Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Why I Want To Go- The Event Which Must Not Be Named III

The Event Which Must Not Be Named III
July 25, 2014 (Friday 6pm) - July 27, 2014 (Sunday 6pm)
Event Type:Questing

This event has shown a consistent high level of prop making and costuming. Whether or not you are a fan of the Harry Potter stories, these are still good, solid Realms events. The plotting tends to be well thought out with plenty of room for role-playing, good fights and the opportunity to make personal choices for your character. One thing they do really well is create an immersive atmosphere where you can feel like you are somewhere else, in another world of intricate design. You can't go wrong by going to this event.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Question of the Week - 154

Do you prefer events thrown by new eventholders or ones that have thrown a bunch of events already?

Friday, July 18, 2014

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

Congratulations to David "Oliver"  and Christina "Adara" Clements. They were married on July 12th at Old Sturbridge Village. Many Realmsies were in attendance including Jared Buzby who served as the best man and Karen Veale who was a grooms woman. 

Christina & Dave prior to their wedding
(wedding pictures aren't available yet)

Congratulations also go out to the lovely ladies of L.I.A.R.S (Ladies of Integrity, Aristocracy, Repute, and Society).  This singing group of five includes Rhiannon "Tria" Chiacchiaro and Katie "Effa" Giasson (aka Taft). They took first at the Battle of the Bards at the Market of the Moons on July 12th. Support them by liking their facebook page or by making it to their next show at the Silver Kingdoms Renaissance Faire at Ye Olde Commons on August 16th

Chris "Xanthus" Bennet from the Southern Realms (and a former New England Realms Player), has
 had his first Pathfinder book published.  

"Let slip the hounds of war!

Make martial combat more interesting with the Path of War, a maneuver-based combat system designed and playtested to work side-by-side with all of the standard classes.

Path of War offers new base classes, feats, archetypes, and much more. Want to use the maneuver-based combat system with your standard classes? Feats allow you to do just that!

Inside of the pages of Path of War, you will find:Three new base classes - the stalker, warder, and warlord
Dozens of new feats for both the new classes and the core classes Thirteen martial disciplines full of dozens of maneuvers Archetypes for the new base classes, as well as two psionic archetypes Six new prestige classes
Martial traditions to help you introduce maneuver-based combat to your campaign
Now martial characters get to have fun, too, with the Path of War!"

Copies can be purchased via Dreamscarred Press.

Christine "Morgana" Poulin from Rhiassa will be heading to Japan at the end of July, She will be spending a year there teaching English. We wish her well. She will be missed.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Artist Profile- Carol Eddy

What mediums do you work in?

95% of my work is straight up, good ol' fashioned #2 pencil on paper. Sometimes I get fancy and work in marker, colored pencil, watercolor pencil, pastel, or charcoal. One in a blue moon, I'll paint. (Acrylic on wood... for heraldry purposes!) Almost everything I do is a portrait. I find faces just plain

Have you had any formal art training?

You mean, other than mandatory “art” in grade school? When I was very young, I used to spend an
hour a week at the house of an artist/friend of the family. You would bring your sketchbook – all other art materials provided – and work on whatever piece of work you were inspired to do. Reference images abounded, and through the hour as you worked quietly, occasionally the artist would stop by and offer a suggestion or two. It was less 'art lessons' and more... guided exploration, I suppose. My last class was in 8th grade – which is also, interestingly, the place I first met Sheri (Koshka).

Where do you find inspiration?

 Figure skating, live theater, - especially musical theater! I have a whole series of Les Mis portraits. Also the occasional film, and historical/inspirational people of note. Usually the muse hits me like lightning out of the blue and I think, “I simply must draw him/her/that!”

Has your art been influenced by Realms?

Not extensively... yet. I do have a portrait I drew of Panther that I'm rather fond of, and a neat one of Ranger that includes his name in elven, plus and a whole folder of (stolen) pictures of Realmsies I may or may not one day get around to trying my hand at. I love the idea of Realms character portraits.

Approach me about this and give me an excuse...

Where do you share your work?

Everything I do ends up on facebook. The rest – it depends what it is of. I try to share each kind of work with its own fandom... so you'll find my figure skating stuff on those boards, my musicals work in the broadway community, etc.

What project/projects that you've created have you been particularly proud of?

My Lincoln portrait was the first one that really drove home to me that I might actually be *good* at this. That was a surprise, and I still treasure that picture a great deal. I'm also very proud of a charcoal sketch (not my usual medium) of my favorite musical theater actor, Drew Sarich, from his time in Jesus Christ Superstar. I had the chance to meet him at the stage door (he is currently playing Rocky in Hamburg, Germany) and get that particular portrait signed. His reaction? Priceless...!

As with any artist it is very difficult to narrow everything down to just a piece or two. But every time I draw someone and share it, and my friends know and recognize who it is and squee over it a little bit – well, that's worth it. I'm especially happy when I pick someone a little more unknown – theater actors really fall into this category – or when a friend or family member commissions me to do a portrait of a loved one. Those are one-of-a-kind and have very special meaning for me.

What projects do you hope to complete in the future?

I have yet to produce a portrait of Maksim Chmerkovskiy that I am happy with. (Yes, shut up.) I have a great Thor/Loki pair, and adding the rest of the Avengers would make for an awesome wall lineup. I also would not at all mind tackling Norm Lewis as the Phantom...

This is the advantage of portraits, I suppose; no limit to the fascinating faces to draw!

What other Realms artist's work do you enjoy?

Honestly, aside from what is posted on the View, I don't get the chance to see the work of many Realms artists. I wish there was some way to incorporate the 'work done over the year' into a showcase or gallery of some sort at a winter feast... I would love to be able to browse through the work of other Realms artists and talk mediums and inspiration. It just doesn't feel like there is a good forum for that right now in the game.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Blast from the Past
Queen of Hearts, the year the Drow invaded

Breaking through the defenses of Pathos's castle.  Feast of Chimeron 9

Quayloth and Shalindra

Dirk Coville, North South War

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Why I Want To Go- Grimloch Questing 2014

Grimloch Questing 2014
July 18, 2014 (Friday 7pm) - July 20, 2014 (Sunday 4pm)
Event Type: Questing

This series of questing events has been a highlight of the eventing season for a few years now. The event staff always tries to allow the players free rein to make their own decisions as to what they want to do. If you go to this event you can expect to chart where the quest goes. You can also expect to be pushed hard. This event sees innovative encounters, interesting monsters and a good time!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Question of the Week - 153

What is your favorite style of NPCing (grunt fighter, caster, role-playing, other)?