Friday, December 30, 2011

10 Questions - Jonathan "Johan" Bernard

Jonathan "Johan" Bernard
Photo by Erin Martin
How long have you been playing?
13 years (December 1998)

How has the game changed since you've been playing?
The game used to be much less of a sport then it's become today. I miss having bardics that were period to the renaissance age and a general deeper sense of culture present in the game.

Who have you learned the most from?
One of the biggest influences in my career was Kevin Betie (Cinnabar). I learned a great deal about commanding on a battlefield from him. I attribute my general level of comfort in most battle scenarios from watching and learning from him.

What was your best moment IC?
At the Tournaments of Creathorne in 2000, I helped to give field commands to a battle line that stretched across a field to prevent the Myth Drannor elves from breaching into the area where part of our force was performing a ritual. It was the first time that I felt totally immersed in the environment and forgot that I was playing a game.

What was your best moment as a NPC/EH/Player?
At the Tournaments of Creathorne in 1999, I was Warmark for a fledgling group called Dragonsbreath. At that event, I helped to lead my nation to take third place in the war tournament. We were bumped out of second place by the Borderlands army which was more than double our size but we held out for a good amount of time against them. I learned that I was comfortable commanding on the battlefield and that I worked well under pressure. This actually helped to boost my self confidence out of character. I attribute at least part of my success in managing people at my work to what I've learned from my leadership roles in the Realms.
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What would you like to see changed or developed more in game?
The game could benefit by having more of an active monetary system. Currently there isn't a regular use for IC currency in the game and I think that adding a mercantile aspect to the game could give players something tangible to do with currency.

What advice would you give new players?
Don't be afraid to get involved and throw your ideas into the mix during events. Don't restrict your interactions to your own group of friends because you only restrict yourself from learning more about the game on a whole. Also, be sure to get involved in practices outside of events because it's the best way to meet other people in the game.

What do you love most about the game?
The game offers unrestricted possibilities of what you can be. I like that over the years we've seen a mixture of races with well developed backrounds.

Who would you like to see the next interview be with?
Jason Grey
 

Anything else you'd like to take the opportunity to put into print?
Not at this time

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Eventholding: Tourney Events

How to Throw a Tourney Event
As with any event there are a number of questions that need to be answered for a tourney event to run smoothly.

What is your target audience?
What type of player goes to a Tourney event? There are two basic types, the stick-jock and the social player. The stick-jock will attend to hit other players; she is all about the combat. It is relatively easy to entertain the stick-jock; just throw a lot of fights at them. The social player is there to hang out with everyone else. There is little to nothing you can do for the social player; they actually do not require much attention. However, one thing to remember is to make sure to allow people to watch the fights; hold them somewhere visible and where an audience can get comfortable while watching. The social players will then have something to do, as well those combatants waiting for their name to be called for a tourney.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The View From Vilehaven

Good Guy Campaign Launched
As Reported by I. S. Noop

In an effort to counteract the “coolness” of being evil within the Realms, the Organization of Good Guys has launched a campaign extolling the virtues of being a “good guy”.  At the beginning of the year they released their “Just say no to evil” campaign, but that has been met with derision and apathy.  Even members within the organization called the measure weak and ineffectual.  The new campaign is called, “It’s cool to be a good guy!”
The organization has now planned a series of bake sales to be held in various kingdoms of the Realms.  Along with the bake sales there will be lectures and question-and-answer forums for those interested in the “good guy” way of life.  Topics to be included are “What do you do when they call you a wuss?”, “It’s ok to kill an orc…if the orc swings first” and “White, the other color.”
Grimloch has since announced they are making bake sales illegal within their lands.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Question of the Week - 20

What new weapon type would you like to see incorporated into the Realms (such things as flails, nunchucks, 10' pikes, etc)?

Friday, December 23, 2011

Blast From the Past - Part 2

Queen of Hearts

Lady Anne (Anne Livermore) and the Savage Beast (Tom Johnson)

Shane (Colin Campbell) and Bane (Misty Kuprevich)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Eventholding: How to Get NPCs

How to Get NPCs

In my last part I discussed the need to utilize a number of people in important positions in order for an event to run smoothly. However, what can an Eventholder do to get a fair number of personnel for their event? Also, since the Realms is a combat intensive system, having someone for the players to combat, especially in a quest event, is important, so how does an Eventholder get enough “crunchy” NPCs?

Through the years I have seen various methods for gathering NPCs, some of which work better than others. Here are a few…

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Fighting Chance - Undead Plague by Leanne "Faelinn" Hoffman

Welcome to "A Fighting Chance".  This article series is dedicated to various threats of Realms and how you can become involved.

