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Conan helps your game

September 27, 2009

Several years ago I got into reading Robert E Howardâs old Conan stories. They instantly struck a chord. This was a hero I wanted to be. He strode with ease through the world like everyone else was his guest. He had control of his destiny, and wandered wherever he felt like, enjoying the moment and rarely thinking further ahead than the next wench or the next flagon of ale. He didnât start fights but heâd not back down from a challenge. He let nobody knowingly take him for a ride but if he was outsmarted he gave grudging respect and cheerfully got back on with his life.

To the modern girly-man, Conan is a savage. An anachronism. Where are his issues, his depth, his supplication to women, his social awareness? Heâs a brute.

I loved these stories and sometimes wondered if Iâd been born 800 years too late, like Iâd be better suited in an era of swordfighters and swashbucklers. I decided to implement subtle Conan-esque behaviours into my life. Subtle, mind. Things like:

I started to communicate with my wife through grunts and shoves. Sheâd say something and Iâd respond âunnnnnâ, or Iâd walk past and shoulder-nudge her so she fell onto the bed
Weâd be in a shop. Iâd grab the back of her neck declaring âWeâre finished hereâ then lead her out, giving her a shove in the back.
While walking hand in hand Iâd suddenly tug her closer to me, nearly pulling her off her feet.
Sometimes for no reason at all Iâd pick her up and carry her across my shoulders.

Conan began to infect my body language. Iâd stride rather than walk. Iâd sit in an alpha position in cafes, my back to the wall and all exits in sight. Iâd carelessly slop food around and not really bother wiping my mouth. Iâd subcommunicate a barely suppressed wildness in everything I did, like at any moment I could suddenly pick up an axe and cleave a skull â though the victim would have to be deserving. I wanted to be an uncouth barbarian.

And I quickly noticed something. My wife absolutely fucking loved it.

Time passed and I forgot about it, got interested in other things. Now Iâm doing game Iâve been casting around for how to shape my identity. Inner game requires a strong personal position. You have to know your values and be the man. Iâd kinda lost that over the past couple of years and allowed myself to be pushed off what used to be a very clear path of what I wanted and why.
So now Iâm re-reading the Conan stories and remembering that this is what real manhood is. Conan is part of my core. I have barbarian values. Iâve always had them. Now Iâm proud of them.

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Title Conan helps your game
Author krauserpua
Date September 27, 2009 9:54 PM UTC (13 years ago)
Blog Krauser PUA
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