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If you've hung out on Dtoid for a while, you're probably familiar with the Domo-loving, game-collecting, "dag yo!"-saying Funktastic. If you're familiar with him, you know that he's a great guy.
HOWEVER: you may not be aware that he is truly the nicest person ever.
Come back in time with me to PAX 2009, where a lovely time has had by all. It was the biggest PAX ever, as well as the most Destructoid-filled. (Unfortunately, I missed out on the big group picture [and most of the Dtoid events] once again this year, but that's what PAX 2010 is for!) It was a hell of a lot of fun for me with the exception of one tiny detail:
My stuff got stolen. PSP, DS, an assortment of games, and the things I bought from Capcom's booth: God Hand and a Servbot keychain. The moment I realized this, I spent the next couple hours looking through all of the lost and founds, the booths I'd visited, and the outlying rooms I'd been in. During the course of this mad scramble, I ran into a guy in the Capcom booth with a Domo shirt and one of those fancy nametags that Mr Destructoid was handing out. It was Funktastic!
We only talked for a few minutes since I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off, but we managed to compliment each other's shirts (I was wearing my Servbot shirt from Refused Classification) and talk about how great PAX was, but then I told him about my stolen stuff, and he said he'd keep an eye out for my missing red bag. So we parted ways and didn't run into each other for the rest of the show. I tried to repurchase the stuff I'd got from the Capcom booth, but they were sold out. I'd lost the keychain forever... or so I thought.
A few months later, however, Funktastic made a "Compulsive Collector's Haul" post in which he informed me that he'd purchased a second keychain just in case someone needed it. He said that he's spent the last couple months trying to get my name and address simply to surprise me with the keychain. I learned this on a particularly rough day (midterm and a breakup within an hour of each other), so this random act of kindness warmed my heart. A few months later, I received my keychain as well as a whole bunch of neat swag!
I always wanted to write a blog about it but time constraints got in the way and I never did...
(Keychain pictured on top of Sega Saturn [Oh the irony!])
Because that is not the only amazing act of kindness that our lovely Canadian friend has done for me.
Come back in time with me a couple months to November, back when I was a fresh faced trading forum noob as opposed to the (almost) hardened trading veteran I am now... I excitedly made a trade (my second ever!) with a user who was just a couple months into his Destructoid tenure, a one DWolfwood. I traded him my Heavenly Sword and Heart of Darkness for his Dead Space and Chrono Cross. Or so I thought...
As the weeks went by I never received my games, he stopped logging into Dtoid in early December, and never responded to my PSN reminders. After my patience began to wear thin, I reported my failed trade on the forum. I seemed to have been duped, and although he informed my that he received my games, I never got anything in return. It was disappointing to be sure. I was the only person to ever have an unsuccessful trade on the Dtoid forums.
As time went on though, I kept trading with people, and eventually Funktastic and I started communicating about a potential trade. Due to his massive library of games, I had nothing good to offer him, but I did mention the limited edition Domo-kuns that were available at Borders. That piqued his interest and after a few more PMs, I traded him a Red and an Orange Domo for the Twin Snakes and Etrian Odyssey II.
The package arrived just the other day, and it contained those two games as well as the following note:
:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
And Bonus! Inside Etrian Odyssey II was a copy of Shining Soul 2!
That's right, people. Funktastic knew that I had a failed trade, found the games that I didn't get and sent them to me. You don't get much more amazing than that. <3 <3 <3
So here's to Funktastic, one of the greatest people on Dtoid. You deserve much more than this poor-grammar-ridden, poor quality picture-filled (I'm using an iPhone, sorry!) blog post, but I hope that it can help convey how grateful I am to you! You're the best, and I hope you enjoy your Domos!!