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Friday, January 20th, 2006
11:31 am
Game On?
So has it died a fading away death or are we still looking to start back up on the 30th?
Thursday, November 17th, 2005
11:38 am
Game Will Be On Hiatus Until 30th January
OK, we've heard from the majority of the participants, so I'll move on.

Firstly to clarify, there will not be a game this coming Monday.

Secondly the next Game will be scheduled for the evening of Monday 30th January, and it will be at my place.

As far as dates go, I went a couple of weeks later than suggested by xenogram because the 23rd is Wellington Anniversary (over which there will be KapCon, so placing it after KapCon seemed a good idea, as I definitely won't be focusing on Game over that weekend or likely the weekend before it. .

I will make an effort to post a summary of the current state of the game (as far as relatively public knowledge is concerned) prior to that date to remind people what is going on, and potentially give some idea of what we'll be doing that evening beforehand, as long as I can get confirmation of who will be attending.

However, that doesn't mean we have to completely forget about it until then. I'm happy to discuss character ideas and plotting, and suggestions from people to make the game more cohesive, or story-lines that others want to run at any time. Thanks to those who have already made suggestions.

People are welcome to post colour pieces, based on their characters, and individual discussions that people wish to hold with other characters may occur by email or LJ or in person between now and the next game, if people wish to do so, and as long as they keep me informed. However, be warned that if such posts or meetings advance story lines too far beyond what other characters are doing or don't give other characters a chance to respond to significant events, I may have to put them on hold.

In in-game terms, there will be some elapsed time between the last game session and the next one, but not as much as there will be real time.

I plan on posting some discussion places prior to that date, to delineate how I see the game working and to get a better idea of how the players see it working or not working or how they would prefer things to be run. Thanks for those who have already given their opinions and suggestions.

For those that were pushing me to respond, I was waiting for as many people as possible to have their say, without wanting to influence their response any more than my post already had. micheal_gabriel responded yesterday morning, and this morning, after I got a bug fix out of the way for GM, is the first chance I have really had to respond since then.

There are a couple of things I will respond to on the last thread, as it makes sense to discuss them there, so don't think I've ignored what was written there, but I felt a new post setting out what I plan to do would be clearer than doing so in a response to the last one.

Current Mood: productive
Monday, November 14th, 2005
11:00 am
OK people, it has been brought to my attention that a number of people are unhappy with the lack of focus and effort on my part around running this game. Firstly I want to thank those who have spent time and effort planning/running scenes for me, and those who have spent time discussing this with me, and trying to help out I agree with what people have said to me about this, I have been slacking off and not putting as much prep time into sessions, and not committing enough to running the game.

I want to specifically apologize for the organization around the last game. I believed my response to argentbear's post on the Thursday had been enough to confirm the game, but obviously it wasn't. Sorry for not responding to your post on the Monday evie_fae, but I was unable to respond as at the time it was posted I was at Christchurch airport and didn't get on the net again until I got home after the game.

On my part it has become quite hard to prepare due to irregular attendance, though I do thank people for letting me know as soon as they can, and I certainly understand that life gets in the way, and there are more important things than roleplaying.

The latter is, of course, part of the reason for my lack of focus. I have been going through big life changes, both losing and gaining things, and ending up with a life that is actually just as much fun as a roleplaying game, whereas in the past, I was using roleplaying as an escape from a relatively boring life, and because of that boringness I had lots of time to prepare games. Don't think it is only games that have suffered from my lack of attention, I haven't done any figure painting in months, the garden is a jungle, no house renovations have progressed, and I haven't seriously set down to write any fiction since the early Game pieces and the aftermath of the the last SF Con, even though I had Scott Card telling me to get submissions into publishers.

Anyway this post is supposed to be about Game not me. I can see that there are several options, and I would like you to to give your honest opinions on which of those options you'd prefer. Don't worry about offending me, or anything like that, I'm not going to be upset, as I freely admit I have been doing poorly. So, the options as I see it :
  1. Can Game completely.
    That's it, there's no more.
  2. Go on indefinite hiatus.
    That's it, we don't know if or when there's going to be another, but the intent would be to play again at some undefined time in the future.
  3. Go on planned hiatus.
    With a planned date for beginning to play again so people can prepare for that, and then move to one of the following two options.
  4. Continue playing on a monthly schedule.
  5. Continue playing bi-weekly.

With both of the last two options, there would need to be better organization and commitment from me and either a firmer commitment from players to attend, or an understanding that in order to progress the plot, things may happen to their characters when they are not present, and you may miss out on doing some things in character. Continuing as at present with my lack of organization is not an option.

Feel free to come up with other suggestions if you have any.

Finally thank you for the effort you have put into this game, I said earlier that the fiction and LJ entries generated made it worthwhile regardless of how much more game we got to play, and I still believe that. I've enjoyed your input and all the scenes and sessions that worked so well.

Current Mood: tired
Monday, November 7th, 2005
1:34 pm
Tonights game
Venue does not appear to have been confirmed... o__o;;

Can I act on the assumption that we're playing at Dagger's tonight, even with the small crowd? Or is Game off for the night?

Frank - a response from you is required.

