[text id: first image is a screenshot of Blaseball.com. The Monitor, a giant squid (this time wearing sunglasses) says “hey talkers”
Next, a tweet by @angrybookseller on twitter
A calmer response, this time
Having this, THIS, be the payoff to a narrative thread that started almost 15 seasons ago is making me really genuinely emotional
I’m gonna talk about community lore, narrative payoff, and a giant squid for a bit here
Included on the tweet are two pictures, which are a transcript of what the Monitor said:
how’d you get here?
your pals are inside
can’t let you in yet
aiding the others
but stay near
[there is another message from The Boss]
Where do you think you’re going?
[back to the tweets]
Way, way back in Season 7, the Hall Monitor followed Jaylen back from the Trench. The Moist Talkers, seeing a giant squid, decided that this aligned with our branding, and that we were going to follow it wholeheartedly.
It was just a joke, at the time.
Then, the same season, the Tacos executed the Snackrifice plan. It was chaotic and funny, but also put no small degree of strain on their team community. It was not a thing that they wanted to repeat. Then Season 9 rolled around.
The Monitor, seeking “eggs” (peanuts, as it turned out) began following the most idolized shelled player on the board. Naturally, due to the Snackrifice, this was a Tacos player. There were very few other options.
One of those options, however, was the Talkers’ star pitcher
PolkaDot Patterson had been shelled at the same time as the Tacos players. At the time, they were a pitching powerhouse, and arguably the Talkers’ strongest asset.
But the Tacos were tired. And we knew that.
And we wanted to trust Moist God
We wanted to trust it despite knowing that this may be the end of The Dot. That we may lose them. The Monitor was going to eat our prized pitcher, shell and all.
We called it Polkammunion. Due to a tragic typo, we called it CNMMUE.
PolkaDot lived. It became a moment in history
And that, we thought, was the story. The Dot got a cool new mod (Squiddish), and the story was passed down for roughly ten months as something that happened “back in the day.” And then today happened, and we were presented with a choice.
Again, we chose to trust the Monitor
Having this key player in our team’s culture and history TALK to us, and furthering the plot while doing so - the implications that this carries about the incinerated teams are non-negligible - THAT is how you deliver meaningful narrative.
THAT is why I love this game
This is another story that the Talkers will remember.
Thank you for letting me ramble, and thank you TGB for writing a story that’s going to sit with me for a long, long time.
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