Clinton FARM

Lord? of the Rings

Still offering my lead-dispensation services (special discount: pay for two hole-ridden raiders, get a third one free!), I ran across a makeshift training hall, where one of the town’s Rangers was passing some knowledge on to some… well, let’s say “challenging” pupils. At first, nothing seemed out of place. Well, aside from the slightly sad attempts made at correct answers, that is (it’s quite comical, to be honest, though obviously it starts repeating itself after a while. If you’re around the FARM, I recommend stopping by and listening to Stayput and the gang take a lesson or two). But then something Stayput said caught my eye:

FARM Life, lesson one: Stating the obvious

Immediately images of a bearded Viggo Mortensen lopping off bit of Uruk-Hai came to mind, and I started looking for a cranky old dwarf and assorted hobbits, but no such luck: all I could see were a gaggle of Chota (I have decided that the plural for Chota is the same as that for geese), and one FARM Ranger named Aura Gorn who was teaching them the basics of FARM life.

"You must be this short to enter the Fellowship"

Oh well. Maybe the next town over will have Laygo Lass teaching the finer points of crossbow use or Jim Lee giving melee axe training.

At Least They’re Not on a Plane

Having found no more medical references in Clinton FARM, I decided to let it be and actually get on with some adventuring. Quite a few of the missions in town are handed out by the Bramby and the Clinton families, and I’d spent most of my time in town looking at the Clintons. Eventually, however, I started doing odd jobs for members of the Bramby family, too. One of them, a lass with the unlikely name of Garren Bramby, sent me off on a mission to find her husband, who had gone off to nearby Slaughterville in search of supplies. I went to track him down and when I finally did, he had a mission of his own to give me:

A poignant question

This immediately put me in mind of everyone’s favourite(Yanks: that British for “favorite” – again, my spellchecker insists) intrepid, fedora-favouring archaeologist.  Well, at least until Kingdom of the Crystal Skull came out – everyone seemed so disappointed after that.

Sadly though, I couldn’t manage to find any other similarities. No punny name like “Delaware Johnson,” no brown bomber jacket and most importantly: no fedora.

So once again, maybe I’m just reading too much into things, but hey, why not 🙂 .

Is There (Another) Doctor in the House?

When I started Fallen Fluff, it was after I’d already noticed some pop culture references in the game. Some of them I had already taken screenshots of when I saw them, but some I had to go and find again (and created a third character whose sole purpose was to wander through the starting towns looking for fluff that I missed the first two times around). After starting the site, I got into the habit of randomly screenshotting (I’m still waiting for that verb to make it into Oxford dictionary) NPC and mission names that seemed familiar, even if I had no idea why.

While looking for the screenshots of the good Drs. House for the previous post, I ran across another interesting thing, this time a mission:

Grey's Anatomy?

I might be reaching here (actually, I’s almost certainly reaching), but since Clinton FARM is all doctory in nature, and I’d already found one reference to a medical TV show, I figured this might be a little nod towards Grey’s Anatomy. I can’t really back that up, since aside from knowing that it has Patrick Dempsey (I hope I spelled that right) and Katherine Heigl, and the supporting actresses from Under the Tuscan Sun and Old School, I really don’t know much about the show.

So yeah, this “find” is slightly dubious. If anyone has actually seen the show or knows the cast, and has spotted something else related to it, let me know in the comments. Come to think of it, there is no shortage of medical shows to choose from, but except for House, I’ve never really watched them, so if you’ve spotted anything from Chicago Hope, E.R., scrubs, or anything like that, that’s great, too.

It’s Never Lupus…

Having finally left Midway and its warring Traveler families, I made my way up north to the… town? of Clinton FARM, passing a lovely little PvP town on the way, which yielded some nice stacks of resources. Having found some fluff in Midway, I was looking forward to the next town but I must admit that simply because of the name of the place, I merely expected some references to the Clinton family, or perhaps some farm jokes (don’t tell me you wouldn’t want to accept a mission line from Old McDonald). So when I strolled into town I was initially disappointed: no Bills, Hillaries, Monicas or Quack Quacks in sight.

But when I started to take on missions, I did notice something; an NPC’s name. See, one of the mission givers in Clinton FARM is called Dr. Hugh Clinton. Now that in and of itself does not necessarily mean much, but it does bear some resemblance to a certain person who is somewhat related to medicine. Know who I’m talking about? If not, bear with me. I’d given up the thought of writing a post on the topic until, a few missions later in the line, I was sent downstairs to meet the next mission giver, a bespectacled lady named Dr. Laurie Clinton. If you watch a certain medical drama series, you might recognize the name(s) now. Actually, just being an old Black Adder fan would cut it.

So without further ado, allow me to present you with the British actor with the most convincing American accent, best known (in recent years, at least) for his portrayal of the misanthropic Sherlock Holmes-esque medical wonderboy, Dr. Greg House: Hugh Laurie!

Funny, I could've sworn he was older. And just one person.