Something Weird That You Really Like


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As a counterpart to the "Something Weird That Annoys You" thread, I'd like to hear some of the weird things that you all really like. Some of mine include:

-The smell of oil paint.
-Pacing a gaming session perfectly as GM, so that all the critical points line up with snack breaks and the cliffhanger/conclusion ends at exactly the time we are scheduled to end.
-Etymology and making up new words from fragments of very old ones.
-The feeling I had during my one brush with the law when the traffic court prosecutor said "Since you corrected the registration problem, I'm dropping the charges against you." What a rush! I felt like I'd pulled off a Danny-Ocean-style heist.

What are some weird things that bring you joy?


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Me.

I'm really weird and I like myself, sometimes a little too much.


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I also love my job, which is pretty weird.


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Weird it may be, but it's nice to love one's job.


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Nearly everything I like weirds someone out.


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My sense of humor!


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According to my wife, liking candy corn as much as I do (or at all?) is really weird.


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My wife likes it, too!

I... do not.


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My favorite song of all time is Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven". Yet my favorite Led Zeppelin song is "Thank You". I sorta put "Stairway" into a category apart from the rest of their catalog. I can't explain it better than that.


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And perhaps even more weird is Led Zeppelin is not my favorite band. Iron Maiden is (I've seen them 7 times and will see them again next August). A close second is W.A.S.P.


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Organizing. I love it. It's my job, even.

And maybe this is just another thing that's coming through the wife filter, but most people do not enjoy organizing? Or rarely think it's worth it? Madness.


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I would love to BE organized but it's never happened and at my age I doubt it ever will.


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Funny story: I recently ran a one-shot for a friend’s kids, to introduce them to Pathfinder. The 13-year-old’s takeaway, after seekng my organized game-stuff closet and my similarly organized kitchen?

“Mom, can we get a label maker and lots of clear plastic bins and organize the house?”

She may not be an RPG convert, but she’s on the right track to a well-ordered domicile...


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Well, a well labeled domicile at least.


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captain yesterday wrote:
Well, a well labeled domicile at least.

ToMAYto, half dozen of the other.


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I love to put Mexican chile powder on pickles and it's phenomenal.


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Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.


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Watching birds walk around. I love their precise-looking movements and the way they bob their heads.

I . . . there’re people who stop to smell the roses and then there are people who run late because there were birds outside their window.


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Cheap frozen pepperoni pizza with dill pickle chips. Using egg nog as coffee creamer. Jack Chalker novels. My cat.


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The sound effect of the Xen healing pools from Half-Life. Wish someone would make a video on You Tube of just that sound.


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Also stories about time travel or prison escapes.


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Yqatuba wrote:
Also stories about time travel or prison escapes.

Chrono Trigger for the win~!


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Worldbuilding. I like gaming. I like writing. But it's almost more fun for me to fiddle around and play with the type of world they live in. Even if it runs more or less on D&D logic, I have to know local politics, economics, etc.

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Level grinding and random encounters in RPGs. The thing more people complain about and want removed from future titles in the genre is one of my favorite things about it.

Once I get into a proper rhythm with it, it's very relaxing and something I can just keep doing on cycle for hours. Plus I still get that visceral little thrill every time I see the level-up window pop up.

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My friends. Some days I don't know why I like them, but gods help me, I do.


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Level grinding and random encounters in RPGs. The thing more people complain about and want removed from future titles in the genre is one of my favorite things about it.

Once I get into a proper rhythm with it, it's very relaxing and something I can just keep doing on cycle for hours. Plus I still get that visceral little thrill every time I see the level-up window pop up.

Yeah! I think that grinding can be a little too much at times, and I sometimes just... run out of time for it, unfortunately, but at other times I like the slow, measurable progress it represents.


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To me, leveling and grinding are different things. Leveling is playing the game, which you find entertaining, and you just happen to gain XP (or whatever that game's equivalent mechanic is) to gain power while doing so. Leveling is a secondary thing that happens while you play the game, which hopefully you're enjoying.

Grinding, on the other hand, is searching out opportunities to gain XP for the express purpose of becoming powerful enough to unlock other, more entertaining parts of the game.

I feel like in today's market, grinding is poor game design. I realize that it's nebulous because "entertaining" is subjective, but I have too many things in life that I want to do to take the time to gather pixels. Games are great when they entertain, but when I have to do unnecessarily non-entertaining things, the entertaining things that come after that are a lot less appealing.

Grump grump grump.


