Lady Wants To Role-Play Star Trek, Posts Crazy Online Ad

Wanting to engage in the most literal type of role-playing there is, a woman has posted an as on Craigslist seeking "2 or 3 women for Star Trek roleplaying". The fact it has to end with the line "Nothing weird is going to happen" hints that, yeah, maybe some weird stuff is going to happen. At least by your everyday standards.

Here's the ad in full:

Need 2 or 3 women for Star Trek roleplaying. No nudity, no touching. STRICTLY "THE NEXT GENERATION" ERA CHARACTERS AND COSTUMES. Last time someone tried TOS and it was a disaster. There will be no mixing of eras. I don't want to hear how Captain Kirk is so great. Kirk isn't half the Captain that Picard is, OK? Kirk is a fat chauvinist ladies man. Picard is an honorable intellectual and an excellent diplomat. I built a bridge in my mom's garage and a small shuttlecraft. If this sounds like something you want to do let me know and I'll send you the script. I don't mind if your costume isn't terribly authentic, just make sure it's close to TNG era. Once you have your script you can think about your character and let me know about any ideas you have. We won't be filming anything it, it's just a fun way to spend an afternoon. Maybe my mum will make lunch. It helps if you know a lot about the show. The reason I need women is that the story is about getting stuck on a shuttlecraft. I can't tell you more now. Most weeknights and weekends are good times. Having your own props is an asset e.g. a phaser or a VISOR if your character needs one. Please respond with pic and short bio plus stats. Nothing weird is going to happen.

Before you go thinking she's insane, the author has written a great response piece of sorts to the attention the ad has attracted, reminding the world:

Almost every adult has an escapist realm they indulge. I know people who compulsively read romance novels, or build up old cars into works of art. Fantasy baseball, fantasy football, the office hockey pools, these are all escapist realms. People who watch Law & Order, CSI, Criminal Minds and other crime shows are indulging in a genre that is more widespread than science fiction. Professional sports is easily the most widespread and intense form of escapism and nearly every single person in the world indulges in some form of participation. To put it simply, there is nothing less redeeming in pretending to be characters from a TV show than putting on a jersey from your favourite football team and watching the game at a sports bar.

She's got a point.

Make It So [craigslist, via Fashionably Geek]


    Seriously Plunkett, posting Craigslist personal ads now? Most of what you post (or re-post straight from other news aggregates) is pretty terrible, but this is a new low. Not to mention completely un-game-related. I don't understand how Kotaku justify your paycheck. Maybe you should work for Women's Weekly or some other glossy rag if you want to be writing gossipy crap like this.

      "That's Life" is more like it.

        I thought it was a decent article myself. Plus a gaming magazine that deals EXCLUSIVELY in gaming comes across as fairly boring.
        Posting semi-related stuff like amusing nerd news is more than welcome

      Hey, I tried looking for *your* articles, Scatterlogical. But I couldn't find any.

      Why is that?

      Now STFU, and go somewhere (go and read Woman's Weekly, seeing as you're obviously familiar with it) and complain about stuff that WASN'T 'painfully clear because of the title' when you're there, because they might care.

      People like you (no, they don't - finish the sentence) are the reason that the internet is crappy at communication. And I'm probably not helping right now, either.

      But given how clear the title of this piece, you MUST have come here to troll. Go away, you obtusely gormless troll.

    Here's a pro-tip that will provide you with extra time in your day to go about doing the things you enjoy:

    The title of an article often gives you clues as to what the subject matter is all about. If the subject matter doesn't appeal to you, you don't have to read the article.

    Wow, looks like a kicked a hornet's nest. At least Deadman bothered to make a rational, level-headed and valid point. Kotaku isn't strictly gaming, and gaming isn't all about the games themselves.

    But look people, I've been reading Kotaku for quite some time now, and read some really good, lengthy, well written articles. I don't recall a single one of those being written by Luke Plunkett.

    What I do see again and again from Plunkett is shameless reposts and tacky gossip crap (both of which is encompassed in the 'article' above).

    I commented with what is probably very biting criticism in the vain hope that Plunkett might bother to pick up his game, not for the sake of trolling. Or maybe I'm just jealous that someone can earn a living by being so slack.

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