Thursday, December 14, 2017

D and December 2017: Week 1 - Day 3

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3- Favourite NPC: The Incomparable Giacomo

The Incomparable Giacomo, King of Jesters, Jester of Kings.
Born an orphan in a capital city, dubbed Eugene by the matron who tended the overcrowded children’s home, he was a clever boy, always getting into trouble. Bosom mates with another clever child, Katarina, named for the princess, the two were inseparable for nearly a decade, which is forever when you’ve barely lived that long.
Eugene loved to watch the buskers in the market square, especially the puppet theatre, and made extra coppers helping the various performers, learning all he could from them, dreaming modestly to be “as great as them, or even better.”

Luck, fair & foul would befall young Eugene. To hide himself from the burdens of both, he would adopt the nom-de-plume Giacomo D’Alegrerre, traveling across the world, never settling down, always running from the past. A smile greeting his audience, whether they knew he was performing or no, he played the part, and they all believed. Occasionally, so would he, but that never lasted long.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

D and December 2017: Week 1 - Day 2

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 2- Favourite Class: Bard

He had an innate proficiency in steering a situation through word & gesture. His nondescript appearance could be leveraged to great effect when he so desired. This unassuming man with the slightly silly facial hair, could be your best friend in two sentences, or the most dangerous thing in the city in one. You’d forget him as quick as he wanted, or remember him years later, having only met once. So was his skill & powers.
“King of Jesters & Jester of Kings” was a persona the world new. He sang, he danced, he played several instruments, occasionally at the same time, told jokes, recited tragic poetry that could reduce the most stalwart knight to tears, & much more.
It was the “much more” that truly kept him in fine silks and the nicest taverns. Although being the preferred Jester for numerous royal families did pay a shiny gold piece, it was his lesser known occupation as spy & assassin that ensured his comfortable lifestyle, as well as preference in the various courts of the land.
In the well lit places he was jester, bard, troubadour, skald and even fool. But clandestinely, there were no job titles.
A customer would contact “the voice” for an act of deceit or skullduggery, terms were discussed, and nothing further contact would be made after.
Should a noble die mysteriously, or a warlord know of his enemies plans months in advance, such was the wheel of fate. Who but the person & “the voice” would know such things were planned far in advance, for which of the two would ever confess to such things? Exactly.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

D and December 2017: Week 1 - Day 1

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1- Favourite Race: Human

His features were sharp & striking. Eyes that could peirce as readily as wit or rapier. All three wielded with deadly precision.
Dark hair, straight & mid-length. A short, well kept mustache and small triangle of hair below the lip added to the rakish air. A slim build & a medium height allowed him to be non-threatening for his primary profession.
Though accepted by members of their own race as an elf, half elf, half orc, and that one time as a “very tall dwarf “, he was in fact merely a man, and painfully aware of his mortality.
Though, through whatever gift granted by the Gods, this same curse had benefits. Such as the uncanny ability to morph, meld & adapt to any situation. As one of the “Common Speakers” he could drift from society to society, land to land; gathering riches of the mind, the pocket & adoration. Though not as resilient as a dwarf, astute as an elf, content as a halfling nor curious as a gnome, one could get awful close.

D and December 2017: Main post

Thanks to Holly Conrad's retweet of Scarlet Moth, here:

This space has been dusted off(well, more like, garbage laid upon the dust, as is the way of my people) and will see ACTIVITY for the first time in SEVERAL YEARS, for this month at least.

As of this post, I've finished week two, and will auto-post every day into next month until it finishes!
Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

The "N" Word: A Nerdy Night of Theatre
So, as some of you might know, I am a substitute teacher, I am a Fight Director, I am a writer, and I am a HUGE nerd. SO what does one do with this. He has high schoolers perform his works in a geeky variety show.

That's right, Sept, friday & saturday 6th & 7th, at Leigh High School, San Jose. 7pm preshow, there will be live gaming until start @ 8pm, and it is a fantastically quick show even with almost a dozen "peices" total.

