kumir_k9: (Raghnall)
7 Virtues just had its second post war epilog event.  I really enjoy staffing these events.  They're relatively low key and therefore low stress while still allowing the story to continue.  I can leave home at a reasonable hour Saturday morning and be home Saturday night.  Setup and breakdown are much easier than a regular event.  Logistics is minimal.  What's not to love?

I got to flex my roleplay muscles a bit differently this time.  I started out as a patron of the arts looking to commission people to create uplifting works of art, paintings, music, songs, poems and stories to inspire the next generation of Armandy.  "But wait Rick, how is that any different for you?"  I'm glad you asked because if you didn't you sort of fell into the same trap as some of the PCs.  I was also playing an assassin out to get a vial of the blood of an ex-Touched Hero.

By passing myself off as the nephew of the old Selflessness professor and a patron of the arts looking to bolster the morale of the nations and pass along hope to the next generations of Armandy, I quickly gained the trust of everyone I met.  Then i spent about an hour and a half talking painting, music, song, poetry and stories with different people until i found one of my targets, at which point I slipped an enchanted scroll into the pages of poems and repeated the scene with him.  At this point I'd established my credibility and story so strongly that no one had a problem letting me paralyze him and walk out while talking to him as I left.  I'd hoped to actually kill a PC in front of a room full of PCs and get away clean, but I forgot how hard it can be to kill some heroes, so he reduced my death to unstable and then instead of bleeding out he went unconscious so he only sat there unconscious and minus his blood for the duration of the paralysis, but I'll take it as a win anyway.

It was a very fun exercise and I had a blast doing it.  The roleplay with all the PCs was fabulous and hopefully taught them at least one valuable lesson.  :-)  I'm betting none of them fulfill their commission though and Aloysius will be out all that money.  ;-)

I spent the rest of the event as the Headmaster, always a fun role to play.  Early on I found Siobhan coming out of the Reliquary of Souls.  She needed time mostly by herself and knowing Brae the way I do, I figured I'd get her to drink to feel better and give her a chance to talk to the Headmaster alone and get whatever was bothering her off her chest.  Unfortunately (IG, OOG mwahahaha) the Headmaster was smitten with a love curse and fell head over heels in love with Idriante during this discussion.  This was amusing because in his love struck state he blew off Siobhan hard in the middle of his talk with her and he created an uncomfortable situation with the lovely Idriante.

I talked children and marriage and futures with many of the students... uh, Heroes.  Need to quit doing that; old habits die hard.  Knowing the upcoming plots over the course of the day always makes it fun to steer early discussions in directions that you know will lead to great follow-up discussions later in the day.  *waves at Bess especially*

I loved hearing students report to me about the assassination attempt that I pulled off.  It made me feel warm and fuzzy all over... well, even warmer and fuzzier than being the Headmaster already makes me.

All the Despair and Compassion discussions were just awesome.  Kiva really is my prime studen... uh, Hero, but the tears shared with T'Dira were wonderful beyond compare.

It's so touching to go out into a fight, go down and hear the stu... Heroes' rallying cries around pushing for the Headmaster.  It gives me more of that warm, fuzzy feeling.

Then I get to yell at a Hero for trading her life for mine only to realize that the Headmaster's major objection to this is probably not quite as relevant anymore and give her the start of a mock scolding and end it with a warm, fuzzy hug.

Oh, and kudos to T'Dira for putting a bow on the Headmaster's tail without him knowing about it.  :-)

Set up for Dark World 7V.  Yay!  More warm, fuzzy... oh wait.  >:}
kumir_k9: (Raghnall)
I have to admit that putting Sasha down on Friday afternoon put a damper on my entire weekend.  Even when I was playing the Headmaster, I burst out in tears a couple of times.  Good thing I have understanding friends.

