Thursday, November 29, 2012

10 Questions - Ben "Sir K" Greene

Ben "Sir K" Greene

How long have you been playing?
Photo by Bethany Tozier
My first event was Water Wars back in 1992, so it’s been 20 years since I first discovered the Realms.  Though I did take a few years off in the mid 90’s because of “real life”.

How has the game changed since you've been playing?
The whole system has been rewritten since I first started.  The weapons are hardly recognizable.  In short it would be easier to discuss what hasn’t changed, and that is the community.  For all of our talk about how much better it was back in the old days, and how much closer we used to be. The truth is as a whole the realms is a community that sticks together and supports each other better than any other I have ever been a part of. 

Who have you learned the most from?
That is hard.  I try to learn something from everyone I interact with.  I guess some of the strongest influences I’ve had would have to include Andy, Jarrod, Blade, and Cinnabar.  But, I think I learn even more from the people I try to teach.

What was your best moment IC?
This may be the hardest question on the list.  This game by its nature is a strung together series of great moments.  Every event should bring a great moment to someone, and a good event brings a great moment to everyone at some point whether as a group or individually.  I have been lucky enough to be a part of many such moments. 

What was your best moment as a NPC/EH/Player?
Again I have been lucky enough to have many to choose from.  I think I would have to say being chosen as a KoEF was the best moment overall for me.

Photo by Dustin Mack

What would you like to see changed or developed more in game?
I would love to see plots be more interconnected.  I think it would really add to the feeling of being part of a complete world if the major plots interacted more.

What advice would you give new players?
Get involved. Don’t be afraid to talk to people.  Everyone has strengths, figure out what yours are and develop them.

What do you love most about the game?
The escape from reality, the creativity, the community, and more than anything the friends I’ve made.

Who would you like to see the next interview be with?
Matt Loven / Karne

Anything else you'd like to take the opportunity to put into print?
Don’t be afraid to get involved no matter how young or old you are you have something to offer the community.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

What You Missed- All Good Things...

Photo by Bethany Tozier - 2012

Photo by Bethany Tozier - 2012

Photo by Bethany Tozier - 2012

Photo by Bethany Tozier - 2012

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Why I Want to Go - The Huntress Guild Presents

The Huntress Guild Presents: Tournaments of Artemis II 
December 1, 2012 (Saturday 12pm) - December 1, 2012 (Saturday 6pm)

Some would say that the female fighters of the Realms have been slighted throughout our game's history. However, this event (and the Huntress Guild in general) is a showcase of what they can do and that they should not be ignored.Come to show your support, to watch some interesting fights, or get a team together and fight!  

Teams consist of 3 combatants, one of which must be a member of the Huntress Guild; it is a good idea to set up your teams ahead of time. Also, one nice thing for this event is that casters can break their restrictions to participate if they so choose. The event site will be nice for this time of year as it is indoors and yet, very spacious.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Trivia from Order of the List

Test your knowledge and see if you can answer the questions from this years Order of the List trivia competition.

1. Before he took over as Lord of Rhiassa, Aeston was the Lord of this southern nation.

2. Rumored to be even rarer than the Chimeron Crown, this coin’s original value was ⅓ of a rowan.

3. This god of serpents, poison, and assassination holds influence over the Aspis Nor Mountains and the land of Darkvale.

4. What the nation of Eagle’s Rook was formerly called, sharing its name with the castle that looms over the city of Eagle's Rook.

5. If you were to find yourself at Shalindar Keep, which of the Realms’ northern nations would you be in?

6. What year was the first Queen of Hearts event held?

7. Bedlam, also known as the Infinite Dark, exists at the intersection of which three overlapping planes of existence?

8. At Queen of Hearts ‘08, Sir Jarrod disbanded what organization of nations, all sworn to him as king?

9. This sword holds the spirit of the Faerie Duchess of Blossoms, and is known to be bane to bedlam bois.

10. One of the tenets of this knightly order is to “Encourage and aid new adventurers”

11. The symbol of this god features a red cross with curved ends on a black field.

12. Although they do not have direct ties to the nation itself, the College of Heralds and Monks Keep lie within this nation’s borders.

