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So, it has been a while since I actually posted. Things have been good, if snow-bound and winter-filled.

As noted, I joined Best Fitness. This is a big thing for me. I have NEVER joined a gym. The thing is, I enjoy exercise, but I have typically preferred exercise to be similar to prayer - private and personal. It is strangely anti-social. Anyway, I have certainly had to brush a big chip off my shoulder to go for this. For the next few months I will be working with a personal trainer to work up my strength and reflexes to specifically become a better stick fighter. As long as I am working out, might as well direct it towards a goal. Right now I am working on my hips and rotation and improving my lateral movement. It is literally a pain in my butt. Apparently my glutes need some serious exercise. Who knew?

Bess has started ramping up her new home business - shimmering silks. She has done a lot of silk painting projects and her recent work on Ira's Tallis had her thinking that this is a needed niche she can fill. She will be making a number of painted silk scarves, barrettes, and of course Tallisim. The silk stretchers are impressive and tend to take over the kitchen. This winter's cleaning task will be to get the basement habitable so she can work on them there.

The mid-winter Boffer events happened. I enjoyed the heck out of both Cottington and Occam's Razor. I will be interested in seeing where the path in Occam's goes. I did not get much personally in way of plot for Cottington, and maybe I missed it. Some general Golem plot moved forward and I made stuff happen with various fairies. I need to finish up a PEL.

My work on the Intercon game, VENTING DAY, continues apace. Casting is interesting and I have roles largely gender-swapped in the two runs. I am also running a private game for the Brown crowd REAL SOON NOW. That is exciting and a bit nerve wracking. I think I will generally use the gender-casting of the second Intercon game for their roles. It is very interesting to have a character swap genders, and I suspect I could do a fascinating paper on the role of gender in game based on these runs. Of course, that is too much work, and this is for fun. It will also be interesting to have this game so very well boxed that I would be glad to hand it to others. I really hope my guess of 2 hours is right. I may have to rush some stuff, or set a timer - 25 minutes per vignette. See how it goes.

Noah had his birthday. We finally buckled and made sure he got Skylander Trap Team. It was good to wait. He needed some more general attention and capability to play the game through. He has been enjoying it a lot - maybe too much? Nonny has been rebitten by Judy Moody and made herself a Summer Challenge Chart with a Lot of THRILL goals (inspired by Judy Moody & the Non-Bummer Summer) We'll definitely have to see how that goes. I suspect she might go Bigfoot hunting again. I will do what I can to help. Probably set up a wildlife camera near her trap.

Ira has been a less-sullen teen now that he is actually a teen. To be fair, last year was pretty rough on him. He was concerned for his Step-mom and concerned and unhappy about the ramp up to his bar mitzvah. Now, he is not doing Sunday School, Hebrew School, and barely doing Boy Scouts. It has helped having a looser schedule. Also, he has settled on some medications, and I think they really help. This year has been MUCH better scholastically and just in general. I am delighted to have him back and happier.

We had a lot of snow. For some reason I am resisting the purchase of a snow-blower. We actually bought one ten years ago before Nonny was born, but I cheaped out on it and the thing died after one winter. So, I have some good snow shovels and a sore back. I do not know how my stoic resolve will hold up after the predicted hardship of this winter. The driveway may become smaller and smaller with each snowfall.

In the meantime, I am preparing for NEW LARPS. The Dear Deer got together to hang out and talk expectations for Crossover. It was great. I had some concerns about being part of this race because I do not naturally drift to an tight-knit and stand-offish team. However, that is not anyone's desire and any of my worries were unfounded. Indeed, for Crossover I hope to actually play a lot with my wife. CRAZY! Speaking of which, her current race concept is super-wacky. I suddenly have a lot of floon for a game 16 months away!

And in the 5th Gate department, I may be switching my build. At Cottington [livejournal.com profile] liahgeron pointed out a interesting build possibility. If you combine a certain defender that can refresh 4 air armor by losing 1 vitality, with the healing header that has a reasonable healing pool, you suddenly get 20+ uses of refresh armor. That is a sort of crazy tanking that I have been trying to ignore for the sake of not cheesing my build. But 80 points of disposable armor is hard to ignore...

In any case, this is where I am. For all my socialization. I need to get out more.

More anon...
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So, in this day and age it seems unfavorable to embrace a resolute attitude, and so many people I know, perhaps after discovering they are not resolute creatures in years past, have created goals for 2015. I have been milling around the idea of goals or maybe even resolutions for myself and I am unsure what I my commitments to myself might be.

Some general aims, then? How pathetically non-committal of me!