Threat:  Undead Plague/Grimloch Plot
Plot Masters: Christopher Marques, Tanja Johnson, Josh Learned, Tom Johnson
Plot Start: 2008

Undead have infested Grimloch for years.  It is well known that the Undead Plague was started by a group of powerful beings called Immortals.  There is a journal written by a "good" immortal which contains information about many of the towns and important locations in Grimloch.  In previous years the adventurers have visited many different towns, and have also begun to develop a cure for the plague.


The Monsters:

Many of the undead of Grimloch work a little bit differently than in other parts of the Realms due to the power of the plague.  Zombies (undead tabard) have to have their limbs hacked off first before a blow to the head will kill them.  Skeletons (skeleton tabard, skeleton mask) will require blunt weapons to smash their bones to keep them from rising.

Humans are not the only one affected by the plague.   Undead monsters, like kobolds have even seen wandering the woods.  The undead kobolds in Grimloch are very strange.  Each one is only vulnerable in one specific location.  Once struck there, they will be instantly killed.


Equipment:
The woods are full of undead.  Are you ready to fight them?

Blunt weapons such as hammers and maces are necessary against skeletons.  These weapons are usually in short supply while questing, so make sure there are plenty to go around.  

Special bone weapons have been found while questing in Grimloch.  These weapons have proven very effective when fighting any type of undead creature.  Bone weapons can be described as delivering a “poison armor-piercing” blow to any location that is stuck against an undead monster.  These weapons are rare, so keep an eye out for them.

Tactics:

While most of the undead in Grimloch seem to be slow moving, there are some that are incredibly fast and dangerous.  Many swarm their prey making it hard to get away if you aren’t paying attention to the things going on around you.

Regional magics of the land tend enhance necromancy or grant necromantic powers to those who can tap into that power.  Such powers include commanding lesser undead which can turn them against other creatures.  It is unknown if there is lasting effects to using these types of power.  Necromancy is also outlawed in Grimloch lands and the members of the nation are very strict about enforcing that law.


Who to talk to:

Want to know more about the progress that has been made so far?  The upcoming winter feasts are a great time to talk to people about this!  Make sure to talk to Ranger, Sir Aeston, or other members or Rhiassa.  They should be able to tell you what’s been going on.


Do you have a threat you want to see covered?  Let me know, so we can give other people a fighting chance.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Question of the Week - 19

What is one tip you would give the eventholders so they could run better events?

Friday, December 16, 2011

10 Questions - Nathaniel "Kahlenar" Soule

Nathaniel "Kahlenar" Soule

Photo by Melissa Fitzgerald
How long have you been playing?
5 years, since Black and White in 2006, though I practiced for a month before that.  That was my junior year at UCONN.  What I wouldn't give to go back and change that to my freshman year. 

How has the game changed since you've been playing?
This is a tough one.  Mostly my understanding of the game has changed.  When I started out things seemed a lot different, but as I started my third year things appeared to change, but did they really?  I'll never know.  But what seems to have changed is the grouping of players.  I watched outcasts be allowed to reenter normal Realms society, only to be outcast again, and a kingdom sundered but a new one put in it's place.  I've seen leadership and national rosters changed around, picked and chosen to best fit the way people want to play.  And I've seen 4 newbie groups... explode.   But is that all really different?  Maybe I just see the Realms without all the glamour it had when I first joined. 

I've also watched weapons evolve, from PVC to legalized fiberglass, to bamboo and "whatever the hell else you can find" to make a lighter, faster sword.  Heck, I've been one of the biggest players in the evolution.  But I wasn't around enough to see what competitive PVC fights looked like. 

Who have you learned the most from?
Jason Rosa brought me into Realms at UCONN.  He's been there at the right moments most of the time, giving advice on a situation, leading by example, or occasionally providing a perfect example of what NOT to do and why. 

Jay Bonci taught me not only every specific of how to make a top of the line weapon, but also how to innovate once at the top.  I can credit no one with teaching me more about weapons. 

Seth Flagg said two things, one about gravity, and one about the distance between two points, and they've stuck with me since.  They are always the first things I mention when teaching a new player once they've learned the rules. 

Tucker Noyes yelled at me a few times.  I can't remember why ^_^

I've definitely picked up more about fighting just by fighting with the guys my age in the collective stick jock community. 

