What happens when the webmaster gets really sick and ends up having emergency surgery to have her gall bladder out?
Why, the website goes unattended for an entire month! Oops.
So, backing up. Backing *way* up...
October 20th - Coronation Day!
On Oct 20th, the members of the Valley of Smoke gathered in anticipation of the long awaited coronation. A lot of our usual members showed up, along with seven guests from our neighboring park to the south, Black Widow Lake.
The day started out with a couple of class games, while Riken, Kecia, Hunter, and a few others helped with the final quest set-up. Inside the nearby building, a buffet line was slowly growing, with dishes of all sorts available for the players to enjoy.
The quest was the highlight of the day. The evil necromancer Kanlin, played by Prada this time around, stole all of the food stores for the coming winter. After his ransom expenses couldn't be met, he instead turned the Valley of Smoke patrons and visitors against a group of ice giants who had stolen his pumpkin spell ingredients.
The brave heroes had to negotiate with a witch to get a special shield to protect themselves from the ice giants. But the witch needed seven hydra scales, which were owned by a very rude Jeweler nearby. The jeweler, played by Grainmag, forced the heroes to fight each other to the death, and entertain him, in order to get the scales.
|Necromancer Kanlin eagerly points out a survivor of the mass slaughter|
Once only one hero remained, Velinessa from Black Widow Lake, she was able to read a scroll of mass resurrection. She brought the other players back to life. They got the scales, and then attacked and killed the rude jeweler.
Next, the heroes ventured into a cave and were accosted by albino bats while they crossed over a narrow bridge. On the far side, once they moved a magical crystal, a mighty cave bear attacked. The bear was played by Tungdil.
After disposing of the bear and collecting its pelt to appease the witch, the heroes collected the pieces of the bridge leading to the ice giants, and moved on to the next challenge: a group of goblins protecting a chest! These nasty little goblins, played by Adahay, Ollie, and Zedd from Black Widow Lake, gave the heroes a run for their money.
|Three goblins vs. a mass of angry heroes.|
While the ice giants, played by Grainmag and Henry, hurled magical, indestructible pumpkins at the group, the heroes built the bridge, dodged the attacks, and raced across to join the battle. Once the ice giants were defeated, the proud but exhausted warriors returned the magical pumpkins to the Necromancer Kanlin, and the Valley's winter food stores were returned.
Hungry warriors made short work of the buffet, followed by court and awards. The following players accepted the positions they had run for:
Riken - Sheriff
Grainmag - Regent
Seran - Champion
Oct. 27 - Two Days In One!
On October 27th, seven members of the Valley of Smoke made the hour-long trek south to pay a visit to Black Widow Lake on their Midreign. And they accidentally took over for a portion of the day!
At BWL, Valley of Smoke's seven man crew, consisting of Riken, Adahay, Grainmag, Zwik, Reaper, Sento, and Rogue, broke out the Version 8 games at BWL. After three class games, a tournament was held. Some more class games culminated in everyone enjoying a feast under BWL's pavilion. Several more class games and a little ditching finished off the day, with Valley of Smoke's soldiers packing up and fleeing north with the setting of the sun.
Meanwhile, back at Valley of Smoke:
Ten people came to the field, despite half the group going for a trip. Several hours of class games and ditching ended earlier than normal, with several people needing to head home early for various reasons.
|The goblin troops hatch a plan...|
Several class games started off the day, with many of the younger players getting their first ever experience on-field with the anti-paladin class. Since the weather is cooling down, water breaks aren't needed quite as often. Once rehydrated, the players returned to the field for one of Prada's evil version of Amtgard soccer, where players must chase down and retrieve a large yellow ball in order to score a point.
After this, players decided to reenact the original land battle for our new All The Glisters game. A large group of goblins, led by Riken, took on Zwik, Prada, Tungil, Henry and Owen put up a good fight, but with the verbal commands of Riken in the background, the goblins managed to win the day by a narrow margin. The goblins had two lives left when the heroes were finally picked off!
After a few games of Fox and Minnows, Riken broke into her birthday cake and got everyone's sugar back up to a hyper state.
The day ended with several rounds of ditching
With Riken out for the count, after her gall bladder decided it hated her, the proud members of Valley of Smoke carried on in her absence.
Unfortunately, no one has yet told Riken what went on on this day, so there is no information to plug in for the day. But when the information becomes available, it will be put in here! But there was Amtgard to be had!
It poured the rain today. All day long, the downpour didn't seem to end. Because of the cruddy weather, it was a fairly short day at the Valley of Smoke. 11 dedicated warriors braved the elements to swing swords and sling spells at others.
A new game was introduced, designed to part people from their comfort zone. Grainmag's random class game puts players in a random class for a single game, forcing them to play in a manner that they normally never would. Played in free-for-all style, everyone had a lot of fun. Among the random classes were two assassins, a disgruntled bard, a few peasants, one barbarian, and one druid. Everyone played with two lives to call their own in a free-for-all style.
While the rain continued to pour, everyone returned to their normal classes. A druid and a high level scout decided to take on 5 peasants in the rain. It took the druid and scout a while to kill off all of the peasants, but they eventually won the day.
The day ended with some waterlogged ditching, before all of the wet and tired players went home to dry out and warm up.