Thursday, January 23, 2020

Tales from Leviathan: A What You Missed, by Renee and Keith

Kindrianna’s Perspective:

It was a long journey to the lands of Rhiassa, but I was fortunate enough to have traveling companions in my good friends Artair and Varrmagn. I was tired and cold, but very relieved to be welcomed by the warm halls of our destination. The red banners of Rhiassa adorned the hall, and sable lions on the wall kept a watchful eye over the peaceful gathering.

Much to my joy, the halls were filled with friends and allies very quickly. The cold chill of winter all but disappeared when Lord Sir Aeston and Lord Sir Gwen dramatically pulled a red tablecloth from a stand to reveal an elaborate buffet of meats, cheeses, vegetables, and other delicious fare to the delight of the crowd. We ooohed and ahhed in excitement, some of us more loudly than others (I apologize for my volume control, but I happen to consider myself an enthusiastic lover of cheese) and made haste to lay siege to our delicious adversary.

In the back corner of the room, I heard tell that someone won a very large amount of gold while gambling and many of my friends took to playing cards. I myself wandered towards the front of the hall to enjoy the Bardics. I was delighted to witness an epic story told by one of Chimeron’s most well-loved Bards, the lovely Cressida. She asked the audience for starting topics (we decided upon “The color purple is awesome,” and “mushrooms,”) and began to masterfully navigate the art of improvisational storytelling. She repeatedly let us get involved by asking us for words or ideas, and I was personally thrilled when she managed to include a temple of Vandor in the narrative. It was all very well done and left me impressed, happy, and entertained.

Her performance was then followed by two talented Voranian singers. Tempest came first, with a very lovely, clear voice that reminded me of the first spring birds of the season. For a moment, I almost forgot it was winter. This was also due in part to her excellent ability to emote as she sang, and the words felt like far more than idle lyrics in her hands. Last was Evie, who strummed the strings of her ukulele and sang us a song at the same time. One of those is hard enough, I can’t imagine having to do both. Evie too did an amazing job, and I got goosebumps listening to her enchanting melodies. By the end of the performances, I was glad I had made time to go sit and enjoy them.

I think it was around this time that my countryfolk realized it was starting to snow. Maybe they were called by the drama of the wind and cold, or maybe just by youthful exuberance, but they ventured outside to indulge in some good old-fashioned duels. You can take the barbarians out of the woods, but not into Rhiassa I guess. There was also a game show of some kind happening at this time, and it seemed to attract a decent-sized audience.

I spent most of my time drifting between friends and saying hellos and catching up as I sampled food and “Justari Temples,” content to enjoy the camaraderie the Realms had to offer.

Saegan Perspective:

Leviathan is the burden of coming home from a long campaign. The open arms of family after a long cold night. There is so much to do, so much to be done. So many people to see. 

At the same time its weird to let my sword rest for so long; to smile, and laugh, and enjoy the company of my family. 

I often feel out of place at feasts. I don’t understand what to do with myself without some grave villain on the horizon, or a test of skill on the tourney field. But it’s hard to feel out of place at Leviathan, the hall is filled with activity. With activities. With food, with love. 

I spent my day wandering between people, and activities. But there were some highlights. It was interesting to see so many people inking in the tapestry laid out on the table. The different styles and visions for how the different pieces of it would come together. It seemed like everyone had a different idea to add to it, but it didn’t matter if there wasn’t a theme because it was the journey of decorating it, and the company kept that made it fun. 

Out of the mists of time and space, or maybe just a portal to Norland, Arnolf, Torolf’s clan mate came and challenged Torolf for leadership of their pack. It was interesting to watch this cultural event unfold. To see their deeds get marked down as truths. To see them fight with honor, and fury. It’s not every day you get to see a couple of legends clash like that. 

I can’t begin to tell you how or why, but somehow we the people of the Realms had hands in the acts of gods, and were moving armies across a board to settle a dispute among them. I have to say this was a furious thing. While the rules seemed fair enough, I can’t help but find myself believing that the people of Saurabia are inconsiderate, reckless, and just downright villains. In the past they had been easy enough to defend with their espousement of fun. However, when they discovered that the prize for victory was naming the most surviving species in the lands of Norland, they chose Dinosaurs. I don’t know much about dinosaurs, but I was confident that they were multiple species. However this angers me because now surely the people we were meant to protect will be fleeing for their lives from massive predators like no other. Or perhaps just being gored by great horned beasts. It is clear that I will have to be careful and decisive about their presence in the future. Fun is not harmless. 

