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Hosting Your Own Zelda Party

December 18th, 2006 at 3:17 am by The Missing Link

Yes, yes, I know… this isn’t your treasured Whose Blog? post. I’ll get to that… this week hopefully. Don’t you worry; I’ve done my research on that, and I will make that one good. Of course, it’ll be good because you want it so. But I must flagrantly disregard your needs for just one moment… because I just have to share with you this.

So really, let me ask you all a question. Answer this question very seriously and honestly: Just how much of a Zelda geek are you? Go ahead, take your time. I’ll be right here waiting.

Done? Good, let’s move on. If your answer ranged somewhere between “if it’s Zelda related, I will do it” and “sweet Din, I worship it every day at my secret shrine in my closet dedicated to the three goddesses themselves,” well this would be a topic for you. I have the privilege to know quite a few die-hard video game fans, and many of us have one common obsession interest: The Legend of Zelda. And what’s better than living out that wonderful interest by yourself? Of course! Living out that interest with all of your Zelda geek friends! So if you happen to have that kind of crowd within your local neighbourhood, allow me to share with you the secrets of having your own Zelda party.

Before I get any further, I do want to mention that the concept for this entire shindig was not my own idea. It was the idea of my good friends just up the road. However, they are ‘Blog readers, so if you want to give them a compliment for there genius and ingenuity, feel free to do so down in the comment section. You’ll be putting a smile on their face, I promise you.

Alright, so let’s get our party started! Now since this is a party that truly is for the obsessive Zelda fan, you’re going to want it to be well thought out. After all, this is no standard party! This is a party that will bring out that Zelda lover in all of us, so you need to do some prep work ahead of time, and that means planning. So let’s break down the steps of the party one by one.

STEP 1: THE FOOD

Central to any party—Zelda-related or not—is the food. After all, if you’re going to be hanging out over the span of several hours, the munchies are going to be striking some time over the course of the evening, and hungry guests are unhappy guests. Sure, you could do the de facto pizza, chips, and pop (or soda… or whatever it is you call it), and hey, that’s fine. But let’s be honest. We’re Zelda geeks! Anything that screams out Zelda even just a little bit will go a long way. Thankfully, us Zelda folk tend to be creative folk! And so we can work a little magic here and there, and presto! You’ve got an awesome Zelda-themed food idea. Let’s take a look at the following example:

This is my good friend Msondo (the names and faces have been changed to protect the innocent obsessed!) with his very own Triforce cake. (How cool is that?) Granted, I know what you’re all thinking. Not all of you are as culinarily gifted as my friend was when he made this, so the default pizza and chips may sound rather tempting. But before you just skip this paragraph and move on, you can still be creative, even with the standard stuff! The key here is to relate whatever you serve (or at least a portion of it) back to Zelda… even if the connection is absolutely corny! (We’re Zelda nerds. We absolutely dig this stuff up!) So you want to go with pizza? That’s still okay! Think about making it all Zelda-rific by prominently (remember, Zelda pride!) labelling your pizzas as follows:

  • The Tripizza of Power—All your favourite meats; Din would approve
  • The Tripizza of Wisdom—Just plain cheese; Nayru loves that whole simplicity thing
  • The Tripizza of Courage—Vegetables upon vegetables; Farore did create all the plants, after all!

Of course, not everything has to relate back to Zelda, but the more you do, the more inside jokes you’ll have throughout the course of the evening, and that is going to provide a ton of laughs.

STEP 2: THE GUESTS

But this party is not necessarily about you providing tons of Zelda goodness to your Hyruleans friends. This is about all of you sharing your Zelda love with everyone invited! After all, this is, in effect, what we do here on the Great Intertubes (and more specifically, here at ZeldaBlog) day in and day out. So the key thing here is making it such that your friends truly proclaim their Zelda pride and share in the experience with you.

At our Zelda party, it pretty much was a rule that you had to bring something Zelda- or Nintendo-related to the party. The goofier, the better. The crazier, the better. The bigger, the better. This could be something as simple as bringing one of your Zelda posters to hang up at the party… possibly sharing a Zelda keychain that you’ve happened to collect… or maybe you have an ocarina that you’ve bought somewhere… or maybe you have a Zelda-themed T-shirt… or maybe you want to go whole hog and cosplay.

Above is my friend Kimya, and while she was one of the hosts of our Zelda party (read: not a guest), you can get a good idea just how crazy you can be. Incidentally, she also provided “potions” for us to drink, and these turned out to be much more popular than the standard cans of pop. All you need are specialty glasses, a little bit of flavoured soda, pour and poof! Everything you need to fill up your hearts (so you can shoot your sword with power!) and magic metre.