What was your best moment IC?
This probably happened at "Oh Brother, wherefore Art Thou?"  Jake/Gideon was recovering from his shoulder explosion, and that left me as A number 1 on site.  I had a crew, and good as they were Cavan and Surfer Dave were still well under a year and UCONN line fights don't train for every type of fight we encounter in Realms.  We're in a room with the Blackstar Guild, but we didn't know that so people started talking to them.  I get a hint from Vax's friendly dragon NPC that they're the bad guys, I tell Tara this, she says she knows, so eventually I decide to go whack one of them (played by Aaron/Rel).  I do that, I die, he gets back up, I get back up, no one really knows what's going on, so the good guys and bad guys just sorta keep standing around.  Then for some reason we're fighting.  I heard later that the EH dressed 6 or 7 people in blue and had them slated to be elite full power NPCs, and then they were told "go kill everyone" and apparently all dozen NPCs went out and slaughtered us.  Before I went down I managed to kill 6 of them, and then jumped back to where Cavan was, but lost my leg in the process.  He went down and I was stuck and surrounded and then killed.  Then Tara and Ged were both hit by some kind of generic brand Wayland.  Aaron called some orders, and before they pulled out he noticed me, said, "oh you're a special one," and scalped me, for the very first time.  I guess since I was scalped I probably forgot that whole exchange, so oops, my bad.  But really, it was the first time I was responsible for everyone else at the quest, and my martial failure caused us to lose a lot.  Yeah, I killed a ton of bad guys, but it wasn't enough. 

There was also that time at NS war where I killed 5 people in a limited 3-bridge battle.  Vawn called it out, "someone kill Kahlenar!"  Then I got hit in the leg by a questionable arrow that probably went under the bridge wall, so I hopped around looking dumb until I was shot again while not looking.  But the important part is that someone called me by name because I was killing a huge chunk of his team.  It was pretty awesome. 

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What was your best moment as a NPC/EH/Player?
Mythquest 3, I was playing an incubus trapped in the cellar of some creepy collector guy.  Next to me was an angel played by Kat/Phyre.  We both looked like angels though.  The players had the keys to open our doors, but doing so would set us free, and divination wasn't working on us.  So we each had to convince them that the other one was a demon and that we were a real angel.  I also had a penchant for hitting on any women who cam near me.  In the end I don't think anyone believed me, but Kat's cage also had the way out of the house, so when they divined to ask which door they should open, hers was declared, and they left me.  As they left I continued my plea of innocence, but when it became clear that they were going forever and that I would be destroyed along with the house I changed gears and begged, and then screamed and cursed them yelling something about a fate a thousand times worse for them and their descendants.  It was the best roleplaying of an NPC I've ever managed to do, totally ad-lib, and the door popped open once really quick right after and I heard "Thanks Nate!" from one of the players and then the EH came out and high fived me. 

What would you like to see changed or developed more in game?
I'd like to see people better trained in combat.  Yeah, I know, shocking, right?  I know I love combat, and it's probably the most obvious thing about me, but when I see people thrust into situations they're not used to and watch entire quests be won due to blown shots it really disheartens me.  Cheating hurts all aspects of the game, and the people who call their shots well are punished for it and get to play 'the hero' less often then those that don't.  I know that when a player gets good enough to see other people miss shots and late shots against them they start to see their own mistakes.  And if everyone was better they'd bump themselves up a notch and maybe get a better appreciation for a fair fight.  I know I've missed shots before, and I know when most of those times are and they still haunt me, and I know that I harp on the subject more than most, so I don't want everyone else reading this to think I'm saying I'm perfect, but I know I try and I expect the same from everyone else. 

I'd also like to see more thought be put into the stories that quests aim to tell.  I feel that roleplay suffers when there is a lack of world for our characters to interact with, and with the simultaneous problems of plot not being revealed and plot being one dimensional we see a lot of quests turn into grind fests.  Grinding is grinding, whether with sticks or with puzzles, so let us not give the smart people a soap box to stand on.  Where is the opportunity to roleplay when the solution to the quest is the same every time, and everyone wants the same outcome, from the Aurorans to Darklore. 

What advice would you give new players?
Question authority.  If someone does something they have a reason.  Understand it. 

Keep your main hand and foot forward when you fight.

What do you love most about the game?
The combat more than anything in else, but I also love the story telling, good, unemphasized character interaction, and the food.  I hate puzzles though, but I pretty much love everything else about Realms.  If I can face a foe in straight up combat, win through superior tactics and skill, move to the next one and repeat, maybe throw in a few backstabs to pad my kill count, and get to the end and crack an in character joke it makes me feel like a super hero. 

