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Because to me he's always going to be that dorky irritating kid that Picard yelled at because there are no children allowed on the bridge.

I understand he has parlayed that fame into being what is basically a professional geek (and the reoccurring Big Bang Theory role,) but I still don't like anything he does. Am I missing something? I mean, you can buy a $20 miniature plushie of the dude, so he has to have a decent fanbase somewhere, maybe you are one of them and can enlighten me?
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I never saw Star Trek TNG. Not more than five minutes of it at a time, anyway.
So Wil doesn't have any previous connotations with me. He's just a BGGer who is more famous than I'll ever be.
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He developed a cult of personality. It happens all the time, and I'd certainly like it to happen more with people like Wil Wheaton than people like Kim Kardashian.
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Felicia Day is a similar creature.
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He developed a cult of personality. It happens all the time, and I'd certainly like it to happen more with people like Wil Wheaton than people like Kim Kardashian.
It's a "Hey, didn't he do that one thing?, Well he seems kinda cool." I agree I'd rather there were a hundred Wil Wheatons running around over any one of the "Wow, she gets really drunk and wears tight clothes... let's buy a magazine with her on the cover" celebrities we have now.
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He was an extremely talented child actor. His work in Stand By Me is excellent and that was just one of several movies that he was critically acclaimed for. The "Wesley Saves the Universe" shows came about because the TNG executives (including Roddenbury) thought that it would bring the show teeny-bopper appeal. It wasn't Wheaton's fault that the character was so annoying--to quote Jessica Rabbit, it's because it was written that way.

Anyway, that's all in the past, but I find him to be a very appealing person today. Just seems like he'd be a cool person to pal around with. The Tabletop shows are more entertaining than they have any right to be (really, filming people playing a game?) and much of that comes from the fun way Wheaton and his buddies interact. And anything that brings attention to gaming is fine by me. So I have no trouble understanding his appeal. It isn't anything like the Kardashians, because Wheaton is actually talented and doesn't pull stunts just to get attention.
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I mostly just enjoy it when he is on the Penny Arcade D&D shows.
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He's articulate.
He's funny.
He's self depreciating, in a culture of relentless self promoters.
He likes board games, and is really into exposing others to them.

In other words, he seems like a nice guy. Someone I'd be happy to have in my game group.
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He seems like a decent dude and is interested in things I am interested in. I don't adore him or anything. He just seems like a decent guy.

Lots of ladies I've encountered who are fans, think he is cute and such, thus probably the Wheaton plushie came about from that (I know my wife wanted one).

He's showing off our hobby so I don't know why anyone here can have animosity towards that, besides a game selling out then being price gouged. There's always that.
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Come on, he's not bad and he promotes the hobby. I watch his table top series, the game play segments are really good and I drool over his geek chick table.

Lot's of worse folks than him out there. He's enthusiastic about games, he's a good father, he was in Stand by Me which was an excellent film and role for him. He was in Star Trek as an annoying git but then so were the rest of those fruity heads. The only good Star Treks were TOS and Enterprise. Voyager was OK.

Don't bash poor Wil, he contributes mightily and he's a fellow BGG supporting our hobby.
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Come on, he's not bad and he promotes the hobby. I watch his table top series, the game play segments are really good and I drool over his geek chick table.

Lot's of worse folks than him out there. He's enthusiastic about games, he's a good father, he was in Stand by Me which was an excellent film and role for him. He was in Star Trek as an annoying git but then so were the rest of those fruity heads. The only good Star Treks were TOS and Enterprise. Voyager was OK.

Don't bash poor Wil, he contributes mightily and he's a fellow BGG supporting our hobby.


I find it interesting, and funny, you didn't even mention DS9!
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He's also an avid home brewer/beer geek.

I'm not a huge fan but I have a bunch of respect for what he's done. Plus, he seems to be a pretty cool dad.
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Drew1365 wrote:
Yeah, but I'd trade either of those religious movements for a cult of personality around VERKISTO!

You and me both, brother! I just wish I knew how to do it.
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Verkisto wrote:
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Yeah, but I'd trade either of those religious movements for a cult of personality around VERKISTO!

