Monday, January 22, 2018

Friday, January 19, 2018

Fresh Faces with Madison "Lupa" Neal

1. How did you learn about Realms? 

I had originally learned about the realms from Emily Murphy (Kara) as I had gone to school with her at the time. She had been talking about the event she was going to and I was extremely interested.

2. How many events have you been to? 

I've been to 11 events thus far.

3. Have you ever LARP’ed before? If so tell us about it?

I've technically larp'ed before as Emily and I had been in a larp club at our school. Though it was not a full larp, it had followed the rules of Shards.

4. What is your character like? Where are they from? What is their race? What is important to them?

My character is more on the side of jokes and takes things less seriously unless she really needs to. Lupa is a high elf from a land that is not a part of the realms. Lupa finds her friends and necklace to be the most important things to her.

5. What do you remember most about your first event? 

My first event was the feast of Leviathan last year, and i remember two things the most. The very important life lesson of, it's really hard to run in a cloth corset. I also remember walking up to the guys of Invictus (shandar most definitely included) and asking them how I can join at my first event.

6. What things have helped to make you feel welcome in game? 

In all honesty, it's just the people. Almost everyone is nice, welcoming, and understanding (especially with newbies.) Some lend armour and weapons to new people, some give tips and tricks to others, and even get people started with gold so they can get garb.

7. What parts of the game do you find most challenging?

I find fighting with short arms to be the most challenging. When fighting against people who are taller than me, I find that they have longer arms and I really have to try and be smart with how close I get.

8. Do you have any game related goals (as either a player or character)?

In fact, I do have some player and character goals. As a player, I really want to have a family, I want close friends I can hangout with and enjoy my time with. As a character, I want to prove myself to everyone, that I can be a good fighter; that I can hold my own.

9. What advice would you give other new players?

I'd give other new players the same that I got, enjoy your time, find people you like hanging out with, and if people give you advice you should probably listen to them.

10. What have you enjoyed most about the game so far?

I've enjoyed spending my time in the game. I think I've enjoyed my time the most with shenanigans and fighting (you can technically count those as the same thing).

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Question of the Week and Responses

Question of the Week #8 Responses

Welcome back everyone! It's been a couple of weeks but we have for your reading pleasure the results of the latest Question of the Week, below. This question asked everyone to boast a little bit and tell us which of their abilities they are most proud of. Take a look!

Getting ____ed up! 

Fighting ability.  I'm not a great fighter by any means, but I've progressed a lot since I started, and am good enough to defend those important to me.

Being the fastest heal limb in the West 

Elric of Rathkeale
Im proud of my ability to animate and control the dead. It one thing to bring the dead back to life. Its another thing entirely to get them to the sweet spot of not really alive and not really dead

Jericho Axelthorne
Ability to learn new things

The ability to figure out how others think and how to predict they're has helped me in all facets of the game.

The Spider
For some reason people tend not to notice me.

How well I play ring around the rosy...such a merry game is it not?

Well, those were certainly some informative responses! Thank you everyone!

The next question of the week is below. It's a little esoteric this time but I think it will tell us a lot about how you perceive the world around you! Please answer it right away before you forget!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

WYM Feast of Leviathan XX

Leviathan is a complicated event, because a lot is going on, and it's really impossible to be apart of everything.

With games lining every table, puzzle challenges, economy games, carnival games, a casino, adventures and contracts from the adventurers guild, and some vendors to peruse, if you're bored, it's your own fault.

I was a busy man, meeting with the Knights of Blackwood, and the Kingdom of Blackwood, about nation politics. But business is one of the things people come to Leviathan for. I would try to name all the honors that went around but, honestly I know I'll forget some.

While every time someone gets knighted, or given a title, it's important, it's important to them and it should not be forgotten, looked over or passed up, I really need to mention two things that happened at Leviathan this year.

First, Matt “Mathies” Butler was knighted into the Knights of the Eternal Flame. He’s been playing this game for an age longer than some of our players have yet seen, and the sheer amount of passion he has for our community cannot be put into words without being understated. He's a role model through and through and absolutely deserving of the title.

