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Published on: August 17, 2011

As a kid, Legos were one of my favorite toys. I would get a new set, and put it together according to the directions, and play with it for a bit, but that never lasted very long. No, the part I liked was when the set inevitably started to fall apart and then I got to make it in to whatever I wanted it to be. (This was usually a space ship, which is weird in hind sight, because I almost universally got castle sets.) I loved taking my limited, but very flexible toolset and making new things. Creation has always been a very entertaining thing for me.

I think this manifests in a couple ways for me as an adult (adult-ish, anyway). The first is all this stuff here and my art and everything I keep trying to do. I love to create. I’m working as hard as I can to make a career from creation. But where I get hurt is when I’ve got the initial creation done, I have difficulty maintaining the creation. I want bits to fall off so I can turn them in to something else. This isn’t really the best way to make something permanent and marketable, though. I keep wanting to start new projects, and I keep getting bored with old projects. It’s hard, because I think the old projects are good. I know the old projects are good, I liked them back when I made them. It’s just hard to keep that excitement that a new project brings.

Okay, that was the useful, actually adult one. The other way I love Lego-like things is games. I love games with a creative element. My wife will no doubt roll her eyes to learn that I’ve somehow managed to talk about Minecraft again, but I love this game. If anyone is unfamiliar with Minecraft, imagine a vast, randomly generated world make entirely of Lego, and you get to build in it, and you’re not too far off. It’s a game where a huge part of the gameplay is pretty much just digging holes, and I still love it. Making things is fun, especially when one plays multiplayer and can build those things with friends.

Minecraft isn’t the only game that I love for its creative portions, though. I think one of the big reasons I love Roleplaying Games (computer and pen and paper) is the creative element. All those stats and numbers are my Lego bricks, and the worlds I make and adventures I have are my creations.

So, as usual, I don’t really have a point. But hey, if anyone wants to play Minecraft, let me know, I’ll send you the server info. In the meantime, I’m going to keep creating things.

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