We hope to have special guest fan groups attend, as well as some world renowned cosplayers. Oh yeah, This is a cosplay friendly event as there will be a cosplay contest!
So come in costume and get your nerd on!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Beat That Poor Passed on Equine

I have a much longer post in shambles of an outline that this sort of thing was supposed to cover in great detail, perhaps even some sort of mega arc post that would span several pages.

But I came across a post on a friends tumbler and I had a small thought and felt I needed to elaborate on it in some way that was public.

And I know we see these sort of things and this sort of post ON tumblr, twitter, Facebook.
But this is my platform, my soapbox so here is where it shall be.
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But the thought that I had was this.
The "fake geek girl" and "Girly geek" and "cosplay is consent" panels . . . yes, they are exhaustive, sometimes it seems like you can only cover the same topic so many times, "yeah yeah, get over it"
But you know what? No.
Keep hosting it, keep discussing it, keep telling the stories and never believe it doesn't make a difference.

When I was growing up we had the anti-drug campaigns. And we got that propaganda drilled into our heads, "say no to drugs" and now that I'm older, I know that certain, perfectly legal things, are arguably, more dangerous than things that are illegal, but I have come to my own conclusions on that as I've grown. But I believe, that as a result of those campaigns, I stayed away from many substances, legal and otherwise, not out of fear, but out of the education of them. The constant discussion, the knowledge, kept me from going down paths I might have explored had I not had that information available to me.

I think it's the same way with Equal Rights (any variation thereof, and there are a lot. some more relevant to this conversation than others) and that the more we discuss these things, the more conscious we will become of them, and that others will stay conscious of them, and those who grow up after us will look at these things and say "wow, look how silly they were back then. Well, some of these things are cool, but dude, did they have a skewed perspective" much as we do to our past today.

So I guess it comes down to education, as much of my life is centered around. Education and the nurturing of critical thought. Otherwise you are an ignorant animal controlled by emotions, not the enlightened creatures we masquerade as.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Do You Even Cut, Bro!?

Even though the Blade Shop is no more, it lives on in our hearts, and SWORDS!
So, not only did I need some video of cutting & cheap sword breaking for my Fanime Panel, some of the A.G. Crew (some fave customers included) got together for Cut testing & destroying things!

It was VERY chill sort of munchies and BS fest. We talked of Mall Ninjas* and Bad Unicorns** we'd encountered since our last encounters. Spencer of course dropped a wonderful gem on us, paraphrasing the ridiculous "Do you even lift, Bro?" into a version much more suited for us . . . "Do you even Cut, Bro!?"
and yes, yes we do.

When we got to the part where we were going to break the cheap sword we got all worked up and ready to snap that bad boy . . . and then we had a serious Mythbusters moment where something totally unexpected and awesome happened.

Of course, all those awesome signs we printed over the years for the store and various cons, most of them were printed on one particularly insufferable piece of shit. And finally, our revenge was extracted upon it on that day. Cue ridiculously over-violent rap music (a la Office Space)

Unfortunately the vid wouldn't load of us destroying the printer, maybe to big, I dunno. Might find it later somewhere.

It was a good day (Ice Cube style).
And we plan to do it again before too long as we still have a LOT of tatami mats left over.
*Mall Ninja: (Short version) Someone who has all the tactical apparel and gear, and acts & talks like they've been in the Navy Seals when in fact they were never even in Boy Scouts and odds are they've never even been camping. (Long Answer, honestly, allow for a good, half hour/hour? to read the whole thing. Even if you don't understand the jargon, the good parts are easy enough to understand what's going on)

**Bad Unicorn: Something or someone you always though was funny yet terrible but never though you would ever actually see, like a Mall Ninja, or a person(s) dumb enough to try those horrible sex positions people joke about, or anyone who honestly BELIEVES (not "uses the philosophy in a reasonable manner to live their lives") a certain sci-fi movie or it's content is real (Like believing that we live in The Matrix and that they can Wake Up or something like that). It has been decreed that a "bad unicorn" has a disgusting dildo for a horn, is tattered and diseased like a bad WoW undead horse, and has a cutie mark MLP style that is a dick & balls.