My Own Family...I'm pretty sure we all know how I feel about Manthras.
I'm not a fan.
Now, don't go getting me wrong. I don't think there's anything wrong with a guy playing a girl character.
It is just a game after all.
Chances are that we've all played FFX-2, right? You played a girl in that.
That didn't make you gay.
It sure didn't help, but it didn't make you gay.
Guys playing girl characters is just part of the role-playing experience.
What bothers me are the morons who have to try and prove their manhood by making up a stupid new word like Manthra.
You're playing a girl. Get over it.
Now, many of you are probably wondering what this has to do with family week.
Trust me, I wish it didn't.
I got an e-mail from my cousin Greg the other day. This was kind of odd as I haven't talked to the guy in about 10 years.
He mentions that he heard I played FFXI.
News at eleven.
Apparently, he plays, too.
Greg was always a pretty cool guy when we were growing up. I don't know why I didn't stay in touch.
That's a lie. I don't stay in touch with people because I don't like people.
I'm funny like that.
Still, he was one of my favorite cousins, so I figured I'd log in and go see him.
Server hopping is just one of the many perks of the job.
So, I log into his server and quickly locate him.
It's not hard. His character's name is Greg.
We're a creative family.
[GM]Dave>> Hey, cuz.
Greg>> HOLY CRAP! YOU'RE A GM!
[GM]Dave>> Nothing gets by you.
[GM]Dave>> Was it the shimmery armor?
[GM]Dave>> The fact that my name begins with GM?
Greg>> You haven't changed.
[GM]Dave>> I'm not sure if that was a compliment.
[GM]Dave>> For your sake, I'll assume it was.
Greg>> So, how's everything?
[GM]Dave>> Good, good.
[GM]Dave>> I've got a limbus run later and maybe some gods after that.
[GM]Dave>> Hoping to get some nice drops.
Greg>> I meant with Susan and the baby.
[GM]Dave>> Oh... Yeah...
[GM]Dave>> They're good.
[GM]Dave>> What's up with you?
Greg>> Not much.
Greg>> Doing my RSE quests.
[GM]Dave>> Oh, you're a mithra.
[GM]Dave>> That's cool.
Greg>> Manthra, actually.
[GM]Dave>> ... What?
Greg>> I'm a manthra.
Greg>> Not a mithra. Mithra's are girls.
[GM]Dave>> You've got to be kidding me.
Greg>> No, really.
Greg>> I even wrote an extensive back story for my character.
[GM]Dave>> I wrote one, too.
[GM]Dave>> Your character has a vagina.
[GM]Dave>> The end.
Greg>> Manthra's exist, too, you know.
[GM]Dave>> I don't remember seeing them in the manual.
Greg>> I can roleplay any way I choose.
Greg>> I don't want to play as a female character.
[GM]Dave>> Then why did you pick a female character?
Greg>> I DIDN'T!
Greg>> I picked a manthra.
[GM]Dave>> I'm sorry. Let me rephrase that.
[GM]Dave>> Then why did you pick a male character...
[GM]Dave>> With a vagina?
Greg>> STOP THAT!
Greg>> Being a manthra is nothing to be ashamed of.
[GM]Dave>> I beg to differ.
Greg>> I didn't want to play as a girl character.
Greg>> It seems a little...
[GM]Dave>> Don't say it.
Greg>> ... gay.
[GM]Dave>> What is wrong with people?
Greg>> I'm a manthra.
Greg>> I'm proud to be a manthra.
Greg>> And there's nothing you can do about it.
Area: Mordion Gaol.
Greg>> Oh god.
[GM]Dave>> Did we forget about the shimmery armor?
Greg>> We're family.
[GM]Dave>> That's true.
Jormungand hits Greg for 17,956 points of damage.
Greg was defeated by Jormungand.
[GM]Dave>> Jormy says "welcome to the family".
[GM]Dave>> He also says "you have a vagina".
20 minutes from logging in to completely alienating a family member.
That's got to be a record.