Yoga. Doing some nightly yoga improves my sleep and my life. There is no reason not to do this. 15 minutes of stretching and relaxing is worth 30 minutes of sleep. Do the math. Win, win. Surprising how hard it is to motivate myself at the end of the day despite this.

Outdoors. I love going outdoors. It may seem crazy on a super cold day like today, but I need sun and outdoors time every day. Lunchtime walks and constitutionals should be doable.

The five happy thoughts thing. I know some people do this for the morale boost, but for me, it as much about tracking and journaling my life. If I list five things everyday, then I cover some of the minutia I don't talk about elsewhere. Plus, it is a simple entry that keeps my journaling alive.

LARP. I have a lot of this. My main goal is to try and keep this from eating ALL of my life. so that includes, writing PELs shortly after the event and submitting quick simple versions of my PELs. It means packing and organizing in the lead up to events. I must remember that I only have ONE Occams and ONE 5th Gate game this Spring, so my Shadows and Cottington kits take precedence and must be maintained to a higher degree.

SCA. Uncertain. I had a good bit of floon after Pennsic, but that is waning. Bess and I will maintain some plans for going to events. I must make the effort to do Birka and some other good upcoming things. Do we do Pennsic again? Uncertain. It might be easier now that Ira is in a more stable spot. Thoughts from the SCA crowd?

Household. March and April should be good months for cleaning the interior of the house. LARP season presents some challenges as that coincides with yard maintanence. My feeling in this is that I want to do minimal lawn care, but the shrubs need some serious tending. The garage may have to wait for the summer for a purging.

Digital organizing of photos and music is on a back-burner. The video singing blog is currently on hold. I need to find some appropriate studio-space and set aside some time to set this up. So, digital audio/video projects are on hold. I will continue to record and store stuff and buy music and the like, but I am not making organizing a priority right now. Too many other things.

Work. We did not move last year, but we will likely move in 2015. I need to get my cruft under control and ready for migration. That means purging some of the "maybe this will be useful sometime" bins of repair goods. Also, going through my pending repairs and fixing/scrapping them.

Health. Yoga and walks outside are a good start. I want to focus on practical exercises, again. This means sparring, running, and throwing packets. After Intercon, I will begin couch to 5k, again, and see what sort of time my 5K is now. I should add in time for staff work and packet chucking.

Love life. I think Bess and I are spending a good amount of time together. I hope to vary some of our together activity at night more. We have a lot of hobbies we share. Of course, even when we watch tv together we are often working on sewing projects and other things. We also need to plan dates, other than regularly scheduled home-time.

So, that is it. What did I miss? Thoughts and comments welcome.
cristovau: (Fresh)
2014 in review...

Played in two campaigns, Cottington Woods and Occam's Razor. They were awesome, and very different. I staffed Shadows of Amun and we threw our players back in time.

I went to The LARP FORUM and represented Shadows and further ensconced myself in the greater LARP community.

Shadows had a player leave, and get banned, after reports of sexual assaults withing related communities.

Went to Intercon. Bess and I reran The Wreckers. I played A Mayfair in the Colonies, Planetfall, Blackfyre Rising, Dragon Palace, and Star-Crossed! What a bunch of great games! Good Con - great costumes - fun games.

Visited the Legoland Center in Yonkers. Crazy family times.

Went to Carolingian Family Day and had a great time.

I bought & started using an electric lawnmower.

I bought a new phone

I talked about LARPS a lot

We went to Pennsic. I did a few commedia shows. I cooked. I cleaned. We went to Reptiland. It was fun. This was our vacation for the year. It was a busy and taxing year.

Went to Coronation with the kids.

Ira had his Bar mitzvah

Went to a local SCA dance event.

We had Thanksgiving and the holidays happen

So, overall, I am doing family stuff apace. I am doing a lot of LARP stuff. I do minimal SCA stuff & Pennsic. And I do lots of LARP stuff... that was 2014. I did not do a lot of exercise or many outings. I need to get into the outdoors more, as an outdoorsy person. I mean, yeah, the boffer games are in the woods, but other camping and outdoors stuff would be good.

My social media use is crazy inconsistent. Work has been okay. Friends should be seen more.

Overall, life is good.

More anon in 2015...
cristovau: (Fresh)
Weekend Update: This was a quiet one. I tackled the leaves and the front of my house looks great! Don't look in the back yard, though. Saw a 5 point buck wander by the house. He was awesome, and totally casual. Then, we went to visit my folks and celebrate (overdue) Bess' birthday with them. It was a mellow time.

