beled_el_djinn: (Ouch)
Wow was that a rough event for Marco. Despite this (or more realistically, because of this), I had a wonderful time. It has been a very long while since I've come home from an event both physically and emotionally drained.

There is much more I could write on this subject, but most of it is for the PEL and not public consumption. Suffice it to say that I owe thanks to all the PCs and NPCs who made this weekend what it was.
beled_el_djinn: (larping)
I think I may need some more sleep as I'm totally dragging my ass today. The work gods are kind, however, and things are fairly light, so at least there is that.

7V this weekend was definitely a good time. Lots of clandestine maneuvering makes for some interesting, if not, at times, stressful fun. I seriously need to get my notes down and organized by tonight or I know I'm going to forget something.

There was more I wanted to say, but after having to listen to a client drone on and on about a billing issue, I can't remember what it was. Oh well, I should get back to work anyway.
beled_el_djinn: (larping)
Unsurprisingly, I had a great time at 7V - the staff continues to amaze with their efforts to provide an awesome experience (The text props! Dear gods, the text props!). And yet again, I feel that there is much to be done between now and the next event if plans are to come to fruition.

Much like everyone else, I'm feeling the after affects of Thighmaster Hill today, which is something I don't quite understand. When we used to run Aralis there, I went up and down that hill far more than I ever would at any given 7V event, all without seeming detriment. And yet, here I am, with my body lodging protest at my cruel use of it. I must be getting old or something.
beled_el_djinn: (larping)
7 Virtues ...wow.

My brain is so full right now with things I have to remember for my PEL.

Also, I hurt.
beled_el_djinn: (Homework)
Setbacks on the sewing project lead me to believe that I won't have it done in time for the event on Saturday, so in the words of Jack Burton, "fuck it!". I'll finish it up within the next couple of weeks and not stress any more.

Lessons learned on this:

Trying to start the project 1 month before the event is usually a good idea, but for the next few years, I think I'm going to have to start them 2+ months before the event to account for sick children, sick parents who were infected by said sick children, and any other random wackyness that happens. Considering how often our weekends get eaten up by the baby/parenting schtuff, it isn't a wonder that coupled with the flooding, this never got finished, especially with the issue with the garment I ran into last night.

As an added bonus, this give me more time to work on work :-/ The project that I've been trying to work on all week is due tomorrow and now that I'm actually making progress, I'm running into issues with the billing software we're using, so what should have been about a 2 hour job is looking like it will take me another 3 hours to reconcile. :-/ x 2. Looks like another late night for me. But at least I can duck out early tomorrow. Yay for being an hourly employee or something.

I'm so looking forward to the event on Saturday. I don't care if I have to fight corn and other vegetables for 7 hours straight followed by 6 hours of GRP about laws we should enact as the student body; the escapism will do me some good.
beled_el_djinn: (Anger)
I mean a really real lot.

For the record, I am filled with hate for Period Patterns.

That is all.
beled_el_djinn: (Homework)
Dear Casey Gorden and Coryn Weigle,

I truly do appreciate all the effort you put into putting together Period Patterns no 43 - the historical details contained within the packet along with the patterns themselves and the fact that you provide the user with patterns for 11 distinct garments makes me all sorts of happy. I am, however, inclined to curse you for going with some of the most asinine pattern layouts I've ever seen. I get that you wanted to save space/trees/whatever, but seriously, what the hell were you thinking when you decided to combine the pattern pieces for the front/back and arms of the cioppa?

grumble

By Grabthar's hammer, by the Suns of Wovan, you shall be avenged! I shall finish this project despite this shortcoming!
beled_el_djinn: (larping)
A much belated Aralis post:

I survived the insanity that was my schedule - having the timing of certain major points of several plots converge at the same event means for a grueling time. Having your baby at the same event? That makes for a special kind of nightmare. Of course, in many respects, it was a learning nightmare, but still, my love should get some sort of medal for her efforts.

Hopefully next event, I'll be able to delegate more and to be sure, my plot load hopefully won't be as insane. Equally hopefully, we won't get sick from our efforts like this time. Mercifully, the duration of said illness was extremely short It took us both just under two days to recover and ze babeh didn't get sick at all, so yay! For the rest of you who are still sick, I wish you a speedy recovery.

In other news, apropos a conversation I had this morning, I figured out the one thing I dislike about staffing larps. To explain it, I'll have to use the Jello analogy, since it works: Picture, if you will, a pile of Jello which represents the PC base for a larp and a person standing over the Jello, poking it with a finger, which represents the staff. Whenever the person pokes the Jello, the reverberations are felt throughout all of the Jello. Sure, they are strongest where the person initially poked it, but even the extreme edges feel them. Conversely, the person only really feels the impact where they touch the Jello, although they can see the effects with their eyes, they don't feel them the way the Jello itself does. Simply put, due to their external status, the staff doesn't get to experience the larp in the same way that the players do. While they do see the fruits of their labors, they typically never quite know just how far the reverberations of their contacts with the PCs reach.

