Archive for November, 2010

Ales and Tales at Bag End – and Horazio’s tale of the Mice of Evendim!

What I learned at Ales and Tales this week:

There is nothing cuter than a Hobbit sitting in a chair.

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Round 2 of the Story Prompt Game

It was such fun the first time, let’s do this again!

First, congrats to Gaiagil, Harperella, and Luxbra, whose comments were selected by the magic generator of random numbers to provide the framework for a story including Barliman Butterbur, a Haunted Mirror, and Dragons. Which made for a great combination, and a tale with which I am very well pleased, posted earlier as In the Mirror.

Everyone’s welcome to play again in this round. If you didn’t win last time, you may either submit your previous suggestion again or go for something different – if you won, then you have to come up with something new. 🙂 A repeat of the rules:

  • * ** Comment on this post with ONE thing you want me to include in the story.
  • * ** It could be an object…a person (perhaps a game NPC?)…a place…just about anything.
  • * ** Maybe you want to suggest something that you would just love to see a story about – or maybe your suggestion is as silly as “A mean-spirited slug” with the goal of making the story more interesting as I have to work to fit it in. 🙂
  • * ** IT MUST BE LORE APPROPRIATE. I have to be able to use it in a story that sounds right for telling in Middle-earth. It doesn’t have to be all Hobbits and Elves – it could be ants, slugs, and spiders, after all, for Middle-earth lacks none of those! But I shall have to disregard any suggestions such as elevators, or Death Stars, or hippogriffs – anything that could not reasonably be found in Middle-earth.
  • * ** I’ll give it a week or so for comments to be made, then pick three at random and use those three in a story.
  • * ** If I use your comment in the story, I’ll have a prize for you in-game! (Though I’m still working on sending out prizes from last round…but it’s coming!) This’ll work best if you have a Landroval or Nimrodel character, as my alts there are more established and better able to come up with a nice prize, but if you’re on another (North American) server, chances are VERY good that I already have an alt there (because Blogmoots can happen on any server and I have to be ready!) and can do something for you too. But it probably won’t be quite as nice as you’d get on Landy or Nim.

Okay, there you go…let’s hear those suggestions!

The Minstrel Mash

Ales and Tales this week presented a spooky special edition: the annual Minstrel Mash at the Great Barrow! Before the usual A&T time slot we had some special games, and throughout the night the music and tale-telling were augmented with three rounds of costume contests. This year’s new Fall Festival masks and other cosmetic rewards made for many a fun costume on those who showed up this week. Lennidhren’s costume was among the most unoriginal there, but with the raven mask and cloak in gold she looked great with Byrdie’s bluebird and Gaiagil’s cardinal. (Although I did see someone else in the crowd with the same thing also in gold, so…exactly. Lennidhren loses ALL originality points!)

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In the Mirror

Tomorrow I shall post my usual Ales and Tales writeup of last night’s special edition, the Minstrel Mash. But I wanted to go ahead and post the tale that Lennidhren told in honor of the event. This tale accomplishes three purposes:

  1. It is the product of my “Make me tell you a story” game from a few posts ago.
  2. It is a spooky story suitable for the Minstrel Mash – Hallowe’en edition of Ales and Tales.
  3. And even better, it is another tale of the Fall of Gondolin to join my Hammer of Wrath story!

All of which is to say, I am inordinately pleased with and proud of this one, so it gets its own separate post. 🙂 I am also working on pictures to go with it. But screenshots are complicated because the Prancing Pony always has people in it – NPCs even if you could find a time when it was free of other players, so I can’t really reenact the key scenes. So I’m going to attempt to tackle it with pencil and paper. This may or may not end up added to the post if I am ever satisfied with it. I’ll let you know. 🙂

And now – Lennidhren’s tale of the Mirror!
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Blogger Gatherings!

Click the button for reports from the 2010 Spring Blogger Gathering, hosted by Linett of Nimrodel!

Berethron of Brandywine hosted the 2010 Summer Blogmoot.

The Winter Blogmoot was held on December 4, 9 p.m. EST at the home of Telwen of Silverlode.

Next up: The Spring Blogmoot of 2011 shall return to Nimrodel with Tuiliel (Whart, aka user-1027520) hosting! Linett is looking forward to another local moot!



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