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State of the Game Update, September 2017

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So, I hate to be optimistic, like, ever, but... we may have stood up out of this pile of shit smelling like roses.

 

The BSA staff seems excited that we're coming. They were very hospitable today, and showed us the entire camp before leaving us there unescorted to look the entire place over and hammer out details. They have a list of available weekends I'll be going over with them this week, and I'll post a 12-to-18 month schedule as soon as that's done. Right now, we're at the stage where I need to contact our insurance to get some paperwork for the BSA, and pay them a deposit.

 

Let's talk about a few things. First, a list, in no particular order, of things that will NOT change:

 

1. Keep the place clean. Pick up your garbage, don't throw used scrolls, etc. on the ground, pick up ALL tagbags, and so forth.

 

2. We're still in Maplewood. This has always been Maplewood. We moved directly here from Pinedale. Effectively, we are retconning this site to be Maplewood. Everything that's happened over the last 12 months happened here.

 

3. There's still a town, and The Helix protects it. It is of a somewhat more compact nature now, however, and this new site is 400 acres, plus a huge parcel of adjacent state land.

 

4. Pretty much everything else, except for...

 

Things from Pinedale we're bringing back:

 

1. You can sleep in the inn. But your stuff needs to be PUT AWAY or COVERED with a non-anachronistic blanket or cloth, or in period chests if left out. You can't go to bed during game hours, and you need to be up and out by 9 AM.

 

2. There's stuff out in the woods. The woods are huge. Go find the stuff. Encounters will not happen near town.

 

3. Winter break. We can't hold winter events in the available structures, not really, so we're going back to our old winter break schedule. For those unfamiliar, we run events April, May, June, September, October, November, and December. We might be able to sneak in an early July or late August event, too. We're also going to bring back an old Adventures in Mid-Land tradition: No Wimps Winter Weekend! This will be a full weekend event in January or February. There's enough heated indoor sleeping for everyone, it's just not real comfortable, so we're only going to do it once a year.

 

But what about Feb Feast, Dave?

 

Lemme tell you about that: it's done. Not feasible at this site. In it's place, we're going to do a summer campout at Delta Lake State Park, like we did this year. We'll rent a pavilion, run some fun battle games and shit during the day, then that evening we'll have a catered meal, a meeting and auction, awards, and adult beverages. Everyone seemed to have a good time at these this year, so let's keep on with them.

 

The basic layout of Camp Kingsley is:

 

++ A large building for Logistics. This also can be slept in, however, just like the Inn you need to keep your personal stuff compact and put away. You should have NO expectation of quiet or privacy other than between 2 AM and 9 AM. This building has a HUGE commercial kitchen. We intend to do most cooking for NPCs in here, rather than the Inn. The days of sending NPCs to the Inn as random farmers to go get food are done - the new Inn just ain't big enough.

 

++ Two larger cabins, one smaller cabin. One of these becomes the inn, the other will be Mercy House (a spot for new players to get a bunk in). These two cabins sleep about 20. The smaller third one is a "town hall", a combination home base for Constables, a meeting place for Eldermen, and a place for town business to happen. It sleeps about ten. All three are within The Helix. All these bunks are first-come, first-served.

 

++ Two pods of eight lean-tos. These are three-walled structures with a curtain across the front and a wooden floor, and six bunks. One of these is quite close to the three previously-mentioned cabins, and becomes "Maplewood". They are within The Helix. The other is fuck-all far from everything else, and becomes "encounter town", and is outside The Helix. You can camp there if you want. The close lean-tos are pretty close to each other, close enough that someone standing by the central firepit has only to raise their voice to be seen and heard by everyone there. It's a very "town-y" area. There's even a flagpole. I expect these will be taken up by adventuring groups, and we'll assign them in order of seniority prior to the first event there. As usual, if your group doesn't encamp, we'll give it to some other group that will.

 

++ Three A-Frame cabins that are even farther away from the town area, and probably not useful as in-game sleeping areas at all. These will probably be used for OOG sleeping, but we don't know how yet. Stay tuned on these. They're so far from the rest of what we're using that we might not even pay for them or use them.

 

++ A partially-enclosed pole barn that will be used as a Merchant's Bazaar. It's right near the inn building.

 

++ Facilities. There's a bathhouse with flushies and a couple showers on either side. There's a bathroom and shower in Logistics. There are two big-ass shower houses that each have about a dozen private shower rooms with exterior access (the doors bolt from the inside, and display "open" or "occupied" when you bolt the door) that are brand-new and pretty nice. There are composting toilet outhouses dotted around. There's plenty of water at water stations.

 

++ Parking is easy and plentiful, if you don't park like fucking savages.

 

Maps are forthcoming.

 

Anyway, it looks good. Put the September 29 - October 1 date on your calendars.

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3. There's still a town, and The Helix protects it. It is of a somewhat more compact nature now, however, and this new site is 400 acres, plus a huge parcel of adjacent state land.

 

Is there room for the Bless the Mask encampment within the Helix?

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Is there room for the Bless the Mask encampment within the Helix?

 

There's plenty of room for your tent. Plenty of room for lots of tents.

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This sounds amazing! Thank you for all your hard work and care everyone!

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I'm so excited for our new location!! Although I will sadly not be able to make it to our first event there, the one this weekend on the 22nd, and I will miss you all and hope you have fun. I can't wait to see everything in October!! :)

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