Who would you like to see the next interview be with?
Jay Bonci

Anything else you'd like to take the opportunity to put into print?
If this is way too long let me know, I can shorten it if need be.  Also, if Jay is busy I have more choices. 

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Eventholding: Rule #2

Rule #2 of Eventholding

Keep the Players Busy! I can’t say this enough, keep the players busy! No one wants to go to an event and have nothing to do, or worse, be excluded from what is happening. The goal of every Eventholder is to have enough content going on, so if a player chooses not to participate in something it is their choice. It is unrealistic to have content going the entire time, there are always transitions of scene or NPC, but that is the goal.

Here are a few tips to help you move things along…

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Blast From the Past - Part 1

In the process of unpacking some moving boxes, I came across a binder with some old Realms photos. They are now scanned (not the best quality) and available for veiwing. Some of the faces will be unknown to most of the current Realms populace, but if you look hard you can spot some familiar (and much younger) faces.


Quick (Andy LaPorte) as a Fire Elemental

Kugen (Terry Armstrong) as a Shadowbeast

Kel Borne and Pete Brillinger (Magic Marshall) and Blak 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Why I Want to Go- A Very Merry Yule at Cecil's Crazy Uncle's Tavern


A Very Merry Yule at Cecil's Crazy Uncle's Tavern
December 17, 2011 (Saturday 12pm) - December 18, 2011 (Sunday 4pm)

The last event of the year. And what a blowout it will be. There is usually some questing for fun. Maybe some tourneys. Some food. And a bunch of drinking, letting loose and socializing! This event has kind of found its own niche as a celebration of the community we call the Realms. If you are looking for a good time where socializing and having fun is the order of the day, this is the place to be!

The event site is broad and spacious and that includes the main tavern area, which has an excellent medieval feel to it. There are some cabins available for staying overnight so you can sleep off the debilitating activities from Saturday night. So come out and hang with the friends you only see on the weekends in a relaxed friendly atmosphere.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Question of the Week - 18

Should the non-eventholders have more or less of a say in the creation of the rules in the Omnibus (compared to what they currently have)?

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Eventholding: Rule #1

Rule #1 of Eventholding

This rule will likely be different for each individual Eventholder, but for me it is…Do Nothing. By this I mean put yourself into a position where you have no assigned tasks during your event; delegate the key staff positions to someone other than yourself.

Why? Not to inflate your ego, but you are the central person for the event. Often you are the only person who can answer questions relating to your event. It is your vision and your design. For example, if you are acting as Magic Marshall and checking in late-comer’s magic books and there is a problem out on the field, how can you resolve the problem from the reg desk?  If you are the main NPC that the players are trying to kill for the weekend, will you have to break combat to answer a question only you as Eventholder can answer?

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Why I Want to Go- The Huntress Guild Presents

The Huntress Guild Presents: Tournaments of Artemis
December 10, 2011 (Saturday 12pm) - December 10, 2011 (Sunday 6pm)

One of the better organizations to have appeared upon the Realms landscape of late has been the reemergence of the Huntress Guild. This loose organization is all about promoting the fighting skill of our female participants, whether they are a caster or a fighter. Over the past year they have been holding special practices at various events to hone their skills. This event is where they get to showcase everything they have learned. However, it is not just for those of the Huntress Guild, but rather for any female...and their friends. It is being organized as a team tournament (with some individual fighting as well) wherein the teams are built around a female. These females do not have to be fighters either, as female casters may forgo their spells and break their spell restrictions without penalty.

This is an excellent opportunity to show our support and encouragement for the female fighters of the Realms. So you can either come as a spectator, cheering on your favorite team, or talk some female you know into letting you on their team. Of note is that part of the profits (which won't be much since the event admission price is soooo cheap) will be used to help fund an armory for female fighters.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Friday, December 2, 2011

A Fighting Chance - Nemesis by Leanne "Faelinn" Hoffman

Welcome to "A Fighting Chance".  This article series is dedicated to various threats of Realms and how you can become involved.

Threat:  Nemesis
Plot Masters: Jay Micciche, Kathy Fey, Al Nelson
Plot Start: 1993/1994

Nemesis is a demon prince who has shown up in the Realms over the past fifteen years.  No one seems to know what exactly Nemesis is after or why his wraiths have been showing up more over the past few years.  Some people have been marked by the wraiths and are actively being hunted by the demon.

The wraiths made their first appearance in many years at the Island of Dr. Slashblight  in Kelguardia in 1004, and continue to crop up with increasing frequency.

