Hiatus Ending!! (sort of)

Hello cats and kittens,

Happy Autumn!!! I know it’s been way too long since my last post,

The peep that did some hard time for killing a man.
I’ll insert this crying peep to beg for your forgiveness on my behalf.

but I’ve been trying to get my schedules (blogging, work, larp, life, & laundry) under control. I’m almost there! Before the end of November, my marketing guru and I have a plan to start posting on a new, improved, and more manageable schedule. This post is just a quick hello, even quicker camp update, and menu for the weekend.

Hello! *hugs* How are you? How’s your mum? Have you larped while I’ve been gone? Job going well? Are you eating enough? Getting enough rest? Oh, me either.

Now that the salutations are done, on to the camp news!

Bad news first:

We are incredibly sad to share the news that YoC’s last caretaker Paul Briggs passed away on August 22nd. I wish I had known him better. But he leaves behind a legacy of kindness and music that shall never be forgotten. If you can, please consider helping his family here.

On another less than happy note: We’ve had some animal losses during the hiatus. Musoki has gone missing and there are only three chickens left. We suspect a fisher cat or fox took the chickens. As for Musoki . . . well, we just don’t know. Anyone in the area, please keep an eye out for him. The other animals on site are in good spirits (albeit missing their compatriots) and are enjoying the change in weather. (to figure out what the heck I’m talking about click here: Who’s who ) The chickens are almost completely free range now, and will be until the first frost. And they do love humans, so they will follow you around camp braaa braaa-ing and making other dinosaur noises.

On the happier side of things, the larp season has just rolled into high gear with the month we like to call Larptober. Here’s the games for this month at YoC:

Oct 2-4 Knight Blades Underworld
Oct 9-11 LIONE LIONE Rampant: Crusades
Oct 16-18 The Isles MA Purgatory Station
Oct 23-25 Winged Throne Productions Future Imperfect
Oct 30 – Nov 1 Alliance CT Caldaria

The game for this weekend is Knight Blades find them here. They have CP exchanges with a few local larps including Lione and CRO.

The meal for this weekend is one I’m excited about. Some new recipes and some changes to old ones, make this a rather fun cooking weekend for the staff and me.

Breakfast:

Omelets, biscuits & gravy, waffles (with fresh apple compote), bacon, cereal, oatmeal, fresh fruit, bagels, toast, coffee, tea and assorted juices.

Dinner:

Rosemary shallot beef stew, corn chowder, minestrone with tofu (for the vegans/gluten intolerant), homemade bread bowls (not for the gluten intolerant), salad, iced tea and lemonade. Oh yeah. And dessert: Apple cider cupcakes and Maple Bacon Cupcakes.

You heard me. ^_~

Questions, comments, recipes, pictures of your cats? Share them with me! And if you’ve got larp stories, especially but not limited to those that happened at YoC, please share! I’d love to post about the history of YoC, not just it’s present/future!

Catch you soon, (I promiseeee!!)

Leda et al

LARP Preview: Lione Rampant: Crusades

The Reapers!
The Reapers!

WARNING: Author is biased!!!! I love this game. I love the GM’s. I love my character. I love the world. I love my rolling crew (. . . well . . .  in that ‘I’m hugging you, but I’m hitting you’ kinda way). I love the NPC’s.  I love the other PC’s. (even the ones my character hates . . . I’m so sorry!!!) *babble babble love fest here* So all attempts at unbiased reviewing have just been gleefully chucked out the window. I’msorryI’mnotsorry.

Ahem. I shall now attempt to control my excited hyperbole. Attempt.

All the info about Lione Rampant here! That handy link takes you to the website. That is where you get the rule book, find the forums, and get all the contact info for the awesome-sauce GM’s. Your first game is absolutely free, which is a great way to see the lay of the land. Also Lione is now accelerant, so it’s very easy to get right into playing.

