Monday, September 25, 2017

Friday, September 22, 2017

Weekly Poll Results #3: Location, location, location!

by Becky "Kovaks" Baron

Total Responses: 91

Red = Gau Dring
Dk. Blue = Folkestone
Lt. Blue = Creathorne
Yellow = Blackwood
Purple = Grimloch
 Green = Chimeron
Orange = Other

Random Facts:
The nation that had the most petitioners who responded to this poll is Chimeron.
The average ZIP code of respondents is 04727.2
Respondents from New Hampshire were least likely to volunteer their zip code.

Note: Duplicate survey responses within a short timeframe were removed to reduce outliers due to technical error.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

A Note from the Adventurers Guild

Adventurers Guild Bulletin

Denizens of the Realms,

We would like to provide an update on quests in preparation for this weekend's upcoming gathering in Blackwood.  Most importantly - after speaking with our friends in Blackwood, we no longer have a need for any shards of the planar shield stone. 

Our current ongoing quests are as follows:

In Search of Components
The Adventurers Guild is looking to acquire 200 of each of the following alchemy reagents in order to stock our up-and-coming alchemy lab as well as provide a base stock of reagents with which to experiment on the creation of potions.
200 Reanimated Bones (0/200)
200 Glowcap Mushrooms (0/200)
200 Valehaven Crystals (20/200)
Reward: 5 gold for 10 of each type of reagent

Electrifying Power
The Adventurers Guild is looking to create a ward system for our new guild hall.  We have decided to collect raw energy from a Lightning Elemental, but in order to do so we will need to create a system to absorb its elemental lightning.  In order to create this device you will need to acquire the following, then see us for the next step:
Copper Vine
Earth Elemental Cores
Reward: 20 gold, once the lightning energy is extracted

Alchemical Brew-haha
The Adventurers Guild is starting to assemble the equipment needed to build our alchemy lab.  We are putting work orders out for the creation of the following items; however you procure or create them is up to you as long as they meet the correct specifications.  Gold will be awarded to the first to turn in these items:
Black Cauldron 10”-16” in diameter, between 6”-8” tall
Blue translucent or semi-opaque square flask no more than 8” tall
Red translucent or semi-opaque  round flask no more than 6” tall
Reward: 10 gold per item, see above

Members of the Adventurers Guild will be present at Blackwood to accept any turn ins or answer any questions you may have.

Why I Want To Go-Feast of Blackwood VIII

By Lani "Gwen" Grayson

Feast of Blackwood is this weekend--are you ready for some great questing and food? I hope so, because the staff is ready to give it to you. First of all, can we talk a little bit about events that feature both feasting and questing? It still blows my mind that there are EH teams crazy enough to provide both experiences in one weekend. But thank goodness for us, because that means that we get to enjoy both of these in one weekend. After a weekend full of questing, you know you will be hungry anyway, and the staff is excited to bring you a comforting, family-style meal that you can enjoy with all of your friends without having to make reservations for 20 while you are still smelly from questing, wearing questionable clothing choices out in public. If you have questions about feasting fashion, please refer to Lady Zarine, who has written about the topic before in her weekly “I Can’t Even” series (pro-tip--don’t be a pleb). I’m excited to see what Blackwood cooks up for us this weekend, and you should be too.

The prelude to the feast is a weekend full of questing, featuring plot from the Folkewood Initiative. By bringing together two experienced event-holding teams, this initiative is bursting full of exciting ideas that are sure to engage you throughout the weekend. Pay close attention at each turn, because the staff has designed a weekend of challenges for you and you don’t want to miss anything that could help you along the way. Also, fun fact, our friends in Blackwood know that you get hungry more than once in a weekend, so they will be providing dinner for you on Saturday night as well.

Last, but certainly not least, Feast of Blackwood is bringing back a regular feature, play-testing. They put out a call and you responded--there will be several new ideas in play this year at the quest. If you are someone who loves to come up with ways to improve our game, if you’ve already planned what you are bringing to the Players Meeting Potluck, and you love seeing how new rules fit in with our current structure, than Blackwood has you covered. This year you can try out a new version of Seed of Life,  and two new spells: Chain Healing and Fighter’s Stance. In addition, there will be play-testing of new weapons and arrows, as well as a new call, double strike (specifically for archers).

This is a staple event on our yearly calendar friends, don’t miss it!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

What You Missed: Interdimensional Market Faire

by Meg "Kyomi" Matulewicz

As I rolled my wagon through the dimensional gate to the Faire, I crossed my fingers that we wouldn’t get rain, but phew, it was foggy!  I wasn’t the first to arrive.  Having traveled the Realms and ventured into other lands, I recognized some merchants that had I had seen from other fairs.  There was a friendly couple who brought a full sized loom.  The wife seemed civilized, but the husband went about as a beggar and played dual nose recorders.  I suppose seeing that was worth the trip in itself.  

Photo by Hannah Blood

 Other vendors had beautiful capes, jewelry, and some really neat striped socks.  There were also merchants that I recognized from the Realms.  Karma was there, as well as Bronze Forge.  It was good to see some familiar faces.  Even adventurers from the land of AmtGuard showed up to showcase their style.