13. Who is the current lord of the northern nation of Stonewood?

14. This female fighter was the original founder of the Huntress Guild.

15. Lloth, also known as the Spider Queen, is worshipped by what race of people?

16. This nation’s heraldry features a red wolf’s head against a black field.

17. If you find yourself battling Akakios in towns such as Thistle Grove, Iron Ridge, and Westwood, what nation would you be in?

18. Winners of the Tournaments of the Blue Rose earn themselves this honorific title.

19. It is at this tavern that you are likely to run into Father Yule.

20. To become a master of this order, you must plan, organize, and execute your own feast-based event.

Which of today’s Order of the List competitors is the Knight Commander
of the Knights of Blackwood?

For the Answers, click More.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

What You Missed - Order of the List Invitational 2

Photo by Kelly Bonci - 2012

Photo by Kelly Bonci - 2012

Photo by Kelly Bonci - 2012

Photo by Kelly Bonci - 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Why I Want to Go- All Good Things...

All Good Things...T5C: The Mage is Dead, long Live the Mage
November 25, 2012 (Sunday 12pm) - November 25, 2012 (Sunday 8pm)

This is the last of the Five Counselors series of events and a lead-in to the climax of the Bedlam plotline. If you have a good reason for being here to help determine who the Mage Counselor will be then this is where you need to be. As usual there will plenty of fighting and puzzles in this dungeon-crawl being run by an experienced and expert staff.

There are several points to remember for this site. While the next dungeon room is being set-up everyone will be sequestered in a limited space, but IC actions can still happen. The event is capped and as of this writing there is still room, but make sure to check the realmsnet write-up before the date to make sure there is still room. And of course, there is always room for more NPCs (though I am told that if you are planning on NPCing you still should bring your PC garb). There are also a number of new calls and special rules taht are all explained in the official write-up.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Why I Want To Go- Rohodey Presents: Nobles and Commoners

Rohodey Presents: Nobles and Commoners
November 24, 2012 (Saturday 12pm) - November 24, 2012 (Saturday 6pm)

We've had our large tourneys this year fought between two huge teams, we've had our tourneys with teams against teams, we've had our tourneys of we get some 2-person tourneys. The twist is that one person of the team must be a member of nobility (lords/knights/high priests) and the other a "commoner". If you have ever been to a Rohodey Presents tournament before you will already know he likes to throw a lot of different and unusual tournaments at the participants and he already promised there will more of that at this event. So, come and have a fun time!

One of the special rules to bear in mind is that in order to allow more people to participate in the combat, a spellcaster has the option of forgoing their spells and fighting as a fighter without breaking their weapon restriction (yeah!). Also, apparently everyone at one point will be able to use spells; it is recommended that you prepare if the spells you take require components. The site itself is large and can easily accommodate plenty of people and plenty of tournaments.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Question of the Week - 67

If you could design a magic item what would it look like? What would it's powers and restrictions be?

Friday, November 16, 2012

Happenings On The Emerald Path

A news and announcement section of what Realms players are doing outside of the Realms. If you know of any news feel free to let us know at

Andrew "Lysis" Adams is becoming a celebrity by promoting the Rockingham Vermont "Shop Local" campaign on local television.

Pat "Saka" Bobell is currently in Italy as part of a program at WPI.  He has been there since October 18th and will be back in time for us to welcome him back at Uncle Cecil's.  He has been living in Venice, with side trips to Rome, Venice, Naples and Milan.  Next week he'll spend Thanksgiving in Ireland. 

A Comedy of Errors is being performed at WPI tonight!! 
Cast members include Hannah "Devyn" Brown and Owen "Balthazar" West. More information is available on the WPI Theater website 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

