Friday, June 29, 2012

Blast From the Past - Part 9

Today is the last of our looks back at some of the older publications in the Realms. We get to take a look at the first Queen of Hearts event flyer. For those of you who went to last year's QoH (or any in the past few years) you will see some differences in the tourneys...and a lot of similarities. It was on a different site, coincidentally right around the corner from where it is held now. I also like the fact that there are no GPS directions; its amazing how fast the world changes in 18 short years.
Again, I would like to thank Janna "Iawen" Oakfellow-Pushee for taking the time to scan in all these documents, as well as taking the time and energy to preserve our past.




Thursday, June 28, 2012

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 aearlegray@gmail.com

Congratulations to Joe "Elwick" Peipiora.  Joe, while less active recently is a long-time member of the Realms community (who most recently NPC'd at Childraks Lair) and KoEF.  He will be relocating to Aliso Viejo, CA in early July.  He'll be working at a content designer for Carbine Studios (they make MMO games like World of Warcraft and Everquest).  We are pleased for him but he'll be missed.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

What You Missed - Grimloch Questing 2012

Photo by Tanja Johnson - 2012


Photo by Tanja Johnson - 2012
Photo by Tanja Johnson - 2012


Photo by Tanja Johnson - 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Why I Want to Go- Mythquest 4


Mythquest 4
June 29, 2012 (Friday 7pm) - July 1, 2012 (Sunday 1pm)

This ongoing plotline has a lot to offer to those who like to quest. In the past, the events have provided an open questing area where a group can go out and find adventure and I would expect the same this time around. The goals tend to be clear and how the players achieve them is up to them and their determination. The staff has shown in the apst that they are willing and capable of rolling with what the players throw at them; this makes player innovation and creativity a plus. This will be a solid weekend of questing.

This is the same site from Green & Gold. While that tourney event tends to not use the excellent event site beyond the tourney fields, this event has and will make use of all the site has to offer. Which is woods, trails and mysterious places. The site is wonderful for questing. Be aware that there is a possibility of plot given character ticks, as well as the potential for permanent spell loss.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Question of the Week - 46

Do you think we should remove the spell learning system and just allow players to start as maxed out casters?


Saturday, June 23, 2012

What You Missed - N/S War 2012 - Part 6

Photo by Bethany Tozier - 2012

Photo by Bethany Tozier - 2012

Photo by Bethany Tozier - 2012

Photo by Bethany Tozier - 2012

Thursday, June 21, 2012

What You Missed - Adventure 2

Photo by Chelsea Paige - 2012



Photo by Chelsea Paige - 2012
Photo by Casey Lemay - 2012

Photo by Casey Lemay - 2012

What You MIssed - N/S War 2012 - Part 4

Photo by Jay Bonci - 2012

Photo by Jay Bonci - 2012

Photo by Jay Bonci - 2012

Photo by Jay Bonci - 2012

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

10 Questions - Douglas "Metron" Fisher


Douglas "Metron" Fisher

Photo by Lina Weldell
How long have you been playing?
Since Midnight Storm 3 in 2001 -- so about 11 years now.

How has the game changed since you've been playing?
Mages are more powered than they were when I started, even just 11 years ago. At the same time, the martial aspect of the game has increased. I think that by and large, plots are more complicated and special effects are getting slowly better.

Who have you learned the most from?
It's a combination of three people: Steven Matulewicz, Matthew Brenner and Angela Gray. Steven, I learned the most from early in my Realms career, in ways to act, wanting to better oneself, and to keep going on art and crafting. Matthew more in the middle of my time in Realms, in terms of running events, game balance, and crafting stories. More recently, I've been leaning from Angie about keeping a separation (as this is only a game, really,) working with a wide variety of people, and getting back into really roleplaying again. 

What was your best moment IC?
I feel my best moment IC was at a Feast of Min years ago, on the "Tuesday" night quest run by Carrie Dolph. I was so far IC that I actually grabbed the front of the Vampire Azreal's shirt and screamed at him that he was not leaving the area with Aeston Stromgate's soul!
He coldly sliced Metron's belly open and I collapsed on the ground. It was real and intense, even though there was a misunderstanding involved (it was really PVP that had resulted in Aeston being scalped, not Azreal), but that night quest was still extremely awesome.

What was your best moment as a NPC/EH/Player?
The best moment as an EH was watching the players piece things together during the event (and especially night quest of) A Single Grain of Sand. I've come to realize that those are my favorite times as an EH, when the things that we (the Fae Staff) have set up get figured out and realized. Possibly not even in the way that we had intended.

Photo by Erin Martin

 



































What would you like to see changed or developed more in game?
I would love to see us have actual set races in the game, ones that each had a benefit and a detriment. While one of the greatest things in our game is that people can be whatever they want, that's also one of the most difficult things. Everyone's background/race is all different, and it makes for a marked lack of consistency in our game work.

I would also love to have the game world of the Realms be more consistent. Some sort of plot committee together to keep everything piecing together with everything else. I do what I can with the Realms map, but Event Holders working with each other across different plots could be really amazing.

I would also love to see more emphasis on roleplaying, and in roleplaying being able to actually change the course of events/plots (at least perceptually). There are many times where event and plots seem to plod along on a scripted course no matter what the PC's do. It's a special thing when PC action really does change things, divert them, make them better (or worse).