Personally, I brought my Link hat (from my 1999 Halloween costume… the rest of which is all in shambles) and my Zelda ocarina to share with the class… and I willingly played a few songs for my friends. They enjoyed it thoroughly! (Or at least they didn’t have the heart to tell me that I sucked at playing it!)

STEP 3: THE GAMES

And now, onto the main attraction! Every party needs something to do, something to occupy the time of all the participants. And what better idea is there than a glorious competition for your friends to compete in. And so, I present to you a most glorious competition, a competition in which my friends and I battled most furiously so that we might become the winner, the one who was crowed as the Hero of Time, the Universe, and Everything! And we called that competition Zenga.

Zenga, as you might guess from the name of the game, is a variation of the game Jenga, and it does require an actual Jenga game to play. Before you play, you’ll want to get four markers of different colours and mark each title with a single dot of one of the four colours, trying to keep the number of bricks with each of the colours as close to even as possible. (With 54 bricks, you’ll end up with two colours with 13 and two with 14. Such is life.) The rules for Zenga are quite similar to Jenga with one very significant twist, a twist which brings in the Zelda tie-in. After you take a piece out of the stack (which I lovingly call the Tower of the Gods) and place it on top, you must play one of four mini-games, the type of which is governed by the colour of the dot on your brick. Doing so will (hopefully) earn you points, and those points will help determine the final winner of the game.

As you can see, here I am, concentrating heavily on trying to get this annoying brick out of the stack fairly late into the game. You cannot see it, but we eventually widdled several consecutive rows to just having a single brick in them, forcing players to hope that some goddess would smile upon them and force someone—seriously, anyone!—to topple the pile before it got back around to them. (Sadly, once people started dreading their turns and hoping this, we nearly went around the entire group three full times before the game ended.)

Now the mini-games can be just about anything. Use your imagination and see what you come up with! However, we found that the following four types of mini-games were quite fun for all that participated:

  1. Zelda Trivia—Before the game begins, you’ll want to ask all of your participants to write down a list of trivia questions (and answers!) that relate to the Zelda series. Depending upon the skill level of those playing, they could be restricted to just Ocarina of Time or Twilight Princess… or they could be as broad so as to include all 13 Zelda games, the Zelda cartoon, Legend of Link, the CD-i Zelda titles, Zelda cameos in other games, and more! Answering a question correctly will get you two points, and while we didn’t do it this way, you might allow other players to capitalise on the question should the current player not know the answer.
  2. WarioWare—Alright, so this isn’t specifically Zelda. It is Nintendo though, and so we’ll count it… or something. Yes, with about a thousand mini-games able to be randomly selected, you can easy add a lot of flavour to the game by picking one and seeing how good a player is at it. You can, if desired, use any game from the Mario Party series as well (Mario Party 6 is a good source for such things!) or the recently released Rayman Raving Rabbids for Wii. So long as it’s got a slew of micro-games and some easy-to-contrive passing condition is all that’s needed. Those that pass the mini-game will net themselves three points. Failing gives a big fat goose egg.
  3. Pictobox (a.k.a. Pictionary)—Players who select bricks of this sort will get a Zelda creature or phrase and have to draw it in hopes of getting other players to guess what it is. As with the trivia, things can be as common as Dark Link to as obscure as Tingle Operation! If the artist is able to get a player to guess the thing being drawn within the time limit of a minute, both the guesser and the artist get four points.
  4. Charades—Whereas pictobox is drawing, charades is acting, and charades needs no more introduction than that. Again, players will get a minute to act out some Zelda-themed character, item, or action, and the actor and guesser will net themselves each a whopping five points.

Again, you can feel free to substitute in other games such as the death match mode on Four Swords Adventures, Super Smash Bros.: Melee, or anything else you can think of. The sky is truly the limit.

The player that is unfortunate enough to ultimately topple the pile will get their score reset to zero, thus becoming the biggest loser. So the goal of the game is very simple: Move bricks, get points, don’t lose points by screwing up big time.

I ended up being second to last (and that only because someone else with more points toppled the pile, and thankfully I had more than zero points by the game’s end). I kept drawing trivia tiles, which I was able to answer all but one (Why in the world do I need to memorise the name of the voice actor for Link!?)… but sadly those were the lowest point values of all the mini-games. And try as I might, I was always a few seconds (sometimes, I hate to regretfully admit, several millennia) behind someone else getting the right answer in the pictobox and charades challenges. I’ll get you all next time, I swear!

