Friday, May 31, 2019

What You Missed at ToC 26

by Benjamin "Pilpus" Lacasse


Fighter Pilpus, Newly named Steward of Eroewan reporting on the happenings at the 26th Tournaments of Creathorne:

ToC, per usual, was a fun filled gathering with invigorating tournaments, wonderful music, drunken happiness and 3 Nights of excellent quests! It was truly an amazing way to kick off the summer, and I thank all of the organizers and staff for giving us the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of your labor!

Friday began the same way every day began, with an hour and a half long speech from Sir Sean about what not to do in Creathorne. The basics: Don’t fuck with the Moose, Leave your pets at home, puke on the other side of the stone walls, and if you are very pregnant, warn him now so he can be prepared for number 7! Everybody prepped their camps, and got their lumber and liquor for their fires later in the night, and we capped off the Night by killing some avian beasts, collecting their bloodsteel and deciphering some scrolls in search of our guide Tak’s imprisoned people. When the tired adventurers made their way back to their camps they raised their mugs and drank until the sky turned blue, as I’m sure everyone had waited to do since the end of ToC last year!

In the late morning on Saturday, once everyone had roused, we made our way down to the main field for all of the Limited Tournaments. The sun shone with a light breeze for most of the day until right around dinner break where a drizzle began to spot. Once dinner break was called I rushed to the Bardic Tournaments, then to the beginning of the Blackwood High Mage Competition (solely to spectate as events earlier that day had rendered me incapable of competing) and once the sun had fallen, we ventured through another portal to do some repairs on a large, odd contraption that had a strange proclivity for exploding and making beeping noises. I then returned to the Blackwood fire pit to spectate the ending of the High Mage competition, and by the time it concluded it was time to get some rest for the War Tournaments the next morning.

Sunday, the fields were alive with the sounds of clanging swords, banging shields and cheering warriors in the hot sun (with the occasional slap of a bug being swatted)! Invictus won this year's War Tournament, everybody fought valiantly in the unlimited tournaments and then dinner break and the awards ceremony took place. After that Blackwood Court was held, and at its conclusion we followed Tak into the fold for the final time, breaking into the prison to break out his people. “WA-TA!” echoed throughout the complex until eventually when we discovered there were robotic projectile contraptions to toy with. The “WA-TA!”s were quickly replaced with “pew-pew”s. We rammed the cell doors down, blew off the locks, slaughtered the wardens and when we finally reached Tak’s people, we were hailed as liberators! The “Dirt Refugees” as they were dubbed by Meeble of Invictus hailed Toah of Acteon as their king, and we returned to the fire pits to celebrate our glorious victory.

When the sun rose the next morning, we packed our carriages and made our way back to our homes, but we’ll carry the happiness and spirit we felt at these tournaments for the rest of the year! Happy ToC everybody, see you next year!


Thursday, May 30, 2019

What You Missed - Tournaments of Creathorne 2019 (photos)


Photo by Dustin Mack
 
Photo by Dustin Mack

Photo by Dustin Mack

Photo by Dustin Mack

Photo by Dustin Mack

Photo by Jason Rosa

Photo by Jason Rosa

Photo by Meg Matulewicz

Photo by Dustin Mack

Photo by Dustin Mack

Photo by Meg Matulewicz

Photo by Meg Matulewicz

Photo by Meg Matulewicz

Photo by Jason Rosa

Photo by Dustin Mack

Photo by Meg Matulewicz

Photo by Meg Matulewicz

Photo by Meg Matulewicz

Photo by Meg Matulewicz

Photo by Dustin Mack

Photo by Dustin Mack

Photo by Dustin Mack

Photo by Dustin Mack

Photo by Keith Cronyn

Photo by Keith Cronyn

Photo by Keith Cronyn

Photo by Keith Cronyn

Photo by Keith Cronyn

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Tournament Results - ToC 26 (2019)

