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Werewolf game starting! [18 Feb 2009|02:23pm]
Wanted-  Players for a Biweekly/monthly Werewolf game.  The game information is below.  Schedule is flexible.  Forward to any individuals in the tri state area that are interested.


Important Note- I do reserve the right to reject some things outright. I will offer suggestions and work with you, but a CIA Navy Seal Ahroun is right out.

Starting Rank- Cliath or Cub. Being a cub will be kind of a pain, a cliath, slightly less so.

Setting- World of Darkness

PCs- All of the tribes in the Werewolf book. I’ll listen to submissions outside of that book but don’t get your hopes up. Mages and Vampires will most likely be rejected. I’ll let you play a Changeling (usually), but chances are he/she/it will be turned into a fine red mist fairly quickly.


Merits and Flaws- 7 points of each are allowed with storyteller approval. Anything outside of the Werewolf main book is doubtful to be approved. Dark Fate is rejected almost out of hand. I will not story tell your Morrisey endeavor.

Game Stats (out of 10)

Darkness- 6- Because it’s World of Darkness, there is a lot of bad. Rape, murder, theft, loss of hope, all of that. The good news is that even though the inertia is towards entropy, in this game the inertia is reversible with effort.

Intrigue- 5- About the level of the TV show Burn Notice

Action- 7(sometimes 8) - There will be blood. Oh yes, there will be blood. Big fights

Role Playing- 8 Back stories are allowed, appreciated, and used. 

Theme: The theme of the game is a balance of hope balanced by effort. One of the earmarks of the NPC mortals is that they tend to “go hard”. Instead of being broken by the horrors of the WoD, a small majority (like 52%) have developed an almost M*A*S*H/fire jumper intensity. You do have some of the angsty do nothing mentality, but the PCs tend not to see those people (they don’t go out much).

~25 comments|Om Mani Padme Hum

36 things about me meme. [31 Jan 2008|08:18am]
1.I usually try to have the same breakfast everyday. Two packets of oatmeal and tea(three sugars and a bit of fat free milk). This is so I can take my meds on a full stomach.
2. I listen to a Darker Shade of Pagan whenever a new episode comes out.
3.I am secretly terrified that I will meet a bi poly clone of Amy Lee.
4.I am only slightly less scared that my SO will meet a poly clone of Damien Rice.
5. I also listen to the Hour of Slack whenever there is a new one. It keeps me sane. Somehow.
6. I'm beginning to think that maybe a lot of the approaches to Tibetian Buddhism are way too much like a big deal.
7. DIY sorcery, OTOH, is still totally ok.
8. I have no idea how 6 and 7 reconcile, but they do.
9. I wish that I could be 'meh' about everything sex related.
10. I don't think 9 will happen anytime soon.
11. I think I have a bit of understanding of one or two trickster archetypes.
12. 11 doesn't mean that I understand "Trickster" or are any less immune to pranking. Quite the opposite.
13. The idea of interdependance is wierd and frightening on a deeply intuitive level.
14. I'm still trying to get the hang of making new friends since I moved up here.
15. My Tai'Chi teacher said I had a "natural softness" and this made me uniquely suited for Tai'Chi. He things I can be very, very good at it.
16. I sometimes still miss Birmingham.
17. I have dumpster dived before. It was a much more fun thing to do than it sounds.
18. I do so dearly love pranking, even when I'm the one being pranked(as long as it's not evil pranking).
19. I've gotten into the habit of playing my PSP more than reading before bed.
20. I actually bought "Dating for Dummies", and not for the humor value.
21. I spent most of 2004 alone.
22. 2004 wasn't as bad as one would think.
23. I don't 'believe' anything.
24. I read Chick Tracts when I'm down to cheer myself up.
25. I doubt my sanity on a regular basis.
26. I am secure in the fact that I won't go batshit bonkers because I doubt my sanity on a regular basis.
27. I have yet to figure out how to do more stuff in a day.
28. I find the tale of the Lotus Eaters distressingly appealing.
29. I seem to be drawn towards women who are batshit crazy.
30. I am still confused how I ended up with a woman who, all told, isn't batshit crazy.
31. I'm still not sure if having another "ary"(primary, secondary, tertiary Significant Other) is worth the pain in the ass that it seems to be.
32. Part of me wants to be a LARP or SCA king.
33. The rest of me thinks that's the dorkiest thing ever.
34. I actually gave up the chance to be a LARP king to move to New York.
35. About 99% of the time I think I made the right call.
36. I'm about 50 times picker about my LARP than I EVER have been or EVER will be about my intimate partners.

~11 comments|Om Mani Padme Hum

Friday Welcome to the New People [15 Jun 2007|09:06am]
Good morning,

I have added some new people this week, fishy1 , frogcastle , scraun23 , and skrayper77 .

Thank you so much for joining us, please be mindful of the small orange furry creature(his name is Max and yes, he has been fed recently. Don't let him tell you any different!), and if you or anyone else you know is boodled during your stay, please inform a member of the staff and we will investigate the matter immediately.

~16 comments|Om Mani Padme Hum

Thresholds- Pre Ritual Idea [21 Mar 2007|07:20am]
Ok, now I'm just brainstorming here, so don't think this is set in stone by any means.