Current Mood: busy
Thursday, November 3rd, 2005
10:01 am
Poking Again!
So, I'm assuming that micheal_gabrielwon't be available next Monday as well as jarratt_gray

But we still need to decide venue, and I like to know if there's anyone other than myself, eloieli, evie_fae, and (presumably?) argentbear likely to attend.

Current Mood: creative
Tuesday, November 1st, 2005
11:49 am
Next Game
Right, I'm going to try and get organized, after being deservedly chastised by people for not getting organized and not being prepared enough.

So next Monday (7th November) we will be playing Game.

We need to organize the venue for next week. As always my place is available, but we've been out Silverstream for a few sessions. Actually I've been considering trying for an outdoor venue at several locations around town that seem appropriate , now that the weather is getting nicer, but lets discuss that.

I'd like people to give me an idea as to whether they will attend, and if they are attending, it would be appreciated if you give me an idea of the plot threads you are currently following (if any) and whether there is anything proactive your character would like to do. Especially if you want to talk to specific NPC's, let me know so that we can arrange appropriate scenes.

Jarratt, Matt, if either of you have storylines you want to schedule time and players for, let me know

Current Mood: determined
Monday, October 24th, 2005
5:45 pm
Location Changed to Piwakawaka
Late location change sorry about the short notice, but its only a short hop's difference.
Tuesday, October 18th, 2005
10:57 pm
Game Game Game
Well are we on for this Monday?

Its a holiday you know and I was wondering if people would like to start a little earlier than usual, as so to get a good decent session.

What you all think.

List of those that can or can't make it, and where we are going to play.
Wednesday, October 12th, 2005
5:16 pm
Monday, October 10th, 2005
3:22 pm
Probably can't come
My car is playing up so unless someone can pick me up between about 5:30 and 6 from home I won't be able to make the Game tonight. Sorry folks...
2:26 pm
Snuffly and sickly
I assume it is just hayfever (I hope it is really badly actually), but I am feeling completely miserable and do not think I will be up to game. I want to crawl into bed and put the covers over my head actually.

Anyhoo, sorry.
Thursday, October 6th, 2005
12:34 pm
We got game?
I guess I get to be the organisation pixie today. Though I can't really see myself as a pixie...More a Goblin ;)

So, do we have Game?
If so where?

Who can/can't come?

Or am I a week out?

Current Mood: chipper
Wednesday, September 21st, 2005
5:01 pm
Next game
Right then, it is the Wednesday before the next scheduled game.

I need two things decided/confirmed.

  1. Location
    Potentially argentbear's place? Or giffydoll's?
    Though I'm sort of assuming the Giftser is going to be worn out by Gondoliers in Palmerston North.

  2. People Attending
    From the left, number!

Tuesday, September 13th, 2005
8:44 pm
Damien morphs his identity
It just had to happen! damongray is online ...

Current Mood: creative
Sunday, September 11th, 2005
11:34 am
Game : Monday 12th September
So the characters we have to play with are (correct me if I'm wrong) :

Beth, Gabe, Mallory, Jason, and Damon

Speak up if anyone else is going to make it, as I'm gonna start trying to figure out what I can do with the people I've got.

As of the confirmed player only Gabe and Jason don't live in Upper Hutt anyway, we might as well have it out here in Pinehaven, rather than intrude on Giffy when she's not gonna be up to it. Sorry Ant, Dagger.

If you want a rest from hosting, Evie, we can have it at my place.

Current Mood: dirty
Thursday, September 8th, 2005
9:55 am
Game Game Game
Whats the Happs people?

I would appreciate it if it was close to town this time. I have to go into town before the Game so it would be nice If I didnt have to travel to the Hutt through peak traffic twice.
10:10 am
Game 12-9-05
So, tell me peeps, are we playing on Monday?

Current state
Players unavailable/unlikely to make it: Giffy-chan

Location options: Pinehaven, Giffy-chan's

Current Mood: busy
Monday, August 29th, 2005
2:27 pm
Game 29 August Cancelled
Whoops posted this to my own journal rather than here, so duplicated here in case.

Due to the number of people not available or keen, I'm gonna call it off for today.

Sorry Ant, but you seem to be the only really keen one!

Although you listed Evie as in, I know she'd prefer not to play tonight, and I also have something that came up this morning that I'd rather be doing tonight.

Tell you what, lets do some email chat about what Gabe is re looking at doing and we'll see if we can organize some gaming for you in between times!
Sunday, August 28th, 2005
8:45 pm
Mondays Game?
OK, we now have argentbear, caleb_books, and giffydoll who won't be available on Monday. I am also assuming that amphigori won't be there.

Can I quickly ask if any others won't be able to make it?

Do people want to flag it this week, or shall we go for a limited numbers episode?
It may be difficult to progress the main plot lines but there are some other loose ends we need to tie up.

If we are going to run, it will currently still be at giffydoll's, even though she won't be there, so that muggledpuggle can be there.

What say ye?

Current Mood: calm
Monday, August 22nd, 2005
10:14 am
Game 29-08-05 Venue organisation
Hey Peeps,

Game is on for the 29th.
Jarratt and I are happy to host, but if we have any other volunteers, please post here - Giffy-chan, you were meant to have the last Game, so if you want this one, you've got first call on it.

Comment away,

Current Mood: busy
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