If you don’t happen to have a copy of Jenga at home, you might try looking into Cranium as well. With as varied as that game can be, you can definitely use it as a base to make a Zelda tie-in for it quite easily.

STEP 4: THE ENTERTAINMENT

So conversation, games, and food won’t fill the span of, say, five hours. So what do you do for the rest of the time? Well, TML has got you covered, and there are plenty of things to do to occupy the time. And yes, even your entertainment can be Zelda-themed if you want it to be, which of course is the path that I personally would recommend.

So what can you do for entertainment? Why not start with the fan-made LoL: Legend of Link movie? Even if you seen it, to us loyal Zelda fans, this move is as classic as Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, you could do as we did this past time and watch the 1989 cult classic The Wizard. (Our beloved Adventure of Link does get a wonderful cameo reference in the game, so it counts!) There’s always the Zelda cartoon series… and there’s always the absolutely crazy Zelda trailers and commercials that you can find with a simple click of the mouse over at YouTube and Google Video. With streaming video, you can basically find anything you want these days, and your guests will appreciate the effort.

So there you have it! The wonders of a Zelda Party are now at your fingertips… so go forth and be merry. Share your Zelda pride with the universe!

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    Very nice article overall. Something that wuold be quite tempting to have, if there were others in close proximity. Alas, the name you were looking for was Nobuyuki Hiyama. Sounds like it was a lot of fun, though something tells me that leaving a Sword and Shield behind might be better for the overall sanity of the event, or did people bring their own replica weapons?

    Think of some more mini-games that are zelda related and soon you’ll have your own ZeldaParty 1. :)

    Sorry about that Nobuyuki Hiyama question, but I didn’t get the Oracles’ one either… some questions were hard, hmm? :>

    Thank you very much for coming! I am glad you enjoyed it. :>

    I am the only one of my friends who would do this. No one would come. “Alone again in red potion-vill…”

    Kimya said:

    Sorry about that Nobuyuki Hiyama question, but I didn’t get the Oracles’ one either… some questions were hard, hmm? :>

    True, I did devise some mean questions. XD But you kept getting Pictoboxes though, and very few of them ended up going the full minute without a guess. ;) I was desperate to get something that wasn’t trivia, but on my turn either the luck of the draw on pulling bricks was bad or all of the ones that I knew weren’t trivia were really locked tight in there. X)

    i wasnt at the party, i probably dont even live in the same state (missouri) but i think its a great idea, TML. maybe ill throw one at my house (i live in the country, but ive got at least 5 people that would want to come)! i just need to make sure it doesn’t suck XD

    Holy fudge. Speak of the devil, some of my friends and I were thinking about getting together over winter break to tag-team play Twilight Princess. (Three teams, two people per team, one person plays, non-player helps figure out puzzles, everyone else watches, teams switch every hour or so) You’ve given me some great ideas to make it a great time. This is a really awesome article as usual, TML! Thanks!

    Ah, I wish I could do this, its just I don’t have many Zelda fans nearby. Funny though!

    Wow, some of those party games are very, very good ideas! Mind if I implement them in some way as an online game thing? Those are great ideas, TML! :D

    So TML, we see your true form: A dude with glasses and weird facial hair…

    And to think I thought your hair was more reddish…

    COme on, what was the REAL recipe of the potions? It looked so much colorful than cola!

    Sounds like that was a lot of fun TML! Definetely some great ideas and time put into that! I wish I could have one myself but no one that lives near me is really all that into Zelda. Maybe because I live in Iowa? Yeah, probably ;) .

    Oh, and it’s good to see you in a new picture. Last time we saw you I think it was… oh yeah, when you got your Wii and TP EARLY, slimy little coot XD!

    Another thing: GOOD IDEA FRIENDS UP THE ROAD! Thought I was forgetting something!

    ha,clever idea.exept now I remember I always wanted an ocarina.ever since you posted that thing about spencers ocarinas on TGA anyways.and yes,I was paying atention to the article,the ocarina part just made me remember my deep determination to get one!!!!! :) .

    shadowknight said:

    Ah, I wish I could do this, its just I don’t have many Zelda fans nearby. Funny though!

    Josephina said:

    Sounds like that was a lot of fun TML! Definetely some great ideas and time put into that! I wish I could have one myself but no one that lives near me is really all that into Zelda. Maybe because I live in Iowa? Yeah, probably ;) .

    I don’t think Iowa has anything to do with it. I know two people other than myself and my sister who could possibly attend one were I to host it. Or either of the two I mentioned. I think that Zelda people tend to be dispersed throughout the world like rupees in grass.

    Say, TML (or anyone else who was there) how many people were at this party?

