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I haven't written in a while so I figured I'd update a few things.

The LARP Portal project continues at a pretty hectic pace.  Monique and I have been meeting with at least one person or group of people per week to hammer down requirements for the project.  Then we work on getting more changes to all the plans and charts every night and a lot of time on the weekends.  I've been working with a couple of developers on our approach to handling the various aspects of it and we've actually begun develpment in earnest, though to be fair I've had a lot of the supporting SQL structures in place for a while, though they continue to develop with our requirements planning.  It's been exciting and exhausting at the same time.  If nothing else, it's certainly been the learning experience I was hoping for.

Last week was the lead-in to my NPC day at Cottington Woods.  I was asked on Wednesday to do a mod for Michelle and John and I foolishly said 'yes' forgetting that Wednesday was one of our discussion nights for the Portal, Thursday night was dinner out with a couple of friends and Friday night we were taking Elijah to see a production of 'The Wizard of Oz'.  There was no time in there at all to get anything done.  I had come up with some ideas on my various drives to and from work and up to CW, but I was nowhere near ready to run come Saturday.

Saturday morning I had a tough time getting going; just couldn't seem to clear the fog from my brain.  I got up to site around 8:45 and ran into Alysha looking for a spot to run a mod and ended up helping her set it up since monster camp was still mostly dead.  Since my stint as Talsyn wasn't until 4:00 I spent the day hitting things, first as a kangaroo, complete with full body suit, tail, boot covers, gloves and head piece, then as wolves and finally leading the four giant ant encounters.

I started really feeling 'off' just before the ant encounter.  I was reading the write-up to prep the other NPCs when I started getting the vision aura that is the usual precursor to a migraine.  I foolishly decided to tough it out and get through the encounter.  After we were done anting, I came in and crashed on one of the couches for about an hour, well into the time I should have been getting ready to go out as my bard role, but I just couldn't seem to get any energy worked up.  Yes, I had been eating and drinking all day, so it wasn't that.

I went with John into a quiet area to discuss the upcoming role and he was pulled away several times.  On one of the times I just passed out with my notes on my lap.  I woke up about half an hour later with a stiff neck and feeling really lousy.  I never got the debilitating headache that comes with a migraine but I was feeling really out of it and totally drained.   I was almost dumb enough to go out for my role, but when I reached down to pick up my instrument case and got dizzy I decided it was time to stop being dumb.  I semi-wisely decided that instead of staying there and getting worse that I was going to head home while I still could.  Not being sure if I was coming down with something and it potentially being the start of something bad, I did *not* want to be stuck at a LARP site.

I stopped a couple of times on the way home to stretch and get some fresh air.  It was a rough ride and toward the end I wasn't sure I was going to make it.  I got home around 8:30 and crashed.  I vaguely remember Monique coming home from dinner out with some friends and trying to talk to me.

I slept straight through for over 11 hours.  Sunday was not a great day.  I was not sick, but I was definitely post-migraine.  I've had enough to know what they feel like and this one felt like a whopper.  My brain was fuzzy.  I was having trouble thinking all day.  My head hurt every time I coughed or bent over.  I'm mostly back to my normal self today, but that was not a pleasant experience.

I did however enjoy the time spent with a whole bunch of really cool people at CW Saturday morning.  You all know who you are.  To those of you who were PCing that I didn't get to interact with as planned Saturday night, I'm sorry.

Oh yeah, and to make yesterday even more unpleasant, Rob announced that the Mirror, Mirror weekend was moving to Mother's Day weekend because of a camp scheduling snafu.  This is not only bad because it conflicts with Occam's Razor and I'm sure that will be problematic for some players, but it is also one of the few weekends of the year that I will not LARP because that day is sacred to Monique.  My wife however is awesome and has volunteered to move Mother's Day weekend to the weekend MM was going to be, so that made the day a little less bad.

Anyway, on with the work week.  Happy Monday everyone. 

Date: 2014-03-24 01:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] embermwe.livejournal.com
Awesome Monique is awesome.
I'm glad you made it home in one piece and are now back to ok.

Date: 2014-03-24 01:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ryxander.livejournal.com
Oh, blah! BAD migraine! That's seriously not fun. Missing a role you've been looking forward to because you have to be feeling miserable instead is double suck.

When/where did Rob announce he was moving MM to mother's day?!?!?! I haven't seen that yet! Does he just hate us or something?!?!? (Grumble grumble ragglefazzing rigglefitz...)

Date: 2014-03-24 01:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kumir-k9.livejournal.com
Rob's announcement came through this weekend to the MM list. I've forwarded you the email. Totally not his fault this time. I have already forgiven him. ;-)

Date: 2014-03-24 01:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lucas adams (from livejournal.com)
Rick, would you forward me the email too, I thought I was on the email list and didn't see it

Date: 2014-03-24 02:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lawbard.livejournal.com
Yeah, I could use it too please - I'm definitely on the MM PC list and haven't seen a thing!

