May 6th, 2009|
Tags: dave, work
So, I got the job recently doing telephone research. People keep asking, "WTF is that? What do you do?"
I have also, recently, been feeling sad about not doing anything really, really nerdy. This post will address BOTH those concerns.
At work, I call people and ask them to complete surveys over the phone. 80% of the time, I get a busy signal, answering machines, it rings out, etc. 19% of the time, someone picks up and either can't do it then, or tell me to fuck off in some variety of language. I then mark the survey ended on the computer, and enter the flag for the reason it ended (busy, refused, etc.) OCCASIONALLY, I get someone to complete a survey... if they don't get most of the way through and bail on me because it took too long.
This is MORE boring than it sounds. Sooo... I invented a game to pass the time ;]
On a notepad, I mark down two columns for my two "characters". They are marked "even" and "odd". Both start with 50 hit points.
When I start a new call, I first check the case number assigned to them. If the last digit is even (including 0), then it is "even"s turn. Odd, vice versa. I then check the last digit of the phone number, and save it for later (0 = 10). I will call it X.
What happens next depends on how the call ends. If nobody answers, not even a machine, the turn is skipped.
If I get an answering machine, a busy signal, or a refusal, that character inflicts X damage on the opposing character. If I complete a survey, they do 4x that amount of damage to the opposing character.
If I get a language problem, a "number not in service", or make an appointment for later, then the characters recovers X damage instead. If I start a survey, but they bail for any reason partway, then they instead heal 4x that amount.
If I get a fax/modem line or I call a business, then that character takes X damage to themselves. If I get someone who asks to be put on our Do Not Call list, they take 4x damage to themselves.
...I ended up playing this as I called for 5 hours. For the curious, Even won, with 71 HP to spare when Odd dropped beneath 0. It was close, and Odd was in the lead for a long time, but Even recovered 40 when some asshole bailed on my survey partway, with their phone number ending in 0. It was tense.
So yeah, this is what I do ;]
Current Mood: amused
This would be a lot more awesome if they weren't just "even" and "odd." Be a little creative. ;)
Work in progress: I note them with "E" and "O", so Eugene and Oliver would also be appropriate.
This will be even better when you manage to work out how to turn this into something D&D related. You've got enough low-brain times at work that I will be SHOCKED if Even and Odd are not well-developed characters by the end of the month. I give it to the end of June at the most before there's a story line :)
That's just fantastic. XD
"But you're not feeding anyone with it"