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Zeke 11-15-2012 11:47 AM

November 14: Dracula is a Fool
 
<p>Guess what? Today is the first honest-to-God <i>real update</i> in just over a year. But it'll take a little explaining, so pull up a chair.
<p>The forums at GameFAQs are well-known for a number of things, one of which is having a separate board for almost every game ever made, and another of which is not being particularly good. But if you get just the right balance between an empty board and one that's full of morons, great things can happen. One example was a series of comedy threads that appeared on the <i>Castlevania</i> boards. It began with a post called "Dracula is a fool", in which the series' main bad guy was criticized for always using the same attack pattern. People started writing little scenes about this, the subject matter grew broader, and soon the thread was an ongoing sketch comedy about Dracula's terrible ideas, with recurring boss Death as the long-suffering straight man.
<p>This all went down in 2007. I was really enjoying the threads, though not contributing; I had a few ideas but nothing solid. Eventually someone started a companion thread, "Death is a Fool", which was supposed to turn the tables. I didn't really see where that could go, as Death is generally pretty sharp (he even varies his attacks more than Drac does). It was with this in the back of my mind that I read the much-anticipated final <i>Harry Potter</i> book, <i>The Deathly Hallows</i>.
<p>All of a sudden I had the <i>perfect</i> Death is a Fool concept. But by the time (much later) I got around to writing it all up, there were no more active Fool threads. I shelved the piece pending a new thread or other opportunity, and after a while, pretty much forgot about it. It wasn't till this year, pondering some Hallowe'en stuff I could post, that I decided to just go ahead and publish the thing already.
<p>I call it <a href="../dracfool/zeke1.html">Death is a Fool: Hallow Pursuits</a>. It was written for <i>Castlevania</i> fans, so it's full of series in-jokes, but you can safely let them wash over you. (Or play the games! Everybody knows <i>Castlevania</i> has great gameplay and music, but what's less well known is that the series has a rich ongoing story, with each new game filling in a different spot in the timeline. Until the reboot, of course.)
<p>And if you find it strange that I would make a whole new title banner for this one piece, don't worry. It's probably nothing.

Derek 11-15-2012 05:58 PM

Quote:

Death: My current theory is that it's in Britain. There have been reports of an invisible man. Also a time machine.

Dracula: Very wells.
Indeed.

Nice work, Zeke.

MaverickZer0 11-16-2012 03:14 AM

I have no idea what I just read, but I liked it.

evay 11-16-2012 12:09 PM

Quote:

Dracula: Uh huh. Have a drink and take some deep breaths.
(Somehow, Death does so. It calms him down.)
Dracula: Feel better?
Death: Yes. Thank you.
Dracula: Want a mop?
Death: Shut up.
I love this for the subtlety.

Sa'ar Chasm 11-16-2012 03:12 PM

Yeah, when Drac offered Death the drink, I half expected that joke to be made early on. I was gleefully happy when it turned up at the end. Well-executed, Zeke.

NAHTMMM 11-16-2012 11:06 PM

Quote:

Death: Of course! I wasn't that careless. Before handing it over, I cast an incantation to ensure that I could see through the cloak.

Dracula: It says here the owner used it to hide from you for his entire life.

Death: Yes, well...

Dracula: You actually phrased your incantation "see through the cloak", didn't you?

Death: Bloody literal magic..
:D

Quote:

Dracula: Uh huh. Have a drink and take some deep breaths.

(Somehow, Death does so. It calms him down.)

Dracula: Feel better?

Death: Yes. Thank you.

Dracula: Want a mop?

Death: Shut up.
Timing is the heart of comedy, or something like that. This is a well-timed punchline, is what I'm saying.

Quote:

Dracula: I said I had two questions. I may be satisfied as to your self-control, but I still have doubts about your judgment.

Death: Yes, it has been getting pretty tepid reviews.
I'm guessing this dates the piece pretty accurately . . . ;)

Quote:

Death: When I'm done here, I am going to sickle-spam him like he won't believe.
LOL.

I don't know much about Castlevania (or all that much about Harry Potter), but this is indeed very funny. Well done. :)

Zeke 11-18-2012 12:26 PM

Hey guys, I just want to let you know I appreciate you reading esoteric stuff like this -- I know it's not exactly what you come here for. Over the years, 5M.net has gone from strictly Trek to a collection of everything I feel like making jokes about. I'd probably write this stuff anyway, but it's great to have an audience even when I'm being random. (Also, I was starting to wonder if anyone had noticed I was updating again.)

Quote:

Originally Posted by NAHTMMM (Post 79511)
I'm guessing this dates the piece pretty accurately . . . ;)

Perhaps even more accurately than you think -- Death isn't referring to the book this time. It's a sneaky reference. When I wrote this, the game <i>Castlevania Judgment</i> had just come out and was getting tepid reviews. (It's a fighting game for Wii with bizarre art design. While reasonably fun, it's very atypical of the series.)

Nate the Great 11-18-2012 01:16 PM

Quote:

(Also, I was starting to wonder if anyone had noticed I was updating again.)
I'm here every day, Zeke. Never doubt that.


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