Jyn came up Friday night and did a stay over with her kitty on her way up to MA.  She's just a wonderful person to talk to and we stayed up until 1:00 (after promising Monique I'd be in bed by midnight) talking about a great many different things.  The fascinating part was how much of it was LARP related but not war storying, but so much deeper things like the psychology behind some of the things that happen at LARPs and how we react to them.  It was a great night to have a friend keeping my mind off other things.

7:00 Saturday morning came a lot earlier than I would have liked but Monique and I had to get moving for me to go to our weekly weigh-in with her and get her back home on time for me to leave on time to meet people for lunch before the 7V one day.  I gained two tenths of a pound this week.  :-(  Oh well, you can't keep losing forever I guess.  I'll make up for it next weekend.

I picked up Jack/Richard Horton on the way and we got to the DQ at exactly the arranged meeting time.  Company was fantastic.  Lunch was good.  Again, having friends around was an extremely good thing.

So, 7V, yeah, first thing I see on my way to park the car is this adorable, grey, tiger tabby cat in the driveway that looked so much like Sasha that I lost it... again.  *sigh*  This is a recurring theme through the day because this awesome, loving kitty was around throughout the event all day.  One of my friends even picked her up during the event IG right in front of me.  There were people wondering why the Headmaster was crying.  People in the know did some quiet explaining.to those not in the know.  To those who felt guilty, don't.  I'd rather have seen that sweet little kitty get some lovin' than not just because of me.

On the other hand, the majority of the day was a great deal of fun.  The RP was fabulous, I didn't die of heat as I feared and I got to spend some time with PCs that I rarely ever did during the campaign (Gavin, Idriante (perhaps some of the best RP of the day), Alera and Calita).  Dream interpretation and Vortican mentality were two topics that were just a blast to talk about.  Compassion Ball hit me with some drastic news at the most inopportune time and looked so miserable doing it.  Kate was pretty cool too; all but pushed me out of my chair to go up and give a testimonial on Prof Caelia's behalf.  Best awkward RP ever with another NPC... and sadly, no PCs around to witness it, though I'm sure they will get the fallout from that at further epilogue events (yeah, there will be at least one more).  So, good time all around and much needed.  Getting home at 1:00 in the morning, not quite so needed, but worth it.

Sunday was a day of unpacking the car, laundry, balancing the bank accounts, budget and bill paying, cleaning up the LARP room and then basically being a sloth in front of the TV, mentally, physically and emotionally exhausted.
kumir_k9: (Raghnall)

Since I didn't go out as the Headmaster at the 7V finale, I decided I would write his thoughts on the final evening of the final practicum.  It helps if you can hear it in his voice, seeing as he’d be sitting in his hearth talking to himself.  I won't wrrrrrte them out as that gets rrrrealy annoying to rrrread, so don't forrrrrget to lowerrrr the tone and rrrrroll yourrrr  rrrr's.  ;-)


Long Headmaster ramblings behind the cut )
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One week from now and 7V will be all over.  It's been a heck of a ride and a lot of it has been fun, but I'll be glad when it's over.

This weekend saw more time spent on the house renovation project, though most of it (for me anyway) was on restoring order and cleaning in areas that were already done.  Man, the dust from drywalling gets into everything.  What a pain in the butt.

Amidst trying to get that done I just had to finish 7V update work if I was going to meet the schedule.  I managed to pull that off by staying up late Saturday night.

Sunday we had a wedding for someone at Monique's work and then flute choir rehearsal last night with half a football game sandwiched in between there which I half watched while I finished the half-assed job of a Madrigal PEL I ended up submitting.  I didn't even reread it before submitting it.  Sorry Madrigal staff.

So tired.  I wish Marlin had Columbus Day off too. 
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Yeah, I feel like I've been run over.  It was a really odd event for me.  It had highs and lows.  It had a two hour nap on Saturday afternoon that I had trouble waking up from.  It had odd hours ( I do *not* stay up until 4:00 a.m).  It had the worst mod failure I've ever encountered in one of my mods (Murphy had it out for this one).  It had two high RP-demand characters that both had periods where they did *not* have students waiting to pounce on them.  It  also had some of the most fun RP I've had as all three characters.  Not a bad event; in fact, I think it was a pretty good one, just weird.

