Thursday, May 5, 2005

Goodbye Ludo

Today was the funeral for David Strand but I'll never remember him as that, to me he was Ludo.

I first met Ludo playing Live Action games and through the years knew him best for all the hours spent playing online games.

Ludo was the kind of guy that would get into a new game, or into the beta program for a new game, and play for countless hours. I was always amazed at how quickly Ludo would advance in whatever method the game used to measure progress. Ludo was always there, finding new places, besting new monsters, gaining new treasures and learning the tricks and methods of whatever game it was. Then, because it was the kind of guy he was, Ludo would turn around and spend countless hours helping his friends - he'd show us how to do thinks, ways to be more efficient at play, and he would slug it out in whatever method he could to help his friends either catch up with him or at least waste less of their time doing the trivial stuff. Sometimes I would feel like I was horning in on his enjoyment of the game, but every time I'd ask him he'd say that helping his friends was what made the games fun for him. If you were stuck, or needed some particular item that would be difficult for you to get, if Ludo found out you'd be dragged along as he battled whatever it was that got you stuck or you'd find the item in your inbox before you knew it. It didn't matter what game we played, Ludo was always the same. Sometimes Ludo would get upset with a particular game, or a character he was playing, and in true Ludo fashion - no drama, no debate, no muss and no fuss - we'd either find out he had started playing a new game or had deleted his old character to start a new one that didn't have the problems or frustrations that the old one did.

For me, nothing has changed. If I may use the above as an analogy, Ludo is still looking out for us. The Lord offered Ludo a chance to get in early on a new adventure. I imagine Ludo looked around, saw that his current avatar in this game was having a few problems, and decided to reroll his character on a new server. Like always, his choice was sudden and took the rest of us by surprise. For me, like always, when the rest of us finally catch up with Ludo, he'll be there to show us around the new place, help us get adjusted, and if we're stuck or need help with anything, he'll be there. For me, I'll always imagine Ludo in front of a computer (or two) figuring out new ways to play the game. We shall meet again Ludo, of that I am sure.

The following text is Benjamin Franklin's memoirs, he originally wanted it for a gravestone when he was younger, but changed his mind later.
"The body of B. Franklin, Printer
Like the Cover of an Old Book
Its Contents torn Out
And Stript of its Lettering and Gilding
Lies Here, Food for Worms.
But the Work shall not be Lost;
For it will (as he Believ'd) Appear once More
In a New and More Elegant Edition
Revised and Corrected
By the Author."

Perhaps for those of us that waste countless hours and dollars playing our computer games ours would read..

"The remains of David K. Strand, Ludo
Like and old online game
Ruined by one too many patches
And broken by corrupted files and glitches
Lies here in its box, uninstalled from the operating system.
But the game will go on;
For it will (even if he was skeptical) be played again
Revised with a new graphics and gameplay engine
Perfected and republished
By the Lead Developer."

Rest in Peace Ludo