ralph-Wiggum doesn't resemble a cartoon character at all? It's true. He looks just like Edward Norton.
Sound: 85/100 I probably talked too much, but actually learned some useful crap tonight, which is rarely the case when I hang out with lawyers. Flycatcher if you don't mind explaining your research to an idiot layman in further depth we should meet for lunch some time. I'd like to hear more about it,
Gameplay: 97/100 It was very comfortable. Unlike most meetings with strangers there weren't awkward silences, we had something in common to talk about, and it felt right. I'm guilty of stereotyping gamers myself, though I am one. The only nerd at the table was me.
Final rating: Pure gold.
There was discussion about doing this again some time soon, perhaps in November before it gets cold, and on a weekend. I'd volunteer my house, which is easily accessible from I85 in Durham, if others would like to come. If any of the North Carolina contingent are interested post dates you might be available.
Thanks guys. I had a good time.