Thank God there is a day off today to recover.
kumir_k9: (Raghnall)
For the last 7V event, a certain undesirable ex-headmaster decided to take over the office and hearth of the current headmaster.  Of course some of the students were there for it.  Beside the usual hearthy stuff I decided to ask my good friend [livejournal.com profile] silverhare if she would be willing to do a commission work for me of the headmaster and his family the last time he saw them right before he left the Lostwood all those years ago, something to have on his desk to give the character more depth.

She truly outdid herself and the work got squeals of glee all around monster camp.  Very few of the students actually got to see it and I was told I absolutely have to share it.  So without further ado, I give you...
the amazing artwork of the truly talented and fabulous Cindy behind the cut... )
kumir_k9: (lion)
Sleep, glorious sleep!  I fell into bed at 8:00 last night and slept for 11 straight hours.  After 7 nights in a row of no more than 4 hours sleep, I didn't know how I was going to make it home from the game last night.  I almost took a hotel after dropping [livejournal.com profile] silverhareoff at the airport.  Today I'm feeling kind of mentally burned out, but no longer in *thud* mode.

The 7V event was pretty awesome.  It had some pretty special challenges, but everyone pulled together and it came off great, at least the parts I can remember.  Better get that darned PEL written tonight or I'll be in trouble.

My three favorite roles were Raulin, the Headmaster and Crevan the bard.  Oh wait, those were my only roles.  I hope people had as much fun with them as I did.  There were a lot of really good roleplay moments with all three.
kumir_k9: (lion)
7 Virtues details under cut ).

Happy Monday everyone.  Have a delightful week.


Apr. 17th, 2011 03:04 pm
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This is scary.  Here it is the Sunday afternoon a week after the 7V event is over and there are still 55 PELs to come in.  Why do I fear the sudden flood a week from now when I'll be in FL on a 2 week vacation?
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Movement is a bit of a challenge this morning.  Moving bins yesterday to get the truck loaded at 7V was pretty dumb.  That's what I have young PCs for.  Oh well, hopefully I learned my lesson on that one, though I seem dreadfully slow at learning such lessons.  Now where's that bottle of Advil?

7V was fantastic.  I would say this was the weekend I've enjoyed most through the entire campaign.  I had so much fun with both roles I did.   Crevan is so delightful to roleplay and I get to go out and make music with Amanda beside.  That was the best time of the weekend for me personally.  I just wish Caro hadn't had to run off for a class before we could perform her fund raiser piece for her.  Oh well, I'll just have to go out and do it again; oh, the tragedy!  ;-)  The headmaster as always provided ample roleplaying opportunity and the chance to see a lot of good, fun details coming together.  I just adore our players.

Even the two staff desk shifts were good.  I have learned several lessons in regard to doing that job justice and making monster camp run better.  I've also learned that Serin is a goddess, not that I doubted that, but I now know *why* I thought that.  Oh, and Hillary; Hillary is amazing.  I'm sure Kseniya is pretty cool too, but Hillary the person is amazing.

And then came clean up and I got a little overzealous in my efforts and I think I will pay for that a lot today.  Ah well, as they say, all good things must come to an end. 

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The Eastwyck team players from NERO spent the weekend at my place.  This consisted of silway, thedeviantangel, draco, byron and talon.  There was no IG session, just OOG bonding.  We played games and talked and ate and ate and ate.  We played multiple games of Settlers of Catan and RoboRally, both a lot of fun.  Of course I didn't win a single game all weekend, but it was still fun.

Monique did her usual amazing job of making too much food for everyone.  Let's just say the scale was not my friend this morning.