Secondly, Lani “Gwen” Jones was elevated to be a Lord of Rhiassa, stepping up along side Aeston and Areni and taking the name Stromgate. This was a landmark moment, taking the reins of a nation is a huge responsibility, beyond simply establishing a new pecking order, there is a lot that goes on in running a nation. Especially one with such a brand and pedigree as Rhiassa. Beyond that, taking the family name of Stromgate is important as well. As a community we use the word family a lot. We say “my realms family” we interchange nation and family often, and generally speaking the community does a lot for the people that come into it. It's just a thing. But taking family name, a noble name is rarer. It represents a deeper connection, and has not happened since perhaps the time of Bedlam.

Take a second to recognize these things. They have meaning that transcends these pages.

It would be a crime to speak of Leviathan and to leave out the food, and I have to say for me this was a pinnacle year for this event. The appetizer round was awesome, I loved the idea of needing to venture out in order to acquire other appetizers and needing to hobnob with the other folks of the hall. As I already said, I was a busy man at this event and an excuse to pull myself away from all the business at hand and just mingle was welcomed.

The variety of foods was awesome, and it seemed that there were constant options and at every turn I was both enjoying one thing, and absolutely missing out on another. This is a huge compliment from me because I can be kind of a food snob.

So what did you miss? You missed a lot. Honestly it was a mistake, you should have been there. And I didn't even cover things like the NPC auction, the view awards, or the things I'm sure I missed myself. I didn't cover the decoration, the atmosphere, the immersion. You missed a feast as it should be.

Oh well, next time I'll see you on the field,

Keith “Saegan” Cronyn

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

2017 View from Valehaven Award Winners

Below are the results for the 2017 View from Valehaven awards presented at Feast of the Leviathan

Best Special Effects
1-   Rhiassa Presents: Echoes of Ragnarok III
2-   TOC 24
3-   Feast of Blackwood VIII
Best Props/Costumes:

1-  Folkestone Questing 2017
2-  Feast of Blackwood VIII
3-  Rhiassa Presents: Echoes of Ragnarok III
Best Night Quest:

1-  Folkestone Questing 2017
2-  The Event Which Must Not Be Named VI
      Feast of Blackwood VIII
3-  TOC 24
     Feast of Chimeron XXV
    A Grave Discovery

Best Plot:

1-  Folkewood Initiative / New Verai
2-  Echos of Ragnarok
3-  Risen Kingdom

Non-Feast Event for Great Food:

1- Black & White 2017
2-  A Very Merry Yule at Cecil's Crazy Uncle's Tavern 2
3-  The Event Which Must Not Be Named VI

Best Feast:

1-  Rhiassa Presents: Feast of the Leviathan XIX
    Feast of Blackwood VIII
2-  Nedengiving 2
3-  Feast of Highbridge V

Best Dish:

1-  Nedengiving Cranberry Sauce
2-  Blackwood Pizzas
3-  Aymise's Curry
Best Tournament Event:

1-  Rhiassa Presents: Queen of Hearts XXIV
2-  TOC 24
3-  Blackwood Tournaments VI

Best Quest:

1-  Folkestone Questing 2017
2-  Rhiassa Presents: Echoes of Ragnarok III
3-  Chimeron Questing

Best One Day Event:
1-  Black & White 2017
2-  N/S War 2017
3-  Nedengiving 2

Best Weekend Event:
1-  TOC 24
2-  Ashen Bounty VI
3-  Folkestone Questing 2017
     Feast of Blackwood VIII

Best View Article:
1-  I Can't Even: Plating (Cranberry Sauce) by Sara "Zarine" Jessop
2-  What You Missed: Echoes of Ragnarok III by Keith "Saegan" Cronyn
3-  What You Missed Songs of the Abyss by Michael "Swoop" Zajac

Best View Series:
1-  I Can't Even
2-  Why I Want To Go
3-  What You Missed
     Neden Kazoo
     10 Questions