The night rolled on. The food was plentiful and wondrous. I can’t complain about anything, I probably over indulged in all honesty. Which is a shame because being fighting fit is one of my goals, and that’s a bit of a step in the other direction. However a credit to the kitchen, because I take my goals seriously. 

found court to be impressive. I’m not going to remember all the honorifics; and I might be mistaken, but I believe we had a new First Knight of Rhiassa, named. Two new Knights of Rhiassa. A Knight of Blackwood. A new First Knight of the Sable Dragon, a new Knight of the Sable Dragon, and a new Knight Commander to the Knights of the Sable Dragon. Four new Magi of the Realms. A new Knight of the Eternal Flame, and a new Knight of the Realms. 

I felt honored to witness them all, as they were all very much deserved. 

For me the night rounded out with the view awards, which is always a pleasant way to end the evening, because it’s one of the few activities where I get to share with the community how much everyone loves and appreciates each other. 

Live, laugh, love, Leviathan. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

2019 View from Valehaven Awards Results

Best Special Effects:
  1st:  Invictus Questing 2
  Runner Up:  Folkestone Questing 2019
  Honorable Mention:  That Which Escapes Us

Best Props/Costumes:
  1st:  Invictus Questing 2
  Runner Up:  Feast of Voraniss I
  Honorable Mention:  Feast of Blackwood X

Best Night Quest:
  1st:  Invictus Questing 2
  Runner Up:  That Which Escapes Us
  Honorable Mention:  The Strangers War I
Best Plot:
  1st:  Invictus Questing
  Runner Up (tie):  The Strangers, Divine Intervention
  Honorable Mention (tie):  That Which Escapes Us, Echoes of Ragnarok
Non-Feast Event for Great Food:
  1st:  A Very Merry Yule at Uncle Cecil's Crazy Tavern 3
  Runner Up:  Blackwood Tournaments VIII
  Honorable Mention:  That Which Escapes Us
Best Feast:
  1st:  Feast of Blackwood X
  Runner Up:  Feast of Voraniss I
  Honorable Mention:  Rhiassa Presents: Feast of the Leviathan XXI

Best Dish:
  1st:  Blackwood Meatballs
  Runner Up:  Whiskey balls (Feast of Voraniss)
  Honorable Mention:  Hungarian Mushroom Soup (Feast of Blackwood)

Best Tournament Event:
  1st:  TOC 26
  Runner Up (tie):  Rhiassa Presents: Queen of Hearts XXVI, Blackwood Tournaments VIII
  Honorable Mention:  Tournaments of Artemis

Best Quest:
  1st:  Invictus Questing 2
  Runner Up:  Divine Intervention 1
  Honorable Mention (tie):  That Which Escapes Us, Ashen Bounty VIII

Best One Day Event:
  1st:  Black & White 2019
  Runner Up:  Feast of Voraniss I
  Honorable Mention (tie):  Off the Hook, Divine Intervention 1

Best Weekend Event:
  1st:  Invictus Questing 2
  Runner Up: That Which Escapes Us
  Honorable Mention:  Chimeron Questing XXVII

Best View Article:
  1st:  Learning About Leather, A Guide for Beginners: Part I by Derek "Hygar" Booke
  Runner Up:  Ask the Editors - On Squiring by The View Editors
  Honorable Mention:   A Wild Rant on Marshaling Theory by Keith “Saegan” Cronyn

Best View Series:
  1st:  Ask Zarine by Sara “Zarine” Jessop
  Runner Up:  What You Missed by Various Authors
  Honorable Mention:  Legends of Voraniss by Renee “Kindrianna” Booke

Best View Poem/Fiction:
  1st:  The Ballad of Sir Vawn, Avatar of Vandor by Renee “Kindrianna” Booke
  Runner Up:  Echoes of Ragnarok: Asgard: An Epilogue by Jason “Aeston” Rosa
  Honorable Mention: Legends of Voraniss: Othorion Elderheart, King of Calandia by Renee “Kindrianna” Booke