    Why are there no Zelda fans in IL?!?!?! >:[

    The Master Swordsman said:

    Wow, some of those party games are very, very good ideas! Mind if I implement them in some way as an online game thing? Those are great ideas, TML! :D

    If you can find a way to put them in an online game, they’re all yours. XD I’m not sure how good Zenga would be as an online diddily, but… more power to you. :)

    Dark Mime Gogo said:

    COme on, what was the REAL recipe of the potions? It looked so much colorful than cola!

    It’s not just like soda as in Pepsi or Coke. They’re specialty soda drinks that come in the appropriate colours.

    Light Link 007 said:

    Say, TML (or anyone else who was there) how many people were at this party?

    Oh, we had… nine or ten people there? At least I think that’s the count.

    Bboy94 said:

    Why are there no Zelda fans in IL?!?!?! >:[

    I know quite a few people over at TDC who live in IL, and ARE zelda fans…

    I wish I had some new zelda to ride me over… darn shortages…

    Bboy94 said:

    Why are there no Zelda fans in IL?!?!?! >:[

    Dag, yo. I live near Chicago. I’m a Zelda fan. There are probably Zelda fans most every where. A better thing would have been

    Bboy94 said:

    Why are there no Zelda fans in Antarctica!?!?!

    Windmill Man, let’s not make assumptions, the penguins may play Zelda. LOL.

    Fresno, CA is a huge gaming city, but I just haven’t found the sneaky Zelda communities around here, since I just moved here. I wonder if their hiding from me? I wouldn’t doubt it. ^_*

    Zen Blade said:

    Fresno, CA is a huge gaming city, but I just haven’t found the sneaky Zelda communities around here, since I just moved here. I wonder if their hiding from me? I wouldn’t doubt it. ^_*

    Maybe I’ll move there! Rochester isn’t that big of a gaming city. Most people I talk too haven’t ever even heard of a Wii or a Gamecube, much less Zelda. The whole city really only exists because of IBM and the Mayo Clinic. And with IBM in Rochester you’d think there would be a lot of nerds and geeks but there aren’t. ‘Course I don’t live in Rochester proper but I’m close enough. It’s considered the “Rochester Area”. Minnesota, not New York.

    Light Link 007 said:

    Zen Blade said:

    Fresno, CA is a huge gaming city, but I just haven’t found the sneaky Zelda communities around here, since I just moved here. I wonder if their hiding from me? I wouldn’t doubt it. ^_*

    Maybe I’ll move there! Rochester isn’t that big of a gaming city. Most people I talk too haven’t ever even heard of a Wii or a Gamecube, much less Zelda. The whole city really only exists because of IBM and the Mayo Clinic. And with IBM in Rochester you’d think there would be a lot of nerds and geeks but there aren’t. ‘Course I don’t live in Rochester proper but I’m close enough. It’s considered the “Rochester Area”. Minnesota, not New York.

    Wow dude, you live like only a few hours north of me. At least there’s someone out there ;) !

    I LOVE ZELDA!!!! anytime someone even MENTIONS the name Zelda, I stop for a second or two to see if it’s about the game or related to the Zelda series. No more than a second or two though, I don’t want to eves-drop. I think about Zelda ALL day long, even when I’m supposed to be doing something else, Zelda always pops into my head.

    This party idea is great. Too bad I don’t have a Zelda cult where I live. I wish I did. But, maybe I’ll get lucky and when I move whereever I’m going to the place will be filled with Zelda geeks. I could use soome of the ideas from here and twist them around, and then make completely new ones. In fact, while I was reading this, I though of tons.

    I live in Central IL, I know video gamers, but they are all Sony and Microsoft fanboys.

    I wish for a cult, and maybe a hawt girl too. XP

    Bboy94 said:

    I wish for a cult, and maybe a hawt girl too. XP

    LOL! XD

    Bboy94 said:

    I live in Central IL, I know video gamers, but they are all Sony and Microsoft fanboys.

    I wish for a cult, and maybe a hawt girl too. XP

    I know how you feel. My freind is an avid gamer, and bungie slave.

    Dark Mime Gogo said:

    So TML, we see your true form: A dude with glasses and weird facial hair…

    And to think I thought your hair was more reddish…

    COme on, what was the REAL recipe of the potions? It looked so much colorful than cola!