You and me both, brother! I just wish I knew how to do it.

You have one, it's just very, very small.
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Will and I have the same taste in art. This past weekend was Comic Con Kansas City and Will Wheaton was one of the many guests. Nice gentleman. There were a friggin ton of artists and I ended up buying a bunch of art for our new house. One artist was Bryan Fyffe. My wife and I bought two pieces from him for the bedroom (next on the decorating parade). I wanted a nice framed piece that was Fyffe's take on Poe's The Raven. My wife (who gets to do the bedroom decorating as I got to do several other rooms) instead picked out a steam punk balloon and a haunted house.

We get home and later that night I check out Fyffe's website and Twitter. Turns out Will Wheaton a short while after my wife and myself were there purchased two pieces from Bryan Fyffe as well. Specifically my Raven!!!!

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Ditto on various things:
• Nice guy (a rare breed in ego fed Hollywoodland)
• true gamer who promotes games
• better homebrewer than I'll ever be
• I tend to agree with his various rants and opinions
• Embraces his nerd/geek, rather than wishing for and end to celebrating it…
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Verkisto wrote:
He developed a cult of personality. It happens all the time, and I'd certainly like it to happen more with people like Wil Wheaton than people like Kim Kardashian.
See, this weasels out of the question. We can always say, "Well, _____ is better than Hitler, so he's got that going for him..." But that doesn't really answer the question of what is so appealing about him.

And if his greatest asset is being "not Kim Kardashian" then it puzzles me even more how this "cult of personality" grew up around him. Okay, he is "nice," that's super. I know plenty of "nice" people without podcasts and plushies.

(To be clear, I don't hate the guy. Just mystified at why so many geeks slobber over the dude.)

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(To be clear, I don't hate the guy. Just mystified at why so many geeks slobber over the dude.)


I have no idea. Why do BGG'ers drool over Tom Vasel??

I mean, they both have really bad taste in games! What is going on!?

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Drew1365 wrote:
Verkisto wrote:
He developed a cult of personality. It happens all the time, and I'd certainly like it to happen more with people like Wil Wheaton than people like Kim Kardashian.


Yeah, but I'd trade either of those religious movements for a cult of personality around VERKISTO!

Rah rah rah!

I mean "Woot Woot!" I think.


I have my own movement every afternoon about a half hour after lunch.
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I think everyone else has touched on what makes him appealing. In addition, he gives his time to fans, so not only is he the kind of guy who folks would like to hang out with, but he also is the kind of guy folks like to hang out with.
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fightcitymayor wrote:
Verkisto wrote:
He developed a cult of personality. It happens all the time, and I'd certainly like it to happen more with people like Wil Wheaton than people like Kim Kardashian.
See, this weasels out of the question. We can always say, "Well, _____ is better than Hitler, so he's got that going for him..." But that doesn't really answer the question of what is so appealing about him.

And if his greatest asset is being "not Kim Kardashian" then it puzzles me even more how this "cult of personality" grew up around him. Okay, he is "nice," that's super. I know plenty of "nice" people without podcasts and plushies.

(To be clear, I don't hate the guy. Just mystified at why so many geeks slobber over the dude.)



Probably because he's a geek who is reasonably famous who is all about what and why he is one. His image of fame is all about that. How many celebrities are that up front about their hobbies and passions and are considerable successes at promoting them? Because they promote them?
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I recently read a blog post of his, in which he spoke of his struggles with depression. It was a very honest and open narrative. I appreciate public personalities who are willing to share that they're not 'perfect' or 'beautiful,' but flawed as is everyone. This sort of sharing can only do good in the world.
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I have no idea. Why do BGG'ers drool over Tom Vasel??
OMG I don't know!
That's my next question!

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When I met MisterCranky he exclaimed "Oh, yet another guy who looks like Wil Wheaton."

I am not making this up.
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Verkisto wrote:
Drew1365 wrote:
Yeah, but I'd trade either of those religious movements for a cult of personality around VERKISTO!

You and me both, brother! I just wish I knew how to do it.


I can haz Kool-Aid?
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