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KAAAAPPPPPCCCCOOOOONNNN!!!!

EEE….my excitement is starting to build up.

 

This weekend (for my followers who don’t know or aren’t gamers at all) is Kapcon. Wellington’s yearly gaming convention.

And well I am slightly excited about attending this year. It is possible that I’m having gaming with drawls cause I didn’t game in a regular game for most of the year, and still don’t have a group to play with.

 

I think most of all I’m looking forward to catching up with people who I don’t get to see most of the year, or very little off during the year. And especially the out of towners who make the longish journey to attend the con. It’s always great to play in games with new people , and either laugh, cry or get very scared or angry together as we enmerse ourselves for three hours at a time in a new world and as a new character.

 

I will post up pics after the con has ended, as there are bound to be many inspiring people. Oh and many inspiring costumes from the LARP that is played in the evening – this year it’s Arabian themed, so there should be some pretty impressive costumes.

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So last weekend was KapCon. For my non-gaming followers, this is a two day gaming convention that is held every Wellington Anniversary weekend. It stands for Kapiti Convention ( the Kapiti coast is 45 mins from Wellington, and is where the convention started).

So this year was KapCon XIX (19…technically 18, as a year went missing)

Over the past two years me and my hubby have helped run the convention, from orgnaising T-shirts, prizes, manning the desk, printing etc. This year the reigns were handed over to someone else, and both of us decided to get involved in writing the KapCon LARP (live action role play). I’ve been wanting to write about this for sometime, but as some of my followers are people who would attend and play in the Larp, I couldn’t. Now I can.

This was my first go at writing characters and helping come up with a plot and game plan. I hope I succeeded with the characters I came up with. The people playing them seemed to be enjoying themselves on the night…and so far I haven’t heard to many negative things about the game.

So what was the game about? It was called Reunion. Basically a gateway nexus had crashed and been closed for over 500 years (this is set well into the future), then the gates opened, and delegates from six of the union of planets were invited to the station to re-connect with the other planets.

We had six writers and each was responsible for one of the planets. My planet was essentially Hollywood gone very wrong. Where fame is everything, and the whole planet revolved aroundthe entertainment industry.

The people who played my planet were amazing, and all very eccentri. It was great to see the players interpretation with what was given. I have to say my favourite player is a guy named Tigger (Matt) who played a producer, that wanted everyone to work for him. He wore such bright clothing and his catch phrase was “I love ya baby.” It made me giggle every time I heard it.

The other planets were – Aboria, who were Victorian’s that lived on the top of giant trees.

Marrianne Le Grange of the Aborian's - Jenni

Marrianne Le Grange of the Aborian's - Jenni.

Chapparell – hippies gone wrong and all techno-tribal.

Frank

Victory Two-bos of the Chapparell - Frank

Sujan – a feudal society – there planets terraforming did not take.

Bharat – a capalist society, that had slavery (indian inspired for costuming)

Cigani – space gypsies.

All the players from ReUnion

All the players from ReUnion

Utimately I had fun writing this, even though there were moments during the year that I couldn’t find inspiration, but it all came together. Though I don’t know if I’ll write another one for awhile, as I really enjoy playing in them too.

As for the rest of the con. I got to play in four games during the weekend, two on Saturday and two on Sunday.

1st game was run by Idiot – Cold Shore. (Nemesis system)

Kinda creepy for a first round game, and I was quiet tired, it always takes me awhile to get into gaming, especially at that time of the morning. But it was a pretty good first round, with Freya, Susan, Liam, and I can’t remember the other guy (sorry :{ )

It’s set in the late 1800s with a ship sailing out from Oz to the UK. I played a cabin boy. The ship gets caught in a storm and is ship wrecked on an island. Weird shit starts to happen. It’s hard to say if we survived or not…as the game ended four of us were alive, some were pretty banged up though…so who knows really.

2nd round game, was run by Conan – NOBILIS ( in caps cause I love this game)

We have worked out that this game is my long term campaign, as I only get to play it at Kapcon and I’ve played all four games and have played the same character each time. This game followed on from the one two years ago (Conan didn’t run last year, which made me very sad) but much fun was had.  I left wanting to play more, like every time I play this game.