The Monsters:

The most notable monsters associated with Nemesis are the Nemesis Wraiths.  These wraiths are easy to spot (all black garb, black cloak, black masks) and each sport a unique magic weapon.  Because they look so similar, the wraiths are usually noted by their weapons to tell them apart. (ie. the Bow Wraith, the Mace Wraith)   Each of the wraiths has a unique set of powers and have proven very difficult to keep down for long.

Historical accounts say that Nemesis was able to possess and control heroes of the Realms.  Baron Diamond Banecroft and Tetch have recounted stories of all the nobles in the Realms working for Nemesis against their friends.  Nemesis has been shown to possess individuals to speak to others or to direct and command his wraiths in a more hands on manner.


Equipment:
Demon princes and wraiths? No problem!  Just take a few things with you...

It has been said that to defeat  the Nemesis Wraiths, one would need to fight them with matched weapons.  All the wraiths have been bested in honorable combat at least once, save for the Bow Wraith.  The wraiths are very particular about how precise the matched weapons are.  Come prepared!

The magic weapons wielded by the wraiths yield some pretty devastating powers and effects.  Make sure you’re ready to go with your armor and some back up weapons.  Magic weapons have been known to get disenchanted.  Make sure you have a spare, or a friendly Blacksmith to fix it for you.


Tactics:
“While the art of writing had long since existed, very few of the natives of that Age bothered to write anyting down. Many of the myths of our time have actually been substantiated by the scrolls penned by Lornher.” - o Brandine, Scribe of Layldon

Nemesis wraiths are almost never found alone.  Groups have been known to swarm an unwary adventurer and leave them in the dirt.  Keep your eyes open and watch for an opportunity.

The wraiths employ many unique powers and effects when fighting.  Some attacks from the wraiths are hard to overcome, so keep trying and don’t get discouraged.  Experience will let you learn what to expect from each wraith.  Watch out for Power Drain and the occasional fireball or armor piercing shot from one of them.  

Nemesis marks are pretty easy to point out as it looks like a stylized N  - *)\(*. People who are marked cannot actually see the mark themselves, so don’t be too confused if they don’t know what you’‘re talking about.

Many older adventures have learned things the hard way in dealing with Nemesis.  Those stories of days gone past might hold a valuable key to combating the wraiths today.  Information can be lost over the years, but sometimes it’s still there.  Ask around!

Who to talk to:

Want to know more?  The winter months usually mean missives and plotting! Try to catch these people and talk to them; Baron Diamond Banecroft, Malaki of Folkestone, Bright Oakfellow, and Gideon of Coventry are all good people to talk to.  The Library of Ivory also a large supply of information about this threat courtesy of Lohrner.  

Do you have a threat you want to see covered?  Let me know, so we can give other people a fighting chance.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Eventholding: How to Start

This is part of a series on the topic of being an Event-Holder. These articles will touch on various subjects on the topic with the intended goal of provided some core concepts and suggestions for improvement. Hopefully this series will be of use for both a beginning EH or one who has been throwing events for a few years.

How to Start

Often the idea of being an Eventholder can be daunting for someone who has never thrown an event before. And it should be. You are responsible for the enjoyment of dozens of people over many hours. You are responsible for giving the Realms a good name as a place where people can go to have an entertaining time within a structured system. The choices you make will have a positive or negative effect on your event. And it is a lot harder to throw an event than you think it is.

Now that I’ve scared everyone who hasn’t thrown an event before, just do it. While there are many reasons not to throw an event, throw one anyway. If you are even considering throwing an event that means you have idea you want to bring forward for others to see within the Realms. Do not let all the reasons not to throw an event stop you.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

10 Questions - Richard "Quinn" Pavis

Richard "Quinn" Pavis

Photo by Foren Mike
How long have you been playing?
Since Knights of the Eternal Flame Tournament '09.  So, 3 years this February.

How has the game changed since you've been playing?
It's hard to say exactly what has changed, since I've been in the game such a short time.  However, I've seen a number of important events, I've seen Embrace Death nerfed, fiberglass passed, Wayland defeated and the Munuko rediscovered.  More than everything I've seen the game grow rather than change.

Who have you learned the most from?
Magically, I learned the most from the Order of the Magi.  Through both direct instruction and indirect questions, I've learned quite a lot from the order as a whole.
Combat wise, I've learned from everyone who's ever beaten me.  I make it a point to spar with everyone I can.  I can't make it to every fight practice, but I try to learn from every death.  Even if the only lesson I learn is that I can't fight with a shield.