Best Photo:
  1st:  Voraniss Group Shot by Ryan "Orion" Welch
  Runner Up (tie):  Feast of Voraniss by Renee’s Mom; Folkestone Fighting by Keith “Saegan” Cronyn
  Honorable Mention: Goblin Kids’ Quest  by Matthew "Thon" Norris

Best Group to NPC:
  1st:  Ashenmark
  Runner Up:  Invictus
  Honorable Mention:  Voraniss

Up and Coming Group:
  1st:  Voraniss
  Runner Up:  Gau Dring
  Honorable Mention:  SMAS
Best Newbie:
  1st:  Christianna "Clove" Vasquez
  Runner Up:  Stephanie “Thayet” Kubasek
  Honorable Mention:  Cristina "Ihrin" Sierra

Best Bard:
  1st:  Benjamin "Pilpus" Lacasse
  Runner Up:  Sarah "Evie" Fournier
  Honorable Mention:  Renee "Kindrianna" Booke

Best Craftsperson:
  1st:  Derek "Hygar" Booke
  Runner Up:  Arthur "Aiden" Granger
  Honorable Mention:  Callahan "Syruss" Marsden
Best Photographer:
  1st:  Dustin "Toah" Mack
  Runner Up:  Matthew "Thon" Norris
  Honorable Mention:  Megan "Kyomi" Matulewicz

Best Artist:
  1st:  Maryanne "Shalindra" Betie
  Runner Up:  Derek "Hygar" Booke
  Honorable Mention:  Callahan "Syruss" Marsden

Best Vendor:
  1st:  Realms Outfitters
  Runner Up:  Mercenary Market
  Honorable Mention:  Vandoria's Vestments

Best Dressed:
  1st:  Sara "Zarine" Jessop
  Runner Up:  Alexander "Gavin" Sokolowski
  Honorable Mention:   Renee "Kindrianna" Booke

Best Feastocrat:
  1st:  Lani "Gwen" Jones
  Runner Up:  Melissa "Aymise" Metzger
  Honorable Mention:  Liz "Matiya" Butler

Best Servant/Kitchen Staff:
  1st:  Lani "Gwen" Jones
  Runner Up:  Joe "Rillan" Sims
  Honorable Mention (tie):  Kelsey "Mel" Miranda, Aaron "Rel" Metzger

Best Combat Marshal:
  1st:  Callahan "Syruss" Marsden
  Runner Up:  Josh "Shandar" Learned
  Honorable Mention:  James "Tao" Murphy

Best Magic Marshal:
  1st:  Matt "Mathies" Butler
  Runner Up:  Josh "Shandar" Learned
  Honorable Mention (tie):  Jason "Malaki" Gray, Aaron "Rel" Metzger

Best Trainer:
  1st:  Josh "Shandar" Learned
  Runner Up:  Keith "Saegan" Cronyn
  Honorable Mention:  Callahan "Syruss" Marsden
Best Mentor:
  1st:  Josh "Shandar" Learned
  Runner Up:  Callahan "Syruss" Marsden
  Honorable Mention:  Keith "Saegan" Cronyn

Best Role-playing of Magic by a Spellcaster:
  1st:  Thoril (Tyler Chase)
  Runner Up: Clove Momiji (Christianna Vasquez)
  Honorable Mention (tie): Zatarra (Jon Landerfin), Templar Kindrianna (Renee Booke)

Best Role-playing by a Player Character:
  1st:  Madam Zarine (Sara Jessop)
  Runner Up (tie):  Clove Momiji (Christianna Vasquez), Captain Orion Mars (Ryan Welch)
  Honorable Mention: Thoril (Tyler Chase)

Best Role-playing of a Single NPC Role:
  1st:  The Fish King (David "Callin" Dolph)
  Runner Up:  Ivan (Shane "Jack" DeShone)
  Honorable Mention:  Shadow Thoril (Benjamin "Pilpus" Lacasse)

