kumir_k9: (Puppy)
Monique and I went up to Mansfield MA Friday night so we could attend the NERO 25th anniversary party. While it didn't do much for the much needed productivity of a long weekend, it was a nice change of pace.

NERO reunion )

Defy Gravity or Popular? )

BBQ in brief )

All the Halloween costumes )

So, fun weekend if not terribly productive again and now off to another (blessedly short) work week. Happy Monday everyone (even if it is Tuesday)!
kumir_k9: (Default)
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.


Jan. 9th, 2010 03:15 pm
kumir_k9: (Default)
Last night there was a feast run completely by players.  It was an incredibly good time.  I will hide the details under a cut for brevity of friends' lists.

Feast details under cut )

I slept in until 11:00 this morning.  It was so worth it.
kumir_k9: (Kumir Drawing)
Kumir achieved his goal that has been outstanding since day one. Lots of other stuff happened on either side. I was soooo busy this weekend. Good times. Long version coming after Madrigal PEL and NERO PEL are written.
kumir_k9: (Kumir)
Not much time, so for now, just a short overview of the NERO weekend.

Friday night I got to the site in a pretty foul mood and was not feeling up to playing at all, so I went to bed before game even started.  I figured I'd start Saturday off well rested in a better frame of mind. 

This strategy worked pretty well and Saturday morning I went out in a recurring NPC role to push along the plot a little.  Of course that all meant that I didn't get into game as Kumir until Saturday around noontime and therefore I wasn't really invested in any of the plots.  I did participate in the puzzle/riddle portion of the tourney with my team and we took the colors presentation.  The highlight of the weekend (for me) was the slaver plot in which one of Kumir's sons was introduced.  He was played by [livejournal.com profile] agraitear.  I can't imagine anyone playing the part better.  This turned a kind of "eh" event into a really good event.

Dinner after was a lot of fun.  I always enjoy post event time with people.  I wish I could do it more often.

On a really positive ending note, I got home to Monique's news that she met with a dietician this weekend for a couple of hours and she will be starting a new diet as soon as the food comes in (in the next couple of days).  This is the same plan agraiter used on which he lost and has kept off a lot of weight.  I have high hopes for this and I'm really ecstatic that she finally took action.  Yay!
kumir_k9: (Default)
... that some people aren't aware that I will probably stop playing NERO during the two - three year period that I'll be staffing 7 Virtues.  Oh yeah, in case you didn't know it, I'll be staffing 7 Virtues.

My time with Monique is precious and far more rare than I'd like.  As such, adding a third LARP without dropping one of the other two is a bad thing.  Much as I love Kumir (my absolute favorite character ever), I love the game of Madrigal far more than NERO and my team at Madrigal is the most awesome, tremendous, stupendous group of people ever.  Therefore, for at least the run of 7V, I'm going to give up NERO.

Now, that being said, when I first mentioned to Monique that I was going to staff 7V and give up NERO to make time for it, her first response was, "Will the 7 Virtues events be on the same weekends as the NERO events?".  This may seem like a silly question, considering that neither game has a 2010 schedule, but the interesting thing is that it implies that she might be open to letting me play 7V in addition to NERO and Madrigal.  I am not going to push for this.  As I said, my time with her is precious, moreso than NERO as a third game and I don't want to cause either of us strife by pushing for something like that.  If it happens that I can play a couple times a year, great.  If not, oh well.

Finally, I've been asking myself how it is that some people who have grown close to me in the past year to a year and a half didn't know about something like this and it occurred to me that I have been mentally prepping for this for over two years, since Melissa first asked me to do it.  I knew then what it would mean and I accepted it.  I guess that I just never stopped to think about it as news to people who came into my circle of friends after that time frame.  So to those of you in that situation (i.e. silway), my deepest apologies for the backward way you may have found out.
kumir_k9: (Default)
Well, sort of.  I knew the last time many of you saw me I was undead.  ;-)

The last week and a half have been... interesting; as in, "May you live in interesting times".  The last week of work prepping for vacation was really rough.  I just didn't have the time or stamina for an LJ post.  I was constantly going trying to get everything done at work I needed to before leaving.  I failed.  I'm sure the ramifications of that will come back to haunt me when I get back, but right now, frankly, I just don't care.