What was your best moment IC?
Being crowned King of a new world, rallying my people together in a time of danger, and facing a Dragon God in single combat, armed with the Sword and Shield of Destiny.

What was your best moment as a NPC/EH/Player?
On staff for Beyond the Hag and Hungry Goblin, I gave out some Dissention key phrases to certain PC's.   Later when the PC's encountered a certain Bois, I got to yell fun things like "The sun has set forever" and "The darkness has no end".  Then I got to watch the PC's scramble around not only dealing with this new threat, but trying to determine where it came from.  It was great seeing a new mechanic work well.

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What would you like to see changed or developed more in game?
A way to add variety without unbalancing the game.  Also a way to engage the entire event site rather than a select group (I'm guilty of this as well.)
Oh, and puzzles that don't involve rune translations, or those little wooden puzzles where the pieces get lost all the time.

What advice would you give new players?
Listen.  Spar.  Ask Questions. NPC.
Quite often important information on a quest is said directly to the PC's.
Spar often.  Even spellcasters need to practice their verbals and footwork.
When asking questions try not to be pompous or arrogant.  Even if someone is playing a jerk PC or NPC, chances are they are willing to help a new player out.
NPC-ing is often a fun way to practice a new weapon combo, and call armor you don't have to wear.  Also, NPCing tends to be free.

What do you love most about the game?
The careful balance between tone and fun.  Various modern conveniences are allowed because they add more fun than the anachronism detracts.  I'm not sure about other people, but most of the time I don't even see cars, camp chairs, and the like while questing.

Who would you like to see the next interview be with?
Nate Soule

Anything else you'd like to take the opportunity to put into print?
Nope.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Why I Want to Go- Rhiassa Presents: What Lurks Beneath III


Why I Want to Go- Rhiassa Presents: What Lurks Beneath III: The Will of the Wind

Rhiassa Presents: Queen of Hearts XVIII
December 3, 2011 (Saturday 12pm) - December 3, 2011 (Saturday 7pm)

This is the third part of a continuing series of full-blown quest events. In the past these have been exclusively quest events with no tourneys or other non-questing components included...and that's a good thing. That is not to say there has been no fighting because past events have been filled to the top with stuff to fight. Speaking of the past, the event write-up provides a history of the previous events in the series so people who have not participated before can catch up on the plot and what has come previously. This should be a good, solid quest event.

The event is currently full since the site requires a cap of PCs. However, I am sure they would be fine with getting some more combat NPCs if you are looking to help out the Realms or just looking for something to hit (check with the eventholder before simply showing up).

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

What Character Are You?

Over at http://www.easydamus.com/character.html there is a questionnaire that asks a series of questions on your likes, dislikes and possible reactions to specific situations. From this it spits out what type of D&D character you would be. For fun, I used a fusion of my Realms experiences/outlook and real-world activities to answer the questions. Give it a try and let us know what you are.

In case you are wondering, the following was my final result...



True Neutral Human Wizard/Sorcerer (4th/3rd Level)



Ability Scores:
Strength- 12
Dexterity- 11
Constitution- 11
Intelligence- 14
Wisdom- 15
Charisma- 14

Alignment:
True Neutral- A true neutral character does what seems to be a good idea. He doesn't feel strongly one way or the other when it comes to good vs. evil or law vs. chaos. Most true neutral characters exhibit a lack of conviction or bias rather than a commitment to neutrality. Such a character thinks of good as better than evil after all, he would rather have good neighbors and rulers than evil ones. Still, he's not personally committed to upholding good in any abstract or universal way. Some true neutral characters, on the other hand, commit themselves philosophically to neutrality. They see good, evil, law, and chaos as prejudices and dangerous extremes. They advocate the middle way of neutrality as the best, most balanced road in the long run. True neutral is the best alignment you can be because it means you act naturally, without prejudice or compulsion. However, true neutral can be a dangerous alignment when it represents apathy, indifference, and a lack of conviction.

Race:
Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Primary Class:
Wizards- Wizards are arcane spellcasters who depend on intensive study to create their magic. To wizards, magic is not a talent but a difficult, rewarding art. When they are prepared for battle, wizards can use their spells to devastating effect. When caught by surprise, they are vulnerable. The wizard's strength is her spells, everything else is secondary. She learns new spells as she experiments and grows in experience, and she can also learn them from other wizards. In addition, over time a wizard learns to manipulate her spells so they go farther, work better, or are improved in some other way. A wizard can call a familiar- a small, magical, animal companion that serves her. With a high Intelligence, wizards are capable of casting very high levels of spells.