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I tried to create a thread for positivity.
It took less than a page of messages before complaining started.
I give up.


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quibblemuch wrote:

I tried to create a thread for positivity.

It took less than a page of messages before complaining started.
I give up.

This oddly pleases me.


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*Pushes the comment train back onto the rails*

While this isn't about me, it's about my son. His band has a gig Saturday afternoon where they're getting paid $1000 for a 15 minute gig. Then they have another paying show that night.


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quibblemuch wrote:

I tried to create a thread for positivity.

It took less than a page of messages before complaining started.
I give up.

Never give up! Never surrender!


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Oh! Wait! Takoyaki!

It is the food of the gods, but people keep looking at me weird when I order it...


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That's because they have no idea what the f&%% it is.

I keep telling you to stop trying to order it at McDonald's.

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Andostre wrote:

Grump grump grump.

Perhaps predictably, you missed the point.

I enjoy something most other people find tedious or annoying at best, which is weird, as requested by the thread topic.

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Freehold DM wrote:

Oh! Wait! Takoyaki!

It is the food of the gods, but people keep looking at me weird when I order it...

As CY said, Unless you're specifically ordering from a restaurant that specializes in that sort of thing, most people have never heard of it. Even here on the forums where you rave a LOT about how much you love it, you've never actually explained what it IS. =)

I've seen the word exactly two places myself: from you and as the name of Linkara's Tentacruel in his White version Nuzlocke.

Edit: yes, I Googled it. Takoyaki is apparently a ball of cooked flour with calamari and spices stuffing, in simplest terms. So if you're not a big calamari fan, you probably won't care for it.


Sounds delicious!


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quibblemuch wrote:

I tried to create a thread for positivity.

It took less than a page of messages before complaining started.
I give up.

Mea culpa.

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Andostre wrote:

Grump grump grump.

Perhaps predictably, you missed the point.

Personally I think it was pretty predictable, but yeah, my bad.

Apologies to both of you. And everyone in this thread. And just... everyone.


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Why on earth would you apologize? Double down, and if that doesn't work call everyone [redacted].


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Tacticslion wrote:
Sounds delicious!

It does.


Heart you guys!

... so, I really, really like calamari. Like: a lot! So yummy!


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Good grief. Now I crave deep fried squid arms.


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I have almost no sense of smell or taste, which comes in handy when you grew up on a dairy farm.


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I like to dip Oreos in Rotel cheese dip.

I like to put tuna salad on my hamburgers.


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DungeonmasterCal wrote:

I like to dip Oreos in Rotel cheese dip.

I like to put tuna salad on my hamburgers.

I gotta try that tuna salad thing.


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Orthos wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:

Oh! Wait! Takoyaki!

It is the food of the gods, but people keep looking at me weird when I order it...

As CY said, Unless you're specifically ordering from a restaurant that specializes in that sort of thing, most people have never heard of it. Even here on the forums where you rave a LOT about how much you love it, you've never actually explained what it IS. =)

I've seen the word exactly two places myself: from you and as the name of Linkara's Tentacruel in his White version Nuzlocke.

Edit: yes, I Googled it. Takoyaki is apparently a ball of cooked flour with calamari and spices stuffing, in simplest terms. So if you're not a big calamari fan, you probably won't care for it.

cala-what now?

Its OCTOPUS, not squid.

Squid. Pah. Plebian Cephalopod.


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captain yesterday wrote:

That's because they have no idea what the f@@~ it is.

I keep telling you to stop trying to order it at McDonald's.

the McDonald's in Japan has it...

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Huh. I was under the impression calamari included octopus.


Freehold DM wrote:
Orthos wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:

Oh! Wait! Takoyaki!

It is the food of the gods, but people keep looking at me weird when I order it...

As CY said, Unless you're specifically ordering from a restaurant that specializes in that sort of thing, most people have never heard of it. Even here on the forums where you rave a LOT about how much you love it, you've never actually explained what it IS. =)

I've seen the word exactly two places myself: from you and as the name of Linkara's Tentacruel in his White version Nuzlocke.

Edit: yes, I Googled it. Takoyaki is apparently a ball of cooked flour with calamari and spices stuffing, in simplest terms. So if you're not a big calamari fan, you probably won't care for it.

cala-what now?

Its OCTOPUS, not squid.

Squid. Pah. Plebian Cephalopod.

Bah to your bah! Both are incredibly delectible in their own delightful ways!


Orthos wrote:
Huh. I was under the impression calamari included octopus.

I think it's a connotation/denotation thing.

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