Wednesday, August 24, 2016

What You Missed, Avalon Questing

What You Missed, Avalon Questing
Editors note, though a good time was had by all.  This event did not meet legal requirements due to low attendance.  From these photos though, that didn't stop quality props, serious puzzles, and apparently a dance off.

Photo by Dustin Mack

Photo by Dustin Mack

Photo by Dustin Mack

Photo by Dustin Mack

Photo by Dustin Mack

Photo by Dustin Mack

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Why I Want To Go: Grimloch Presents: Tournaments of the Void

On Saturday, head on over to the Concord St side of Greely Park in Nashua.  In addition to the traditional tournaments, there will be some new twists to old favorites to try out.  As you participate in the events of the day, you can earn raffle tickets.  Im sure there is some awesome prizes to be won via the raffle!
Oh, and for those keeping track, this event counts for Order of the List points!

So bring your fighting spirit and enjoy the day with friends, plus points and prizes.  Good times for all.  (And rumor has it, if you pre reg, you get extra tickets)

Friday, August 19, 2016

10 More Questions

10 More Questions with Ethan "Drike" Burek
Photo courtesy of Eren Pils-Martin.
1) What achievement either in or out of character are you most proud of? 

Probably placing 4th(??) in Order of the List last year. I did a lot better then I thought I was going to!

2) Are you a fighter or a caster? Have you always been? How did you choose?

Fighter. Tried that whole caster business. Not for me. Totally not for me. 

3) Have you ever owned an artifact, momento, or magic item  that has meant a lot to you, and why?

Yeah I own my void magic items. My character worships the void and I feel like having magic items from the place which you worship makes my character fit. It's like a puzzle, you know?

4) What group of people do you spend the most time with and why?

My nation, Invictus. They are my friends and family and they know me better than anyone else. So I'm happy to spend time with them.

5) Who is your best friend in character and why?

Quinn! She is my best friend in and out of character. Well, she's also my girlfriend out of character so that means I kind of have to deal with her, right?

6) What event or moment had the greatest impact on you as a player?

Probably when I was NPCing at Grimloch questing at night and I was in a group of zombies in the woods and at the top of our lungs we screamed "Flesh!" And ran towards the PCs and watched them watch in horror as we rushed forward them. 

7) What event or moment had the greatest impact on your character?

I'd most likely have to say beating Graham and like 4 other people in Queens war one year. I don't know the other people all I remember is the fight versus Jay and I. It was a memorable fight. I still have the picture too. It's pretty sweet.

8) What is your most embarrassing moment, either IC or OOC?

Oh, god! This last weekend at Monster Island I was so tired I called my dad, Rillian, my character name, Drike, on accident... I literally threw my 6'6 on the ground and walked away for a few seconds while all the NPC's and PC's died of laughter.. Good one, Me! 

9) What is the best piece of advice you'd give to other players?

Fight your best and even if you lose take something out of the fight to remember and work on next time.

10 ) What is the most important thing you've learned through the game?

You should always give your 120% because if you don't something you want might slip through you fingers and you'll have to try it all over again. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Magi Round-Table Follow-Up: Divine Aid by Mikey "Janus" Donnelly

At the Feast of Highbridge this past year, the Order of the Magi held a Round-Table discussion about spells in the realms that were either ambiguous or cast incorrectly.  The full list of spells from the discussion can be found here  but I wanted to prompt a discussion today about the two confusions that occured with the spell divine aid, and hopefully generate some discussion on it (or even reach a consensus).

As a reminder, the spell divine aid reads:

This spell allows the spellcaster to send a request for aid to a higher power. The request cannot be specific and the higher power may send whatever aid they see fit. This spell comes with no guarantee that the EH won't simply listen to the request and say "No." This spell cannot create an effect that will last beyond the end of the event, other than for healing purposes. A spellcaster who uses drama and theatrics has a better chance of success.

So, what are the questions?  The first question is what counts as a "specific request" for the purposes of Divine Aid?  Clearly a request such as "Please grant me a cry of life" is specific, while a small ritual, followed by the call of divine aid is not specific at all.  A few marshals that I am aware of draw the line at a general statement of what you want help with, for example "Please help...we are all dead" or "we are trying to fight against Pathos, please help!".  Personally, I feel as long as a desired result is not specified other than "aid" or "help" or other vague terms, it should be allowed.

The second question is if the caster can choose who the higher power is.  Personally, due to the wording of the spell, I feel the answer should be yes as the spell allows you to send the request for aid to a higher power.  That said, a marshal can always override this and have whoever they want answer, and some people view the spell as "it doesn't specify they can direct, so they can't."

What are your Views on these questions?

What other questions on the Magic System would you like the Magi to discuss?

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

What You Missed, Event Which Not Be Not Named V

 What You Missed
By Justin "Dresden" Theriault
               Arriving at Hogwarts, I found a once fun, open and competitive learning environment had been transformed into a land of rules and consequences...
               Trouble soon came in the form of a student being lost in Forbidden Forrest, having been sent their on detention by one Delores Umbridge- head of the inquisitorial squad. Why, you ask? Well during one of her lessons a student sneezed, and the lost student had said 'bless you' which apparently counts as "speaking out of turn" with Ms. Umbridge. Heading into the Forest, the other students kept the perilous creatures at bay long enough to find some fairy eggs. (At this point the humidity of the forest got the better of me and I went back to the Slytherin common room). I learned from the fine upstanding Slytherin, Swoop, the fairy eggs were fed to some creatures, which got us to a line of fire elementals that needed to be doused with Auquamente. The lost student was found with no voice (it was stolen by ghosts) A puzzle needed to be solved to free our classmate and return her voice, while that was being solved ghosts were possessing people and there were wolves. The students made it back to Hogwarts. Everyone was told to meet for class with Delores Umbridge at Noon sharp.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Why I Want To Go: Avalon Questing

Im thrilled to see the idea of play and help come back to our schedule.   All too often we see the same people NPCing tirelessly over and over.  With this style of questing, everyone gets a chance to play, even the long haul NPCs.

This event is broken into three parts, each a story told by a different story teller.
Choose to help a friend find his lost love (they are only a little undead), meet the challenges presented by a mysterious woman (seriously, what could go wrong), or help find a missing daughter in some potentially haunted woods.  (Why not bring a picnic?)

No matter which two quests you play in, and which you choose to help in, this is a great event, especially for $10 ($8 if you pay via paypal)