as compiled by Becky "Naralia" Garbos 

5 Man
Legio XV
Blackwood
Winvictus
Circle of Fists

3 Man
Legio XV
Blackwood
Creathorne
Because Shader said so

Song
Pilpus & Kara
Bart
Rando Voraniss
Evie

Story
Oswald
Tao
Aravas
Aiden

Open/Poetry
Aiden
Jack of Redwall
Tao

Couples
Shandar & William
Shadritch
Crogar
Evie & Tulkhan

Pick Pocket
Meeble
Quatra

Locks
Zatarra
Tazzia

One Woman (Unlimited)
Lupa
Shader
Elizah
Rani

3 Path
Vesper
Skarda
Elizah

2 Path
Lako
Redd
Avandar
Bart

One Man
Shandar
Eldritch
Vuel
Tor

1 Path
Thane
Sirf

Hand and a Half
Shandar
Jericho
Tor
Skarda

Hobbit Hill Climb
Vesper
Nazier
Jack of Redwall
Gale Ridwolf

Dagger
Tao
Jack of Redwall
Shandar
Gorham

Single Short
Shandar
Nos
Vuel
Shader

Double Dinky Weapons of Doom
Sagart
Jack of Redwall
Nazier
Tor

One Woman (Limited)
Shader
Elizah

True Florentine
Vuel
Tao
Drike
Enlon

6’6”
Shandar
Drike
Daekara
Vuel

Great Weapon
Shandar
Tor
Gordon
Jack of Redwall

Mixed Florentine
Shandar
Saegan
Jack of Redwall
Daekara

Sword & Shield
Shandar
Runaris
Daekara
Skarda

Corsican Mug
Ekdritch
Mogar
Tulkhan
Shader

Live Axe
Shandar
Enlon
Tor
Eamon

Live Archery
Mathies
Meeble
Tao
Bart

Chess
Dredge
Devon Kail
Sagart

Risk
Hanzo
Kara

Monopoly
Nova
Hanzo
Lazriel

Jenga
Jack of Redwall
Redd

Spirit & Steel
Shandar & Kiira
Ace & Gwen
Daekara & Thayet
Kang & Alucar 2

Magic Missile
Vesper
Nos
Jericho
Strong

Brewers (only one entrant)
Nova

Mixed Drink
Thoril
Nova

No one entered the Dessert tourney

Bookmaking was run, but the Mark (Fro) survived!

Grand Melee
Shandar

Champion
Shandar

War Tourney
Invictus
Blackwood
Voraniss
Creathorne

Monday, May 27, 2019

Friday, May 24, 2019

Happenings on the Emerald Path: Graduation Edition

Photos and information submitted by each individual

Cal O'leary


Psychology with a minor in Sociology
(Main field of study was cognitive development and special education)
Rivier University

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Robbie Crockett


Aerospace engineering, BS/MS
WPI

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Rose Whittle


Aerospace Engineering, BS
WPI

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Ben Lacasse


Associates in Behavioral Study
Bristol Community College

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Kelsey Miranda


Chemistry, BA
Emmanuel College

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Katrina Hull


Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration and Policy
University at Albany, State University of New York

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Throwback Thursday - Dueling S's

Editor's Note: As Creathorne is fast approaching, we thought it would be fun to throw back to this classic advice, part of the "Dueling S's" series in which Soft and Sir Syruss answered the same community questions, each in their own unique way. In this column, published on May 26, 2016, the agony aunts tackle some advice for Tournaments of Creathorne. Enjoy!
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Dear Soft,
 I'm new to this plane of existence, and I find myself strangely drawn towards warm-blooded heroes of the Realms. They're just, my type, if you catch my drift. This year marks my first time in attending the Tournaments of Creathorne, and I've got some questions about it. I tend to sleep late, very late, and I'm wondering how much of the festivities I'll miss during the day? Also, I've heard that it can be very cold at night, so cold that one can see their breath. How observant are heroes of the Realms? I know they'll notice my wonderful evening formal wear, but will they notice the lack of steam as I breathe? I look forward to meeting the citizens of the Realms, and expect to have a charming good time.

