Wednesday, January 20, 2021

The View’s Gauntlet- Throw Down with Keith

 Throwing Down--The View’s Gauntlet

by Keith “Saegan” Cronyn 

Welcome to a brand new series at the View that gives you, our readers, a chance to challenge community members to showcase their skills. The Gauntlet is a weekly feature that follows Realmsies with unique skills as they describe their passions (however unique!), accept challenges from our readers, and create masterpieces to share.

How it Works: 

Phase 1: The Throwdown--The challenger stakes a claim to the community, that they can do a thing, and the community responds by voting on how they want that challenge to play out. 

Phase 2: Go to Work--The challenger completes their task, being sure to take lots of notes and photos to share with our readers along the way.

Phase 3: The Reveal--Our challenger shares their work, along with some tips and tricks for our readers who want to take on a similar challenge!

The Inspiration: This week I, Keith, am going to start us off and throw down. I’ve spent years writing for the community, behind the scenes at events, for the View, or just in my personal life. One of my favorite writing challenges came about when Jim Butcher challenged the community to give him two themes, and he’d write an amazing series about it. Well, Jim asked and the community answered! With “The Roman Legion” and “Pok√©mon” as our inspiration, the Codex Alera series. Another of my inspirations was Brandon Sanderson, which gave us Sanderson’s Laws, which encouraged writers to use magic systems to influence their writing. These two influences have led me here, to take up the first of many, View’s Gauntlet Challenge.

The Throwdown: I bet you, the community of the Realms, that I can come up with a hard magic system, based around any object that you can find in a kitchen. 

The Parameters: What I mean by “hard” is that it has clearly defined rules and parameters. An example of a hard magic system is The One Ring, from Lord of the Rings. You put it on, it makes you invisible, Sauron knows where you are, and you might get addicted to it. Another example of a hard magic system could be Sympathy from Pat Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicles. Or Full Metal Alchemist’s Law of Equivalent Exchange. 

How You Can Help: Vote for your favorite kitchen object (or the one that you think will provide the most hilarious/epic/fantastical magic system), and next week, I’ll share a brand new magic system for you to feast your eyes on!

Lastly, if you are inspired to take up your own Gauntlet and have an idea for a challenge or skill you’d like to bring to the community for a View Gauntlet of your own, let us know!

Click here to submit your choice for which kitchen object Saegan should base his magic system on!


Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Animal Companion Competition: The Beginning


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Has your animal friend been missing the excitement of going questing with you this past year? 

Are they bored of staying home with nothing to do? Then the Animal Companion Competition, or ACC, might be just what they need!  Beginning in February, we will be hosting a series of challenges for our small questing buddies.  Winner takes home bragging rights as Best In Show and will be featured in a View article.  We ask all those interested in participating to have their person fill out the entry form: this signs them up and provides a short introduction of the companion entering for the audience and judges.  Introductions can either be written (with picture(s) if possible) or a video recording. A final call for contestants will be made and specifics for the various challenges will be provided to the contestants and their human(oid)s a week before the first challenge will be due.

OOC: Intended for IC pets/companions represented by stuffed animals.  Only one contestant entry per human. Pet/companion is not required to be associated with any in game spell(s) to compete. 


Google Sign Up Doc Link:

Monday, January 18, 2021

Trial of the Gods preview

This is a new plot from a first time event holder, throwing a digital only free event for the Realms. The event starts on January 30th 2021, at 1pm on a private Discord server. The event will be requiring pre-registration to host groups of 8-16 players. If there are more than 16 players the event may be replayed with a 2nd group on a separate day.

This event will run differently from a normal Realms event; it is a Social Deduction Game. Social Deduction games usually involve a group of players who have been given hidden roles with various goals and opposing factions, usually one faction is “good” and the other is “evil”. For this particular game there will be two factions, the village and the demons. Unlike many other Social Deduction Games, this one will focus on roleplaying and has a story told through the game.

Each player will be given a hidden role inspired by the Gods of the Realms. There are roughly two dozen unique roles made for this particular game, with the idea of being able to run it multiple times. Each card and role was designed for this game and gives the player an idea of that god’s personality and goals. There will be a Day and Night cycle where each player’s roles can either aid the village or bring it to its destruction.

Each day new card art from the game will be released on Facebook highlighting a new god.

Can’t make the event? It will be streamed on Twitch, and links to the channel will be sent out closer to the date.

Please Pre-reg at

Meme Monday

by The Meme Team


Friday, January 15, 2021

Home Questing: The 22nd Task

by Christopher "Janus" Donnelly 

Here is the form for you to submit your most delicious-looking food:

If you would prefer to send something to me directly rather than uploading to youtube or some other video hosting site, please email it to


Hi all, Janus here and welcome to home questing, the twenty-second task.  It's been a while so lets start things out on the right foot.  This week, I am asking you to make the most delicious food and take a picture of it.  The most delicious looking food wins.  You have until Friday at noon, and your time starts now.


Thursday, January 14, 2021

Siding Picture Puzzle 1 - Memories of Meats

If your mobile device is having trouble displaying this puzzle click here.

The image below is a mixed-up puzzle of an image from a Realms event. The numbers on each rectangle show the order that the pieces of the puzzle are arranged in when it is complete. Clicking on a rectangle will move it into the blank spot. Continue to click around, rearranging the pieces until you complete the image. 

One you're done, tell us on Facebook how many moves you were able to do it in and what your time was!

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

15 Gold Familiar Summon


Tell us what attributes you choose and justify your choices on Facebook!
(as a fun addition tell us what your summoned creature looks/acts like)