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Thursday, June 26th, 2008
6:57 am
What's more fun than ZOMBIES?!?

Hey, have you ever watched a Zombie flick and thought, "Gee, it sure would be fun to be chased by flesh-eating ghouls, in fear for my life until my back was up against a wall and I had to fight of the brain-munchers or die a gruesome death, or worse, become one of them!!" ??

Well, here's your chance! This summer, we're holding a one-time-only Zombie LARP event called Prophecy: Dead End. It'll be at the Ye Olde Commons camp in Charlton, Mass from Friday, July 18th to the 20th and all the info you need can be found here: www.zombielarp.com

If you want to join our yahoo group and have access to the discussion board, that's right here: http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/Prophecy-Zombie/

AND, if you'd like to join the hordes of undead and play for free as a member of the cast, we have a dedicated yahoo group for that, but if you join this group, you will have access to behind the scenes stuff, and hence cannot become a player, just a word to the wise... http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/prophecy_zombie_planning/

If you've been thinking about it... the time to register for either side is now!

For more info, email Colleen Skadl collskadl@gmail.com or Carl Mikkelson vanyadanikov@yahoo.com with questions or comments. Hope to see you all this summer in the Safe Zone!

Current Mood: excited
Monday, July 9th, 2007
6:28 pm
A joyous day!!
Happy Natal Day to the one, the only somnamscream 

I hope this has been, and continues to be, a day of much merriment and good stuff! 
Saturday, June 30th, 2007
11:58 am
ganked from geekbard...woot!!

This just makes my day...and she used to be a local newscaster in CT. My Hero! Go Mika!!
Wednesday, May 30th, 2007
8:39 pm
Ah ToV, I missed you so...
So, reflecting on the past weekend at Tales of Valor...wow. This was the best ToV event I've ever had. We had good cast numbers, so I was free to bring out a bunch of face characters Saturday, characters I've missed since last I ToV'd a year ago. Friday night was mostly module crunchy duty, and had some good fights there. Sunday started slow, but what a great battle to end the weekend. I played a one hit wonder of a gobline, and loved every minute of it...just me, a coupla throwing daggers and a spear. Up close, I could give a good fight, but I think the archers enjoy an easy kill now and then, so I skipped armor and just went out to die well. fun fun. "Remember Bleeeeeak! Charge the Monkeys!! Ow! >thud<".

The players were amazing, interested, engaged, In game and on the ball.
So, if you play ToV, Kian, K'Dar, Barathad, Grandfather, Yousef, Gobline #8 and Module Crunchy #3 say, "Thanks for letting us entertain you!!" I can't wait for fall already! Woot! It was especially great having callenghast and history_grrl come to play so I could return the favor to a degree. 

Now, to get ready for Bar Harbor vacation. yaaaaay.

Current Mood: happy
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007
4:04 pm
Friday, January 12th, 2007
9:25 am
yep. sounds pretty close...
You scored as The Oak. In Celtic astrology, you're an Oak, the most sacred of trees. The animal symbol that accompanies this tree is the wren. The ancient Druids say Oak people are wise, strong, responsible, self-motivated, optimistic and good leaders in the face of adversity. However, Oaks may be prone to being overly serious, intense, or even pompous.


The Oak


The Rowan


The Alder


The Hazel


The Holly


The Reed


The Willow


The Hawthorn


The Vine


The Ash


The Elder


The Ivy


The Birch


What Tree Are You? (Celtic astrology)
created with QuizFarm.com

Current Mood: chipper
Thursday, January 4th, 2007
10:55 pm
Harry Potter Meme of All Memes by Osaku
WandPine, 12", Unicorn Hair
Best CourseSpell Theory
Worst CourseHistory of Magic
PetNorthern Pygmy-Owl
Quidditch JobKeeper
Wizard CandySugar Quills
Profession After SchoolCursebreaker
4:11 pm
Your results:
You are Venom
Mr. Freeze
Lex Luthor
Dr. Doom
Dark Phoenix
The Joker
Green Goblin
Poison Ivy
Strength, disguise and adrenaline are your greatest weapons.

Click here to take the Super Villain Personality Test

Friday, December 29th, 2006
8:30 am

That Carl is the pure, physical manifestation of Sadako's hatred.

Which movie was this quote from?

Get your own quotes:
Friday, December 22nd, 2006
5:56 pm
Happy Chrisolyulhannakwanzikas, everybody!! 

