Friday, July 31, 2015

Fresh Face- Miguel "Neko" Rivera

Photo by Jesse Gifford
How did you learn about Realms?

My friend Josh(Lako) informed me about it

How many events have you been to?

My first event was TOC last year but I didn't have the time or finances to stay active. I started back up again at Feast of Chimeron this year.  Then Tournaments of Creathorne, Dragon Master 3, The Gilded Lion, Entrepreneurial Recovery, Blackwood Tournaments, Tournaments of the Void, and The Event Which Must Not be Named. So that would be 9 events.

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

I tried Nero many years ago. It was a fun experience for my first time but it was way to expensive and I didn't like how underpowered you were. Then I did LoR for about a year before I got into Realms and I enjoyed the system which is similar to Realms so it was a smooth transition.

What is your character like? Where are they from? What is their race? What is important to them?
He is cunning, curious, not very trusting, and knows when to fib or flee. I was once a normal cat but was reborn in a land probably not known to many people; called the abyss. My master an myself are the only thing that matter to me.

What do you remember most about your first event?

How friendly everyone was. Realms has a great community of people who are willing to help you out. Tournaments of Creathorne has a little bit of everything questing, tournaments, socializing, and drinking lots of drinking.

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

I was able to join with a group of friends. So if I ever feel overwhelmed I can head to my friends who are in the nation of Gau Dring. Through them I have met many other people and hope to meet many more.

What parts of the game do you find most challenging?

Getting involved in plot for quests. There so many people and so much going on it's hard to know whats always going on.

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

As a player I would like to be one of the best florentine fighters as for my character well you know what they say about curiosity. You’ll just have to wait and see >;3

What advice would you give other new players?

Just get out there and do stuff. Don't be afraid talk to npc's/pc's do stupid things (obviously nothing too detrimental) get involved and most importantly enjoy yourself.

What have you enjoyed most about the game so far?

What haven't I enjoyed. Every day is a new adventure. There is always something going on. I've had some good moments and I'm sure there will be plenty more epic encounters. I can't wait to become a more veteran player.
 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

A Call to Arms - Gau Dring

The View from Valehaven is pleased to announce the start of a new feature series, A Call to Arms, the aim of which is to showcase the different heraldries in the Realms. Every group and many organizations, guilds, and individuals have distinctive and different heraldries, and sometimes the outsider can't help but wonder what those heraldries mean to the people who bear them - what does the heraldry represent? How did it come to be? What is the story behind it? And so started the idea for this series. It is our hope at the View that we can all learn a bit more about each other, our game, and our history along the way. 
[Editor's note: if you are interested in submitting an individual, nation, guild, or group heraldry for the series, please email Jen (areni.daru@gmail.com) or any other View staff member]


Gau Dring

 

Photo courtesy of Josh Fitzgerald



1. What does this heraldry currently represent? (ie: a nation, an individual, a group, etc)
The Heraldry represents the Nation of Gau Dring

2. Please describe your heraldry for us.
The Full Symbol of Gau Dring which is a Purple Tomoe surrounded by a Blue Mountain and blue borders on the tabard represents a full Member of Gau Dring.
Without a Symbol and with a Green Border is a Petitioner to becoming a full member.
If they have no Border it is the mark of a civilian of Gau Dring.

3. Give us some background. How did your heraldry come to be? Who or what created it?
The idea behind the symbol began with Lako's idea and with the help of the other nation members it grew into what it is now.

4. Why was this heraldry chosen to represent you? What is the symbolism behind it? What was the inspiration behind the design?
The Heraldry is a symbol that Lako sees as his future growth and remembering where he came from. The mountain around the Tomoe is a throwback to the Borderlands as well as representing the region that Gau Dring is in. The Tomoe represents the ideas behind the Nation that most things come in threes.

The Realms has Questing, Tournaments and Feasts; in the Realms we have Fighters, Supports and Questers, each with its own roles in the world yet they all are part of a larger force and all have something in common.

This is also represented in the Leadership, there should always be three in charge, a Top a second and a third they will always keep each other in check and do the best for the nation.


5. How long has the heraldry been in the game? Has it changed at any time since it was first created?
The Heraldry has only been in the game for a short time less than a year now.


6. What do you hope seeing this heraldry means to the rest of the Realms?
Honestly i want people to look at Gau Dring as a nation that is there to help and can be trusted.


Lako and Enlon of Gau Dring by Robyn Nielsen



Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WIWTG: Storytellers 10 and Tournaments of Chaos 10

Heres another "oh, Im so old" post.  Just kidding.  One decade is a long time to run an event.

illustration by B Gonzales
In its first inception, this event helped fledgling event holders get a stage to try their hand at sharing a vision.  Seasoned EHs could offer their help and guidance.  Seriously, very cool idea that helped
springboard some amazing tales.

This year is a Storytellers first.  Instead of just 3 few hour slots for story time, there is a whole weekend of mayhem.  Time travel, dreaming, gods, and the Adventurer's Guild all have ways you can be immersed.



But if stories are not your cup of tea, travel to the great North for another decade long event, Tournaments of Chaos.  Aside from Order of the List points, they advertise food, fighting, night quest, gambling, and laughter.  Everyone likes to laugh!    

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Things Janus is No Longer Allowed To Do in The Realms

62 Things Janus Kil’tra is No Longer Allowed To Do in the Realms.
By Christopher "Janus" Donnelly


People think that part of being a hero is not making mistakes.  Rather, it’s about overcoming them.  Over my decade-plus of adventuring I have made many mistakes.  Some are bigger than others.  Here is a small sampling of those mistakes.