Best View Poem/Fiction:
1-  The Wrath of Irvin Ruggles by Renee "Mouse" Booke
2-  The Imperium March: A Tale of Danger, Dungeons, and Dosh by Callahan "Sir Syruss" Marsden
3-  You Will Be Missed, Meatshield by Casey "Karhma" Lemay

Best Group to NPC:
1-  Ashenmark
2-  Blackwood
3-  Invictus

Up and Coming Group:
1-  Voraniss
2-  Nation of Arken
3-  Zimeya (Snake Cult)

Best Newbie:
1-  Madison "Lupa" Neal
2-  Shane "Jack" DeShone
3-  DJ "Varrmagn" Sapienza

Best Bard:
1-  Michael "Swoop" Zajac
2-  Renee "Mouse" Booke
3-  Dano "Piper" Knobel

Best Craftsperson:
1-  Derek "Higer" Booke
2-  Eric "Randolf" Marques
3-  Illyana "Illy" Golden
     Anthony "Levi" Quintana

Best Photographer:
1-  Jesse "Mestoph" Gifford
2-  Matthew "Thon" Norris
3-  Samantha "Cylas" Flanagan

Best Artist:

1-  Alexa "Kite" Lecko
2-  Maryanne "Shalindra" Betie
3-  Keith "Saegan" Cronyn

Best Vendor:

1-  Vandoria Vestments
2-  The Bronze Forge
3-  Karmha Creations
     Derek "Higer" Booke

Best Dressed:

1-  Alexander "Gavin" Sokolowski
2-  Sara "Zarine" Jessop
3-  Renee "Mouse" Booke

Best Feastocrat:
1-  Lani "Gwen" Jones
2-  Melissa "Aymise" Metzger
3-  Ben "K" Greene

Best Servant/Kitchen Staff:

1-  Jeremy "Nighthawk" Grayson
2-  Lani "Gwen" Jones
3-  Becky "Kovaks" Baron

Best Combat Marshal:

1-  Keith "Saegan" Cronyn
2-  Josh "Shandar" Learned
3-  Callahan "Syruss" Marsden

Best Magic Marshal:

1-  Matt "Mathies" Butler
2-  Jason "Malaki" Gray
3-  Alexander "Gavin" Sokolowski

Best Trainer:

1-  Keith "Saegan" Cronyn
2-  Josh "Shandar" Learned
3-  Callahan "Syruss" Marsden
Best Mentor:

1-  Jason "Aeston" Rosa
2-  Dave "Vawn" Hayden
3-  Angela "Phoenix" Earle Gray

Best Roleplaying of Magic by a Spellcaster:

1-  Lord Higer Athame (Derek Booke)
2-  Gavin the Green (Alexander Sokolowski)
3-  Templar Mouse (Renee Booke)

Best Roleplaying by a Player Character:

1-  Aryss Destevaul (Nikki LaRoche)
2-  Jean C'est Magnifique Try Baptise (Ethan Goldman)
3-  Torolf (Steven Nelson)

Best Roleplaying of a Single NPC Role:

1-  Scrooge (Jame Murphy)
2-  Prince of New Verai (Neil Tozier)
3-  Skrunk (Sean Veale)

Best Grunt NPC:

1-  Keith "Saegan" Cronyn
2-  Sean "Wil" Veale
3-  Tucker "Temorse" Noyes

Most Honorable in Combat:

1-  Keith "Saegan" Cronyn
2-  Steve "Torolf" Nelson
     Henry "Guilliam" Giasson
3-  James "Tao" Murphy

Most Dependable Person to Help Eventholders:

1-  James "Tao" Murphy
2-  Jeremy "Nighthawk" Grayson
3-  Sean "Wil" Veale
     Patrick "Saka" Bobell

Best Role Model:

1-  Keith "Saegan" Cronyn
2-  James "Tao" Murphy
3-  Matthew "Cecil" Brenner
     Jon "Trent" Jessop

Greatest Contributor to the Realms:

1-  Jason "Aeston" Rosa
2-  Andrew "Shean" Disbrow
3-  Matthew "Cecil" Brenner
     Matt "Mathies" Butler
     James "Tao" Murphy

Monday, January 15, 2018

Friday, January 12, 2018

10 More Questions - Josh Fitzgerald

10 More Questions with Josh "Lakomasoi" Fitzgerald

Photo by: Jesse Gifford

1) What achievement either in or out of character are you most proud of? 