10 Questions - Diana "Kiira" LaPierre

Diana "Kiira" LaPierre

Photo by Christine Poulin
How long have you been playing?
I have been playing since September 24th, 2004. It was called Preludes, the March to Madness. It was in someones backyard. The people who brought me in were in the middle of civil war resulting in character obliteration. Also, there were chaos deities walking amongst the Heroes and turning them to bunnies. Needless to say, at the time, I had no idea what was going on. It was pretty awesome.
How has the game changed since you've been playing?
The Realms, as a community, has really become much friendlier. People are more willing to play and collaborate with others who are not in their nation or their immediate friends. I think that is a great change and I foresee it continuing in the future. On a more negative note, I think that plots have been somewhat lacking since I started.
Who have you learned the most from?
Josh/Shandar(my significant other) has definitely taught me the most overall, including weapons making, armor making, fighting, casting, staffing, questing, and battle tactics. Also, he taught me how to really enjoy playing the game and how to make it a better game for everyone to enjoy by helping others. He has also been very supportive in my endeavors and pushed me to be a better player.
What was your best moment IC?
Joining my nation, Grimloch, was my best moment in character. I was super nervous when running my gauntlet and forgot to Combat Raise my champion, Biggs. I had my tabard ceremoniously bestowed upon me and I was so proud of it. Then, we left for dinner break, only to return to discover that Grimloch was being targeted by Blood Hunters. We ran around using guerrilla tactics that night, and I wasn't even able to show off my new tabard. But it was exciting.
What was your best moment as a NPC/EH/Player?
Well, I can't really narrow down my best moment NPCing because it's one of my favorite parts about playing. One time that I had a ton of fun was at a dungeon crawl at the Citadel. Myself, Tucker Noyes, Kyle Yazinka, Mike Duroucher, and Josh were NPCing standard crunchies in a small room with the PCs on the other side of the door in a narrower corridor. Needless to say, it was a difficult spot for the PCs to be in, so they were reluctant to rush in. It ended up being a 10 minute standoff because we kept shutting the door on them when they failed to come into the room. It resulted in very little PC death, but was amusing for all. Also, that same event, in that same room, we found a cubicle wall and Tucker moved the wall and fought from behind it and provided moving cover for us. The PCs were like, "Wait a minute. Is that wall moving?" NPCing is a fun way to give back to the game by thinking outside the box, having your own fun, and providing challenges for the PCs to have fun with, even as 1-point armored crunchies.
My best moment EHing was probably one of the first Grimloch Presents: Grill and Games. It was a unique event to throw with lots of games and prizes, and there was a dunk tank and obstacle courses. I remember that it was on my Birthday, and everyone bullied me into going into the dunk tank, even though I spent the early part of the morning getting treated for the strep throat that developed overnight and it was a brisk September day. But, everyone had a lot of fun dunking me in the dunk tank, so it was worth it.
As a player, I really enjoyed the first Shadow Ball event. It was unique, allowed me to role-play in a completely different way, and drove me to make and wear my first garb dress and just let me be creative in general. It was also a well done event.
Photo by Casey Lemay

What would you like to see changed or developed more in game?
Cooperation between event holders. EHs working together to provide more continuity and make the game seem more like a world and less like a series of loosely connected events. It would really increase the immersion, in my opinion.
Also, I would like to see more accurate shot calling and marshals enforcing the rules on it. I think it's a huge problem and one of the few things really holding the game back. The whole atmosphere surrounding it needs to be changed. Everyone is human and, therefore, makes mistakes. It's the responsibility of you as a player, and even your friends, to ensure that you are playing by the rules and not blatantly cheating.
What advice would you give new players?
Seek out any help that you need. Don't be afraid to ask for help with whatever endeavors you have for yourself. There's always people willing to help, but act on it early and get the head start you need to be a better player, whether it's getting better garb, weapons, practice with combat/casting, making armor, etc.
Also, if you are physically able, practice fighting. It doesn't matter whether your a fighter or a 3-path. Whether it's at a local practice or at events during downtime, or in your backyard with your friends, you should get in practice. You don't need to be an amazing fighter, just get good at calling your shots and be willing to take constructive criticism on your ability to call your shots. Practicing fighting will help you be a better player and NPC.
What do you love most about the game?
I can't really focus on any one particular thing. I really love all aspects of the game, from single to team tournaments, feasts, questing, and bardics. Helping throw events and throwing events myself is also a really rewarding feeling.
Who would you like to see the next interview be with?
Ben Greene/Sir K
Anything else you'd like to take the opportunity to put into print?
I have said this a few times already, but... NPC! It's fun, rewarding, and gives back to the game.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

What You Missed - Black & White 2012

Photo by Bethany Tozier - 2012

Photo by Bethany Tozier - 2012

Photo by Bethany Tozier - 2012

Photo by Bethany Tozier - 2012

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Why I Want To Go- For Glory, Gods, and Gold

