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Willow Jade
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Recently, I was asked to attend a play called "Willow Jade". I was told it was a gamer play and centered around the facets of gaming and such. I figured I'd check it out, so I went there.

I'm glad I did. While it isn't necessarily a "gamer" play, it does have game elements in it. Allow me to explain.

I arrived half an hour late due to bus schedule issues. So I was already behind, but I was able to catch
up quickly. The play has elements of sex, abuse and drinking. As I was watching, I couldn't help notice
that gaming kind of took a back seat to the other issues.

Ok, so it wasn't centered around gaming. Not a problem. I then watched as the gaming group gather and talk about how they were thinking about going to Seattle or L.A. to make it big. Between the player who plays a tavern wench (who strangely at the end had a big ass sword) having sex outside in the car with another player (while her husband who is another player at the game waits for them to get done).

After intermission, the focus again is on some kind of reward that I missed out on finding out about during the half hour I wasn't there. They then moved to different issues, then back to the gamers.

So the storyteller comes in with an arrow in him, orcs bash through the walls and blood is everywhere. After the battle (Yes, there is a full orc battle), even the non-gamer characters don't seem surprised by some dead orcs in the middle of the apartment. Again, I may have missed something in the first half hour that explained this, but I was VERY confused at this point.

That is where it ends. Overall, it was a good play to go see and I recommend it. Even if it paints gamers as nuts in a sense, it also paints every other character as nuts. So it's all good. :)

Nerd Life Club
(Upcoming Events)

We have started up a get together with a group of kids at Marshall High School doing LARPs once a month. In February, we played Sidekicks. This March, we will be trying our hands with Orc and Pie.

As you know, Orc and Pie is a completely randomly generated LARP. Heck, I have no idea what is even going to happen except that it will be a fun ride.

Feel free to join us if you want. Check out the schedule for more details as well as directions.

Points and You
(Upcoming Changes)
So I was talking to the only remaining Founder besides myself (Joseph) and I asked him what he thought of the points idea that I had.

I mentioned that some conventions are running so many things that I can't fit people into 12 hours a day to run games. There aren't enough games quite simply to keep everyone busy. This would result in an issue of people who mean well and want to work their hours simply can not do it.

So what I proposed is this. 1 point per half hour worked and 1 point per hour of GMing. This means that you simply have to work the hours you stated to get the reward you wanted (I also reduced the cost of them so that you don't have to work as hard).

Scottie said, "Cool". I suspect that is a go-ahead to do it. Check it out on the site for more details.

(Upcoming Events)
I can't tell ya.. Really.. It's a secret and I need to wait a few more weeks while everything falls into place before I reveal it.

I'll give you a hint though. Keep May of 2011 open. :)

Origins Closed, Dragonflight has 1 more month (and a week)
(Convention Reports)
The Origins volunteer deadline has passed. However, don't forget to sign up for Dragonflight if you are going. We can use as much help as possible.