Secondary Class:
Sorcerers- Sorcerers are arcane spellcasters who manipulate magic energy with imagination and talent rather than studious discipline. They have no books, no mentors, no theories just raw power that they direct at will. Sorcerers know fewer spells than wizards do and acquire them more slowly, but they can cast individual spells more often and have no need to prepare their incantations ahead of time. Also unlike wizards, sorcerers cannot specialize in a school of magic. Since sorcerers gain their powers without undergoing the years of rigorous study that wizards go through, they have more time to learn fighting skills and are proficient with simple weapons. Charisma is very important for sorcerers; the higher their value in this ability, the higher the spell level they can cast.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Question of the Week - 15

This is a multi-part question...

What do you think about eventholders scheduling events on the same day? Is it ok? Does it hurt the Realms or maybe help it? Should the first to post an event "get" the date?
 

Friday, November 18, 2011

What You Missed - Rock & Roll

Photo by Dustin Mack

Photo by Dustin Mack

Photo by Dustin Mack

Photo by Dustin Mack

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Why I Want to Go- Feast of Kalithnos

Feast of Kalithnos: Because Zula wants a Restaurant for his Casino
November 19, 2011 (Saturday 12pm) - November 19, 2011 (Saturday 8pm)

As a counterpoint to the martial event on the same day, we have a feast with all sorts of activities planned. The White Griffin Casino will be open for gambling goodness, as well as a special poker tournament. There will also be a Chinese Auction and multiple ways to earn some of the needed tickets. There will also be some fighting in something called the Wheel of Chance. To top it all off there will be a full feast and court. If you are looking for a laid back relaxing event this is for you.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Why I Want to Go-Order of the List Invitational 1

Order of the List Invitational 1 
November 19, 2011 (Saturday 12pm) - November 19, 2011 (Saturday 7pm)

If you haven't been paying attention lately, there has been a reckoning of martial prowess going on throughout the past year. The Order of the List has been collecting tourney results at various tourney events and keeping a tallied record of them. All this has led up to this event. This is where the top 16 tourney fighters of the Realms will compete to see who is the best of the best. It promises to be a spectacular display of marital skill.

For those not able to participate in the Order of the List fights there will still be enough to keep them busy and occupied. There are special contests for the spectators (with some really cool prizes), especailly if they can shop their support for their favorite fighter. In addition, there will be opportuinities to bet on the fights, seperate tourneys to gain some money to gamble with and some shops as well.   

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

10 Questions - Carrie "Tetch" Dolph

Carrie "Tetch" Dolph

How long have you been playing?
I have been playing since 1993, since the first Feast of Chimeron. I hate math, so ...

How has the game changed since you've been playing?
That would take a lot of time...
Aside from the obvious: changes in magic system, changes in nations and players and player characters...
I think the major change is in focus - it seemed that back in 'the day' there was more comraderie between players - like sing-a-longs in the evening, or gatherings after the event to talk about the event.. I kind of miss that...
Some things are better now, though, less favoritism, more consistant rules.

Who have you learned the most from?
I can't really say.. I learn from everyone, and try to learn from everything.

What was your best moment IC?
Do I have to pick one?
As Tetch: Defeating Thanatos in spirit combat. (Teach HIM to think a healer couldn't fight!)
As Tenguanese Samurai: Winning One Woman at QoH's (even though I wasn't supposed to be in that tourney!)
As Alex: All around kicking butt in Hell.
As Rune: The reaction of getting the 'gift' from Father Yule, and the 'super secret Commune with Spirit'.

What was your best moment as a NPC/EH/Player?
Again, just one??
The reaction of players to Fafnir.
The reaction of players to the Draco-Lich.
The way "The Citadel" came out in the last of the Lost Gate series.




















What would you like to see changed or developed more in game?
More consistancy! (who didn't see that coming, I mean, really?)
Aside from that, I would like to see a better way of encouraging more NPCing, and more questing.

What advice would you give new players?
Be Brave, not IC necessarily, but OOC: Ask Questions. Introduce yourself. Try new things. Take risks you might not normally OOC.

What do you love most about the game?
The people.

Who would you like to see the next interview be with?
Richard Pavis.

Anything else you'd like to take the opportunity to put into print?
No thanks. :)

Friday, November 11, 2011

Outside the Realms - Shade's LARP List

Shade's LARP List is a website whose mission is to keep a list of all LARPs throughout the world. It is fairly comprehensive, though at times outdated (broken links, etc). In fact we are on the list as Realms of Wonder. Of particular note is the fact that there are announcements of upcoming events on the front page. One thing I would like to see is for someone (not me) to figure out how those announcements are placed and then get announcements of our events up there on a regular basis.