One of the things I saw many moons ago when I went to a Reclaiming ritual was a "bad stuff box". In it when you came to the ritual you would be given a chance to put whatever stuff you don't want to bring into ritual into the box, whatever it may be. After the ritual is done everyone will be given a chance to get back what they left behind and what is left over will be banished as part of the post ritual.

What I was thinking we could do like a parade starting from either the kitchen or the stage on the other side of the stone circle. Maybe have streamers, drums, put the geegaws on wheels for presentation purposes and invite anyone who'd care to watch.

Once the parade gets to the ritual site, there will be a gatekeeper who will invite(not require) each person to set aside their burdens or anything that they want to leave behind for this ritual, only for the hour. If they wish to leave nothing, then they are waved in, if they leave something, then they set it aside into the bad stuff box and are allowed in.

So, what do people think?

~22 comments|Om Mani Padme Hum

Ritual Basics and requests for comments [19 Mar 2007|10:57am]
When I get approved to post in thresholds_walk I'll post this there. In the mean time, here it is.

Ritual Intent-
To foster a sense of community, not in the sense of multiple autonomous hearths, but in the sense of one Thresholds community. The phrase "All of my relations" coined by the Lakota Indians is very, very similar to what I envision here.

Ritual Format-
I am calling this Personal Magickal Reality Manifestation because I can't think of a better name.

Underlying theory-

The idea is that the ritual will start building up soon after people arrive at the Farm. Part of how we intend to foster community is allowing the individual to tell us how they want to help, if they want to help and facilitate that wish. We will be facilitating this through workshops on the various skills that we will use, eliciting feedback as far as what skills various people can offer, and those who are willing will be making themselves available to train people in whatever skills they want to you.

In brief, if you have a will, we will find a way.*

*Within reason, of course. If your special skill is mutilating puppies, I don't care how awesome it is. The answer is still no!

If you are baking bread before hand, you're part of the rit. Mask making, part of the rit, blowing bubbles and wishing us well, part of the rit, at the Faery cairn begging them not to blow us to bits, well, you get the idea.**

**It will also be requested, that if you can smell our spicy brains, you refrain from telling us.

Ritual Structure

We will have a rough, permeable three ring structure. In the outer ring will be practitioners who are primarily doing things that don't require movement(drumming, chanting, orgone generators, and so forth.

In the second ring will be "movement based" energy generation, prostrations, dance, martial arts forms, whatever you do that is movement based will be here.

In the third ring will be energy workers. Their job is to direct the energy everyone is sending up and down in a sort of fountain like plume that will go above everyone and extend as far as we can make it.

The rings are permeable, people can leave their drumming, dance, and come back to it. Just remember as you do what you do to focus your energy towards the center. Always towards the center.

Please keep in mind that this ritual is very much a work in progress. We have a very large discussion going on in my livejournal(link not added cause I suck), which you are more than welcome to partake in.

~136 comments|Om Mani Padme Hum

For Thresholds- We need to do something awesome. [16 Mar 2007|08:40am]
for main rit. We've had some good main rits in the past. We've had some really good main rits in the past.

This year I want us to kick it up about 10 notches.

I want this ritual to be community building and mind blowing.

I want people's heads breaking open(figuratively, of course), and crying because of THEIR OWN AWESOMENESS AND SHEER LOVE OF THE UNIVERSE.

Now, if we want to make this really incredible, we need to start planning now.

Here's what I'll need.

Rialian, you do whatever you want to do, you have important Thresholds things to do, or you can say you're heading this up. I don't care who does it, I just want it to be awesome. REALLY REALLY AWESOME.

Ritual technologists who are willing to take subtasks and do them well.

At least one technomage who is willing to help me with the Amber orgone generators.



Energy workers


~9 comments|Om Mani Padme Hum

Crush Thing and Question;how long is too long? [08 Mar 2007|10:59am]

Crush this person!
Get your own ThisCrush.com CrushTag!

How long is too long to wait to start talking to someone again? Does it depend? If so, on what?

I'm asking this because I've been thinking of doing SCA stuff now that physical therapy is done with and I can fight again, returning the rapier and stuff I borrowed and trying to make a go of it. Maybe even try to start saving up for GulfWars or ShadowCon. I'd really like Deb and Josh to meet some of the old peeps from my household, maybe try to get in with SL or Omega for Pennsic.

But I don't know, maybe I've been away for too long, especially since SL seems to have gone and gotten a new and improved Diego. :)


~1 comment|Om Mani Padme Hum

Gather Update [02 Mar 2007|12:54pm]

And this time, we really mean it!  :)

The gather is at April 6th - 8th, date is firm.

We are doing it as a once off pending if it goes really, really well, then we may repeat it.  I don't know at this time.

Btw, Jade, what is your schedule at work?

~1 comment|Om Mani Padme Hum

Rescheduling Gather for April [20 Feb 2007|10:31am]
Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are going to have to reschedule the gather to April. More details forthcoming.

