The Payback List

To be blunt, that’s not what I call it. What it really is, is my Shit List. I started it in Asheron’s Call and it has lived on ever since. Before WAR, I used it to record the names of mobs that killed me in particularly humiliating ways — too often, too easily, too unexpectedly or whatever.

In AC1, reed sharks were on my permanent list. Level and location didn’t matter; if I saw one, it usually had to die. Banderlings and mattekars were a close second, though I eventually crossed them off.

In SWG, since we originally settled on Naboo, spineflaps and (pre-NGE) maulers ended up on the list. I was really sad to come back to SWG last year and discover that maulers had become something of a joke. On the other hand — see what happens to you if you make it to my shit list!? You’ll get NGE’d! So be careful!

And so on. Until WAR. Now, the shit list is reserved for the names of people I will, one day, hunt down and smack down.

Nobody has made it to a permanent list yet. To be honest, looking at my hastily scrawled notes, I think it’s probably time to cross some of those names off; if you can’t remember why they’re on there in the first place, they shouldn’t be on the list at all.

I am not, in fact, a grudge-holding person; my memory’s too bad. More seriously, I think it’s a waste of time, though there are one or two people from my past I’ll be just as happy never to cross paths with or talk to again — but one or two in forty years is, I feel, not exactly Cosa Nostra-like in terms of remembering slights.

WAR is different. For one, WAR has made me appreciate RvR and I’ve learned to have fun with it while not taking it personally. Sometimes, however, you just have to take it personally, just a little bit. So you scribble a name on the list as you wait to respawn… and in my case, you never see them again.

Given my levelling pace, most of the dozen or so names are undoubtedly well out of my range by now. However, given WAR… someday I will be 40 and they will be 40 and our visored eyes will meet across some battlefield… and I will yell “OMG THERE’S INSERT NAME! DIE DIE DIE!!!” And they will have absolutely no idea why some insane lone Order char is charging at them. If all goes well, they will die die die and I’ll cross them off my list. I don’t require second and third helpings of revenge: one will do nicely. Die already, so I can get rid of your name and we can go have tea and scones!

Incidentally, nothing says “love my guildmates” as much as someone yelling “Gah! There’s InsertName, my nemesis!” in a scenario chat and seeing all one’s guildies do a Terminator: turn around, acquire target, terminate. Mmmm gud.

I’m not going to name my Shit Listers, because they’re personal grudges — and very, very minor. I keep a shit list not to name and shame people since their worst offense was to kill me in a game where that’s part of the point. I keep a Shit List because it’s fun — it’s done for amusement, and it’s not overdone. If you’re not doing it for fun… ya might want to check the yellow pages under P for Shrink.