There is a similar site that lists various LARPs throughout the world at TheLARPER. I could not find the Realms anywhere on the site, but I believe the site is fairly new. It would be cool if we were there as well. More public exposure can only help our game.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

What You Missed - Feast of Blackwood II

Photo by Dustin Mack

Photo by Dustin Mack
 
Photo by Dustin Mack

Photo by Dustin Mack

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Why I Want to Go- Rock & Roll

Rock & Roll: T5C: A Tale of the Inventor, the Maze, and Things that Go Boom 
November 12, 2011 (Saturday 11am)

This promises to filled with questing epicness. It is being billed as a "ridiculouly challenging" event that will test every character (and player) on multiple levels. Do you have the stuff to handle it? Can you handle the robots? There's only one way to find out. While this is part of an ongoing plotline it should still be fun for everyone; I suspect many of the challenges require no prior plot knowledge, just a keen mind and body.
If you've been to this event site before, you know how awesome the site is. Of course then you also know that it is an expensive site (the site charges NPCs full price). Thus it is a good idea to let the EH know in advance if you are attending as a player or NPC, so they can better appropriate funds.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Question of the Week - 13

What do you think of the terms "newbie" and "oldbie"? Do you find those terms offensive or something you are ok with?

Friday, November 4, 2011

Riddle the Realms by Ian "Bright" Pushee

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Rowan was killed before the Ascension War.
Lief was killed after Bedlam was opened.
Ayleth was killed by magic most foul.
An axe was used durring the murder in Coventry.
The murder in Blackwood took place after Sauron was defeated.
The murder in Rhiassa took place before Queen Meg went under the hill.
Brom killed Borin.
The farmer was killed in Coventry.
Thea killed Leif.
Brom used a dagger when he killed his victim.
Borin was killed in Blackwood.
The miller was killed before the Duchass of Beauty reawakened.
Ulric killed his victim after the Ascension War.
The militia member was killed after the sacking of Argyle.
The miller was killed after King Pyr was crowned.
The farmer was killed while Baba still walked the realms.
A dagger was used in one of the murders before the Bois reapppeared.

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  • Use the above matrix to mark negative linkages.
    (If Brom killed with a dagger, the other three murder's didn't)




  • You'll eventualy be left with empty check boxes for all the true linkages.




  • Don't make logicly false asumptions
    (You know Lief was killed before Bedlam was opened...
    that does not in mean his murder took place after the Ascention War)



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    Riddle the Realms

    Riddle the Realms will be another ongoing feature of the View From Valehaven. These will be puzzles, riddles and other mind challenges/games that all have a central theme relating to the Realms. The goal is for the feature to publish every other week or so. Today we have our first Puzzle in the next article post and it's a really nice logic puzzle by Ian "Bright" Pushee. The layout was all his doing and I think it looks really nice.

    So put on your thinking caps and have some fun!

    Thursday, November 3, 2011

    Why I Want to Go- Grimgiving 2


    Grimgiving 2: realms toy drive
    November 5, 2011 (Saturday 12pm) 

    A nice tournament event, which will include tourneys for spellcasters as well as fighters. The best part is that this is a toy drive for needy children during the upcoming holidays. In fact, in lieu of the already low event price, you can instead bring an unwrapped toy to pay admission. So, if you want to do some fighting, see some of your friends in one of the last outdoor events of the year or just want to help out those in need, this is an excellent opportunity. The event listing has specific instructions on what type of toys are accepted for the drive so make sure to check it and the event out.

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011

    Why I Want to Go- Carnage in Wonderland


    Carnage in Wonderland: Carnage 14
    November 4, 2011 (Friday 5pm) - November 6, 2011 (Sunday 12pm)

    This annual event takes place at the same time and place as the gaming convention, CarnageCon. This is a great way to promote the Realms to those who have not tried it before. It is my understanding that the price of admission includes the gaming convention as well, so after a hard day of adventuring you can relax with some board or table top rpg games. This could simply be geek heaven. For additional information on the gaming con you can go here. Even if you go last minute they can usually fit you into the convention games and certainly into the Realms portion.

    The site is very pretty, especially this time of year with all the colors. Despite the event taking place at an inn/convention there is usually plenty of room for the event itself. Last year the event made use of the outside and thus had plenty of room for some good adventuring. Last year they had an outdoor dungeon built of epic size with full walls. A lot of work went into the event.