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
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
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
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:
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!Follow This Entry | Leave a Response | Trackback
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