Current Mood: chipper
Tuesday, December 19th, 2006
8:10 pm
hmmm...I was hoping for Jayne
Your results:
You are Malcolm Reynolds (Captain)
Malcolm Reynolds (Captain)
Zoe Washburne (Second-in-command)
Jayne Cobb (Mercenary)
Dr. Simon Tam (Ship Medic)
Wash (Ship Pilot)
Kaylee Frye (Ship Mechanic)
River (Stowaway)
Derrial Book (Shepherd)
Inara Serra (Companion)
A Reaver (Cannibal)
Honest and a defender of the innocent.
You sometimes make mistakes in judgment
but you are generally good and
would protect your crew from harm.

Click here to take the Serenity Firefly Personality Test

Current Mood: contemplative
Monday, November 13th, 2006
4:32 pm
Thursday, November 9th, 2006
4:38 pm
Sad Day in the News...

Ed Bradley has passed away.  Mr. Bradley was one of my favorite newsmen, and his passing at age 65 from Leukemia makes me sad.  He first became known nationally as a war correspondent in Viet Nam, and went on to eventually serve as one of the finest reporters 60 Minutes has ever had.  He did an indepth interview with timothy McVeigh, and was a very active investigative reporter on the AIDS issue.  I always appreciated his style...he was usually smarter than the people he was talking to, but he never talked down to anybody.  He had a terrific social conscience and would dig for the truth no matter where it took him.  Ed Bradley was one of my heroes, and now he's gone.  Goodbye, Mr. Bradley, and thank you for all you did for the American public as a great journalist.   

Current Mood: contemplative
Wednesday, November 8th, 2006
7:08 am
Elections and Mixed Feelings...

Nancy Johnson loses...yaay.
Jodi Rell wins...boo (proof that, in order to do womething wrong, you'd have to do something to begin with)
Simmons vs Courtney...no results yet, so I'm still hopeful that we can elect somebody who won't get more americans killed.
Shays wins...ick.

All in all, for a blue state, Connecticut showed itself to be more frightened and weak-kneed than I thought.  I really had hoped that we'd see all the republicans gone this time.  Rob and Joe wouldn't have had to save the sub base if they hadn't almost let it slip through their fingers to begin with.   And while I hate pork barrel politics, it's a fact of life in this country, so maybe the folks we send to Washington should be getting Connecticut it's share, rather than sucking up to W and his War on the Truth.  I weep for the future.  I was a moderate Republican for much of my adult life, but that party's die-hard support of a "war" that is wasting time, money, and most importantly, lives, has made me see them for the extremist loonies they are.  A friend recently posted the misguided belief that one cannot support the troops unless one also supports the war and the President.  I find the opposite to be true.  If you really support the men and women we send over there, the best thing we can do for them is to get them home as soon as possible, out of harm's way.  We do this by letting the "Commander and Chief" know that he doesn't know what the fuck he's doing, and we won't take it anymore.  To me, living Americans are more important.  Seeing young people killed in a sandbox that's been in turmoil for centuries seems pointless to me.  If I have a friend who works for a moron who's running his company into the ground, do I have to be supportive of his boss in order to be supportive of my friend?  Do we need to stop terrorism?  Yes.  Does this war have anything to do with that mission at all?  Hell No.  On terrorism, the CIA and FBI do seem to be doing a fair job of it, the best they've ever done.  But that has nothing to do with Iraq.  Al Qaeda had less than a passing aquaintance with Saddam.  They're much more closely tied to the Saudis and the Syrians, but we don't mess with them, do we?  Why? bush's oil buddies are also closely tied to the Saudis and the Syrians. 
The Religious Extremists in the middle east have nothing on this bunch currently running our country.  Hypocrisy has become a valid political tool.  A president who can't make a complete sentence, a VP who drinks first, shoots second and asks questions later, and a congress that rubberstamps their idiocy...OMFG.  I haven't seen national results yet...I can only hope the rest of the country did better than we did, and a Democratic congress can moderate the stupidity and bring American service personnel home soon, out of the way of a civil war that cannot be controlled.  Stability?  We've never succeeded at what we are now attempting.  We haven't found any new tactics or tricks.  Why do we keep doing it?  Cuba, Iran, Iraq version 1.0, most of Central America, Vietnam...we never learn.  But the oil companies have more say than we do with the current administration, so on we go.  And more American soldiers and Iraqi civilians die each day.  And Worldwide, terrorism continues.  And nobody's found Osama.  or the WMD's.  or The Boogie Man.  sheesh. 

