A Dork By Any Other Name
So it’s not secret that I’m a huge dork. I’m into most of the basics in dork culture ranging from comic books and video games to action figures and yes, even Anime. I’m about to reveal something that will plunge me somewhat further down the ladder in the Dork Hierarchy chart though. Years ago, when the Anime series Dragonball Z was really picking up steam on the American airwaves thanks to Cartoon Network, I, along with a few friends, ran a text-based online RPG based on the series. I’ll wait while you laugh. It’s OK. You can get it out. I’m not ashamed.
Each of us had tried out a couple of these online RPGs and were disappointed with the results. The creators of the games cheated quite a deal and it was next to impossible to level up or have any sort of chance against the people that ran the site or their friends. So we got to thinking and ended up making our own rules that were not only fair, but were in range with the way the show actually worked. It was around that time that I ended up ordering a shit load of bootleg VHS tapes off of ebay just before the boom of DVDs in my life. My friends and I set up this site online for the RPG and started recruiting from the other crappy games. Thus the game began.
The site was called Cyber Saiyajin (or CSJ for short) and surprisingly, we ended up with a lot of members in a short period of time. Other friends joined and we had some fun, but as time went on we found several flaws in our setup and after a few months we had to close up shop because what looked like tiny flaws at the beginning turned into huge glaring errors that just broke the game. We fixed them though and came back with an updated version, but we either grew tired of it or found more flaws in the foundation. I honestly don’t remember why we stopped the second time. There was one more attempt at the CSJ RPG, but by that time no one really had their hearts set in it. It was too tough to do with everyone’s lives going every which way so we just called it quits.
This brings me to the reason of this blog post. On a whim, I decided to Google “Cybersaiyajin” to see what came up. Lo and behold, there’s a new one out there. CyberSaiyajin 4.0 is up and running right now as I type this. Wow. Judging by what else I could find of the site, it looks as if a group of players from the first go round were inspired by what we did and started things up on their own after we gave up the title. I was a little taken aback by this at first, but I’m actually rather impressed. Something I did years ago is still looked upon with fondness. I reached out to the crew over there and started up a discussion. I was invited to join their game, but I just don’t have the time or knowledge of the show anymore to do any character justice. I’m going to try to check up on them every so often to see how things are going though.