~4 comments|Om Mani Padme Hum

True or False- House has Jumped the Shark* [29 Dec 2006|02:47pm]
And, if he has Jumped the Shark*, what event was it? If not, what do you think would qualify as the show having Jumped the Shark*? Extra credit if you visualize and describe a complete scene in which the show would, in your mind, Jump the Shark.

If you are not a TV person and/or never have liked the TV show House, please kindly ignore with my apologies for wasting your time.

*Quoted definition from Wikipedia-

"Jumping the shark is a metaphor that was originally used to denote the tipping point at which a TV series is deemed to have passed its peak, or has introduced plot twists that are illogical in terms of everything that has preceded them. Once a show has "jumped the shark", fans sense a noticeable decline in quality or feel the show has undergone too many changes to retain its original charm. The term has also evolved to describe other areas of pop culture, including movie series, music, acting celebrities, or authors for whom a drastic change was seen as the beginning of the end. These changes are often attempts to attract their fans' waning attention with over-the-top statements or increasingly overt appeals to sex or violence. Some have broadened its use to simply describe any decline in appeal for the subject in question, without requiring a significant "jump the shark" moment as justification."
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jumped_the_shark

~3 comments|Om Mani Padme Hum

I'm done with physical therapy!! [29 Dec 2006|08:46am]
Well, as of last night my physical therapist has given me a clean bill of health. He said I should refrain from doing leg raises for another month or so but other than that, good to go!

This is good as now I can split my time between learning C, Tai Chi, and being in the gym.

In other news, I'm currently trying to figure out what I want to do other than help desk work, as dealing with front line calls for six years has made me a bit burnt out.


~Om Mani Padme Hum

Quick Note [29 Dec 2006|08:36am]
A solid mind can and will inevitably, given sufficient time, be cracked like a walnut.

Fortunately the mind isn't by its nature solid.

It could be said that, experienced completely, it isn't anything at all.

~2 comments|Om Mani Padme Hum

Stuff lately [04 Dec 2006|03:12pm]
Well, it was a good weekend over all.

I had a wonderful day with my SO. She was, as usual, a blessing. My Tai Chi class was good(though I was the bad guy and thus am very, very sore), and I got a fair amount of cleaning done Sunday(which I will continue tonight when I get home). Oh, the party Saturday was, as was expected, quite amazing. Good job to the hostess and attendees.

Though things are not 100% perfect, they are doing quite well.


~2 comments|Om Mani Padme Hum

Dirty questions [09 Nov 2006|06:42pm]
You get to ask me 3 dirty questions ... Any 3 questions, no matter how crazy it is, and I will answer them truthfully in a future post.

The catch is, of course, that you have to repost this and see what people ask you....So go for it!


If you are shy, you could just ask three questions.

~4 comments|Om Mani Padme Hum

Cheezit. Cheezit [23 Oct 2006|07:06pm]
If you understand, you'll laugh. Otherwise, you'll just be confused, and that's ok.

~2 comments|Om Mani Padme Hum

Housewarming Party! [11 Oct 2006|05:18pm]
Good afternoon,

Me and mine are going to be having our housewarming party in an as yet undisclosed location in Belle Mead, NJ. It is on October 21st. If anyone is interested in attending, let it be known and I will contact you with the particulars.


~9 comments|Om Mani Padme Hum

September 30-Oct 1 SalonCon [26 Sep 2006|02:20pm]
We are doing the last minute prep work, everything is almost in place.

The show will go on and it will be awesome.

SalonCon 2006



~1 comment|Om Mani Padme Hum

Quick update [15 Sep 2006|11:02am]
Things are moving along hereabouts. Some good, some not quite so good. I can't think of anything else to say.

~1 comment|Om Mani Padme Hum

Me and Rocky Horror [14 Sep 2006|12:09pm]
"Holy crap, is that? Phew, no."

Myself, my dear and wonderful significant other and her other significant other went recently to see Home of Happiness, the local showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show. It was a good time, if not a bit wyrd. It started out with a lot of flyering on my end and I got home in time to get ready to go. After some fretting on everyone's part, everyone was ready to go.

We drove down, were lost and then found("I was was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see") and made it on time.

Unfortunately there were some minor technical difficulties which delayed things. At this time we saw some of our fellow audience members and I realized that I was far from Alamount*, and that I was not quite as old as dirt.

So we finally get inside and we are entertained with a preview of the burlesque show we are putting on, which looks, in a word awesome.

Then the show started and I came to a chilling realization. Two of the cast members looked, if only for a moment, very much like a woman I used to date and her best friend.

Needless to say this was quite disconcerting as the woman in question was almost definitely over a thousand miles away and definitely not a Rocky girl. The fact that I foolishly said this to one of my most august coconspirators(my SO's other boyfriend) and he offered to make sure that I met the young ladies in question didn't help. Fortunately it didn't come to that as either they were late or left via another exit.

It is something to think about though.

And now this tired rambling is done.

*Alamount, the eagle's nest. It's what I call my small room/lab.

~Om Mani Padme Hum

Real Ultimate Power [06 Jul 2006|12:35pm]
“the sort possessed by space ninjas from the future… one’s with mastery of future dianetics, bo staff skills, and the ability to make amazingly good mexican food…”

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