Current Mood: disappointed
Monday, August 14th, 2006
8:16 pm
Things you always wanted to know about Chuck Norris...

or rather, things you should know about Chuck so you don't piss him off....

Chuck Norris can unscramble an egg.

Chuck Norris does not sleep. He waits.

When Chuck Norris pisses, he clogs the toilet.

Chuck Norris’ cowboy boots are made from real cowboys.

If Chuck Norris is late, time better slow the fuck down.

Chuck Norris does not go hunting, Chuck Norris goes killing.

When the boogeyman goes to sleep every night, he checks his closet for Chuck Norris.

Chuck Norris sleeps with a night light because the dark is afraid of Chuck Norris.

Chuck Norris once visited the Virgin Islands. They are now the Islands.

Chuck Norris lost his virginity before his dad did.

If at first you don’t succeed, you are obviously not Chuck Norris.

Chuck Norris can eat a Rubik’s cube and poop it out solved.  

Thursday, July 27th, 2006
6:20 pm
This is too cool!
oooo, geeky lightsaber coolness!  Can we get these guys to choreograph for us?


Current Mood: enthralled
Tuesday, June 13th, 2006
12:05 pm
I Love My Job!!!
Y'know, I gripe about it enough.  It can be stressful and it can be boring and it will make you stupid if you let it.  (Environmentally induced retardation is very real).  I've had some awful things happen to me and and to my coworkers.  I've had to do things nobody should have to do.  I often say how much I hate it.  

But today, there is a Septic Service guy in my driveway.  He pulled up in his smelly truck, uncapped the smelly septic tank, and it is his unenviable job to pump the poop out of said tank that has been accumulating for the last 3 years.  On top of this, he doesn't have a 20 year hazardous duty retirement with full benefits like I do.  He's working one of the dirtiest, smelliest jobs I can imagine year round, and I bet he rarely hears "thank you".  (he just heard it from me, though)
I, on the other hand, usually have a comfortable chair at my desk.  I rarely have to do physical labor.  I have an air conditioned post assignment, and I can retire around the holidays this year if I so choose.  

Somebody's always got it worse.  Appreciate what you have.  I love my job.

Current Mood: content
Sunday, June 4th, 2006
5:44 am
Renfaires In The Rain....
So it seems that New England Renfaire weather will not change this year...>sigh<  The opening day of the Silver Kingdom Renaissance Faire was craptastic indeed.  The faire itself is a fun little affair, and hopefully, today's drier weather will see more folks coming out to enjoy it.  There are some good merchants and music, Phoenix Swords and a great tavern with wonderful food!  But it poured.  oh my, did it ever pour.  Our group of volunteers from Prophecy had little to do, as attendance barely broke double digits, so in the middle of the afternoon, we got together to go out on the larp adventure being run by some of the Lione Rampant folks.  I'm not a fan of their combat system, but it was a fun break, and we kicked ass.  Probably one of the best adventuring groups I could've hoped for, too; Dale, John Behnken, Geoff, Colleen, Mike Salimeno, a friend of Geoff's whose name escapes me, and yours truly...all dishin' out some serious whoopass to the Lione NPC's who, I believe, were somewhat surprised at what they encountered.  hehehe.  And of course, just as we went out to the woods for the adventure...that's when the rain came hardest, I believe.  my luck holds true, as always. 

Anyway, if you have some time today, do come out and enjoy this fine little faire in Charlton, Mass.  
Friday, June 2nd, 2006
9:09 am
A Nice Little Renfaire...
I'll be volunteering this weekend at a nice little faire owned and operated by a larp group in Charlton, Mass.  http://www.kingdomfestival.com/index.html

From what I'm hearing, they've done a less than spectacular job of advertising this, so I figured this might help a little.  If you have some time, come see us this weekend!  For those so inclined, there are boffer tourneys both days.  They also have a terrific tavern building, the size of a banquet hall, for many activiites, food, hot and cold drinks.  If you come, you'll also see a few other folks from Prophecy and some old faire friends from other N. E. faires as well.

Current Mood: excited
Thursday, May 18th, 2006
10:36 am
A Great Day, Indeed!!!
Happy Birthday, Mommaviking!!

You Rock, Lady!

much love,

Current Mood: jubilant
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