I miss playing with these fine folk.  I miss playing Kumir.  Sadly, I just can't go play while I'm doing 7V, so it probably won't be until late in 2012 that I play again.

Flute choir rehearsal was awesome.  It was the first time in a very long time that we had that many people all at the same time.  The sound was really good.  It was nice to see that people had kept up with practicing over the break, a break extended by two rehearsals due to winter weather issues.

And then, there were 7V PELs.  We got the vast majority of them in this weekend with a huge number yesterday, last night and the wee hours of this morning.  I was up until after midnight processing and I still have about 20 to go.  Silly 7V players, waiting until the last minute, but the PELs are so wonderful to read.  I love our players.
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Ok, I'm adding in cuts because this ended up being a lot longer than I anticipated.

Much needed (and appreciated) friends time )
7V staff lunch )
Mixed bag of family stuff mixed with an unhealthy dose of cleaning )
And finally, to all my friends who are Packer fans, congratulations on your team's fine victory last night in the Super Bowl.


Jan. 10th, 2011 08:58 am
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Snow.  Ugh.  Must have been 12 inches out there and the plows had left a thick, icy, heavy layer at the top of our driveway, which is a miserable hill, as any of you who have seen it can attest.  It took me a couple of hours to clear the top near the street and I was about ready to fall over after.  Fortunately, the guy who plows our driveway had come right before the storm finished, so the rest of the driveway wasn't too bad, except for around Monique's car.  Getting her out yesterday was not fun.

Of course, the reason I had to get her out was so she could leave me for a week to travel for work.  :-(

On the bright side, I did some 7V plot work this weekend that was a lot of fun.  I hope the players who "benefit" from it enjoy playing with it as much as I did writing it.  i don't get excited about plot writing often.  It's not really my forte.

Oh hey, speaking of 7V, we had a couple of slots open up, so if you were thinking of playing the weekend of January 28, go for it.

The highlight of my weekend was learning and implementing some Excel manipulation through Access VBA code.  That's some interesting stuff right there, at least to me.
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Friday night Monique got a call from her sister.  Their mother was down visiting them, had taken a fall, passed out and was taken to the hospital.  It appeared she had broken her wrist and they admitted her, not because of the broken wrist, but because of the passing out.  She's had blood clotting in the past and is on blood thinners and they ran tests on her heart, carotid artery, etc. 

Saturday morning it became apparent she was going to be staying, so we trekked across the state to the hospital to spend a few hours with her.  This ended up taking the vast majority of our day and we didn't get home until late, thereby killing any plans I might have had of stopping to see Dave and Xephyr at the fair.  :-(

Sunday was pretty awesome however.  We had the 7 Virtues party at Eagle Pass to help raise money for the building effort and to give the players some IG down time to talk, plan and spend some non-save-the-world time with the faculty.  There was much fun role-play, lots of it with characters I often times don't see much of in the normal setting.  It was really cool for me to watch people working on the Wisdom Book and listen to the theories and such being kicked around from it.

Dinner after with a huge crowd at Uno's was fantastic.  I got to sit with a few people I spend little to no time with and it's always nice to hear new things about new people and clear away some of the conceptions that form from only knowing their characters.

I got home at midnight and this morning I'm exhausted, but it was so much fun and so worth it.

PS - Mom (-in-law) is doing fine and was released from the hospital yesterday afternoon. 


May. 20th, 2010 07:47 am
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That was weird   Yesterday I felt like I was falling asleep at my desk all day.  It was a struggle to stay awake.  I got home and sat on the couch to cuddle the cat and woke up about an hour later.  Clearly it was the comforting sound of Sasha's purring that lulled me to sleep.  I went to bed about 9:30 which is really early for me.  Must be residual fatigue from the the 7V weekend.