Gau Dring, while I cannot take all the credit for where we are as a Nation I still am most proud of the people in Gau Dring who have gotten us where we are. We have won the Up and coming group two years in a row, which seemed odd the second time around to still be up and coming but something I think we received with pride. We placed 3rd in the Wa
r tourney at ToC, while there were larger groups and more experienced we did what we could and showed up, as a group this had to be one of the best things we could have done together.

I am also proud of Big Game Hunt while it has taken some time off this was something needed and there is a plan in place to return to the realms this coming year better than before.

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

I am a caster,  shy of a few times I have been a fighter due to plot reasons or regionals or other variances I have always been a caster.

I enjoy it, I enjoy the flexibility and RP chances that I am given, it is nice to have the ability to do things I normally can’t do in real life. I can get my fighter fix at practices or NPCing when I really want to.

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

Magic Items- personally I’ve only ever owned two Items. Currently it is the shield of Air, this was a gift from a friend and something I have kept close to me since. The other item was the Jury Rig Amulet I don’t own it anymore but it was a nice little item that helped newbies along when they were just starting out.

EDIT AFTER Cecils: The Staff of the Monkey King- I put this on my list as a “If you could ahev anything” I have wanted that staff since I found out it was a thing, I didn’t care what it did, it was more of the idea behind the item. It started out more of a joke that I wanted it, but eventually it became something I strove to own. The person who owned it made me want to be worthy to carry it. Now that I have it I have to learn about what it really is. For me this Item is a new path of learning.

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

Gau Dring, they are my Nation and my family both IC and OOC

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

I don’t know how to answer this, however if I don’t mention Kyara I think she might kill me.

Photo and Editing by M.G. Norris Photography

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

Learn to Fly: This was the first chance I actually had to throw an event for the Realms. I have to thank John Berrini for the opportunity to give back to the community, this event was a huge success in my book, not only for kicking off a plot line that is ongoing, but also for the positive feed back and learning experiences that came from it.

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

The Bedlam Plot, I think a lot of people can pull from those events, however for me It really gave me a different direction to bring Lako as far as his interactions with the Realms.

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

Feast of Leviathan, Giving Enlon his Title of Champion. At the time Lako was poisoned to embarrass himself, so announcing myself as Top in front of the entire hall I felt was a good way to do it. That entire time up there things kept go awry, from the announcement to handing Enlon the sword sheath from Swoop.While it was embarrassing I don’t think I would change it, also some people still refer to Lako as the Top which for me is just entertaining.

Photo by: Dustin Mack

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

Stick to your character and have fun. If you are playing the game as a character stick with it, people may tell you to change it because it isn’t popular, or it isn’t strong in current game sense, who cares. Stick with what you have fun with and run with that idea.

Make decisions IC that aren’t always popular but are true to your character. Get involved in plot, create your own interpersonal plot, Meet people and learn from them. Enjoy what you are doing, you are playing a game get involved with as much of that game as possible.

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

Confidence, the ability to do something, fail, learn from it and grow. Also keep people in your life who are there to support you, not beat you down. Find a family who is willing to help you grow but isn’t afraid to tell you when and where you messed up. Don’t be afraid to start all over if you have to.

BONUS QUESTION #1: Who would you like to see the next interview be with? 

Kelly Bonci/ Dame Twenaria- or put names in a hat of people who have never been interviewed. Interview them.

BONUS QUESTION #2: Anything else you'd like to take the opportunity to put into print.

This is a really dangerous question. I considered Quoting the Odyssey, like the entire thing right here.

But in truth, Grow. Give back to this community and help it grow. Get to know opinions outside of your Circle, meet people you don’t normally talk to. Go out of your way to meet and get to know as many people in this game as you can.