For Glory, Gods, and Gold: A Collection of Tales From the Book of Moons
November 17, 2012 (Saturday 12pm) - November 17, 2012 (Saturday 6pm)

One of the last outdoor quest events of the year, this one is for people who have been following the Book of Moons plotline. This is a tangential plot to the ongoing Bedlam plotline, one of the more popular plots out there right now. Come to see how you can help keep the Realms safe! If you are new to this plotline they have been nice enough to establish a website where you can find out all you will need to know. Note that there are some rules changes here, most notably how they affect your character; make sure you check it out.

To the best of my knowledge this is a new event site for us. This always makes things more interesting and keeps us on our toes. If there are enough staff NPCs then this event will be run traditionally; if not then it will be Convergences style, wherein you will be asked to NPC 2 of the 4 quests. Also, remember the time of year and that it is an outdoor event to check the weather the day of and dress appropriately.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Thank you to those in our community who have given their service to our country including:
Henry Giasson
Luis Berrerra
John Berrinni
Andrew Disbrow
Robert Hopkins
Keith Zurek
Billy Zurek
Jeremy Monmaney
Chuck Lombardo
Kyle Greenough
Jon Jessop
James Matthewman
Seth Flagg
Cal Marsdan
Eric Marques
Rich Crane
Sean Gustavis
Gary Heinstrom

We encourage you to mention specific community members that have in the comment section.

Question of the Week - 66

This week's question is brought to you by Alex "Lucas" Newbold. If you have an idea for a Question of the Week let us know at

Have you ever helped on Event Site Workdays such as at Abe's Land, Creathorne or other sites we have used in the past (such as Boy Scout Camps that also have public Work Weekends)? How important do you think it is to do so?

Friday, November 9, 2012

Happenings on the Emerald Path

A news and announcement section of what Realms players are doing outside of the Realms. If you know of any news feel free to let us know at

Congratulations to James "Roland" and Katie Vear who were married on October 28, 2012.  We wish you both the best.

Welcome to the world Kahlan Marie Vaihinger, daughter of Kyle "Caspian" Vaihinger and Jen "Isolde" Greene!! She  was born on October 21st.

Congratulations to Steven "Therian" and Meg "Kyomi" Matulewicz who's son, Tristan on October 19th at 3:03 PM.  The healthy baby weighed in at

In addition, Steve and Meg will be moving (with their new son) into their newly purchased home on November 28th.  We wish the Matulewicz family many years of happiness in their new abode.

Cal "Syruss" Marsden is participating in Movember, an event to raise money and awareness of prostrate cancer. He and many other men will be growing a mustache for the month and taking donations.  To support Cal visit his Movember Page or look for the donation can at Order of the List.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Fresh Faces- Trevor "Vulpenard" King

How did you learn about Realms?
I went to the involvement fair at UCONN with my girlfriend during my freshman year I was unimpressed by a majority of the clubs that were offered. Though they were very diverse and some were very interesting, I didn't feel as though many of them would lead to any lasting friendships beyond the interactions in the clubs. On our way out, we spotted two people sparring wearing full armor. We spoke to the club president and he invited us to join the SMAC practice that night. We showed up later that night and had a blast!

How many event have you been to?
Between PCing and NPCing, I have participated in at least eighteen events that I can remember; I've gone to a few of the big ones like Black and White, What Lurks Beneath, Feast of Chimeron, Uncle Cecil's Crazy Tavern, Feast of the Leviathan, North South War and  Order of the List Tournaments. Some of my favorites have also been somewhat smaller events like the Huntress Guild Invitational, the Oaken Guard Invitational, and Childrak's Secret Lair.