Best Grunt NPC:
  1st:  Douglas "Runaris" Gibbs
  Runner Up (tie):  Sean "Wil" Veale, Gregory "Daekara" Falconer
  Honorable Mention:  Benjamin "Pilpus" Lacasse

 Most Honorable in Combat:
  1st:  Steve "Torolf" Nelson
  Runner Up:  Josh "Shandar" Learned
  Honorable Mention (tie):  James "Tao" Murphy, Adrian "Cronin" Cronin

Most Dependable Person to Help Eventholders:
  1st (3-way tie):  Lani "Gwen" Jones, James "Tao" Murphy, Eric "Randolf" Marques
  Runner Up (tie):  Gregory "Daekara" Falconer, Callahan "Syruss" Marsden
  Honorable Mention: Sean "Wil" Veale
Best Role Model:
  1st:  Josh "Shandar" Learned
  Runner Up:  Renee "Kindrianna" Booke
  Honorable Mention (tie): James "Tao" Murphy, Callahan "Syruss" Marsden

Greatest Contributor to the Realms:
  1st (tie):  Josh "Shandar" Learned, James "Tao" Murphy
  Runner Up (tie):  Jason "Aeston" Rosa, Callahan "Syruss" Marsden
  Honorable Mention (tie):   Matt "Mathies" Butler, Derek "Hygar" Booke

Friday, January 17, 2020

Stacked Deck Tournament Update

By James "Tao" Murphy 

Good day people of the Realms:

For the 1020 season a few small changes and clarifications will happen to tournaments that the gamblers guild would like to see.

A standard amount of chips based on the buy in price:

If the buy in is less than 50 gold, then a minimum of 4000 chips
If the buy in is 50 gold up to 99 gold, then a minimum of 6000 chips
If the buy in is 100 gold or more than a minimum of 8000 chips

A “Dealer tip add-on” in tournaments of less than 100 gold buy in, 5 additional gold will get you an additional 1000 chips, this gold goes directly to the dealer for dealing the game.

In games of 100 gold or more its 10 gold for 2000 chips
This will not count against any rebuys the tournament allows

Any Stacked deck tournament will have the following payouts,

1 buy in will be put aside for the final table, if 4 or more rebuys happen then one of those will be set aside as well.

Third place will get the amount of the buy in as a prize.
Second place will get 1/3rd of the remaining prize pool
First place will get the rest. (2/3rds of the prize pool)

Points for the stacked deck final table will remain the same

1st = 5 points
2nd = 3 points
3rd = 2 points
4th = 1 point

Last year we standardized the blinds for most tournaments

25 – 50
50 – 100
100 – 200
200 – 400
300 – 600
500 – 1000

Most tournaments will be six 30-minute blinds for three hours. However, if it is 20-minute blinds the following levels may be added to make it 3 hours

800 – 1600
1000 – 2000
1500 – 3000

If more time is required, the following blinds can be used

2000 – 4000
3000 – 6000
5000 – 10000
80000 – 160000
10000 – 20000

Thursday, January 16, 2020

What You Missed In Photos - Thursday Night Questing 1, 2, & 3

Photos by Justin Moy (JM) and Ryan Welch (RW)

Thursday Night Questing 1: Over the Threshold

Fighting Stuff! (RW)

Kill the Red Guys -- No, the Other Red Guys! (JM)

Breaching a Room (JM)

Opening a Lock (RW)

Approaching a Red Threshold (RW)

The Red Await Your Arrival (JM)

Bringing the Fight to the Red (JM)

Trying to Close the Thresholds (RW)

Threshold Secured! (JM)

Thursday Night Questing 2: O.O.P.s!

Aligning Pillars at an Anchor Point (JM)

Running Away From O.O.P.-1 (JM)

Finally Getting Through a Shifting Room (JM)

Fending Off the Red (JM)

Besieging O.O.P.-1 (JM)

Rescuing O.O.P.-1 (JM)

Thursday Night Questing 3: Don't Throw Boulders in Glass Houses

The Glass Maze (RW)

Entering the Maze (JM)

Fighting Red in the Maze (RW)

Hit the Paddle! (JM)

O.O.P.-1 Saves a Ranger (JM)

Clearing Out the Maze (RW)

Red vs Blue (JM)

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