Also, Bess and I are all caught up on Doctor Who. I really like Capaldi, but I wish he had better writing. There were a few moments this season where I could not suspend my scientific disbelief. I did appreciate and enjoy the overarching story and themes, though. Looking forward to more, because Doctor Who!

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cristovau: (Fresh)
So, my calender is pretty much LARP-centric lately, and will be next year. Do not be surprised if this LJ becomes largely a forum for LARP topics. One of those things. Next year? Here is what I got...

APRIL
10-12 Cottington Woods (and missing Occams Razor, drat conflicts)
17-19 Shadows of Amun
MAY
1-3 Fifth Gate (I am not playing this - okay, I might be)
8-10 Bess goes to Clockwork Skies to NPC
15-17 Occams Razor
22-24 Shadows of Amun (Memorial Day weekend. conflict with Aralis CLOSER - SADface)
29-31 Bess goes to 5th Gate
JUNE
5-7 Cottington Woods (Bess misses Clockwork Skies)

(SUMMER BREAK?)

SEPTEMBER
4-6 I go to 5th Gate
11-13 Clockwork Skies for Bess
18-20 Cottington Woods
25-27 Shadows of Amun
OCTOBER
2-4 Bess at 5th Gate
9-11 Bess at Clockwork Skies
16-18 SHADOWS OF AMUN
23-25 COTTINGTON WOODS ENDS!
31- Occams Razor
NOVEMBER
20-22 OCCAMS RAZOR
DECEMBER 4-6 FIFTH GATE (ALL THE PLAYERS)

So, for four games each, and 5 total, there is only 1 conflict for me, and 1 conflict for Bess. That is pretty amazing. Also, CRAZY

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cristovau: Brooding with Hair on STair (Moody me)


So, I haven't posted in ages and here I am posting from my phone. Briefly.

Lame.

Anyway, life is good. Pennsic was fun. Kids rock. Bess is lovely. We go on vacation again next week.

Will I post more? Time will tell.

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cristovau: (surprise)
1. Shaved the lawn
2. Watched some Dollhouse
3. Drank beer
4. Boffer practice on shaved lawn
5. Ate ice cream
6. Did laundry
7. Submitted my PEL
8. Played with kitten
9. Talked nightmares with Nonny
10. Went to Old Sturbridge Village

All in all, a good weekend.

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cristovau: (surprise)
1. Shaved the lawn
2. Watched some Dollhouse
3. Drank beer
4. Boffer practice on shaved lawn
5. Ate ice cream
6. Did laundry
7. Submitted my PEL
8. Played with kitten
9. Talked nightmares with Nonny
10. Went to Old Sturbridge Village

All in all, a good weekend.

More anon...
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I am sitting in my car as Noah sleeps. Sometimes it is easier to stop everything and wait. We just came back from the lake where we ran into Perigrinning and his heirs. Before that we had our first Woodman's of the year. A very summer day for May 2.

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I am sitting in my car as Noah sleeps. Sometimes it is easier to stop everything and wait. We just came back from the lake where we ran into Perigrinning and his heirs. Before that we had our first Woodman's of the year. A very summer day for May 2.

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It was beautiful out. I took Noah and Nonny for a 1 mile walk. I cleaned up a little. We hit the new Lowes in Lowell and ought supplies for boffers. I put together a boffer dagger and a short sword and have supplies for a lot more. My weapons look cheap and duct-tape, but they are cheep and duct tape. Then we went out to visit a friend's child's birthday party and the kids did not want to leave.

Somewhere in there, I found some of my Game notes from Intercon, including a sonnet I spontaneously composed in character while on the jury panel in Camelot's Court of Love. I read this privately to the object of my affections after having my confidence boosted by a spell;

Oh, the grace within my heart
Fills my head with words confused
But within my noblest start
I would plead my sad soul is bruised
For Months we part and months I die
I would not wish to be untrue
No letters from my hand could fly
Although to heav'n my good prayers flew
I can't dear flower ask to forgive
The absence duty has caused to wound
Yet as my love doth thrive and live
So doth my tongue fall all a'swoon
Though these words aren't voiced alone
Yet would I wish you were my own.

I can't believe she turned away after THAT! I managed to pen this in about five minutes. Luckily, the dramatic situation gave me enough room for the grand, romantic theme. I have to say, I am rather pleased with the result, although it is a bit saccharine. It is good practice. I think I will be doing a bit of spontaneous writing/singing in the Seven Virtues game.

More anon...
cristovau: (Default)
It was beautiful out. I took Noah and Nonny for a 1 mile walk. I cleaned up a little. We hit the new Lowes in Lowell and ought supplies for boffers. I put together a boffer dagger and a short sword and have supplies for a lot more. My weapons look cheap and duct-tape, but they are cheep and duct tape. Then we went out to visit a friend's child's birthday party and the kids did not want to leave.

