Okay, favourite moments, second try – I wrote these up on Tuesday then a browser crash took everything with it.
At Friday muster, the palpable disappointment from the Morpho Project players as they realised I was taking them to their play area and I still wasn’t revealing who the GM was. I love being in on a good surprise!
On Friday night, I was excited to play in “The Moor-Stepper of Lloegyr”, which sounded like ‘Beowulf the Larp’. I enjoyed it a lot, even though I was quite tired by the time we started, and I was so grateful we moved into the hall because while it wasn’t the most atmospheric, at least it was warm! I really enjoyed roleplaying with James as King Castus, and with Jared and Cheryl , as the King’s bastard son and the completely legitimate daughter respectively. I wasn’t a very nice character, so I was utterly shocked when I got exactly what I wanted with no bloodshed required whatsoever! That never happens! I had two really good moments in this game. One was when I was talking to Angus, played by Ryan, who was a warrior of my people and also secretly something more. He asked me if I was happy with my lot. After a few seconds of thought, I realised the character wasn’t. As I said no, my husband the King walked up and asked how I was, and I had to smile and pretend everything was okay. Then Angus quietly turning away and walking away to give us privacy. It’s hard to put into words – it was a very subtle, emotional moment. The other one was when it looked like the Heorot son was going to marry the Kraki princess and leave us Aels out of the lineage, and I called together my Ael warriors and we were getting quite riled up for a fight. That was quite an intense and awesome moment, poised on the knife’s edge of war. Big thanks to IdiotSavant for running the game, and James stepping in as Castus last minute – there were a lot of cast changes and difficulties to overcome.
Saturday morning I reran Donna Giltrap’s “Betrothals and Betrayals” to a lovely cast of players! My favourite moments included watching the Baxter family huddle as they found a secret fortune, watching Meredith’s BBC-worthy performance as Mrs Bennett – er, excuse me, Mrs Baxter, Tobias and Courtney’s characters dramatic getaway and Kemys’ gambit with the holy water. Beth St Claire did a wonderful job as the innocent but quite independent Anne, as both Nikki and Yahn’s characters fought hard to save her, with some really excellent roleplaying. And Derek, who was the perfect cat among the pigeons, unflinching, clever and impeccably timed. The way you casually convinced Anne to take the cross off, and the way you threw George under the bus was magnificent. It was a great to watch this drama unfold. Also, as a tangential favourite moment to this game, the reaction of my bunkmates on Friday night when I was like “Shoot, I can’t go to bed yet, I have to put a diamond in a monkey.” Only at Chimera!
Saturday afternoon, Judit and James were kind enough to rerun my game from Kapcon this year, “Boats Against the Current” while I ran around trying to make sure the flagships had everything they needed. I’m still nervous every time my game runs, even when I’m not there, so it was something magical when I was heading somewhere with an armful of stuff only to run into one lot of Boats players, dressed all dapper, looking shell shocked and teary eyed. Martin telling me, “That was SO unsatisfying” was an indicator that it had gone exactly as designed.
Saturday night, I will cover in a post of its own. I was playing Dry Spell for the second time, and I had such a good time at the first run that I was a little worried that the second run wasn’t going to be as enjoyable. It turned out I had nothing to worry about. More on that later.
Sunday morning, I ran “Romeo and Ethel the Pirate’s Daughter”, the only comedy game I’ve written that’s not Slash. I loved seeing the gusto with which everyone had thrown themselves into the crossdressing with: the giant false moustaches on the women! The pretty dresses on the men! You guys were amazing! Highlights included many moments where wigs were ripped off and declarations were made that, “AHA! BUT I AM NOT SUCH AND SUCH!” including a string of revelations off in one corner that was so beautiful I was crying with laughter, especially the bit where two young lovers revealed their true identities and were reunited, only to have the girl’s mother leap bodily between them to stop them hugging, shouting “OH NO YOU DON’T.” Special kudos to Chris Evans for being the man disguised as a woman disguised as a man, to Graham Caine who went from being a suave Al Capone on Saturday night to a pretty lady on the Sunday morning, to my versatile NPCs Mike Curtis and Paul Taylor (and their horrified faces as they listened to the sounds from Slash, which was right next to our crew room). Mike Curtis was fantastic as everything from a shy young woman seeking a kiss from Casanova to a petulant sulking teenage king, while Paul Taylor made a wonderful evil Cardinal and did a thoroughly hilarious job with a role involving the crown jewels (you know, crown jewels – national wealth – no, not the one in your pants! This isn’t Slash, you know!)
Bonus funny moments from Sunday morning:
* Scott, dressed as Cardinal Hollier D’anthou, wandering off after the Salem Witch Trial players, who promptly panicked at the thought the Pope was in their game.
* When after muster, one of the newer players came running up to the Ethel players as I was handing out character sheets. I didn’t remember him being in my game, so I asked who he was. He replied, “I’m Jamie Lannister.” “Oh, you’re wanting Slash, they’re up that way,” I said, pointing up the road. The fellow did a double take. “Oh! I was confused by all the cross dressing…” In fairness, we could see his point.
My favourite moment from Sunday afternoon was when we finished clean up and I could go home to my shower and bed. I imagine heaven is a lot like a hot shower in the comfort of my home after a long Chimera!
Also we ran the most on time ever I KNEW WE COULD DO IT!