Now, this isn't really a big thing in the long run, it is just sort of something that bothered me and I was having trouble articulating. I think a lot of this has to do with my love affair with immersion in games and how hard it is to gauge how well you are doing on that front when you are looking down on the proceedings instead of wiggling with the rest of the Jello.

And now, I must get back to dealing with the backlog of emails in my inbox.
beled_el_djinn: (Homework)
The one downside to putting in all this work from home is that I'm having a hard time with the work/not work divide. Throughout the day, I'll have to see to the baby, thus eating into my work time, which I then feel I need to make up. Couple that with needing to make lunch and dinner and even though I'm typically only working 8 hours, 12-13 hours have passed. The easy solution, I suppose, would be to just stop giving a shit about the work, but among my many faults, a lack of work ethic does not seem to be among them.

I think going forward, I'm going to have to set up some realistic work/life boundaries, and really just identifying and articulating this need has done a lot to alleviate the feelings I've been having recently. But yay for boundaries.

In other news, I now have a practice deadbolt. Hooray for pastimes that aren't technically illegal!

That is all citizens.
beled_el_djinn: (Default)
Soooo, my last Madrigal...

It is funny, since Madrigal 2 started, I had been having a really hard time getting invested in the ongoing plotlines - I felt a huge disconnect between Krengal and the world (and PCs) around him and had been questioning continuing playing since before we found out Little Bobby Tables was on the way. Still, I kept on coming back, all the while trying to figure out the why of my issue before making the choice to either continue playing or drop the game. In the end, I realized that it was that my needs as a player had changed. The lure of doing mighty deeds and fighting epic battles so that the world would be safe for the common folk once more, had lost some of it's shine. I still believe in those concepts and still celebrate their existence in the games that we play, but I've begun to value more and more the little deeds, the ones that, when all was said and done, didn't mean anything to anyone other than those involved in the scene, and weren't needed to be accomplished in order to win the day. Those moments where everyone involved got to explore what made us humam (or elf or shoathri or whatever), those were the moments I craved. Ironically, when I stumbled into the things [livejournal.com profile] tashewolf and [livejournal.com profile] cointeach are running, I had already realized that I wasn't going to be able to keep playing once the baby arrived. Yay timing!

I'd have loved to have seen where the things Krengal was involved with would have gone, but I have to say, that his exit was wonderfully fitting for him. In the end, there was no explosion, no blaze of glory, just business as usual as he picked up his hat and headed out the door for yet another adventure.
beled_el_djinn: (Ouch)
Ooof, managed to not only take the worst groin shot I've ever been hit with (and yes, this does count the spear shot which blew off my dick plate and left me gasping for life at my first Pennsic), but I managed to pull my right trap as well. So much for stretching my ass off before and during practice. On the plus side, ice and Tylenol seem to be doing the trick. Hopefully things will be well on the way toward mended by next week and I can get in some less intensive practice in. But for now, I'm just going to sit here and love my ice pack.

I'm out.
beled_el_djinn: (Happy)
Tonight I went to the WPI practice for the first time in way too long and while I'm as sore as if I spent a whole weekend as an NPC, I feel pretty darned good.
I must admit to some trepidation with my decision to attend practice - in the few times I've been back to Realms events, I've always felt the awful weight of everyone's ideas on who I am, what they think I am capable of, etc... and I found it hard to live up to my weird legend. But tonight, I think for the first time in, what, 15 years?, I didn't get the "Oh, you're Meerkat!" reaction that I've come to dread, and I can't even describe how awesome that felt. It was nice to be just a face in a crowd of mostly n00bs and earn people's respect based on my (rusty) skills - Oh, Accelerant how you have wronged me! - and not my reputation.
I've got a lot to re-learn, and even more to learn, but I think I've found a great group of folks who can help me with that. So it looks like for the foreseeable future, my Mondays will be spoken for.
beled_el_djinn: (Mischievous)
I can haz holiday nao, yay!

Traveling by train is fun. The seats are roomy, there are no wailing babies (okay, that might just be a fluke, but still), there is a snacky car, and the best part is that my love and I aren't spending $200+ in gas to get to our destination and back. Yaysauce!

It felt weird to leave Aralis early - there was so much going on and I kept thinking that there was just one more conversation I had to have or one more thing I'd have liked to do as we were scurrying (already later than intended) off site. But once we got home, all thoughts of events were whisked away in a flurry of packing. And now we are officially on vacation holiday. It's possible I may update from the boat, but for all y'all who hang on my every typed word, you probably shouldn't hold your breath.

And now, to lean back and maybe nap some more. Or possibly play solitaire. It doesn't really matter 'cause I'm on vacation holiday!

I'm out.
beled_el_djinn: (larping)
Aralis was survived, but barely in my case - I seem to have reached a point where I can't do the two days two nights dance on 6ish hours sleep any more and still be able to be usefull at 3am on Saturday night. Maybe I need to get more sleep in the days leading up to events or maybe I just need to recognize that I'm getting older. In any case, I've re-learned that hot tubs and larping go hand in hand, so at least that's something.

