posted on Jul, 16 2010 @ 10:10 AM
July 16, 2010
I had a really fun dream that involved World of Warcraft the MMORPG that we all hear about. I haven't played the game in over a year and a half, but
admit to playing it for almost a year.
There are two dreams involving this game the first dream was exactly like I was in the game with the graphics and even text floating above characters
as you would expect; except it's fully virtual and I am interacting with this graphical theme at a higher resolution of dream reality so to speak.
For example, flying on my dragon was much more tactile and real in terms of how it felt. I must have been Alliance because all the Horde characters
had red text; particularly this night-elf that was leaping and bounding down a gully running towards some encampment.
Another Horde character was also flying in the opposite direction as me on a wind rider (a lion like creature with bat wings). I was flying to meet
up with some friend players to do an Instance. There were encounters (monsters on the land) and I made a pit stop in some city landing on a roof-top
and my mount vaporizes into nothing as I dismount.
There are two humans with really cool face-paint graphics on their faces. One is bald and they are like town criers making announcements to travelers
as they pass advertising shops and the local venues. The entire dream reality was immensely details and meticulously close to the actual game; but
with much more reality induced game resolution.
I woke up so didn't get to enjoy further excursions in this version of Wow. It was the second dream that really intrigued me when I fell back to
In this dream, I am traveling with my friend Matt and we go to this amusement park that has a WoW themed game that we can play. We park, walk towards
the amusement park and you can see some of the buildings and details that make the WoW theme. I would soon be in that part of the park to explore
this strange concept for a game.
First stop once we entered the park was a bank machine, I took out $200.00 and my friend Matt took about the same. We walked to the entrance to the
WoW game and bought our tickets to get in. It cost $20.00 for half an hour, and we got a stamp that has our start time on it.
It was extremely crowded and busy. People were all dressed as Larper's; and that is exactly what this game was... a fantasy larping game themed in
the flavor of WoW. The contrast between the realism of the first dream; one that mimicked the game characters, monsters and graphics to one that
mimicked the what if in this reality we created a wow theme-park.
Both vivid and real, but both totally within one's expectation of circumstances to give way for how the game would look in terms of the context of
the reality at hand. That said both were dreams; and one mimicked how the WoW game might look in real life if made by humans as entertainment.
When we walked in, we had to trade in our real world clothes and hit wardrobe. I put my jacket in a closet and forgot to take my money (which in turn
started to make me worry when I realized it later). I grabbed a very lame tunic and just put it on.
At this point I lost sight of my friend as we kind of got split up in the sea of people walking to get into the orientation area that was just past a
restaurant and bar that although were themed like taverns had the expected and usual draft beer handles with long beer titles.
I walked into the orientation area outside and was looking around at all the people. Now I have never larped and have seen only on the internet what
larpers dress like. It was like a zany costume convention with many people obviously right into dressing up like wow characters. Lots of overweight
players looking rather humorous in leather tunics with a variety of halloween like plastic accessories to create armor; some going the aluminum foil
and cardboard route.
There was a group that were singing what I assume is some kind of medieval song and there was even a special-needs teenager that was right into the
song (but in the same crowd of onlookers at me) who started to jump and clap excitedly.
I looked around and they did a nice job making a Disney Land like town with the cheesy purple and blue paint over speckle cement sprayed on the
building outsides. It all looked totally amusement park quality with a heavy dose of larper cheese.
The area created was fairly massive, a good piece of land was clearly dedicated to this game and the massive sea of players and staff suggested it was
very popular of an idea.
I couldn't find my friend and didn't want to solo this game with out him. I was laughing at how ridiculous it all was; and how totally submersed
and intense the larpers were. I laughed and walked back into the tavern area. I decided to have a beer and walked towards the bar.
I reached for my money and realized I left it in my jacket. I headed back to the entry area and bumped into my friend who was now with another friend
of mine. I gave him crap for just wandering off without me because the game has a large acreage of space.
My friend is really excited about this game; and he insists we buy a day pass because 30 minutes is not enough time to explore the world. I do agree
and tell him I was outside already and saw that it was looking like quite a big world. Our other friend didn't want to do the day pass and that
bothered my friend because he really wanted to stay there.
What was funny was the conversation with the staff that my other friend was having;
"So people really get into this game I take it." he asks.
The lady at the ticket booth laughs and says, "You have no idea, we usually warn people that this can be very addictive and that they do have to
return to the real world.".
"You must get a lot of weirdos coming through here.", he says.
She looks at him with a face that basically said, "You have no idea...", she sighs and my other friend who is enthusiastic pipes up.
"Well, I have only been here for 20 minutes and I want to be here for the whole day. I'm already addicted and I haven't played yet."
I laugh and he shells out $100.00 for a day pass. I walk over and do the same. The only tragedy is that I wake up before we get to orientation as a
group. I really wanted to see how combat was larped and check out some of the scenery.
What a really pointless couple of dreams; but very entertaining both visually and in terms of how the game might look under two totally different
circumstances. If there is such a wow themed park in the world full of larpers in this world; I am convinced now that I must check it out.