Lastly, and this might seem odd coming from a three-path .. I'd actually like to see LESS spells in our game instead of how we keep adding two or three each year. It feels like there's a lot of "filler" in the spell-paths right now.

What advice would you give new players?
Definitely hit more than one event before making a decision about whether you're going to stay in the game, or what group you want to join, etc. Try a variety of events, from different Event Holder/plotmasters, and have fun! Lastly, realize that this game is wonderful, but -- it's only a game. Real life must come first (i.e., don't ditch work or schoolwork because you're hitting a Realms event -- the game will still be here when you're done with your outside obligations).

What do you love most about the game?
The creativity we display on a weekly basis. People are constantly creating art, crafting armor, weapons, shields, NPC outfits and concepts, and so much more, ALL the time. People learn to sing or play instruments, get better at photography, painting, and everything else we all do. Occasionally things can bleed over into our daily lives because of all this massive amount of artistry going on, and when it does, it's truly magical.

Who would you like to see the next interview be with?
Matthew Brenner.

Anything else you'd like to take the opportunity to put into print?
Remember we're all in this game to have fun -- pick something you're good at or want to improve on, and do it. It doesn't matter if you're the absolute best at something -- life is a journey. Live along the way.

What You Missed - N/S War 2012 - Part 3

Photo by Angela Earle Gray - 2012

Photo by Angela Earle Gray - 2012

Photo by Angela Earle Gray - 2012

Photo by Angela Earle Gray - 2012

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Why I Want to Go - Grimloch Questing 2012

Grimloch Questing 2012
June 22, 2012 (Friday 7pm) - June 24, 2012 (Sunday 4pm)

This event has a reputation for having plentiful and skillful NPCs, excellently written encounters and some over-the-top props. The goal of the eventholders is to provide the players with a fun and enjoyable time and they have delivered every time thus far. You can go to this event knowing you will see something you have never seen at any other event.

This is a three-day event which means you get a full weekend of questing. The event site is tailor made for eventing. Every year they add more and more to the site, making it better each time. What have they added since the last time you were there? You'll have to attend the event to find out!

What You Missed - N/S War 2012 - Part 2

Boo! Hiss! Photo by Allyson Cunningham - 2012

Photo by Allyson Cunningham - 2012

Photo by Allyson Cunningham - 2012

Photo by Allyson Cunningham - 2012

Monday, June 18, 2012

Question of the Week - 45

What is the best regional spell you have seen at an event?


What You Missed - N/S War 2012 - Part 1

There were so many good pictures that came out of North/South War 2012 this year that I couldn't decide which ones to cut to get the count down to four pictures. So, again, we'll be running a multiple part series of pictures for North/South War. This one will not have as many in the series as the one for Creathorne Tourneys. The posting of the series will be early in the morning and if another article is being posted that day it will be on top of the What You Missed.  This is also not something we will be doing consistently; most What You Missed will be one article. However, with the large summer events we seem to be getting a lot of really awesome pictures!

Photo by Robyn C Nielsen - 2012

Photo by Robyn C Nielsen - 2012

Photo by Robyn C Nielsen - 2012

Photo by Robyn C Nielsen - 2012



Friday, June 15, 2012

Blast From the Past - Part 8

Today we have an event flyer for The Celebration of Lughnnassad also known as the Water War. This was back in the day when every event had some form of flyer to announce it and mailed out or handed out at other events. Amazing how the internet has changed things.




Thursday, June 14, 2012

What Was Your Realms “Gateway Drug”?

Most of the players in the Realms did not immediately jump directly into a love of fantasy through the Realms. Similar to the theory of the gateway hypothesis which states that the use of less dangerous drugs leads to the use of harder drugs, what other forms of fantasy and role-play led you to the Realms?
Some people first found a love of fantasy through books; some through movies. Also role-playing games and computer games may have been their first exposure to fantasy. I suspect there may even have been other avenues into the Realms, such as acting in plays.
For me, it all started with books. My first “fantasy” book was Watership Down. From there I eventually got into The Lord of the Rings, which gave me a love of fantasy. However, I had one more step to take before I “found” the Realms and that was tabletop role-playing games.
So, what was your “Gateway Fantasy”? What got you interested in the genre of fantasy or role-playing and eventually brought you to the Realms?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Happenings On the Emerald Path


Jen "Lillia" Zimmerman and Kathy "Mahkta" Fey, are both performing for parts of the Silver Kingdom Renaissance Festival, which is June 16-17 at Ye Olde Commons, http://kingdomfestival.com/.

What You Missed - TOC19 - Part Killian

Photo by Angela Earle Gray - 2012
Photo by Angela Earle Gray - 2012

Photo by Angela Earle Gray - 2012
Photo by Angela Earle Gray - 2012





Photo by Angela Earle Gray - 2012

Photo by Angela Earle Gray - 2012
Photo by Angela Earle Gray - 2012


Photo by Angela Earle Gray - 2012
Photo by Angela Earle Gray - 2012

Photo by Angela Earle Gray - 2012
Photo by Angela Earle Gray - 2012

Photo by Jay Bonci - 2012
Photo by Jay Bonci - 2012


Photo by Angela Earle Gray - 2012