September 30, 2019
Allow me to explain...
BILLY VERSUS SNAKEMAN is one of the many less than productive slices on the time allocation pie-graph of the Walter Mitty LARP that is my life.
It's a fun little anime themed browser game where one vicariously lives the life of a text based ninja living in a text based ninja village working with one's fellow ninja villagers to protect the village from attacks by other ninja villages, rampaging Kaiju, zombies, snowstorms, petitioners, sketchy peddlers, gambling schoolgirls and renegade tattoo artists, all the while going on quests and missions (to other anime genres) that pit you against the malign elder deity that is The Random Encounter Table. There's a TV Tropes page for it.
The game is actually surprisingly well designed. It's fun and despite the limitations of a text based browser game, it affords considerable freedom and a surprising ability to cooperate with other players in your village, and occasionally others villages as well.
It's run by Hammergirl Anime in Rochester New York which is relevant to this explanation because on the very day I had it confirmed that I'd graduated from college, I was informed that I had won "25 Dollars in Weird Japanese Snacks From Hammergirl".
This box from Hammergirl Anime contained a whole bunch of 'Weird Japanese Snacks'.
But that's exactly what was promised!
"So. As a video game company Hammergirl is already way ahead of Bethesda."
Now I must deal with these Weird snacks.
Posted by: Wonderduck at Mon Sep 30 17:44:26 2019 (7cxC9)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Mon Sep 30 18:32:22 2019 (PiXy!)
Posted by: Rick C at Mon Sep 30 19:20:49 2019 (Iwkd4)
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Mon Sep 30 19:41:15 2019 (YUAc9)
I learned to play hanafuda AND mahjongg from that game.
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at Tue Oct 1 01:37:36 2019 (v29Tn)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Tue Oct 1 17:05:39 2019 (LZ7Bg)
The "Umai" (The Doremon themed confections) came in three varieties:
Tonkotsu, which was a crunchy thing that one might be persuaded under duress to describe as that of pork Ramen.
The Cheese variety was surprising as it was the most cheddary thing that ever cheddared. It as more cheddary than Cheese-Its. I never encountered cheddar in Japan and was quite surprised to see them get cheddar right.
Both the above would likely go well with a soda or sweet tea.
The chocolate "Umai" was an amorphous cookie-esque thing wrapped in chocolate. I can't overstress how non-dense the cookie part of this is. I imagine that eating an aerogel coated in chocolate would be similar. The chocolate was, well, perfectly serviceable chocolate. The effect is similar to eating a chocolate KitKat if the cookie portion had the same tensile strength, but the density of cotton.
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Tue Oct 1 19:43:00 2019 (YUAc9)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Tue Oct 1 22:03:29 2019 (LZ7Bg)
A few decades late to help Milo Minderbinder.
Posted by: Rick C at Wed Oct 2 09:12:05 2019 (Iwkd4)
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