Monday, July 30, 2012

Memorial Event blog post...

The Tekumel Foundation has a post on their new blog about the memorial we did for Phil; link off to the left, in the "useful links" section...

Sunday, July 29, 2012

The High Cost of Weddings, These Days...

    In honor of the various milestones we're observing, we thought we'd play out the wedding of one of the players in miniature. As might be expected, quite a few guests showed up for the event, what with everyone inviting their friends and then the friends inviting their friends, and so on and so on. Thoughtfully, the stalwart Nlyss had his cousins bring not only the ceremonial Wedding Tent of his ancestors (visible at the far end of the table) but also both of the heirloom Battering Rams of his Ebbridda ancestors; the Priest of Thumis brought a ladder, in case somebody wanted to elope, and everyone else brought refreshments. The idea was to have a mock storming of the palace to allow the groom to claim his brides (three, due to clan politics) and - as might have been expected - things did get a little out of hand...

The game table for the Wedding Ritual of Storming the Palace, with the groomsmen out in the courtyard and the bridesmaids beyond the gates in ambush. The table is 30" wide, and 180" long, with the Ceremonial Dragon Barge assembled by the Tinaliya in the palace pool at the far end. No expense spared for this wedding!

The major-domo asks the groomsmen with the battering ram for their invitations. With predictable results, given that the Nlyss were all drunk and eager to get to grips (as it were) with the bridesmaids.

The best men chatting up the bridesmaids, the rogues!
During the discussion, the boys discovered (the hard way) that the bridesmaids were all from the temple guards of the Temples of Dilinala and Avanthe; luckily, the bridesmaids had all been drinking the Vriddi Lord's stock of inexpensive wines and had mislaid their Ritual Snippers.

The best men in action, just before the bridesmaids counter-attacked. The staff-slingers were particularly ineffective as melee troops, by the way.

A very good time was had by all, both on and off the table, and the use of more or less non-lethal weapons kept the casualties down to a minimum. The Priestess of Ksarul was kind enough to allow the use of her genetically-modified lab assistants to fly the groom over the melee to the Ceremonial Barge, where he was presented to the waiting brides; they even dropped him on the barge, and not in the swimming pool...

Milestones...

A number of milestones to note, this month...

    It's been just over a year since Prof. Barker had us move his collection into storage and thence into preservation, restoration and publication; the grand totals, in broad terms, are:

    600 cubic feet of materials;
    2,300 pounds of paper;
    575 pounds of miniatures;
    10,000 pages of paper documents;
    10,000 pages of digital documents;
    2,500 images in both paper and digital format;
    60 maps, including a globe of Tekumel.

We're now starting to catalog and index the collection, and there will be frequent updates from the Tekumel Foundation as we move forward.

    It's been a decade since the Aethervox Gamers got going, and people have come and gone over the years as their time and interest has allowed. The group has seen a lot of changes, some good and some bad, but we're still here. Gaming in Phil's world has become more and more the center of what we do, and we're working on concentrating on that. The game room has been getting updated with new paint, new shelves, and new technology in what little free time I've had; we'll keep working on that.

    I'm also reconfiguring my miniatures interests to match; my old Hinchcliffe Martian figures are going off to a friend in the UK who has been a huge (and patient!) help, and the rest of the non-Tekumel figures will follow as soon as I get them all sorted out. We'll still keep all of the terrain and scenery that we've been using over the years, but our emphasis is going to be entirely on Tekumel for the future.

    More news as I have the chance, of course...