Have you ever LARP’ed before?  If so tell us about it?
The only time I've done anything close to LARPing before joining SMAC and The Realms was right before I left for UCONN. My girlfriend, a mutual friend and I all bought NERF swords from Toys R Us and spent at least an hour fighting in my girlfriend's back yard. It was one one final moment of fun before we had to start packing to leave.
What is your character like?  Where are they from? What is their race? What is important to them?
 Vulpenard, originally named Mortimer, is a human from the Southern Wastes. He says he was raised by the forest and her children, which is a bold faced lie. He was raised by his family and the village they lived in. His father was the village alchemist, his mother the village midwife. Mortimer desperately wanted a feeling of self satisfaction so he tried to become a great hunter, without the ability to even fire an arrow straight. One one of his less successful hunting trips, Mortimer heard the growl of a bear followed by a loud yelp; down the hill he spotted a bear swatting at a mother fox trying to drag a leg of deer to her den and her awaiting kin. Without thinking, he barreled down the hill and attempted to push away the wall of muscle and fur that was the bear. Needless to say, Mortimer was unsuccessful in slaying the bear, and was nearly slain himself. As he lay in the forest, waiting for one of his father's potions to work, Mortimer decided to change his name, deriving it from the fox, Vulpes vulpes, and decided that he would stand up for what he felt was right even if it meant sacrificing his own goals or even his life.
At coronation of King Cecil-2011

What do you remember most about your first event?
I remember being very confused at my first Black and White, I had no idea what I was supposed to do and where I was supposed to go. I was handed a scavenger hunt sheet and was later told that I shouldn't have done it, but it really helped me learn more about The Realms and about my new friends.

What things have helped to make you feel welcome in game?
Strangely enough, the actions of the players out of the game make me feel more welcome in game. I have helped clean up after events and gotten food with other players and the conversations we have, where we treat each other as equals, despite vast differences in age, interest, nation or fighting skill has made me feel more welcome and enthusiastic in game. I don't feel afraid to approach other characters whose players I have interacted with even if they play characters that are supposed to come across as "rough and tough."

What parts of the game do you find most challenging?
For me, it's the self-criticism and self-doubt. If and when I die, I constantly berate myself on what I did wrong, and often I'm too wrapped up in what I did wrong that I make the same mistakes. I'm terrible with blocking my head and sometimes I'll be so focused on how I didn't block my head in the last fight that I'll forget what's going on and get hit in the head again.

Do you have any game related goals (as either a player or character)?
My overall goal is to eventually run my own event series. I have very loose plans for an event series that will challenge the beliefs and the morals of the players, hopefully resulting in a class or race of players being more accepted by The Realms.

 What advice would you give other new players?
Always go in with an open mind and don't be afraid to try something different. I have seen many players, this year more than others, where players will enjoy the combat but don't even try to get involved with the role playing element of The Realms. Though combat is a large part of the game, by attending events and talking with other players and characters you learn so much and you get to hear of many exciting stories. You don't have to be the best fighter, the best caster, or the best role player, the important part of The Realms is to have fun while making new friends.

What have you enjoyed most about the game so far?
I have to say that I have enjoyed NPCing the most, while it is incredibly fun fighting as Vulpenard, NPCing gives a feeling of self-achievement. When you NPC, you help tell a story and give an experience to the players, you don't have to worry about being the most proficient fighter and it does a great job of teaching you the fun of losing. 

Anything else you'd like to take the opportunity to put into print?
I want to give a special thank you to Jason Rosa for encouraging me to get more active in the game and for putting up with my shenanigans though these past three years. He has been very helpful and supportive even when I can't make it to the events that I say I will attend. And most of all, without Jason I would have never heard of SMAC or The Realms and I wouldn't have met any of my amazing friends.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

What You Missed - What Lurks Beneath IV

Photo by Carol Eddy - 2012

Photo by Carol Eddy - 2012

Photo by Carol Eddy - 2012

Photo by Carol Eddy - 2012

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Why I Want To Go - Order of the List Invitational 2

Order of the List Invitational 2
November 10, 2012 (Saturday 12pm) - November 10, 2012 (Saturday 8pm)

This event is the culmination of a year's worth of tourneys. The 16 best fighters to have participated will be here to fight it out to see who is the best of the year. Last year's reviews remarked how non-participants were still engaged and entertained by watching the combat. However, there is even more reason to go even if you are not one of the 16. For one, the event is free to spectators. A couple of other reasons are that there will be vendors and gambling on the fights. So, come and cheer on your favorite fighter or the one you put the most money on!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Question of the Week - 65

Is there anything you learned in the Realms that you use in the real-world?

