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[Oct. 6th, 2005|12:52 pm]
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Puzzle Pirate stuff -- Ignore if you're sick of my writing about this game.

I'm making friends in that Puzzle Pirates game. Surprisingly, other than H whose more than a friend, the first person in the game I've truly befriended is a very mature 15 year old kid.

I earned some brownie points with that kid last night. I was about to log off last night after doing some pillaging with H, when the kid offered me a job pillaging with him. I told him I would for just a short time and then I needed to get some sleep.

Well, we were running his ship (and not doing a very good job of it, but the kid seemed to be having fun running his ship, and I was trying to keep the damage from the cannon fire down to a minimum by working at the carpentry station for him). Out of the blue, someone came on his crew's chat channel complaining about how young the kid was.

While the kid can successfully fake being an adult for a short time in the game (and often does try to pass himself off as older than he is) if you talk to him for an extended period you can tell he is a young person. Apparently that is how this other person found out and was upset by the kid trying to pass himself off as older than he is. This other person was going to tell the kid off just because he was a teenager.

One of the first things I learned about the kid was that he can be overly sensitive to even subtle slights. So I knew this had the potential to really upset him.

To defuse the situation which seemed to be escalating, I simply pointed out that all that was needed to know was the kid was king of his own flag (i.e. holding the highest title you can achieve within the game and a position that confers a fair amount of power to those with the title -- So I was implying he might not want to upset this kid unless he was willing to risk repercussions within the game).

After a couple of seconds of silence (I'm thinking this guy used the time to look up the kid's status and confirm my statement), the guy sputtered something about "it" being a pet peeve of his (as a failed attempt at an apology, I think) then left. Bah, ageism.

Whoa, I just glanced at the clock. Hmm, time management is a bane of mine. I've got to keep moving, if I want to be on time for an early afternoon dentist appointment.

[User Picture]From: secanth
2005-10-06 06:14 pm (UTC)
One of the players in the RP I'm in is 12. She's actually doing quite well...she picked a position that doesn't require much tech/science knowledge, and has been careful about doing things 'right', and picking 'threads' she can handle. And she writes pretty well too. We are all trying not to discourage her. (smile) As a note, the 'player' ages for everyone else range between 18 to 54.
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[User Picture]From: nitemirror
2005-10-07 04:10 pm (UTC)
I have noticed that because of his age, this kid becomes easily intimidated by all the older players, and sometimes his feelings get hurt extremely easily over slights that an adult would shrug off. I'd imagine it's similar to your young RP player.

As H has commented to me, it's amazing how well this kid is doing in the game.

He rose in the ranks of the game in record speed that would be difficult for anyone, no matter their age, to match. And I'd be doubtful if someone claimed they were still in the "greenie" stage (the game marks the very newest players by showing their name in green) and owned their own ship. A nearly impossible feat the kid accomplished -- btw, the kid gave me that that very ship as my first one a few days ago. :-)
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