This iteration of Lione just started last year. We’re on the third game of this season and it’s been a pretty brilliant one thus far.  Here’s the setting blurb for this campaign:

In ages past, there were monsters, wizards, and champions of the gods. They were fairy tales in this era of industry, technology, and progress. We knew the difference between fantasy and science. But just five years ago, we discovered the myths held more truth than we realized. In the year 3909, the world became radically altered.
The modern age ended as we knew it, and magic returned to the world. As technology failed and science gave way to mysticism, civilization was on the brink of collapse. The gods, once thought to be nothing but stories, have begun to speak once again and a sinister evil rises from the nightmares of the past.
With that setting, the character possibilities are huge! Want to play a post apoc orc or a tree hugger squirrel person? You’ve got it. How about a Goth Elf? Rock on. Or maybe even a human in medieval fantasy gear? Absolutely. There’s amalkin (animal human hybrids) elves, dwarves, humans, magic users, steampunks, and a ton more! This setting has really sparked my creativity. For the first time in a billion larp years, I’ve been playing around with making characters, and seeing different RP possibilities in the combinations. Although, I would like this character to last as long as possible, because rituals are terrifying but fun. And my plot line roxxors. Oops. I’m doing that fangirl thing again. O_O
On to the story for this weekend:

The Day of Disjunction

As the high holy days of the Wylds and Faya occur, an ancient rite of spiritual bonding is revisited to fight a common foe. The new alliance with the lizardmen to the north has gained knowledge about the unholy places in the wilderness as well as the secrets of travelling the planes. The forces of Grumach, though, will not be idle, as their defeat at the hands of the people of Stoneheim has left a bitter taste in their undead mouths. And what of the bug-people, and their mysterious pylon that still rests in our field? And the Soulless? Has the defeat of the Toy Golem sent them scurrying away, or was he just the most recent in a litany of villainous monsters?

And just in case you’d like to get more of a feel for current events: Newsletter Archive

Not really in the mood  for PCing? How about scripting/NPCing? Toss some black clothes in a bag and join the fun! You’ll get a chance to interact with really great PC’s and NPC’s, and almost all of the YoC staff (we PC) (REAPERS!!!) (ahem) and a great group of directors. ALSO you have a chance to win a $25 gift card from the NPC drawing at the end of the weekend. And if that’s not enough motivation: Lione has CP exchanges with a verisimilitude of games so there’s a good chance that by helping them out you’re earning points for your favorite game! Want more info? Here’s the spot for NPC’s to register: NPC site And if you’d like to connect with the directors it’s here: Lione Rampant: Contacts Do it, you won’t do it!

rainThis weekend’s weather: (from The Weather Channel ) UPDATED!

  • Friday is gong to be partly cloudy with highs near 79 and lows in the 50s.
  • Saturday mostly sunny and gorgeous with temperature highs of 78 and lows of 58.
  • Sunday has a chance of rain with highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s. Looks like a good weekend to bring some extra socks & light summer garb.

Please remember bug spray and sun screen. The mosquitos are like 747’s and the ticks are very very active. The chickens are doing their best, but there are only 5 of them! On the bird note, there are two mated pairs of swallows on site. One has nested in the front of the house (by the parking lot) and the other is nesting in the barn. Swallows are incredible bug eaters, so we’re glad to see them nesting here. BUT, a word of caution: The males have been swooping at people, trying to protect their nests. They haven’t actually hit anyone, but it’s a bit unnerving. Unless they actually become an issue we won’t move the nests, which would be stressful (and potentially harmful) for everyone involved.

That’s all for now! Can’t wait to see you all on Friday!!!

xxoo

Leda et al

Introductions!

Good afternoon fellow larp enthusiasts!

Welcome to the first blog post for Ye Olde Commons! What is Ye Olde Commons, you might muse? Ye Olde Commons is a facility dedicated to providing a camp site with a medieval flair.  The site is used for many different gatherings, including LARP camps, faires, re-enactments, and receptions.  With amenities to support events year-round, it is a place where New England LARPs can feel at home.

Would you like to meet the dedicated owner, staff, and other denizens of the camp? Of course you would. Avanti!

Harald stilt walking as king of the giants
Harald stilt walking as king of the giants

Harald: Harald is the owner and operator of this 40 acre home for the imagination. He’s been making a safe, interesting, engaging place for larps since early 2005. He is an avid larper and board gamer and is pretty much the best stilt walker and larp fighter around. If you’d like to contact Harald about events, board games or any other questions you might have please feel free to drop him an email at harald@yeoldecommons.com.