    LOL! Ok, I can answer this question since my husband and I (the weirdos in the pictures) were the hosts of the party and the ones crazy enough to come up with Zenga. ;)

    We used Jones soda for the potions. You can’t see it very well in the picture, but we also had little bottles with milk and some others with bugs (like the ones Link captures sometimes.) We used some plastic spiders we had gotten for Halloween. It was cool, they looked just like the ones from the games. ;)

    This was our second Zelda party, and it had about 10 people. Unfortunately some people couldn’t attend due to the power outage that TML talked about… the first one was right after Halloween, and we had about 15 people for that (but unfortunately, TML was not able to attend because he hadn’t moved to Washington yet! :)

    We are planning on throwing another one early next year, and luckily more friends want to come, so we might have to rent a place when it happens — our small condo can barely fit all of those people. :) Msondo and I already have some new ideas for the next one (on top of playing some more Zenga), so it should be fun! :>

    Kimya said:

    Dark Mime Gogo said:

    So TML, we see your true form: A dude with glasses and weird facial hair…

    And to think I thought your hair was more reddish…

    COme on, what was the REAL recipe of the potions? It looked so much colorful than cola!

    LOL! Ok, I can answer this question since my husband and I (the weirdos in the pictures) were the hosts of the party and the ones crazy enough to come up with Zenga. ;)

    We used Jones soda for the potions. You can’t see it very well in the picture, but we also had little bottles with milk and some others with bugs (like the ones Link captures sometimes.) We used some plastic spiders we had gotten for Halloween. It was cool, they looked just like the ones from the games. ;)

    This was our second Zelda party, and it had about 10 people. Unfortunately some people couldn’t attend due to the power outage that TML talked about… the first one was right after Halloween, and we had about 15 people for that (but unfortunately, TML was not able to attend because he hadn’t moved to Washington yet! :)

    We are planning on throwing another one early next year, and luckily more friends want to come, so we might have to rent a place when it happens — our small condo can barely fit all of those people. :) Msondo and I already have some new ideas for the next one (on top of playing some more Zenga), so it should be fun! :>

    Man, I wish there were people like you around here.

    We all do, Light Link 007, we all do.

    eh…. ‘.’ i think so too, i just dont think that… WHY?????? WHY DO I TAKE THIS TORTURE!!!!!!!! I NEED TRUE ZELDA FRIENDS!!!!!!

    0.0 ._. ‘-’

    “hmph. somebody stole my cheetos.” >:[

    Light Link 007 said:

    Man, I wish there were people like you around here.

    Move to Seattle then, and join us! :>

    Well, let’s just say one thing. Zelda fans can enjoy Zelda in their own way. Even through parties like these. Maybe when I get a Wii and we finish my Zelda movie, we can have an afterparty, and it’s got Doritos shaped like Triforces, pizzas also shaped the same, drinks arranged in the shape of a sword, some of those party games you were talking about, and of course, Twilight Princess!

    Why does everybody keep talking about a picture of the party? Is the pic.on this post and my computer just won’t show it?

    The Deku Master said:

    Why does everybody keep talking about a picture of the party? Is the pic.on this post and my computer just won’t show it?

    probably.there are a bunch of pictures in this article and its not unlikely that your computer is giving you problems.

    Kimya said:

    Light Link 007 said:

    Man, I wish there were people like you around here.

    Move to Seattle then, and join us! :>

    I’M ONLY FIFTEEN!! I CAN’T! Otherwise I would.

    Where did he in the first picture get that T-shirt?!?

    sounds fun :)

    Link-X said:

    Where did he in the first picture get that T-shirt?!?

    my guess would be E3.

    I showed that to all my Zelda friends and they all want to have one. That’s definitely a brilliant idea for any Zelda geek (especially one that loves to cook). :D

    Shadow Ninja Kakashi said:

    Link-X said:

    Where did he in the first picture get that T-shirt?!?

    my guess would be E3.

    That’s correct. E3 2005. :)

    wow,I actually got it right :D !

    I got to have a party sometime…. >:[ i cant get enough of that face! :P

    wow 0.0 thats awsome ^^ its like anime convention over agian oheeheee attack all my precious links with the glomp of death!!!

    wha?

    Unfortunatly, all of my Zelda crazy friends are online….

    same here.

    We used Jones soda which is a local beverage company with tons of flavors and colors. An important thing to note: virtually everybody at the party is somebody from the game industry. We happen to live in the Redmond/Seattle area where gaming companies (and gamers that staff them) are everywhere… so luckily we know enough freaks interested (obsessed) with Zelda to throw such a party. :>

    msondo said:

    An important thing to note: virtually everybody at the party is somebody from the game industry.

    hmmm…this is starting to sound like a secret meeting more then a party :P .just kidding,but still the conversations must have been interesting (even if you cant share secret information…….or can you :? ? ).

    Alas our lives and conversations are basically one huge Non-disclosure agreement. ;)

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