It's strange.  I've been going on 7V prep for so long.  I want to get more done and the body is saying, "Stop!".  Thank goodness I carried around a notebook all weekend.  By the time I get my staff PEL written I will have no memory of the event.
kumir_k9: (lion)
Huge THANK YOU to [livejournal.com profile] burkefireguy11 , [livejournal.com profile] silverhare , [livejournal.com profile] browstein and [livejournal.com profile] wolffit .  I picked up these four wonderful people from the airport Friday night on the way to the game and without them, I don't know what I'd have done.  I was a ball of stress, building right up to the last minute when UPS didn't bring me props I needed for the event (long story, another rant post later; I'm busy singing praises now).  As soon as I had four awesome friends with me, I could already felt better.  They are all just so energetic and fun that I couldn't stay stressed and they let me rant and get it out of my system.  They all offered to help me do things once we hit site and by the time we got there, I was so confident that they'd help me get things done I wasn't worrying as much as otherwise (which is probably going to worry some of them to think that I can be worse than I was).

Things didn't go as smoothly as I'd like in just about anything I did, but so many things went so well and I have so much fun as both the characters I played (OMG, I love my new Changeling bard and playing off [livejournal.com profile] vanora27 .  She was a blast to do this role with).  While there was one thing I didn't get out that I wanted to as them, they were still just so much fun.  "She samples Wyrs?" 

I was so tired Friday night I didn't even have the motivation or energy to get off the couch and go to my hotel room, but sleeping in a semi-sitting position on a couch was one of the best night's (four hours) sleep I've had at a LARP.  I did convince Steve to go with me to the hotel on Saturday night because I wanted to use the hotel and because I really needed a good night's sleep.  Sadly, I slept better on the couch Friday night.

Overall, lots of good things, very fun event for me.  I wish I could talk about lots of things more here, but that's not a staff option.

Now must deal with fatigue and painfully sore calves.  They don't call it Camp Stairmaster for nothing.  And must get new boots with ankle support and cushioned heels that still look appropriate to the characters before the next event.
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A week ago I was feeling prety good about my 7 Virtues preparations.  I felt good enough about it in fact to say that at our last plot meeting.  However, after losing most of Saturday to handling some unexpected financial issues and feeling very much out of sorts yesterday, feeling very unfocused and spending unexpected time with my older son and grandson, I got maybe a quarter of what I planned on this weekend.  I've gone from feeling, "I'm doing good" to feeling, "Aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh!".

I am sooooo glad I didn't go to Madrigal.  I'll bet you never thought you'd hear me say that.
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I went out to dinner with [livejournal.com profile] sans_peur  last night and we stayed at the restaurant talking for several hours.  It was a really lovely evening.  I truly enjoy just talking with her and we don't do it often enough.

I must have been completely wiped out though because I slept in until 8:45 this morning.  It was nice and all, but I had a really full schedule today.  I needed to run a bunch of errands, including making the bank and post office before they close (long story behing needing to be at the bank). 

The whole bank thing though did mean a bunch of financial work today.  Because I'm transitioning from one bank to another I'm juggling the transition of several automatic withdrawl and the timing has been "interesting", especially since the new bank sent my access information to the wrong address.  So I'm having to work really hard to make sure that there's enough money in each of the old and new accounts on any given day until the transition is complete.  Then I'm blowing off those assholes at Bank of America.  Oops, sorry, my bitterness showed there for a second.

Some of the things that automatically draw do so from the debit card number and not the bank account info.  This is problematic because the card was mailed.  They'll send me a new one but I won't have it for a week.  What a pain in the neck.  I've wasted my whole afternoon on this and I'm going to have to monitor my old and new account every day for a few days to make sure I haven't screwed up and unbalanced the amount of money one needs over the other.

On top of that, my head has been really fuzzy today.  I hope I'm not coming down with something.  I needed to get away from that stuff for a few minutes and thus the update.

I really wanted to work on 7V stuff today.  This is totally blowing my schedule.  On the bright side, it means I made the right choice in skipping Madrigal this weekend.  I'd have been a ball of stress.

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