Kill “Curt Schilling” for Charity – only in Everquest 2!

Posted: May 25, 2006 by Kendricke in The Gaming Industry

Per this article, you'll be able to fight Curt Schilling within Everquest II "for three days during the Yankees vs. Red Sox baseball series June 5, 6 and 7, 2006 at Yankee Stadium."

Every time someone defeats Schilling, SOE will donate $5 (up to $10,000) to the ALS association, which assists victims of "Lou Gehrig's Disease".


Now, I'd like to point out that I think this is great.  Seriously.  I've met Curt Schilling twice now, both at SOE sponsored FanFaires.  The first time, I didn't even realize who I was talking to till someone (hi Gethani) walked up with some Red Sox shirts and asked him to sign them.  The second time, I was at a press event and got to watch him play on someone else's character and having the time of his life talking smack to other players on the server (all in good fun).

My point?  Curt was just another gamer both times, so far as I'm concerned.  No one cared that this sock hangs in Cooperstown.  When we talked to him, we talked shop.  We talked raids.  We talked class balance.  We talked gear. 

Do I think the promotion is a little hokey?  Sure I do.  Frankly, I think most promotions are to a certain extent.  However, this is one that I not only find entertaining as a games writer, but also as a player – especially as a player.

Why entertaining?  Because it opens up all manner of possibilities.  The idea of a real world model for a virtual villian is just great.  But why stop at Curt?  For example, who else would make good targets within Everquest 2?

  • Tycho and Gabe from Penny Arcade, perhaps?  As an added bonus, you could make their character graphics as cartoony as possible, with gigantic, spiked shoulderpads and uberbright colors (as a nod to the artistic style of their preferred game).
  • Barry Bonds?  You don't really attack him so much as insult him to submission.  As you do, his grotesque size deflates.  He doesn't really hit often, but when he does – you pretty much just die.
  • Blackguard?  The only way to defeat him is by donning special "ninja clothes".  (You could use Moorgard in the same encounter, but only those in "pirate clothes" could defeat him).
  • The infamous "Little Brother", that villian who is blamed so often for hacking accounts to make players do or say things they probably shouldn't.  As such, this villian could be a coercer.  Only useful.  (/ducks)
  • The wily "Dubbya", who would appear as a gnome?  This particular menace starts out at 27% health and isn't really a threat.  Just watch out for "Cheney" the ogre ranger.
  1. Loralor says:

    PH…. Please tell me, is it for “Place Holder”? *wink*

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