  1. I will not summon a creature to confirm it is dead, regardless of how certain I am it is dead.
  2. Death is not a substitute for sleep.
  3. I will not give any of the following in exchange for power: My mind, my sanity, or my soul (or any part thereof).
  4. I will not use seer spells.
  5. I will not cast more seer spells to fix the problems my previous seer spells caused.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Happenings on the Emerald Path

A news and announcements section of what Realms players are doing outside of the Realms. If you know of any news feel free to let us know at aeaerlegray@gmail.com

Welcome to the world!!
 
Madilyn Ann LaRoche, a 9 lbs 20 inch baby girl born to Nicole "Ariss" and Josh LaRoche on July 4th.
 
 
 
Mandolin Rose Fox, the daughter Amber "Tarnisha" and Stephen "Fox" Ballou, of who arrived at 6:18am on March 1st. Mandy weighed in at 7lb 11oz and was 20inches long.

 
 
Oliver Octavius Osio, a 6.6 lb, 19.5 inch baby boy born to Jessica Hope" Osio and Romulo Osio on July 15th.
 
 
Congratulations!!
 
Josh "Lako" Fitzgerald and Rosemary "Kyara" Campbell were married on June 20th. James "Tao" Murphy officiated and the wedding party which was composed of many Realmsies included Josh "Enlon" Whelan, Cory "Asarn" Roy, Douglas "Runaris" Gibbs, Liz "Krystal" Ferraina, and Sam "Sybil" Desrochers.
 
 
 
The Azure Guard as a group activity decided to go into Boston and try "Escape the Room" July 18th. You are locked in a room for an hour and your job is to figure out how to get out. Only 20% of the people that try are successful. They got out in 45 minutes and impressed the Marshal on some of the things they found. They reported that "A great time was had by all, and we defiantly recommend others try it."


Taylor "Roarke" Struthers was named the student of the year at Brattleboro School of Budo. This award is given for demonstrating excellence in dedication, etiquette, and citizenship.


After an extended leave from the field due to medical issues, a healthy Jason "Malaki" Gray is reestablishing his massage practice.

 
There are a lot of new things in Ian "Atticus" Struckhoff life, he is now "Wizard" (Director of Customer Support) at LevelUp in Boston, and recently moved to Union Square in Somerville.
 
 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

A Call to Arms - Southern Wastes

The View from Valehaven is pleased to announce the start of a new feature series, A Call to Arms, the aim of which is to showcase the different heraldries in the Realms. Every group and many organizations, guilds, and individuals have distinctive and different heraldries, and sometimes the outsider can't help but wonder what those heraldries mean to the people who bear them - what does the heraldry represent? How did it come to be? What is the story behind it? And so started the idea for this series. It is our hope at the View that we can all learn a bit more about each other, our game, and our history along the way. 
[Editor's note: if you are interested in submitting an individual, nation, guild, or group heraldry for the series, please email Jen (areni.daru@gmail.com) or any other View staff member]



The Southern Wastes

by Mike "Sir Panther" Palumbo







1. What does this heraldry currently represent?
Our heraldry represents the WasteRunners of the Southern Wastes, also referred to as The Wastes.

2. Please describe your heraldry for us.
A lot of people have trouble seeing it, but once it's explained it clicks. It's a blood red moon with the silhouette of a goblin head. Most people can make out the extended lower jaw and the eye socket, but it's the fact that he has a helm with the visor open that throws off most people. Once you realize it's an open visor, you can see the vents, and the hinge point.

3. Give us some background. How did your heraldry come to be? Who or what created it?
Our heraldry was created during the birth of the Realms. Nana Prom, one of the founders of the game, created it and dreamed up the origins and environment of The Southern Wastes. We, the remaining members, hold it in high regard because tragically Nana died young (the real player, not a character). As a result, we will never change it, and even went to great lengths to preserve it digitally to allow us to continue using his art, rather than our own version of his art.

4. Why was this heraldry chosen to represent you? What is the symbolism behind it? What was the inspiration behind the design?
The logo is a specific reference to the goblin infestation in the Southern Wastes. Humans and elves live in The Wastes and the goblins are largely in charge. The short history can be read here: http://southernwastes.com/writing/burn.htm As Wasterunners, we deal with them every day in some way. 

5. How long has the heraldry been in the game? Has it changed at any time since it was first created?
The heraldry has been in the game since the game started. I have a shield from that era with the original art on it. There exists one or two others. Once when I was young, I changed the blood red to a moonlight white, thinking to update it. I was informed that our former member Lou threatened to break my arm, but after some time to calm down, they concluded that it would be allowed. A few years later I changed it back realizing my mistake. I appreciate that those before me were willing to allow me to grow and influence the development of the Southern Wastes, instead of just insisting on conformity, and when I realized that this extended to the logo despite their unease, I eventually concluded that I was wrong and I changed it back, as a sign of respect. And we will never change it again, we could change anything else about the group, but that has to remain the same. I'm told that Rob will damage me if the shield is ever damaged beyond repair.

6. What do you hope seeing this heraldry means to the rest of the Realms?
I never really thought about it before, it was always meant for us internally, a small sign of unity among a group of diverse individuals. Like I said, most people aren't sure what it is, it's a puzzle to them, and I guess that's appropriate because we are something of a puzzle to most people. We don't completely fit with most other groups or their ideals. We have our own way, and we're all a bit off. If anything it means bonded. We may disagree with each other, we may fight each other, at times we may even hate each other, but the bond never breaks.