"’Save versus girls?’ Man, I always make that roll."

§ September 15th, 2006 § Filed under gelatinous cube § 1 Comment

Every once in a while, I see something like this:

“WOLVERINE #1 of 4, Marvel, ’82, Frank Millar story/cover & art, Wolvy’s 1st solo book ! Near Mint++++ ! !!”

…which by itself is pretty typical, but has an opening minimum bid of $648,000.

So, what up with that? I figure it’s one of the following reasons:

1) Typo – opening bid was meant to be $6.48, and mistakes were made.

2) Prank – seller just thought it would be funny to list this for $648,000.

3) (The most likely reason) Attention-grabbing advertising – potential bidders see that minimum bid in the listings, checks out the auction to see what the heck’s going on (and thus are exposed to a blurb for the seller’s eBay store).

4. Done in the hopes that he’ll actually realize that price – hey, just gotta sell one.

The shipping is a fairly reasonable $4.25, however.

Things I’ve done that you haven’t: participated in a one-on-one play-by-e-mail Dungeons & Dragons adventure with Chris Sims as Dungeon Master, and me a player-character Gelatinous Cube:

Chris: “Okay, you’re in a tavern….”

Me: “I immediately sweep my gelatinous cube-shaped body through the tavern, absorbing everything I come across into my sticky body — packs, weapons, barmaids….”

I don’t know why, but I was on some Gelatinous Cube trip at the shop the other day…a strange throwback to the days when I actually sold the D&D stuff at the shop. I was wondering two things: 1) if a player character was polymorphed into a Gelatinous Cube, if he or she could continue playing as a Cube; and 2) has anyone made any kind of D&D-themed snack food designed around the Gelatinous Cube? You know, little squares of clear Jello with some of those candy skeletons, the kind that are always being sold around Halloween, embedded inside.

Chris says the answer to #1 is “yes,” though it probably depends on the DM. The answer to #2 is, um, I don’t know, as my Google-fu has failed me. Maybe one of you out there can clue me in.

Some more Cube links:

The cube as it appears in Neverwinter Nights.

Here’s a miniature for sale, a homemade mini in progress, and another nice mini.

A Worth1000 Photoshop contest entry along the lines of my Jello snack idea.

EDIT: I’ve been informed that, by some odd coincidence, John Kovalic ran an Unspeakable Oaf panel today that involves a Gelatinous Cube.

Yeah, I know, Gelatinous Cube talk doesn’t really fit the usual comics theme here, but I had to get it out of my system. If you’re not satisfied with the quality of Progressive Ruin, please write for a refund.

Okay, back to comics:

“Good or Evil? Comic Books and Their Influence on Kids”

“In some comics, the violence and blatant sexual advances rival that of infamous video games like Grand Theft Auto and the Resident Evil series. Some persue practices or customs that are tied to the occult, whereas others dabble in matters of society, like homosexuality, and drug abuse.

“The real question is, who do you want teaching your kids about those things, you or the comic book?

“True, not all comic books are bad, and some are quite benefitial, but constant vigilance is necessary to keep your kids from being expossed to these things.”

Poor spelling still okay, though.

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