-Signed,
 Frosty-Hearted in Creathorne


Dear Frosty-Hearted in Creathorne,

It will also be my first time in attending the Tournaments of Creathorne, however my...underground connection, let’s call it, has informed me that sleeping late will not be a problem. There are number of activities to participate in after sunset from night questing to socialization and everything in between!  Although the heroes of the realms are observant, in my experience if you dazzle them with your clothing the only other thing you need for people to look the other way to any odd behavior is a small treat for them. A bit of candy or an enthralled being usually works just fine.

P.S
Warm blooded they’re fine, but get them hot blooded and things will be much more fun.

Love, 
Illumier Soft- Nosetti

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Dear Syruss,
I'm new to this plane of existence, and I find myself strangely drawn towards warm-blooded heroes of the Realms. They're just, my type, if you catch my drift. This year marks my first time in attending the Tournaments of Creathorne, and I've got some questions about it. I tend to sleep, late, very late, and I'm wondering how much of the festivities I'll miss during the day? Also, I've heard that it can be very cold at night, so cold that one can see their breath. How observant are heroes of the Realms? I know they'll notice my wonderful evening formal wear, but will they notice the lack of steam as I breathe? I look forward to meeting the citizens of the Realms, and expect to have a charming good time 

-Signed,
Frosty-Hearted in Creathorne


Ok Mr/Mrs Not some sort of Evil-Lich-like-vampire-thing-at-all (OK not my best nick name… my bad),

What I read from you being new to this plane of existence or as we like to call it fun loving Crea-o-thorne. I skimmed most of this vaguely worded letter about your questionable attentions at our beloved ToC, but what I got out of this was three questions…..WHAT TO DO, WHAT TO BRING, WHO TO DRINK ...erm WHAT TO DRINK (although I think you're looking for the latter.)

So you tend to sleep late very very late, LIKE SUN-SETTING KIND OF LATE HMMMMMM, I digress. Don’t worry Sir/Ma’am Sure-to-Kill-us-all-if-you-sleep-late-on-Saturdays, you are in good company a good portion of the event is still passed out drunk..um, resting for the Amazing Adventures that take place at night. That’s right if you sleep all day and miss the amazing Tournaments (which are worth Order of the List points, get you sick prizes not to mention get you entered into the Champions tourney held Sunday) then have no fear there are activities at almost all hours of the day and night.

Things you will see at Tournaments of Creathorne (not limited to*) The Creathorne Casino, Drinking Games, Darts, Dancing, Bards singing their hearts out, Night Time Questing, Pyrotechnics but most importantly Hundreds and Hundreds of people having a grand ole time.

Now you are right it does get cold in the north at night. So not knowing the lands here are some things to consider bringing.

Warm Clothing for night/lighter clothing for the day, extra socks, towels for nearby lake swimming, sleeping equipment with extra pillows (in case I forget mine I always do) and extra blankets in case the sleeping equipment is not warm enough, sun screen for the day time YOU KNOW YOU'LL NEED SPF 9000 or something….sorry sorry sorry, I am usually not his judgmental we just got this Un-Dead thing going on in Neden right now that has me kind-of on edge.

I know you say you have wonderful formal wear but remember you may also want to have something practical on stand by in case of snow. Not Kidding.

Last What to drink...I personally enjoy Whisky and Cider specifically O’Leary Brothers Brewery Cider *ahem cheap plug cough cough ahem* But anything goes as long as you have been adventuring for 21 years or more. Bring something fun to share it is a great way to meet new people, also another important note bring water. Hydrate yourself after a night of libations but lastly drink anything you want but my friends, you undead son of a... hey hey!

Ahem.

It’s like Lord Sir Nymbous O’Leary always says: “Crap it’s almost ToC I need to stretch, how did the stores of cider last the winter? Where is the prize whiskey? Who's seen my traveling goat? SO MUCH TO GET READY FOR!!!!!”

Love you ALL
See you in at TOC
Sir Syruss O’Leary of Neden
Knight of the Blue Rose
Knight of the Potentium
Order of the List
Most relevant for TOC…………Champion of Min