I hope our players all had a good time - it dawned on me that at least one of our players has only ever seen the game at it's most squalid. I often wonder what their opinion of the game is, being that the 1 night was their first event and this last one was their second. Hopefully they'll write a pel and I'll have my curiosity assuaged.

Okay, I should be in bed now.
beled_el_djinn: (larping)
Madrigal... damn, I'm tired and sore. That being said, I had a really great time. For the past half year or so, I've been feeling a lack of excitement when it came to larping; I'd go to events, but was feeling this disconnect from the games where the fun I was having was outweighed by this ennui. It got to the point where I just didn't want to go any more to anything. Going into this weekend, I was feeling trepidatious and wasn't sure I wanted to suffer through a lot of rain for something that wasn't giving me much satisfaction, but I felt I had to show up for the impending shaman shindig since folks were counting on me being there.

I am so glad I went to this event. Yes, there was a lot of rain - what is it about the Festival of the Dead and rain these past couple of years? - and predictably I didn't get enough sleep, but I haven't felt this engaged by a game in a long, long while. I feel like I recaptured some of that magic when larping was shiny and new to me. While I have to applaud the staff for their part in my rekindled excitement ([livejournal.com profile] tashewolf rocks the discotheque if y'all didn't know), the various new players with whom I interacted this weekend also did wonders for me. Also, a special "thank you" needs to go out to [livejournal.com profile] annthemun, who made, for the first time in my career as Krengal, getting into my makeup well worth the effort.

My mind is awhirl with thoughts and plans for the next event, and I can hardly wait for the revel (we're going to have one of these this year, right [livejournal.com profile] outlawblade?) and next year's season opener. While the delay will leave me champing at the bit, it does give me time to put together a few projects and maybe get a move on working on the costume alterations I've been considering for a bit now.

Ok, time for me to go fall over now, and then dive right in to Aralis prep. Please gods, let me get enough rest this week so that I'm not a total wreck by the end of next weekend.
beled_el_djinn: (Onoz)
Have you ever thought about posting something while working on a project, and then when the project is done, you go to post and realize that you can't remember what it was you wanted to say? Yeah, I'm drawing a big blank now.

I know I wanted to say something about the weekend and Aralis but that's about it. So, as I try and salvage this post... Aralis was a great time, although I don't think I pulled nearly as much weight as I should have - it seems as though all I can recall doing on Saturday was hours and hours of roleplay and not enough hitting things. That and always missing the folks I wished to speak with when I went out as the Seneschal. Oh yeah, and crashing at like, 3am on Saturday. When the hell did I get old?

The best part of the weekend, for me anyway, is that a bunch of stuff happened that has given me floon to write plot. I had gone into the weekend at a very low ebb, which is the reason for my not feeling like I was pulling enough weight. It is nice to have bounced out of that, and yay for more plot!

Right, my rambles are over for the time being.

Later, yo.
beled_el_djinn: (larping)
I had a great time at Madrigal this weekend. Shaman plot is fun no matter what I'm doing, it seems. I do need to work on getting more sleep though, as today I am dragging my ass. I also need to get cracking on writing my PEL since if I wait till the last minute on it, I'm afraid that Aralis might eat it.

Mental note to self: On the Tuesday before the next event, I must remember to bring Rob a peanut butter sandwich so that we'll have nice, not too hot or humid weather.
beled_el_djinn: (Homework)
Wow, does this feel relevant.

Sagittarius (Nov 22 - Dec 21)

You are justifiably concerned about plans at work, even if it might make more sense now to relax and go along with the program. Carefully define the assumptions and agreements of any relationship, for there is room for misunderstanding. Clarify anything you don't know, but try not to cover your uncertainty with dogmatism.


Other news:

Endgame was fun. I think I have a direction for Jonas now, so feeling at loose ends all event shouldn't happen again.

There is some stuff I should probably write about the nature of friendship and how it relates to me, but I suspect that is for a later post. Right now, I have to get some work done.

I'm out.
beled_el_djinn: (Blue)
Two years running now, I've wanted to go to the N/S war and each year, another game is running opposite it. This year's winner is Endgame and there is no way in hell I'm missing that. Sigh. Maybe next year.

In other news, I caught 300 this weekend. For a movie I had low expectations for, I sure was unimpressed. I was kind of hoping there would be more fighting and less... suck. Oh well.
beled_el_djinn: (Kevin)
Madrigal: cold, yet fun. I spent much of Saturday and and Sunday repeating the phrase "what the hell have I done?" over and over again. Also, Krengal revealed his driving goal to me this weekend. I had seen glimmers of it before, but had just sort of filed it away as a quirk of the situation. Weird.

In other news, I had forgotten just how gay Humungus and his marauders are in The Road Warrior. I must admit to having a hard time not breaking into hysterical laughter when I saw that Wez, was wearing chaps, and not much else. I blame [livejournal.com profile] mendoza.

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