While doing the long hours at work, I was also trying to get stuff done at home to prep for vacation and for NERO.  Let's visit NERO first.  NERO notes )

The escapades of the memorial service... )

How I spent the first 2 1/2 days of my first real vacation in 14 months )
kumir_k9: (Default)
I've been thinking about NERO quite a bit this weekend.  I am quite psyched by the plot brainstorming I did Friday night.  I'm thinking I may just NPC the whole upcoming June event because of the number of PC / NPC switches I'd have to do.  Beside that, it's going to probably be hot and not being in a fur suit all weekend would be good and allow me to help move along one of the two plots I'm NPCing for.

Beside that, I've been really annoyed by National's decision to pull National plot from Ravenholt for the whole year.  I've had friends who have had amazing interaction with it this past weekend in Volta.  I want to protest and not give my money to National for the duration, but I also don't want to hurt NERO MA.  I'm thinking I can do both things by NPCing NERO MA for the rest of the year.  It still helps NERO MA by giving them another NPC for the rest of the year which will improve the game for the players and I give no money to the retardedness that is NERO National.

I'm not convinced I want to do this yet, but I'm leaning strongly in this direction.  Thoughts?
kumir_k9: (Kumir)
I had an really good, solid, fun NERO event this weekend.  I will go into details later as time permits.  Did it help with my feelings of apathy that I've been having for NERO lately?  Too soon to tell.  I need to digest it, absorb it, assimilate it.  This needs to happen when I'm not tired from a LARP weekend and facing a crapload of work issues.

All I can say is that I have never been part of a grand, epic, gypsy adventure (that I have to memorialize in song when it finishes) in which ogres were defeated by gypsy hooch.  It was marvelous.


Apr. 17th, 2009 12:33 pm
kumir_k9: (Kumir)
Q: What's the difference between ignorance and apathy?
A: I don't know and I don't care.

Just a little light humor to start the post.  Usually I'm all excited about an upcoming LARP event.  This usually starts a few days in advance of the event and the enthusiasm just builds to the actual event.  This is a a bonus of LARPing for me, added incentive to play as it were, since it makes otherwise icky weeks more tolerable.  This time, it's just not there.  I have to say that I really don't care whehter I go tonight or not.  I will go, but if something came up to stop it, I have to say that it wouldn't break my heart.

I don't know for sure what's causing it.  When I get an email about Madrigal, I light up.  When I get something about NERO, well, not so much.  I'm enjoying the game.  I've certainly had several really entertaining events in a row.  I just don't seem to have much enthusiasm for it outside of that anymore.  I don't know if it's all the negativity about the stupid National removal about Harmonics, a skill set I don't even play with anymore, the removal of National plot from NERO MA, the stuff going on with adjudications or what.  Maybe it's a combination.  It's been building for a while now, so I'm guessing those are just additional factors that are added on to an existing issue.  Maybe I'm just falling away from this particular LARP.  I don't know.  We'll see how this event goes and take it from there.

Catching up

Feb. 3rd, 2009 07:09 am
kumir_k9: (Kumir)
Weekend was good.  I went to the one day NERO RH revel.  I thought the plot team did a fine job running good, well thought out, plot integrated mods.  The mods were there in abundance and I actually turned one down in favor of a team meeting and had to beg off a different team activity to go on another that sought me out specifically. 

The NPC shift was shorter than I would have liked, but playing it longer would have meant staying through the feast as that character and I really didn't have time.  Lily (Mikki P) and Kumir performed "There's a Fine, Fine Line" after the feast.  I was quite pleased with that.  I love performing with Mikki.  She's got such a great voice.

