If You Can’t Beat ‘Em


There is a fine line between being a Geek’s Wife and being an actual Geek.

Last night…I crossed over.

I attended my first ever LAN party.

LAN stands for Local Area Network, and “LAN party” is geek shorthand for hooking a bunch of computers together at the same site, allowing the geek owners of said computers to play computer games together over the network into the wee, wee hours of the morning.

So last night, Paul and I packed up our computers, spare network cables, and assorted snacks, and set out for the home of our friends, Ryan and Regina, fellow World of Warcraft addicts and all around fun people. We brought movies and sleeping bags for the kids, who camped out in the next room while we crossed the plains and mountains of Azeroth, completing quests and fighting the Horde.

Now here I sit, the Morning After: stringy hair, yesterday’s clothes, jalapeno chip breath, and a Diet Coke hangover (there won’t be any pictures on this post, by the way.) I’m exhausted, rumpled, and grubby, and all I can think about is how cool it is that I got 146,000 xp (experience points, to the uninitiated) in one night and conquered six of the eight Maraudon bosses in a single run.

If that doesn’t make me a bona fide Geek, I don’t know what will.


9 responses »

  1. It was a great first LAN. I can tell I’m getting older since I actually sleep at LANs most times anymore. As for “addicts”, I think we’re somewhere between “healthy gamer” and “get some sunlight”, but when it is so cold outside, WoW’s a great distraction! šŸ˜€ It’s also awesome to have good friends to hang out with and talk smack.

  2. I wish that we lived closer to you guys! This sounds like Michael’s dream!!! He doesn’t have anyone that he can play WoW with here, but has made a few friends online – can’t remember what server he plays on. Anyway, if you’ll plan it ahead of time and drop me an email, I’ll send my hubby to you for the evening! He can play WoW until his eyeballs fall out and I can stay up late watching chick-flicks that he won’t watch with me. It would be a win-win šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚

  3. Sounds like lots of fun! We’d have been there if we lived close! Of course, 6 is a crowd . . . and picking between me and Jon, you definitely want Jon!
    Are all of your characters close enough in level that you ran together?

  4. Oh dear.

    Well – but any night spent with people you love is a good one, insofar as my limited experience has borne out, anyway.

    And there’s nobody I’d rather kick Horde butt with. šŸ™‚

  5. Love your post – and the title! : ) We had a blast and hope to do it again soon!!!! It was my first LAN too actually, at least one where I played. Corrie, three of us have characters very close in lvl. Ryan started a warlock and has skyrocketed almost up to where my character is. Katrina started a mage when burning crusades came out (i think) and is a 45 like me. Paul has several toons, but he used a lvl 70 mage as our escort!! : ) I’m happy to report that I am the only one who died the whole evening, but given that priests die at the drop of a hat, we did alright. : )

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