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The Luckiest SOB Alive

Yesterday, I was reading Doc’s answer to his third Game Dream, where he talks about the character he’s created and played that’s least like him, Boxcar Bob, a “a gun-toting, nine foot tall, cybernetically enhanced Troll” who “took no prisoners, and rarely asked a question twice”. After reading it, I showed it to Vickie and commented that Bob’s best friend was probably a Vindicator Minigun.

Vickie agreed without batting an eyelid.

Now, this needs a little explanation. For starters, Vickie’s never read the Shadowrun main rulebook, let alone played in a game. For seconds, the Vindicator Minigun only appears in one of the supplements (probably the Cannon Companion, nowadays). But Vickie was able to grok my reference (I’d say mainly due to the idea of a “gun-toting”, “cybernetically enhanced” troll when most trolls aren’t anywhere near a milieu with guns and cybernetics) and run with it. (Of course, it helps she’s a science fiction nut as well, and loves Predator).

I’d just like to say, here and now, that I’m probably one of the luckiest sons of bitches on God’s green earth.

Old Comments

Yep, that was one of my weapons of choice :)

The other was my heavily-armored motorcycle-mounted autocannon. Boom baby, boom!

How many people still grok Grok, though? Sheesh, that show's old, old old :) Still living in syndication, though!


Posted by: Doccus at July 4, 2004 03:06 PM

I thought Grok was from 'Stranger in a Strange Land' by Heinlen?

Not that I grokked that novel, but I remembered the term.

Gav, who prefers Robert E Howard.

Posted by: Gav at July 5, 2004 10:47 PM

Gav,You're right on the money about Grok being from Stranger in a Strange Land...pure Heinlen magic.

D, I don't know about Grok being dated, I personally know heaps of people who understand and use the word. Though of course the possibility of a time warp shouldn't be discounted.

Rob,Thank You. ((((smoochies))))

Posted by: Vickie at July 7, 2004 12:41 AM
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