I had awesome roleplay with several characters that helped further my own goals along and lots of general fluff roleplay, which is always good, and lots of scritches behind the ears from Luna.  It's good to be a dog scavenger.  ;-)

I was given the opportunity to pop my transform.  I turned it down for character roleplay reasons.  I like having one.  It's cool and fits the character and isn't all about the power.  Usually it just happens and you get no say.  This one I could take it or not and because I had the choice and saw no reason to, I did not.  I think that confused some of the people on the mod with me, but for Kumir, it was the right decision.  He doesn't like what it does to him and will not just use it for no good reason.

I thought the feast was very good.  The chicken was huge, moist, tender and delicious.  In fact, I couldn't finish my meal.  It was one of the more impressive LARP meals I've had in a long while.

I have two gripes with the event.  The first is the automatic limited reset after every mod.  I know a lot of people like that.  I understand that it lets you cut loose on every single mod.  It just feels contrived.  It's counter to everything you learn on how to play the game.  It trivializes the dangers on the mods.  I blew death spells at the end of a mod because it was the easy way out.  Normally, those get saved for life spells except in extreme situations.  But most people seem to like it, so I will suck it up.  It certainly didn't make the event unenjoyable.

The other complaint is... is... uh, huh, that's funny.  I can't remember it now.  If it comes back to me, I'll edit this.

I saw an awesome display of plot regard for player fun.  While I was up in monster camp getting back into Kumir after my role, I saw the plot team going down the list of attendees making sure that every person had been hit and trying to plan on how to make sure that people who had had less attention than others would get more.  It was a good example of plot proactivity and it impressed me a lot.

Well, look at that.  That was supposed to be a short recap and ended up being a short pre-PEL check list.

Chris and I drove home after the event and got home about 12:30.  The ride home wasn't bad.  Conversation with Chris is always good for keeping the mind engaged and awake and it's a good time to catch up with him.  We don't talk much these days.  Common problem with my family as a whole.  I'll be glad when my schedule gets back where it belongs.

A big chunk of the conversation with Chris centered around the changes he's made to his character.  When he started it, he was all excited about the character concept, which admittedly was pretty cool.  In my opinion, he may have overplayed the character and it has not been as fun for him as he would have liked.  His changes took all the flavor from the character (craftsmen, racial, formal levels and secondary column)  and replaced them with fighting skills.  In essence, he sacrificed the character concept for power.  The argument was that it was only for now and that he would start buying them back.  Every time I said, "You gave those things up", he said, "No, I'm going to buy them back".  Apparently, our definitions are different.  It was amusing and it passed the time.

Sunday we slept in until about 8:30 and then after a leisurely breakfast, I attacked the balancing of my checkbook, budgeting and bills.  I hadn't touched this in about a month, so it took the better part of the day.  Well, that and the fact that I was somewhat lethargic and kept finding myself staring at the screen in a daze. 

Flute choir rehearsal went well.  It was one of the more exhausing rehearsals in a while.  We really worked some sections of the music in minute detail.  That meant most people had time they weren't doing anything, but I was busy the entire time as a director.  And two of my members were sort of subtly in-fighting.  So I was playing director and manager at the same time.  I hate that kind of stuff.  We're a friendly group.  I don't have time for egos and usually don't have to deal with it.  Unfortunately, we have a new member (3rd time) who's quite good and I think another member feels a little threatened.  Overall though, we got a lot done, but it was very tiring.

Monique has a couple of days off and Thursday she has a face-to-face meeting with her boss in Hartford, so we're taking a couple days away from home and staying at a hotel about 4 minutes from work.  It was really nice when I left work at 8:00 last night to be "home" at 8:04.  I could get used to that.  In fact, over the next few days, I probably will.  It will be extra special tonight when we have 2"-4" of snow to just drive around the corner.  I save an hour and a half to two hours of my day and get some extra time with my darling wife.  The hotel is fairly expensive, but it's a large suite and it includes breakfast and dinner, so as far as I'm concerened it's a total win.


Jun. 30th, 2008 08:07 am
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Friday night I was at work until midnight.  My successor's successor for the NERO update position (Perdue), came down to Marlin for training.  Unfortunately, he was 2 to 2 1/2 hours later than he was supposed to be.  Then we had database and computer problems so we got off to a slow start.  I figure we got about 1/3 of the way through everything he needs to know.  We'll get together again before an event to go through pre-event procedures.  The good news is that you generally only have to tell him something once.  He also took a copy of the procedures manual I created for my successor.

