“Nothing is as real as what’s in your head.”

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Since Saturday, when I was LARPing, I’ve found my mind abuzz with things I must accomplish in downtime (MUGGLE ALERT: the time between games. This is a time to let your storytellers know what your character is doing when she’s not at game events). Unfortunately, life keeps getting in the way. Annoyance #1: Going to work. Not appropriate to use work computers to plan dastardly vampiric deeds. Annoyance #2: Being an adult. Paying bills, buying things for the house, making and going to appointments, exercising, cooking dinner…AD NAUSEUM. Annoyance #3: Personal hygiene. Really, do I have to tale a shower EVERY day? It seems to me that all that scrubbing time could be better spent researching in obscure books that I can annoy my STs with. {For the Sheldons of the world, sarcasm} Annoyance#4: Blogging…oh. Guess I can eliminate this one.

Malkavian Shindig Part II

The eyes of the City are steadfastly fixed: on me. My lips move and make the appropriate noise. This night is about offering my services. Or making my connection to the Oracles known.
The Ventrue is the first to question the Runes, but their answers are not what he had hoped. Characteristic of his Blood, he twists and turns the messages until they assure his ego, but it is not my place to interfere. Everyone must interpret the Oracle’s houses for themselves. Perhaps it is I who read them wrong. The Ventrue came for comfort that is rare, and not mine to give.
The Quiet Brujah was next; her vulnerability worn on her sleeve. She too had Hopes , but Oracles will not serve. She pulls a past of pain, a present of uncertainty, and a future of self determination that frightens. I am confused. She is unlike any Brujah I have met. I will make more of an effort to know this one.
The Night passes and they nearly all make use of my services. They blend together for me. It is not for me to make note of their questions or their Destiny. I Fear only once: the Giovanni is not pleased. I will find a way to ward my Haven from now on. I think she thinks it was I who spoke, and not the Oracles. I do not blame her for her mistake. Or perhaps she scoffed at the whole thing, but I must take no chances.
In the end, I was exhausted, and the Oracles were pounding in my brain. But the City knows now what I can do.

What they choose to do with it is their business.

Malkavian Shindig

I may have gone a bit mad.

Considering I’m playing a Malkavian in my current LARP, I suppose that’s only appropriate.

Last month, my character, Gemma, decided it was time to properly introduce herself to the Kindred of the city with–what else? A rune reading party.

Unfortunately, over the past years I have only bought clothes that were appropriate for two purposes: 1 – Hanging out and 2 – going to work, and often the two overlap. Great, economical plan, but not a great way to costume for a future-reading party.

So, I got to work.

Since I’ve been yarn-crazy lately, the first thing I did was to crochet a dramatic, “fortune-telling” shawl.There’s a picture to the right, but if you like it you can find the pattern on www.voknits.com. Really simple, and it went together in just a day.

Ok, I had my shawl, but as I walked into the local crafts store to find a clasp for it, something caught my eye: a display of “good luck charms.” And wouldn’t you know, Gemma is nothing if not superstitious. So, I made my first foray into jewelry-making since I realized macrame hemp and chokers weren’t necessarily the best look for a teacher.

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And what isn’t posted here is my “crazy” journal where I log all the thoughts going through my Gemma’s head.

What does this mean? Sure, it’s dedication to a character, but I’m pretty sure it also means that, in addition to my theory that gaming is a throwback to pretend time, it’s also a throwback to dress-up time.

The irony, of course, will be if my STs or fellow players are plotting my death. Disappointing at any time, but especially so when so much prep goes into a game!

So excited to LARP tomorrow…

How many have you played?

Following is a list of just some of the “geeky” games I play. Now, this doesn’t include my other regulars, like Scrabble and 500 (Rummy), and I’m absolutely certain I’m leaving things out. It also in no way includes any video games, as the list would have reached from here to the end of the Internet. But it seems like a good list to begin with….How many have you played?

The Devil’s Carnival

Today when I got home from work and, like the facebook fiend I am checked my wall, I saw this Fangoria interview with Darren Lynn Bousman and Terrance Zdunich. For those of you who don’t know, DLB & TZ are the creative minds behind Repo! The Genetic Opera (if you haven’t seen it, shame on you). They are currently promoting their new project, The Devil’s Carnival on a “punk rock” road tour.

I had the AWESOME privilege of catching them along with my husband and our friend Clay when they were in Pittsburgh.

Took us two hours standing in line, but meeting them was worth the wait.

Although the wait to meet them was long, I was glad we decided to wait. For one thing, I’d just paid them a butt-load of money to be able to see the show, and I wanted to let them know it was worth it. As a matter of fact, when I shook hands with Terrance Zdunich, I told him that I’ll keep throwing money at them as long as they keep making movies, and I hope their other fans feel the same way.They were genuinely appreciative that people were coming to see them and excited about their film.

These two guys are incredibly creative and talented. If you’ve seen Repo!, you know Zdunich can write music. I don’t think a week has gone by where I haven’t either listened to Repo!’s soundtrack or had the movie on in the background while I was doing other things. It’s that good. And Bousman obviously knows how to make a quality film with a low budget. They have a vision (so far rather punk-gothic) that is just not what Hollywood puts out, and that’s why they can’t rely on the traditional movie system to get their movies to the masses. They’re not making safe, family-friendly, tried-and-true formula films. They’re making some incredibly interesting artistic choices, and they’re taking risks…with their own money, I might add. .

The hope is that we can do 20 more of these [movies]. We’ve written numerous ones, but it all depends on whether we can recoup our money. We’ve spent a small fortune on this—not in the grand scheme of movies, but in the grand scheme of it coming out of a couple of guys’ bank accounts. So we have to recoup that money. And even the tour’s expensive as hell, because we’re seven people, seven hotel rooms every night, and so we have to recoup not only the film’s budget, but the budget for the tour. Once we do that, the minute we recoup, we’re going to greenlight part two, and we’re going to put DVDs out. We’ve just got to get to that point. -Darren Lynn Bousman

I lovedThe Devil’s Carnival. They use Aesop’s fables as a backdrop to tell the story of three sinners who die, are sent to hell, and are tested. The soundtrack has a “dark carnival” theme throughout each song, and there are excellent vocalists loaning their pipes to the project. I’ve never really heard much of Five Finger Death Punch, but after hearing Emilie Autumn as Painted Doll, I think I’ve got to check them out.

Anyway, if you enjoyedRepo!,or you just want to support a couple of artists, spend the 30 bucks on a ticket and go see them. It’s one of the cheapest concerts you’ll ever attend, and your money goes directly to the artists making the film.

I, for one, can’t wait for the DVD or for volume 2.

My copy of the soundtrack, autographed by Terrance Zdunich, Darren Lynn Bousman, and Brianna Evigan