cavac has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

I'm currently writing a (rather small) text adventure that plays out in the monastery.

I don't want to give you the story yet, it's gonna be a surprise (a good one, i hope).

The adventure is a bit tongue-in-cheek and i still need a few famous real or fictional Monastery characters to liven up the scenes. One real person is already included in a major role (no, i wont tell who). Also, i got the reaper and the vote fairy.

So, any contenders? What i'm searching for:

For any such person i'd like a short reasoning or link to one or more articles that made them (in)famous ;-)

Also welcome are links to any famous and "special" posts here in PerlMonks. I'm on the lookout for more insider jokes and such.

Update 2012-07-02: This will take a little longer than planned. During a slight disagreement with my bicycle (which i lost), i broke my left forearm near the elbow. I might be able to release a small preview of the adventure in a couple of weeks, but i can't promise anything, except that the project is still alive.

"You have reached the Monastery. All our helpdesk monks are busy at the moment. Please press "1" to instantly donate 10 currency units for a good cause or press "2" to hang up. Or you can dial "12" to get connected directly to second level support."

Comment on More material for PerlMonks text adventure
Re: More material for PerlMonks text adventure
by ww (Bishop) on Jun 25, 2012 at 20:38 UTC

    AnnonyMonk -- too obvious to justify

    nicko -- a variant of the name of the formerly hands-down-winner of downvotes for obtusity and/or ungracious respsonse to help (I forget if just the former or both) or one of the candidates found in "Worst Nodes of the Year"

    Borg, he of the 'belly'

    Possibly an imaginary someone with a non-European name whose Perl skills exceed her/his competence with English exposition?


    stumbit found on various PM submit buttons


    "Thank you for your patients" ... or some variant thereon, offered as an apology or 'thank you' for various actions

      ROFL! Nice! I think i'll have to add a few rooms. And at least one computer interface ;-)

      "You have reached the Monastery. All our helpdesk monks are busy at the moment. Please press "1" to instantly donate 10 currency units for a good cause or press "2" to hang up. Or you can dial "12" to get connected directly to second level support."
Re: More material for PerlMonks text adventure
by jandrew (Hermit) on Jun 25, 2012 at 21:04 UTC

    While he doesn't fit in either category the quest to up-vote paco might fit?

      Oh, yes. Good call. Paco's (only) post was also one of the first ones i ever read on PerlMonks.

      "You have reached the Monastery. All our helpdesk monks are busy at the moment. Please press "1" to instantly donate 10 currency units for a good cause or press "2" to hang up. Or you can dial "12" to get connected directly to second level support."
Re: More material for PerlMonks text adventure
by jdporter (Canon) on Jun 25, 2012 at 22:19 UTC

    I would think you would have to include some of the important early users, most notably vroom who was for a long time considered the "owner" of PerlMonks; also nate, CmdrTaco, and chromatic (who has the distinction of being the earliest (real person) user still active on the site).

    Also CowboyNeal, who was the object of many running gags.

    Also TimToady, for obvious reasons. :-) And similarly merlyn.

    Critical: root. This fella owns many nodes at PerlMonks, and sends you messages, e.g. when someone replies to a node of yours.

    I reckon we are the only monastery ever to have a dungeon stuffed with 16,000 zombies.
Re: More material for PerlMonks text adventure
by Your Mother (Canon) on Jun 25, 2012 at 23:06 UTC

    I have no sense of humor, cavac. So keep me out of your cut rate, basement geek-pr0n.

    –Your Mother, Nancy VanMerkin (née Grue)

    …huhhhhh… Line!

    Oh, right. Did I get the part?

      Dear Grue,

      Hereby we like to offer ypou a small part in our upcoming feature film text adventure. You will play a classic role. Looks aren't that important, the room will be completly dark.

      ACME Adventures Company Inc.

      "You have reached the Monastery. All our helpdesk monks are busy at the moment. Please press "1" to instantly donate 10 currency units for a good cause or press "2" to hang up. Or you can dial "12" to get connected directly to second level support."

        Ah, just think of the endless comedic possiblities of such a great name... "No, you can't stab YOUR MOTHER!" ...

        I however, am a real grue ... for we AnonyMonks are legion! Lots of us throwing out the best advice you can get but just as likely to assasinate your character ... "You AND your mother too b*tches!"

Re: More material for PerlMonks text adventure
by gsiems (Chaplain) on Jun 26, 2012 at 01:52 UTC
    Don't forget nodereaper
Re: More material for PerlMonks text adventure
by ambrus (Abbot) on Jul 12, 2012 at 22:34 UTC