Saturday I spent some time hunting down the problems with the character database and talking Perdue through the fix on that.  I hate phone support. 

And I finally managed to complete and post my NERO weekend write-up.  I've only been writing it in little pieces for two weeks now.

Monique had asked me for information about projected growth rates on the database I'm designing for her.  I simulated it by adding several thousand records in 1000 chunk increments and monitoring the size of the database.  This took several hours to design the test data, emulate the actual import and do the measurements.  Monique was frustrated with this use of time, but I couldn't come up with a better way to give her the numbers.

Sunday was almost entirely spent on database design (except for a quick trip right after breakfast for us to get haircuts).  The db work was pretty fruitful and I'm happy with the actual progress I made on it this time.  Monique had a non-work project keeping her busy, so while we were together in the same room a lot, we weren't distracting each other from our projects because they weren't related.

We finished off the weekend with a couple episodes of BG.  We're about 2/3 of the way through season 3.


Feb. 27th, 2008 08:10 pm
kumir_k9: (Kumir)

I headed down to VA this weekend to go to the NERO VALOR chapter.   A bunch of us headed down on Friday.  I took a lot of peoples' stuff in my van while 

[profile] sans_peur took a bunch of the people in hers.  This was because I was staying down a couple days after, so people had to be the top priority for her van.   [personal profile] jjmarika drove down with me, so I wasn't all alone for the drive.  We had a most pleasant chat on the drive and that was as enjoyable as any part of the weekend.

We stopped in VA on the way down and had dinner with Cindy and Mike and Charlie and Claudea, 4 of the folks who come up from VA on a regular basis.  That was a marvelous time.  I spend absolutely no time with these folks OOG and it was really cool to spend down time getting to know the people.  They are as delightful in real life as IG.

We got to the camp with plenty of time, enough so in fact, that I had time to drive up back up to BMI for  [profile] silway and pick up [profile] thedeviantangel.  This was a lot of additional driving considering I'd been on the road so much of the day, but it was actually quite enjoyable seeing as it gave me a chance to get to know her.

The game itself was a lot of fun.  A great deal of it consisted of trying to pull together a musical performance of one guitar, one zither, one percussionist, one recorder, two flutes and about 7 vocalists in a performance of "A King Walks Through Time" which we ended up performing for King Mykel at the feast on Saturday night.  That's ok.  I live for that kind of stuff and it got me some interesting rewards, a component (a sheet of music written by Jericho, how cool is that?), a thanks from the king with a handshake from him, a piece of kingsilver, and a standing invitiation to the estate of High Lord Magistrate Buttons in Evandarr, a pretty fair haul for a slave.

The tournament was entertaining to watch.  I had some marvelous roleplay that continues some of the personal plot going on with Kumir that I still can't write about just yet.  The people down there are really friendly and it was pretty easy to get involved in things.   I had a great time and if the opportunity somehow arises again, I would definitely revisit this chapter.

After helping to clean up the tavern (cleaning tables, sweeping and mopping, which I heard later was inadequate), a whole bunch of us went to lunch and had the most wonderful time.  It was a great way to end the weekend.  Well, it didn't really end the weekend, but that's the end of the part relating to NERO.



kumir_k9: (Kumir)
OMG this week has sucked.  Due to many, many factors, I'm fighting a lot of deadlines lately and it seems that the workload has just spiked.  I've been working many days starting between 6:30 am and finishing between 7:00 and 9:00 pm.  I'm fried.

I am very much looking forward to the weekend.  I need the R&R.  The NERO revel is tomorrow and I'm desperately in need of the escape of this.  It feels like forever ago that I played my puppy and I'm quite excited by it.  Roleplay, modules, feast, entertainment, seeing friends I haven't seen in a while, woo-hoo, a big win.

And then there's the Super Bowl on Sunday.  Big weekend.  Just the thing after a lousy week.

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