Somewhere in there, I found some of my Game notes from Intercon, including a sonnet I spontaneously composed in character while on the jury panel in Camelot's Court of Love. I read this privately to the object of my affections after having my confidence boosted by a spell;

Oh, the grace within my heart
Fills my head with words confused
But within my noblest start
I would plead my sad soul is bruised
For Months we part and months I die
I would not wish to be untrue
No letters from my hand could fly
Although to heav'n my good prayers flew
I can't dear flower ask to forgive
The absence duty has caused to wound
Yet as my love doth thrive and live
So doth my tongue fall all a'swoon
Though these words aren't voiced alone
Yet would I wish you were my own.

I can't believe she turned away after THAT! I managed to pen this in about five minutes. Luckily, the dramatic situation gave me enough room for the grand, romantic theme. I have to say, I am rather pleased with the result, although it is a bit saccharine. It is good practice. I think I will be doing a bit of spontaneous writing/singing in the Seven Virtues game.

More anon...
cristovau: (Default)
So, now that Intercon is done, Bess and I have turned our attention back to playing in Seven Virtues. For those people who are new to my LJ (HI!), my wife and I haven't done the LARP campaign thing before and we are correcting this by getting on board 7V at the start.

And we don't really know what we are doing!
Clueless behind cut )

Sorry for the frantic flailing (and to those who aren't interested in LARP whatsoever). I just realized we have a little over a week to prepare and despite being a master procrastinator, I panic. Panic! Panic!

EDIT: [livejournal.com profile] tpau successfully hit me with a clue brick. I'm still soliciting opinions and general ideas, but major missing puzzle piece is back in place. THANKS!

More anon...
cristovau: (Default)
So, now that Intercon is done, Bess and I have turned our attention back to playing in Seven Virtues. For those people who are new to my LJ (HI!), my wife and I haven't done the LARP campaign thing before and we are correcting this by getting on board 7V at the start.

And we don't really know what we are doing!
Clueless behind cut )

Sorry for the frantic flailing (and to those who aren't interested in LARP whatsoever). I just realized we have a little over a week to prepare and despite being a master procrastinator, I panic. Panic! Panic!

EDIT: [livejournal.com profile] tpau successfully hit me with a clue brick. I'm still soliciting opinions and general ideas, but major missing puzzle piece is back in place. THANKS!

More anon...

Intercon

Mar. 15th, 2010 12:09 pm
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There was gaming...

Friday: Vengeance in Zanzibar. Our game went well. I think two characters got stuck and one character was having fun being stuck. We pulled together a set last minute, and it was damn impressive for a plan B. A lot of good plot happened. The players went in a direction I had not anticipated, but I think the story played out well. About 15% of our plot didn't get touched, which is part of the reason some characters got stuck. I could and probably will write more about this game, but it was fun to run and I think all but one player had a good time. I talked to the player afterwards about what went wrong, and I feel rather guilty about the implicit limitations written into the character sheet.

Saturday Morning: Camelot's Court of Love
A small space LARP. It was okay. My character had to overcome his own inability, but after some discussion with a GM, the suggestion was that, when I felt that I had done enough motivational work, I could finally the big damn speech. That felt a bit stilted. Shouldn't I get item x or like a contingency envelope or some mechanic... ...but, okay whatever, when I _feel_ I've been pushed far enough, I can suddenly go from tongue-tied to eloquent. It was a bit weird, but I'm glad I had a chance to let loose. A variety of people commented on the magnificent huge love speech. I need to remember to include this skill on my LARP-ing resume. Actually, a LARP player resume would be pretty funny. I'm tempted to write one up. It would be long, though.

Saturday Afternoon: Lost in the Jungles of Time
This game was not quite ready for prime time, but it has a lot of potential. I got luck by being cast centrally, but several of the other players, like Bess, got their business done and were bored. As a mechanics game, it was delightful and the time-travel storyline was complex and delightful. Additionally, I played a gay man n a love quadrilateral. That dynamic alone could have kept the role playing running for two hours and may have been one of the more delightful accidents in the writing. The GM mentioned that it was originally slated to include complicated heterosexual relationships, but the sign-ups were primarily male. Sometimes, accidental requirements really set the tone of the game, and this accident worked well.

