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Breakfast Topic: How do you make your own fun?

Anne Stickney

I love Blingtron. He's a wealthy robot that gives me freebie stuff once a day -- what's not to love about that? So far, I have not gotten anything substantial from my dazzling robot friend, but my guild mates have gotten some pretty cool items. Blingtron is generous, but he'll only give you an item once per day via a daily quest. As an engineer, I'd have to say this is one of my favorite new items from Mists.

But it's not just the gifts I enjoy -- I have a bit of a mischievous streak. The first day I set out Blingtron in the middle of the Shrine of Two Moons, I noted he immediately got a flurry of traffic from players that noticed the blue exclamation point suddenly popping up on their minimap. I was terribly happy that so many people were reaping the benefits of my engineering toy. But then I started wondering just how far people would go to get to that daily quest marker on their minimap.

So I invented Blingtron Hide-and-Seek. Now when I place Blingtron in the Shrine, I find someplace a little out of the way, a little harder to locate. And then I sit back, stealth, and see how long it takes for people to find him. The first day, it was behind a pillar, and a flock of gift-seeking players immediately located him and swarmed en masse. Today I decided to hide him behind a stack of crates, which didn't really sway people at all. Tomorrow ... well if I told you I'd be giving it away, wouldn't I?

It's not just a fun toy, it's also a way to make my own game-within-a-game. And for me, it's awfully fun to watch. I hope it's fun for the people looking for him, too -- kind of like a daily scavenger hunt. How do you make your own fun in game? Do you have certain tasks you like to perform a certain way? Do you like using TCG items like Party Grenades or other toys to amuse people around you? What makes the game extra-fun for you?

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