Sunday, August 30, 2015

#RPGaDAY2015 Day #30: Favorite RPG Playing Celebrity

Ah, the Famous Role-Player category, otherwise known as "Insert Vin Diesel or Wil Wheaton's name here."

I'm not falling down that rabbit hole with you like a bunch of lemmings, even though my wife has declared that if I can get Vin Diesel to game at the house, I can game whenever I want.

My choice is  Tim Duncan, power forward/center for the San Antonio Spurs

I know a good section of the gaming community knows little of anything "sportsball" related, which stems from the fact that some geek stereotypes about gym class are founded with a modicum of truth.   Tim Duncan is certainly not the most  recognizable player in the NBA.  He's not the flashiest on the court, but he's the epitome of what his team is...  Stats and dice don't lie, so here's his: 

  • NBA champion (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014)
  • NBA Finals MVP (1999, 2003, 2005)
  • NBA Most Valuable Player (20022003)
  • 15× NBA All-Star (1998, 20002011, 2013, 2015)
  • NBA All-Star Game MVP (2000)
  • 10× All-NBA First Team (19982005, 2007, 2013)
  • All-NBA Second Team (2006, 20082009)
  • All-NBA Third Team (2010, 2015)
  • NBA All-Defensive First Team (19992003, 2005, 20072008)
  • NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1998, 2004, 2006, 20092010, 2013, 2015)
  • NBA Rookie of the Year (1998)
  • ACC Player of the Year (1996–1997)

  • All this from a guy nicknamed "Mr Fundamental"  because those flashy moves are traded for sound, high percentage basketball play.  It's a different type of min/maxing.

    Oh yeah, he likes Ren Faires, collects knives, and plays Dungeons and Dragons.

    The dude's a geek, just a 6-foot 11-inch version of one.   Sure he's not pushing the "gamer" agenda, but in 17 years in a league full of Kobes, LeBrons, and plenty of wannabes grabbing the ESPN highlights and big stacks of cash, the selfless calculated play of Duncan and his teammates have netted five championships.   In three of those seasons he was the NBA Finals MVP, which, to put into gamerspeak, the dude's party slays dragons more often than other adventuring parties, and Duncan is considered the main reason the party succeeds.  He's the character who's tactically sound at all times, shares the glory and treasure of his fellow party members with nary a grumble, and rises to the occasion when called upon. 

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