Ducal Drinks

I’ve done it, I’ve started a new show, a new show called Ducal Drinks. Unlike Beers with Baelnorn, this show will be a Topical Chat Show. Once a month, I will invite one to three people onto the show and we’ll discuss the topic of the given episode.

I’ve invited Baroness Guin, Duke Darius and Baron Torg to join me on the first episode, which will be about Titles. As with Beers with Baelnorn you can ask questions along the way. We’ll try to get to as many questions as we can.

The show idea came about when a bunch of us continued our drunken conversation after the last Beers with Baelnorn: Feasts. We were talking about various topics, and someone came up with the idea that I should host a chat show. The next day, when I had more time to think about it, I decided I would try it. Thus Ducal Drinks was born.

Speaking of Bears with Baelnorn: Feasts, I now have it uploaded to YouTube. You can find it HERE. It goes on a bit longer than other episodes, mainly due to peoples levels of involvement.

I’m still not sure what the theme will be for the next Beers with Baelnorn, but I hope to have it soon. If you’d like to join me for my first Ducal Drinks, It will start at 7 PDT on 8/20/2020 on my Twitch Channel, which you can find HERE.

Beer and Merch

This week I’m putting on another Beers with Baelnorn. This time it is focused on feasts. I wrote an article about how I run my feats which you can read HERE before the stream. I’ll be streaming it on my Twitch Channel on Thursday, August 6th at 7pm PST. You can follow the channel HERE and if you want to be notified on Facebook, you can join the event page HERE.

I also have MERCHANDISE! Thanks to the wonderful Heldris I have an image to sell. You can buy shirts, coffee mugs, stickers and prints. If it goes well I have a great idea for a series. You can find it HERE or just follow the Merch link on the page. It’s a great way to support me and also get something in return. I hope you like it. I really like the image. I think it looks best on the coffee mugs.

My July

Things have been slow lately. There has been some online LARP content in July but not much. I have to admit, I’ve not been very engrossed with the content that has been released. The most notable thing was a series of classes put on by Belegarth in place of Chaos Wars, a big campout held in Idaho. They chose to do a series of online classes. It took place over several days. I regret not participating but I wasn’t very motivated.

That marks most of my July in terms of LARP. There was also a lot of dumpster fires and tense conversations on my local Amtgard Kingdom Facebook Page concerning the banning of a long time player. It really killed my enjoyment of the game. I know it’s just a phase and once we start playing again there will be a lot to enjoy but that’s not the case at the moment. I know this feeling will pass.

I did get a chance to do some sparing at a friends house. That was really fun, I’m out of practice and I got tired fast, but it was enjoyable. Rather than fighting to just fight, I did some mindful fighting. By that I mean I was working on specific things rather than just going at it. I was trying to do feints, which I’m not the greatest at. I had some success at it, it was noted by my opponent, who is a better fighter than myself.

In my non-LARP life things have been better, not great, but better. I’ve had some good days and some bad. My bad days have been me being unproductive, putting off things I need to do and spending time laying in bed, avoiding the world. COVID life can be hard, it has really killed my social life. I still have a few people I see but the frequency is down and the people I see is severely limited. I also have an aversion to going to restaurants and businesses other than grocery stores.

The good days have been fun and productive. There was one week in particular that I spent about 20 hours working on my Philip Clowes story. I wrote 10-15k words, a total of about 30 pages. It was a great feeling to get so much work done, especially in such a short amount of time.

On top of the actual story writing I’ve done a lot of non-writing work on the story. I’ve planned out several scenes, although I keep reworking them in my head. I have come to the conclusion I’ve written myself into a corner though. I’m trying to figure out how I can change the story so I can logically finish it. Part of it has to do with the chronology of the book. It’s just to fast pasted. The majority of what is written now takes place in less than 24 hours. It makes logical sense, however, it makes future scenes harder to write. It changes when characters will and won’t be awake and what they would be doing at a certain times when they interact with other characters.

The easiest thing I can do is stretch out the time, which means rewording certain scenes. I’m thinking this through first, to make sure it will solve my perceived problems, before actually doing the rewrite. I do think it will help. I’m looking forward to writing more of the story soon.

That has been my month. I hope everyone else had a pleasant July. I’d like to hear what you’ve been doing to keep busy. What LARP centric stuff have you been doing to keep your motivation up?

OGN Charity Stream

This week is pretty light on Amtgard content. The most notable news, in my opinion, was the One Grind Nation streams put on by Dalos. This week he did two of them, with the aim of generating money for his people in Yakima. They have been hit particularly hard by the virus.

From Dalos’ Post:

“For those wanting to help out the Yakama I will be doing a charity stream tomorrow and likely a special one tonight. 100% of whatever gets donated will go to a couple of the community charities in the Yakama area to help out my people.”

The first video was “Footwork for Various Opponents” and the second one was “Feints” I didn’t catch the first one, but I did see most of the second one, Feints. As usual the video was very informative. I’m not the best at implementing fakes, based on what I’m told, so I took special note of this video. He talked about several different feints, several of which I’m looking forward to incorporating.

The point of the stream was to educate but also to raise money for the people of Yakima. With the money people donated and some companies who matched donations, he was able to raise a total of $9,000. I’m sure that he would be willing to take more donations. If you’d like to donate you can send money directly to his PayPal.


Beers with Baelnorn Update

The next episode is on July 2nd at 7pm PST. It will focus on creating and managing fighting companies and households. I wrote an article on Service Households which is what I’m building upon. It might be a good idea to take a look at it before the stream.

I’ve also created the Facebook Event for the upcoming Beers with Baelnorn. Join the event to get notified when I go live. I usually go live ten or fifteen minutes before the start time, just so people can join in and be ready for the content. I play music videos before the main event.

Writing Update

This week I had a watershed moment in regards to my Philip Clowes novel. I finally figured out what the main climax moment is in the story. This has lead to me coming up with several new scenes. It also helps me connect my scenes in such a way as to lead up to the pivotal moment.

I don’t want to go into details about what exactly the climax is but it did make me have to rethink how to tell the story. For example, I wasn’t really interested in telling the tale from the side of the bad guy, but after figuring out the climax, I felt it was necessary. That opens up the story to a whole new angle and adds more content.

I also settled on my magic system, or at least enough of it, to continue to write the story. My next scene I was going to write needed the magic rules figured out before I could write it. I think this, along with figuring out the climax, will help push me to write more of the actual novel over the next few weeks.

The Future

Aside from the novel writing and Beers with Baelnorn, I have another project, an Amtgard project. I was waiting till this project was complete but what the heck. My service household, House Gravy, is working on a month of Amtgard focused streams.

Right now we only have ideas for 4 streams, when the total we’d like to have is 8 streams, two for each weekend. Hopefully we’ll come up with the additional content. If not, this might end up just being a weekend of streaming content. The target month was July, but as it’s fast approaching, that might be difficult. We shall see though!

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