Saturday Night: Like A Leash on a Rocket Launcher
I had high hopes for this game and it lived up to the promise of being the best game of my con. It wasn't quite the mind-fuck that I had hoped it would be, but it the character dynamics are going to stick with me and my central storyline is going to haunt me a bit. I was essentially a paladin-type stuck in a David Lynch storyline. Although, this was intense for me, it did not shake up any new material, because in my past I have lived this. Still, the game was incredibly well set up, written and intense. I was deeply relieved that I achieved my goals in this game. It might have been more of a mind-fuck if I had failed. Regretfully, I don't think I played my Mr. Hyde (B-state) correctly. I read it as uncontrollably violent and actually it was a simmering, but cool headed violence. It should have been a lot harder to detect and that should have been part of the joy in playing the character. My flip side was supposed to be more Hannibal Lector and less Wolverine, and that would have been much more fun to play. D'oh!

And that is my quick wrap up. As a side note, I spend all Con with Bess, which is a first. Much to my delight, that was great. I have an unrealistic worry that gaming is one of those things spice don't always do well together. Basically, you don't want to bring personal dynamics into a game, not take personal dynamics out of a game. However, we are both secure enough and grown up enough to avoid that and, darn it, we are both good enough about being in character that we can keep big damn secrets from one another.

So, the weekend was a win. Lot's of goal-driven play and goal success. Not the character driven experience, I may have looked for, but a good time.

More anon...

Intercon

Mar. 15th, 2010 12:09 pm
cristovau: (Default)
There was gaming...

Friday: Vengeance in Zanzibar. Our game went well. I think two characters got stuck and one character was having fun being stuck. We pulled together a set last minute, and it was damn impressive for a plan B. A lot of good plot happened. The players went in a direction I had not anticipated, but I think the story played out well. About 15% of our plot didn't get touched, which is part of the reason some characters got stuck. I could and probably will write more about this game, but it was fun to run and I think all but one player had a good time. I talked to the player afterwards about what went wrong, and I feel rather guilty about the implicit limitations written into the character sheet.

Saturday Morning: Camelot's Court of Love
A small space LARP. It was okay. My character had to overcome his own inability, but after some discussion with a GM, the suggestion was that, when I felt that I had done enough motivational work, I could finally the big damn speech. That felt a bit stilted. Shouldn't I get item x or like a contingency envelope or some mechanic... ...but, okay whatever, when I _feel_ I've been pushed far enough, I can suddenly go from tongue-tied to eloquent. It was a bit weird, but I'm glad I had a chance to let loose. A variety of people commented on the magnificent huge love speech. I need to remember to include this skill on my LARP-ing resume. Actually, a LARP player resume would be pretty funny. I'm tempted to write one up. It would be long, though.

Saturday Afternoon: Lost in the Jungles of Time
This game was not quite ready for prime time, but it has a lot of potential. I got luck by being cast centrally, but several of the other players, like Bess, got their business done and were bored. As a mechanics game, it was delightful and the time-travel storyline was complex and delightful. Additionally, I played a gay man n a love quadrilateral. That dynamic alone could have kept the role playing running for two hours and may have been one of the more delightful accidents in the writing. The GM mentioned that it was originally slated to include complicated heterosexual relationships, but the sign-ups were primarily male. Sometimes, accidental requirements really set the tone of the game, and this accident worked well.

Saturday Night: Like A Leash on a Rocket Launcher
I had high hopes for this game and it lived up to the promise of being the best game of my con. It wasn't quite the mind-fuck that I had hoped it would be, but it the character dynamics are going to stick with me and my central storyline is going to haunt me a bit. I was essentially a paladin-type stuck in a David Lynch storyline. Although, this was intense for me, it did not shake up any new material, because in my past I have lived this. Still, the game was incredibly well set up, written and intense. I was deeply relieved that I achieved my goals in this game. It might have been more of a mind-fuck if I had failed. Regretfully, I don't think I played my Mr. Hyde (B-state) correctly. I read it as uncontrollably violent and actually it was a simmering, but cool headed violence. It should have been a lot harder to detect and that should have been part of the joy in playing the character. My flip side was supposed to be more Hannibal Lector and less Wolverine, and that would have been much more fun to play. D'oh!

And that is my quick wrap up. As a side note, I spend all Con with Bess, which is a first. Much to my delight, that was great. I have an unrealistic worry that gaming is one of those things spice don't always do well together. Basically, you don't want to bring personal dynamics into a game, not take personal dynamics out of a game. However, we are both secure enough and grown up enough to avoid that and, darn it, we are both good enough about being in character that we can keep big damn secrets from one another.

So, the weekend was a win. Lot's of goal-driven play and goal success. Not the character driven experience, I may have looked for, but a good time.

More anon...

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