Basically you play gods that embody a part of creation. I was time. The other players (again can’t remember all the players that played) were Machines, Ruth was Dreams, Norman was Mind and Jonathan was Mischief. ( Conan had changed one of the characters from the last game, Mind used to be Order, but was very much like Machines). We had to go fight the bad guy that had stolen sight.  We performed some pretty awesome miracles to defeat the sucker.

Day two.

Round four – run by Nick Pitt  – Samurai Stir-fry the re-hash.

Me, Margi, Lucas, Carla and again another person I can’t remember.

Using the truth and justice system PDQ, Nick came up with this little beauty.

Again another episode in a previous game that I had played in a few years ago. Basically we are all Samurai from various animae.  So we had Jin and Mugen from Samurai Champloo, Kensin from Ruruoni Kensin, Samurai Jack from Samurai Jack and some extras that Nick created. Bad puns and hilarity ensued as we tried to work together and work out what was going on and take down the bad guys.

Round five – Jenni’s game – The Silver Kiss of the Magical Twilight of the Full Moon

If you can’t tell, heavily inspired by the emoness that is Twilight and all other cheesy supernatural fiction written out there.

Played with James P, Nick Pitt and Jackie.

Two of us were humans (me and james) and best friends.

The other two were supernatural creatures of some kind. We decided on vampires.

One of the humans (me) and one of the supernaturals (jackie) had to fall in love.

We let the game unfold, with much drama and emoness.

It ended tragically.

Jenni has done a fab write up of the game – click the link below

http://jennitalula.wordpress.com/2010/01/27/kapcon-19-day-2/

I took the last round off to help with tidying up.

Every year the caliber of writing goes up and the players get better as well. It’s also made more enthused about gaming in general. Now I just need to find a game that interests me, and a group to play with.

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Crafting

Jenni held one of her awesome craft days at her place again on Sunday.

 

I love going to craft day. 1) It gets me out of the house

2) I get to hang out with Jenni and other people that I don’t normally hang out with or see

3) It gets me hunting though my various projects I’ve started an gets me doing them

 

So this time I fished out a cross stitch I started about five years ago an haven’t touched in about four. Pulling it out I had to remember why I had stopped. Firstly it got put aside when I started a baby blanket. Then I found a piece of paper with thread colours written on it, making me remember that I had run out of them, there is about 19 colours that I need go and buy. Then remembering where I was up to on the pattern was another challenge…funnily enough I had stopped part way through a row so there was thread hanging there…I had also left the needle in the edging, it ha started to rust (never leave your needle in your work for that long!) I managed to get more rows out before the back an arms got sore, but it was cool to get it started again.

 

I also enjoyed seeing what everyone else was doing for their crafts and just having time to talk with other people, such a great day!

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I meant to post this up over the weekend, but kind of got distracted.

I wanted to share some of the blogs that I follow, because they are inspiring. They are written by people I know, or don’t, or they are about things that interest me.

To start off:

Jenni’s blog: http://jennitalula.wordpress.com/ It’s a wonderful read. Jenni post about her writing, gaming and crafts that she’s up to. And I love her Things I Love Thursday list (inspired by Gala Darling’s blog).

Regan’s Singing blog: http://sokkysinging.wordpress.com/ I enjoy reading this blog. For me it keeps me inspired to enjoy the things I love and to actually work towards those goals I want to achieve.

Gala Darling’s blog Icing: http://galadarling.com/ She is inspiring! With handy fashion tips and life advice, this is a kiwi gal who has made a career out of what she loves, and shares it with the world. And the lay out of the blog is really beautiful as well. With her fashion pic of the day to Things I Love Thursday, there is something there for every gal.

Kathryn’s blog: http://livelovecapture.com/ Kathryn loves photography and scrapbooking, this blog has lots of handy tips and ideas and some really beautiful photos, lots of inspiration to get those creative juices flowing.

Te Papa’s blog: http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/ I follow this blog because I have a real interest in museums and heritage, and I find it a great way to stay in the loop of what’s happening.

So this is just a few of the blogs I follow that brighten up my day and keep me inspired.

