About six months ago, give or take, I lost a friend. She fell in with a group of RPG’rs, and before I knew it, I violated some gamer rule about unconditionally accepting all the friends of the RPG’r, and found myself down one friend.
Since then, I’ve run across a few others on the ‘Net and, as it turns out, they all still know each other. My former friend is a woman who pretends to be a man. Specifically, she wrote a book about a guy who becomes some sort of super-vampire, and now she parades around the Internet as that character. She has, best as I can tell, had romantic exchanges and writes love poetry for this other RPG’r – you know, writing as a man to a woman and all – and seems to be, last I checked, pretty intensely involved with this person/group of people.
This is all very convoluted and weird. I don’t understand the mentality behind the RPG’r and their psychology. They seem to be offended — very offended — when their cover is blown by someone using their actual name. They don’t take kindly to being referred to out of character. They don’t like to have their secret identities revealed, as if they have super-villain nemeses running around waiting to exploit their weaknesses. It makes my head hurt and my stomach turn.
When I was in high school, I had a set of “friends” (I’ll explain the quotes one day) who got into Dungeons and Dragons. It was a passing fad for them, but I wanted to participate, and asked if I could. I should’ve known better. They gave me a character and then promptly killed me off. I couldn’t do anything but sit there, embarrassed, frustrated and pissed. I think I slapped one of them across the face. (He’s a lawyer now; I hope he never figures out who and where I am.)
Through an interesting series of events, my wife was led back to this strange set of people via Twitter. I dug around a little, and yep, sure enough – the weirdo whom I wouldn’t accept and my former friend are still “lovers”.
Doesn’t that seem … weird? I mean, maybe in a world of things like two girls crapping in a cup and smearing each other with it is entertainment, and tying people up and beating each other is another form of “normal”, I shouldn’t be surprised, but it seems weird to me that two women are okay with one of them pretending to be a man and the other treating her like a man. Right down to the two of them “breaking up” … more than once. (The last time, the weirdo “woman” of the couple sent me an email saying she was sorry for all the mess that arose with my former friend and me. I never answered it. I never will. I need that kind of crap like I need more unemployment.)
So, what’s the deal with these people? Are they weird or is it just me, not being … Internet-y enough?
More cast of character entries down the road. They were hideously unpopular, so I’m shelving them for a bit.
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