December 30, 2004

Top Ten Best of Ace, #8: A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
— Ace

This was probably the most important I wrote as far as launching the site. I had only been blogging since December 30, and of course I had almost no readers whatsoever. Basically, there were some of my friends from The Perfect World checking the blog out on occasion, and blog-brother Son of Nixon. And that was it.

And then on January 3rd or 4th, I wrote the D&D piece. A couple of my readers set it to K-Lo at NRO, who I don't think even got it, but she linked it anyway. No idea how many visitors I got that day -- I still hadn't even heard of a site-meter -- but it was enough traffic to pretty much shut the site down all day.

I got lucky. A lot of bloggers spend months trying to get some attention from anybody, and out of the blue I got linked by NRO four or five days after starting the site up. I went from having six or eight readers to hundreds, which is a hell of a jump for one week. And one post.

At any rate, A Question of Character: The D&D Guide to the Democratic Presidential Candidates pretty much launched this site.

I'm particularly proud of the Wesley Clark bit. In one long riff, I mention Call of Cthulhu, D&D, Traveller, Rush (the band), Dune, Led Zeppellin, time-travel, Back to the Future, flux capacitors, Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, the Bene Geserit, sandworms, Duncan Idaho, Paul Atreides, Star Trek, Mr. Spock, bugbears, and the super-geeky Moody Blues song Knights in White Satin. That is what you call a geek-culture Tour de Force. I really don't think that anyone will ever be able to top that as far as pure extreme dorkiness.

Related: Lightning bolt! Lightning bolt! Lightning bolt!

Also Related: A generic walk-through for every freaking game you've ever played.

Posted by: Ace at 09:57 AM | Comments (9)
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1 A truly awesome piece.

Posted by: Bill from INDC at December 30, 2004 10:21 AM (TfzBd)

2 Ahhh, the very first post of yours I read.

But. . . only #8??? Wow. . . surprising.

Then again, we still await the appearance of a sassy sandwich, and guys with shirts. . .

Cheers,
Dave at Garfield Ridge

Posted by: Dave at Garfield Ridge at December 30, 2004 10:27 AM (mrpxK)

3 Ace:

The recap of the year is wholly appropriate, because there's been so much laugh-my-ass-off goodness that I'd forgotten a lot of it.

But, damn, is there any way you could wait until the weekend to post the rest? I've got some work to get done today, and this constantly looking at my RSS reader for new items at the HQ is detracting from what I laughingly call "my productivity".

Posted by: Patton at December 30, 2004 10:33 AM (cLlFA)

4 The "generic walk-through" deserves a spot of its own -- it's in my top 3.

Posted by: quiggs at December 30, 2004 10:42 AM (Fu0bN)

5 Regrettably the walkthrough failed to tell you to "get the power up and wind the game."

Posted by: Christopher Cross at December 30, 2004 03:29 PM (I2Sih)

6 It was this post that caused my wife to suspect that I was actually the Ace of Spades, that I was leading a secret double life, anonymous-blogging even to her. The signs were all there: D&D, Rush, Dune, Aikido class, sarcasm, animus toward Democrats.

She was not convinced that Ace and I are not, in fact, the same person until we experienced two direct-hit hurricanes that knocked out our power for several weeks, yet the real Ace kept on posting. After that experience, she has reluctantly admitted that Ace and I are two distinct people.

Needless to say, this post was pure genius. We are fans for life.

The spice must flow.

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