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Me and Jenni at the zoo

Me and Jenni at the zoo

Today’s inspiration is friends.

A wee bit OTT, but who cares, these are the people who make life just that bit more interesting and enjoyable.

I find  myself quiet blessed with the group of friends that I have. Most of my friends are people with similar interests to me and are friends with each other and also with my husband Paul, which helps a lot in going to gatherings etc.

Looking through my facebook page, I can certainly see the different groups of friends that I have.

Firstly there are the family friends, these are the friends made through the mutual friendships of our parents, I even class these parents as friends to…people I know I can turn to if needed.

Secondly is the group of friends I still have from high school. As a teenager I moved during my high school years so went to two different schools. My first school, I don’t have to many friends that I stay in touch with, except for one really great friend, whom every since I moved have stayed in contact with, even if it is a phone call once a year, or a text message just to say hi. When we do catch up we have lots to talk about and it feels like we only saw each other just the other day. Though it was only last year that we actually got to physically see each other after  almost twelve years…it was one of the best days.

The other school friends I have from this school, I have only recently got back in touch with, through the power of the internet and social networking…one of the many reasons I love facebook.

At my second school, the group of friends I have from there I never lost contact with once school finished…partly cause most of them stay in the same city for university or we worked with each other and also had similar hobbies that kept us connected.

My third group of friends are those I made through my interests, choir friends from my days of being part of the Waikato Youth Choir,  my LARP friends…I was that geeky that I joined in with life action role playing…extremely sociable what with running around a park with foam padded weaponry and mock fighting with mates. I no longer do this activity as I moved away…that’s not to say I still don’t do incredibly geeky things now.

Friends from the Sanctuary Larp at Kapcon 2008

Friends from the Sanctuary Larp at Kapcon 2008

My forth group are uni friends….funny things is though these are not friends made through classes and tutorials…in fact I don’t think I really made friends with any of those people…no these are the friends I made at uni, by joining a uni club or more specifically the games club. Where I could be as geeky as I liked and hang out with like minded people…it then made it a simple transition to then hang out with them out side of the club too. Non of these people took the same courses as me.

Regan, Jenni, Lee, Sara and Nic

Regan, Jenni, Lee, Sara and Nic

From this group has merged my fifth group of friends…everyone else, but these are the people whom I have met through gaming, but met outside of uni. It is through our mutual love of story telling and hanging out with good people that after getting to know them, we actually have other things in common, such as doing crafts, like playing rockband, just talking and a  multitude of other interests.

My last group of friends are well my best friends, these are the people who are most important to me, other than my family. First there is Paul, my husband, my friend and the person who really knows me in all my insanity and still loves me and put up with me…Every one who has a life partner, is a lucky person. To know that there is someone who truly loves you for all your faults and will continue to do so.

Paul

Paul

Then there is Catherine, we meet through Choir and taking the same courses at polytech…we don’t always agree on everything, but she is one of these people whom I loved having in my life…and though we don’t get to see each other very often when we do, we have the best time.

Helena is my baby ( not literally) I lived with her for a year, she was my maid of honour at my wedding, I love hanging out with her, we are so  like minded and into pretty much the same things, despite our age difference, she’s the person I know I can bitch about everything with, and I know she wont take offence and will just listen and she knows that she can do the same with me too.

Helena

Helena

And then there’s my mum…a lot of people don’t class their parents as friends but I do… as I’ve gotten older, the more of a friendship I’ve developed with my mum as well as my dad…but he falls into a category all of his own. Mum is someone I can shop with, have coffee with, sit and chat, just like a friend, but I also have the added benefit of being daughter and mother at the same time, something I truly treasure.

Me and my mum on my wedding day

Me and my mum on my wedding day

I feel I am truly blessed to have met so  many wonderful people, who have become such good friends to me. I can only hope that our friendships will last and that we will continue to have fun, great conversations and enjoy life together.

Take time to think of your friends, the ones who are precious to you, and those you just love hanging out with or those you haven’t seen or spoken to in awhile… get in touch and let them know that they are awesome.

Just a side note: this is why I love facebook and twitter…it helps me keep in touch with those friends who are far away from me…as I’m terrible at phone calls and emails.

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