Date: 2014-03-24 02:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kumir-k9.livejournal.com
This is indeed odd. I have just looked at the email again. It is to mirror_mirror_staff list, which I am not a part of. I must have been bccd and rereading it, I now understand an odd reference and a piece of information that should probably not have gone to a player. I'm sorry. I'll bet the announcement is released to us as players very soon.

Date: 2014-03-24 02:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kumir-k9.livejournal.com
This is indeed odd. I have just looked at the email again. It is to mirror_mirror_staff list, which I am not a part of. I must have been bccd and rereading it, I now understand an odd reference and a piece of information that should probably not have gone to a player. I'm sorry. I'll bet the announcement is released to us as players very soon.

Date: 2014-03-24 01:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ryxander.livejournal.com
SO SAD. The one time he's actually going out of his way to accommodate families, they screw him anyway. ARRRGHHH!!!!!!

Date: 2014-03-24 03:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cristovau.livejournal.com
I am glad you took care of yourself, and had fun. I was surprised to see you there fighting, and not performing, and now I know why. Thank you for taking care of yourself, and setting that sane example for others (no names mentioned). It was good to see you. I don't know the questions, but you were an ant, sir.

Date: 2014-03-24 03:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kumir-k9.livejournal.com
When I NPC these days I spend lots of times hitting things (or trying to anyway). It's how I practice for being my Mirror, Mirror healer character.

BTW, even if I have been typecast as either a father or a bard, that doesn't mean I'm not capable of wielding a claw... or an assassin's tools. :-p

I'm pretty sure I saw Hay! when I was out as a wolf too. In fact I think I got burned by him.

And as I always say sometimes, "Real life trumps LARP". It's a philosophy I've stuck to pretty consistently and preached to people many times who've needed to hear it.

Date: 2014-03-24 04:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kelkyag
Ooof. Glad you got safely home and had a chance to sleep off the migrane. That sounds awful.

Date: 2014-03-24 06:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] offside7.livejournal.com
Glad to hear you're feeling closer to your normal self. Sorry I missed you at CW. I might have bopped an ant or two, but I've been waiting for something from Lakapapuru to pop up, and I'm sorry I missed a kangaroo!

Date: 2014-03-24 06:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kumir-k9.livejournal.com

I don't think you got me as an ant, but I assure you, you did not miss me. I was one of the infected wolves that you got a couple good side shots on. In fact, you dropped me once. Well done. :-)

Date: 2014-03-24 06:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] offside7.livejournal.com
Oh yeah! The bees and the wolves defending the plant! That was fun!

Date: 2014-03-24 06:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluestocking.livejournal.com
*hug* I was delighted to see you NPCing, and hoped we'd get some RP in.

I'm super-super glad that you took care of yourself, though! *hug* Feel better soon.

Date: 2014-03-24 06:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kumir-k9.livejournal.com
You were in fact on my list of people to have cool RP time with. I even had enough time on the schedule to get in plenty of time with people as Talsyn.

Sadly(?) I have learned my lessons the hard way that I need to take care of my health before all else when LARPing. I guess it's good that I've learned that lesson, just sad that I've learned it the hard way. ;-)

Date: 2014-03-25 01:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] silway.livejournal.com
What's LARP Portal?

Date: 2014-03-25 10:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kumir-k9.livejournal.com
LARP Portal is a tool for managing all things LARP... or at least I hope it will be. I first started talking about it with people back in January (http://kumir-k9.livejournal.com/2014/01/15/).

I have since had extensive discussions with everyone who showed interest in its development, probably 25 or so people in both the boffer and theatre LARP worlds, since I hope it will eventually be universal enough for anyone to use. I'm not sure how you managed to dodge it.

It's gone through a thorough project development with timelines, requirements, ERDs and is now in the development stage.

If you're interested in knowing more, let me know or talk to Rob, Hillary, John and Michelle, Mikka, JJ, Brent and Erin, Scott, Ann, Lisa, Trey, James, Amanda or Melissa for perspective from others. That's the off the top of my head quick list.

Date: 2014-03-25 04:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kiala-cheetah.livejournal.com
I'm not sure that I read the last paragraph correctly - are you saying that you will be able to attend Mirror Mirror? (Changing my plans for a ride from the airport isn't a big deal. Unfortunately, changing the date of my flight isn't so easy.)

Date: 2014-03-25 10:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kumir-k9.livejournal.com
I will indeed be at the Mirror, Mirror event in spite of the date change. Just let me know how it impacts your plans.

Date: 2014-03-26 10:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kiala-cheetah.livejournal.com
I will attempt to get a new flight that arrives/departs at around the same time of day. I need to wait to find out if my flight insurance covers a change in event dates, or if I need to shell out money to change the dates on my flight. I'll let you know as soon as I have details about my new flight.

Date: 2014-03-25 11:59 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Real life always comes first in my book, Rick. You know that. It was better that you go home and sleep and get well than you play any role for me.

That said, some folks DID come up and say you were missed, that they would like to speak with Talsyn again.

I am glad you made it home in one piece.

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