Spiritcallings: Frizzendly

There are days I’m really lucky to have good friends. One of them talked me down from a tree today – gently nudged me off the righteous soap box and was a voice of calm rationality in the midst of my fire and brimstone. Without this person, this blog post would have been A LOT different. Thank you.

I have said that Fallon Shadowblade is my hero, and she always will be, but if you were to ask me the question, “Who do you want to be when you grow up?” I would say Han Solo. Then, after many of you rolled your eyes, I would say The Friendly Necromancer. (Yes, this is weird, seeing as how he’s a few days younger than I am.)

Friendly, as you probably know, is the caretaker of the blog that launched a thousand blogs, including my own. His simple, self-titled blog is written with a warm wisdom and quirky sense of humor that belies just how smart it really is. It’s impossible to read his blog without feeling his love for Wizard101 and the community. Without even trying, he inspired dozens, if not hundreds of us to dip our own quills into virtual ink. Too often I find myself reading something on Tom’s site and thinking, “I wish I had written that.” Ye Olde Friendly Necromancer’s writing speaks to all of us as wizards, as gamers, and as people.

He’s also a very large part of the success of Ravenwood Radio. As a self-proclaimed, ‘Early Adopter’, Friendly was one of our first guests. He has written our show’s intro theme almost since the beginning, and frequently contributes an audio segment that is easily one of the most eagerly anticipated parts of the show. I’m pretty proud of our little podcast, but I fully realize that Tom’s constant support is one of the reasons why we have succeeded.

In game, Tom has time for everyone, and even when his schedule is full, he has a friendly (see what I did there?) word for anyone. He’s never too busy not to say hi and trade a few kind words. I’m not exaggerating when I say that if we all had a bit more Friendly (I did it again!) in our community, it’d be a place no one would ever want to leave.

So why am I gushing about Thomas Lionblood today? It’s because he’s awesome. Tom is one of my favorite people in the Spiral, and I’m incredibly blessed to count him and his friendly family among my friends. And if I don’t miss my guess, you probably feel exactly the same way. So thanks, Friendly. Thanks for inspiring all of us to make this an assembly of bloggers, gamers and podcasters working together to create a harmonious community built around Wizard101.

And if you don’t recognize what a vital, treasured pillar of this community Señor Lionblood truly is, then you just might be a shortsighted troll, and I’ve got no time for shortsighted trolls.

(Edit: I want to make it clear that I am not singling out any particular person or entity with this statement. I apologize for any misunderstandings that may have occurred.)

Thanks Tom.

See y’all in class.

(SYI)

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10 Responses to “Spiritcallings: Frizzendly”

  1. I agreed with you about Friendly. He is amazing person and influnced to all of us. Hey Friendly we love you so much! :) And btw thank you for represent wizard101 for all of us. :)

  2. keller Lendendmask says:

    i wish i could meat him i just dont know what sever he goes on. :(

  3. Matt says:

    This post is AWESOME!!
    Friendly’s Blog was the reason my kids started playing Wizard101 and is one of the main reason I started playing. Seeing a father enjoyed online gaming with his children pulls on my heart strings.

    (Just in case Tom reads this)
    I would like to take a moment and Say thanks for all the hard work that you do for Wizard101/KingsIsle and the Whole Gaming Community in general.
    You are a Awesome Man, Hasband, and Father and my your Life be blessed with true happiness until your next life :D

    Forever your Firend,
    Matt (Mcnuggets) hehe

  4. I must totally agree with you Stephen.
    Friendly has literally built this community bit by bit and he is one of the people that inspired me to blog. He is amazing and he is probably one of the nicest people I’ve ever exchanged words with :)

  5. Edward Lifegem says:

    I agree! I am very glad you wrote this post. He inspired me to start my blog too, along with many others! I am very glad he has made the Wizard101 community a better and friendly place :)

  6. I have to agree with everybody, Friendly is one of the best members this community has ever seen and I hate to see a future without him in it. Thanks Friendly for doing so much for the Wizard101 Community!

  7. Friendly is awesome. His blog was the first I read after joining in with the wizards of the Spiral. And I’m now one of those who was inspired by him to write a blog! :D

    (You and Fallon are awesome too Steven.) ;)

  8. Well said Steven! Friendly was one of my biggest inspirations for starting dittomonster.com and getting involved with the awesome Wizard101 community, something that means a lot to me! One of the high points of my blogging career was Friendly covering my reports from PAX East last year – seeing myself on Friendly’s blog was such a thrill!
    Thanks for all you do Friendly, and thanks Steven for a great article. And thanks Fallon for talking Steven off the ledge :)

  9. Wow I have checked his site and really like it GO TOM GO!!!!

  10. Vijeta says:

    IT WAS MY BIRTHDAY ON THE 1st!

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