Friday, November 2, 2012

Realms Pick-Up Lines

Mage Pick-Up Lines
-"I can raise the dead, you should see what I can do to the living."
-"I saw you and immediately drank my love potion."
-"Here, drink this."
-"I hear you have a deep pocket."
-"I just cast find the path and it led straight to you."
-"I get bigger after I cast transformation."
-"I may be a three path, but that's not a dagger."
-"You won't get pregnant, I have circle of protection."
-"Ignore him, no one has more protection than a Protectionist."
-"They don't call it seed of life for nothing."
-"Tired of the other guys who can't keep up? I have regeneration."
-"I put the romance in nec-romancer."
-"Ever had a three-way with an undead soldier?"
-"Please, god, let her go out with me."..."Did you just cast intervention to get me to go out with you?"..."Yes, did it pass?"
-"Don't worry, I have cure disease."
-"I can go all night long, I have power potion."
-"Ok, so that last line was horrible, good thing I have second chance."
-"I have to recharge my armored cloak, wanna help me?"
-"Are you also a spellcaster, because you are an enchanting being."
-"I think we'd be wonderful together, I just cast detect magic."
-"Did you cast enfeeble being on me, because I keep falling for you."
-"I'll bring the 30' of rope."

Fighter Pick-Up Lines
"um...wanna have sex?"

Thursday, November 1, 2012

10 Questions - Rebecca "Naralia" Garbos

Rebecca "Naralia" Garbos

Photo by Nicole LaRoche
How long have you been playing?
I have been playing since 1999.  My very first event was Tournaments of Creathorne (no idea the number).  I hung out with the Nashua folks at fight practice, but never went to any events.  Finally, Eric Garbos convinced me to go.  I really had no idea what I was getting myself into.  

How has the game changed since you've been playing?
A lot has changed since I started playing.  The fighting has changed.  We use much lighter weapons now which has increased the speed of combat.  The way we use the magic system has changed.  We can learn spells at a much faster pace.  Not sure if that's a good thing or not.  And the basic way we play has changed.  It has become much more of a sport.  There isn't as much role playing as there used to be.  I wish we could go back to more role playing.  That was fun.

Who have you learned the most from?
There are several people in the game I have learned a great deal from.  I try to learn from everybody I can.  I try to use every situation as a learning experience.  Of course the people that I spend the most time with are the ones I've learned the most from.  Ben Greene, Neil Tozier, Andy Disbrow just to name a few.  I am trying to spend more time with people I normally don't hang with to learn what they have to offer.  But believe it or not... I am a shy person, so I am not always that comfortable around new (to me) people.

What was your best moment IC?
My best IC moment is a toss up between two different ones.  The first one is when I ran for Queen.  Lord Artex was on my team and he stormed off my team.  And then after a few battles, he came back on his knees begging for forgiveness.  This of course was all worked out a head of time between the two of us OOC, but we were the only ones who knew.  So to see everyone's faces was priceless.  The second moment is when I married Bean IC.  It was fun.  We had it set up beautifully.  Dark gave me away.  We had to keep Sir Sean flatted because he wanted to stop the wedding.  Orchyd started off as the officiant, but Cinnabar felt it was taking too long.  He had Dame Shalindra kill (and impale) Bean.  And finished the ceremony Borderlands style.  Too much fun.  And too top it off, I think we had everybody on site there.  And since this was at a ToC, that's a lot of people   

Photo by Casey Lemay

What was your best moment as a NPC/EH/Player?
Elven Boom Babies!!!!  (Ask Boom)

What would you like to see changed or developed more in game?
I would really like to see the role playing come back.  It gave the game a fun added element.  We got to be more creative with everything.   Also... for people to remember this is just a game.  Something we do on weekends to let off some steam and to relax and have fun.

What advice would you give new players?
Go out there to have fun.  Talk to everybody.  Make friends where ever you can.  And don't dismiss anybody.

What do you love most about the game?
The interesting people I've meet over the years.  The people in this game have given me a diverse look on life.  They have added flavor.  And I thank them all for it.

Who would you like to see the next interview be with?
Tanya Johnson or Carrie Dolph (Carrie's interview can be seen here).  I think either would lead to a great interview.

Anything else you'd like to take the opportunity to put into print?
Just this... Live every moment, Laugh every day, Love beyond words.