Friday, July 22, 2016

What You Missed W.I.G.O.H. 2 By Swoop

“What you Missed” – W.I.G.O.H. 2
By: Michael “Swoop” Zajac

Welcome all, I hope everyone had a nice sleep or whatever you odd bunch do in the evenings.
Last night I had such a weird dream that involved so many of you I thought I would share my trials
and tribulations in this strange dream realm I visited. It definitely gets hazy at some points, but strap
yourselves in, for as the Neden boys too often say, “It’s about to get weird.”

Thursday, July 21, 2016

What You Missed - W.I.G.O.H 2 (photos)

 [Editor's Note: all photos and captions by Michael "Swoop" Zajac]

Young adventurers prepare to enter The Dreaming

Site rules being announced

Crispin identifies our new-found friend SeFlicia

Flydian and company buy last minute scrolls at the scroll shop

SeFlicia, with time snarl

Sir Saegan waits to be guided through a treacherous maze

Throwing stuffed animals at people knocks them out, who knew?

The final few remain in the stuffed animal fight

The brave few who guided the blind through the maze on the right, with only *minimal* death!

And your prize for being the last standing in the stuffed animal fight? A new car! *ahem* I mean large cat!

Also a sweaty guy in leather who could use a water balloon induced bath

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

You're Doing It Wrong

Queen's War: You're Doing It Wrong.
By Mike "Panther" Palumbo

Photo by Jennifer DeNardis Rosa

Queen's war, a combination of gladiatorial showmanship and individual prowess and the closest our fighting comes to a spectator sport (or Thunderdome depending on your perspective). Two men enter, one man leaves. At least that's how it's been in recent years. If there is a third team, they typically aren't in the running very long.

But with this year's team caps, we will return to a time when three or more combatants enter the ring. In my time, I've seen a shift in the general etiquette within Queen's War. These days, if there is a third combatant, some seemingly noble warrior will gesture to the other two suggesting they fight first, and not backstab nor take advantage of any opportunity made by the battle between them. Not only is this wrong, but it was never done this way in the days of old (by that I mean early QoHs). Before you scream foul, no honor, old man, etc. etc. consider this:

It's a melee not a series of one-on-one fights.

When you treat it like a series of one-on-one fights it ceases to be a melee and becomes a bear pit, the loser of the first battle keeping their wounds for the next. We don't do it this way when we do team melee, we don't take turns. We expect teams to be opportunistic. It should be no different in an individual melee.

And let's examine that seemingly noble person who "lets" the others go first. That person gets a bye to the final round, so to speak. If there are three people, he only has to beat one to win, whereas the other has to beat two. And if the opponent has any wounds from the first fight, it's even easier for the "noble" warrior. Any odd number creates this scenario. Suddenly their noble intentions seem self-serving don't they? The truely noble thing would be to let the weakest (if that were obvious) have the bye while the big bad fighters duke it out first. But frankly, in this case, now you are insulting someone, having assumed them weakest. The only solution is to simply fight. Everyone just fight.

As the third man, I'm not saying you have to backstab, but you should be putting the pressure on the others and be within striking distance. Each combatant should be attempting to pinch one of the others while avoiding being pinched. You should be poised to take advatage of opportunities created by the engagment of the other two.

Queen's war is a melee, and melee tactics should be employed. No one should get a free pass because they suggest it. If that's not what the community wants, then it should be called Queen's Bear Pit.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Why I Want to Go: Queen of Hearts DCXX (or 23, which ever)

Queen of Hearts is a landmark event for our community.  It is a time for people to work with their friends to show off skills.  The skills might be anything from finesse with certain weapons, working with large groups in a field battle, serving up a tasty dish, or showing off your artistic talent, be it drawing, singing, or sewing.  Sometimes, that skill is being bad ass enough to fight in a hurricane.

At Queen of Hearts, you never know!

So head over to a wonderful event in Western Massachusetts to show off any of your amazing skills, feel envy at your peer's skills, and, most importantly, have fun!!

Friday, July 15, 2016

What You Missed - Neden Zombie Clean-up

by James "Sir Tao" Murphy 

 It was a tournament, it was a test of skill, it was a social experiment, it was an exciting day. We started the day outnumbering the zombies; this did not last. So in small groups and in singles we set out to kill zombies. It did not take long until we started to notice that some of the zombies had familiar faces. As our friends and companions fell to the horde they eventually rose and helped track us down. Every two hours the available space to fight and hide would get smaller and smaller. 

My plan was to be an early victim and transform into a record-keeping role. But I did find a very comfortable spot, and it was quiet, and well, I may have napped a bit. When I awoke there were not many of us left. As my napping spot was close to zombie central, I was able to overhear that only three of us were left. Congratulations to Vesper, who was the only one to survive all the way to the end, and to Sir Temorse, zombie killer extraordinaire. 

 [Editor's Note: photos by Dustin Mack]


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Why I Want To Go: WIGOH2

This weekend, take a stop into the Misty Hills to help someone named "Sees Many Stars" with a strange problem they have been having in their village.  The elderly cannot sleep, but the children won't wake.  (I know we have the opposite problem in my house)
Interesting marks are appearing on some of the folks, just to add to the mystery.

One of my favorite aspects of this event series is that is it geared towards new adventurers!  If you have been playing a long time, and feel like you've seen it all, please consider showing the next generation a good time and NPCing.

Auroran star?  Chaos wheel?  Why not both?