 

Puck at the SKRF
Puck at the SKRF

Puck: Puck has been groundskeeper at YoC since 2013. If you need anything while you’re on site, he’s your guy. Puck is also an avid larper, if you’ve played a game at the Commons or one of a half dozen other New England larp sites, you’ve probably seen him NPCing. He’s the one with the curly hair and the charming devil-may-care grin that goes from ear to ear. (The author may be a bit biased, though, she’s been his wife for the past four years ^_~) He is also a boffer and armor maker, nerf gun modder, and video gaming enthusiast. If you’d like to contact Puck he can be found at puck@yeoldecommons.com

Kitchen Staff:

Leda at her best friends Victorian wedding
Leda at her best friend’s Victorian wedding

Leda: Leda has been cooking for larps off and on for 13 years. She’s also GM’d, NPC’d and PC’d a few games since 2000. She will also be your humble guide in this blog on the news and views from YoC. If you’d like to chat with her, contact her here or at leda@yeoldecommons.com

 

Inger, looking adorable, as usual
Inger, looking adorable, as usual

Inger: has been cooking for larps for the last 10 years. She started out as a player and quickly moved over to director at LIONE, which she helped run for 6 years.

JT as his fae at Knight Blades
JT as his fae at Knight Blades

Josh ‘JT’: JT is a newer member of the kitchen staff. He’s an experienced larper (8yrs) and cook (6yrs) and loves every minute of it. His favorite dish is lemon pepper chicken! He lives to please here at YOC!

 

Jenny as her fae at Knight Blades
Jenny as her fae at Knight Blades

Jenny: Jenny, (also known as Pigeon) is one of the newest employees. She has been a larper for over 4 years and loves everything about it, including sewing her own costumes and making jewelry. When she isn’t working or crafting she likes to spend her time gaming on her computer and spending time with animals

Jason, being charming
Jason, being charming

Jason: Jason is the actual newest member of the YoC kitchen. {Insert bio here, as soon as I shake it out of him}

 

Animals:

There are a quite a few wild animals on site, such as rabbits, turkeys, deer, and a plethora of birds and rodents. If you’re around during certain times of day, you can also see the great blue heron fly across camp from its hunting grounds to its nest.

But there are also a few domesticated animals on site! They’re all very friendly and would love to say hello!

 

Snuggly cats!
Snuggly cats!

Athos: (seen here curled up with Musoki) Athos has been around for quite a while now; we think she’s about 8 years old. She’s the grey tiger striped cat, infamously know to some as ‘Larp cat’. Athos is a mighty hunter, mostly owing to her polydactyly, but she tends to let the younger camp cat do most of the work now. If you see her in the house or npc headquarters, please feel free to let her out, she is mostly an outdoor cat. Both cats’ food and water bowls are upstairs by the NPC bunk room. Speaking of which, please leave the door to the bunk room closed at all times, so that the cats don’t get in. They’d love to sleep with you, but because of allergies we can’t let them.

'Enjoying' the flowers?
‘Enjoying’ the flowers?

Musoki: (Moo-so-key) Musoki is a four year old black male cat. He used to be an apartment dweller but now loves the freedom (and hunting!) that YoC provides. Even though he’s a bit on the tubby side, I assure you he’s not pregnant. ^_~ He bulked up for the winter and will slim down again in the summer months. He is also very friendly and will always stop for a petting or belly rub. No worries about letting him outside, he’s mostly an outdoor cat now and only comes in to eat.

 

Morgrim in June (9 months old!)
Morgrim in June (9 months old!)

Morgrim: Morgrim is a new addition to the YoC family. He’s a 9 month old boxer/shepherd/lab/deer mix. Okay, maybe it’s not actually deer genetics, but boy, does he jump like one. Morgrim isn’t very well behaved yet, but he is very very friendly, and will try to jump up on you to say hello. If you see him anywhere but behind the fence in our kitchen, please let one of the staff know ASAP. He’s not allowed out during larp weekends unless he’s on leash with one of us.

Chickens enjoying an apple.
Chickens enjoying an apple.

The Chickens: We have five chickens on site as well! Two Dominiques (the black and white ones) and three Australorps (the all black ones). Anyone that played at the Commons this winter may have heard their eerie dinosaur-like noises coming from the front section of the barn. They will be outside in their pen until fall. Please feel free to stop by and say hello; they’re pretty friendly . . . for chickens, of course. Their pen will move around the paddock by the barn, giving them access to different grazing and other natural food sources. We keep them as close to the fence and parking lot as possible, so as not to disrupt mods or game play. If you see that the chickens have escaped, just let one of the staff know.

So now you’ve met all of us! Stay tuned for more news and insider info about YoC!

xxoo

Leda et al