Vendor set-up (Photo by Hannah Blood)
Trying out AmtGuard weapons (Photo by Hanna Blood)

Unfortunately, I think the Faire would have been a lot better if we had...well...more people find their way through the portal. Attendance was overall very low.  Adventurers from the Realms made up the majority of attendees.  People sparred a bit and tried to hide in the shade as the sun came out and the heat got pretty oppressive.  Later in the afternoon, a small questing party went out and about an hour later, they returned with a very large….monkey, I think.  It was friendly at least and seemed to stay on its side of the portal.  

Questing party gathers (Photo by Hannah Blood)

So in short, if you see a portal that says Faire this way, it might be worth your while to go.  Tell your friends.  Flat them and drag them along.  There doesn’t seem to be any demon overlord or Bedlam on that side of the portal.  Seriously!

Non-Realms vendor (Photo by Hannah Blood)

Gearing up (Photo by Hannah Blood)

Questing along the trail (Photo by Hannah Blood)

Photo by Hannah Blood

Editor's Note: The Weapon Shop was actually Rudy's Armory.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Ask the Editors

Ask the Editors 
The Editors 
Episode 18

Hello again and welcome back to story time with our editors. It's kind of like a choose your own adventure since you get to participate by asking questions, except that you can't go back and choose not to ask that question just because you didn't like the results. Oh, by the way guys, we are almost out of questions, so if you'd like this adventure to continue, send in some more!

This weeks questions caused a bit of a stir amongst us editors. It came to us via email and asks:

“For the Guys: "What sort of diet and exercise routine do you keep on in order to keep your characters' svelte looks?"”

Now the ladies of The View staff felt that they could answer such a question just as well as the men could. (And by 'men', we mean 'man', because we only have one lovely gentleman remaining among our ranks.) So it was mutually decided that we would treat the question as non gender specific and answer as we saw fit.

First up we have our one and only gentleman, Jeremy 'Nighthawk' Grayson:

“I do cardio for 30 minutes 3-5 times a week, and eat a very low sugar/carb diet. This is done for general health reasons, not just for realms.”

Thank you Jeremy.

Next we hear from Lani 'Gwen' Grayson:

“My diet and fitness regimen have very little to do with my goals in Realms. I try to eat healthy most of the time and swap veggies for carbs when I can. I have a sweet tooth, but my new found love is light ice creams like Halo Top because they let me get my ice cream fix with fewer grams of sugar. When it comes to exercise I walk a lot during the day but that's about it. I've never found an exercise program I could stick with.”

Thanks Lani.

And finally, we have Diana 'Kiira' LaPierre:

“I don't know about everyone else, but for me the hardest part about fitness is in eating right. I will work out until my ears bleed but I cannot control the food that I consume. In my defense, I work full-time, have two kids who are into a lot of different hobbies, and have a crazy schedule. I can usually manage to fit in a couple hours at the gym, per week. Eating properly, well, that takes so much more time and energy that sometimes I just don't have. Try and keep consistency as much as possible. Make your food in advance and try and to only break from healthy eating occasionally. The key to fitness is in balancing exercise and diet. Try and eat a variety of healthy foods and avoid all the unnecessary processed sugars. Varying workouts and keeping them intense is what I try and do. If you hadn't already heard through the constant reiteration, myself and a few of us in the game have been doing Crossfit. If you've been living under a rock for five years and don't know what that is-- just google it because I don't have time to explain it. I find that it helps me in my job as a preschool teacher, in life trying to keep up with my kids, and in Realms by giving me the ability to break through my lung capacity barrier and keep the intensity during war maneuvers. As far as questing, I just no longer get muscle fatigue after a day of heavy questing and can now climb up hills without wanting to die half way up, which to me is quite beneficial. So, may I just humbly recommend that everyone finds a workout that is right for them and stick with it 4-5 times per week. Start eating healthy and start slowly if you need to. Cut out soda, fried foods, and sweets from your eating. Just that alone will help you stay on top of your game. Oh, and hit practice regularly-- which is some advice I need to take for myself.”

Thanks Diana!

And there you have it. A little insight into how some of us svelte folks stay so sveltey. As you can see, we don't just do it for Realms, but for an overall healthier lifestyle. The benefits we see in Realms is just an added bonus. And we hope you enjoyed the added perspective from the ladies, as besides the fact that this would have been the shortest column ever without it, female health and fitness is just as important and relevant.

Thanks for reading, and please remember that we need more questions from you lovely folks out there in the community if we are to keep this going. Information on how to send in your questions can be found at the bottom of the page. Please join us next time when we answer the 'ladies-only' question: “If there was a 'Ladies-Only' quest going on that you're on site for, how would you feel? Curious? Annoyed? Would you go? Likewise, how would you feel about a Men-Only? Would you find an Intervention to be able to crash it? Complain? Ignore? And so forth..." How will we answer? Will we continue to rebel and have a man answer as well? Stay tuned...

Questions can be sent to Sara “Zarine” Jessop via email (, facebook messenger, or in person. The question box will also be making the rounds at various events. Please note if you'd like your question to remain anonymous and/or if you would like to address specific editors

Monday, September 18, 2017