OOC Thread - Observations, Queries & the Weather.   Posted by The Lens.Group: 0
The Lens
 GM, 1 post
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Sat 12 Dec 2020
at 11:07
OOC Thread - Observations, Queries & the Weather
Feel free to chat, strategise, and generally have a better time than your characters over here.
The Lens
 GM, 6 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Sun 17 Jan 2021
at 00:44
OOC Thread - Observations, Queries & the Weather
...all right, so the main map shows the maximum rock visible at low tide, the relative postions of the lighthouse, keepers' cottage, seal colony and boatshed (not to scale), the boggy patch in the middle of the lower side of the island and the shoals offshore.

Anything perplexing about said map or any maps you'd like to request whilst we're still setting up? I plan to do one of the cottage and maybe the [REDACTED] if I get round to them.

The island is roughly a mile end to end, maybe a little more, but Imperial scale defeats me.

edit: just checking for general safety's sake - neither of the players here are severely kabourophobic, right?

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Henrietta Dowling
 player, 1 post
Tue 19 Jan 2021
at 19:05
OOC Thread - Observations, Queries & the Weather
Helloo! Looking forward to this. :)

And no, thanks for checking! On the note of safety, please no burning alive. :( That is, like, the one trigger of mine.

This message was last edited by the player at 19:06, Tue 19 Jan.

Matthew Hall
 player, 1 post
Tue 19 Jan 2021
at 20:37
OOC Thread - Observations, Queries & the Weather
Hello!

The map is outstanding. Very well done.

And no, Iím okay with crustaceans. I appreciate you asking.
The Lens
 GM, 7 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Tue 19 Jan 2021
at 21:10
OOC Thread - Observations, Queries & the Weather
It's mostly me skewing the real geography/geology of one of Nova Scotia's old outlying lights slightly out of kilter, but thank you. I take it you've no requests, in that case.

[of crabs] You may not be after a while on the island...in all seriousness, though, good to know and rest assured that I will intervene should any character attempt to immolate themselves or another being. I might sic Wrath* on them, even (Wrath is - perhaps ironically - not remotely flammable).

Glad to see you've picked yourselves some faces! Hoping to have the story up and running by early next week, maybe earlier if things work out and I manage to do the sleeping thing.



*This is just my game-notes shorthand for the entity: manifestations to be found in this game aren't really so simplistic and are highly personalised.

The Lens
 GM, 9 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Mon 25 Jan 2021
at 21:22
OOC Thread - Observations, Queries & the Weather
Ah, with apologies since I really should have done this earlier: I tend to summarise the past/interludes in past tense and play in present, but do my players have preferences? Me being here to faclitate and all.
Henrietta Dowling
 player, 2 posts
Tue 26 Jan 2021
at 05:12
OOC Thread - Observations, Queries & the Weather
I am fine with either, though I tend to use past tense myself?

And I will have a post out tomorrow!
The Lens
 GM, 10 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Tue 26 Jan 2021
at 08:24
On Horrible Crustaceans

Looks like past it is, then. (O-yes-O) ...& I've done this to myself again. (a hundred years ago) haha.

Good to know and please don't feel harassed, I'm just excited to see story/being nervy about the settling-in stage is all.

edit: Please enjoy this monstrosity whilst Hetty fights off work:  https://twitter.com/70s_party/.../1352360220685717507

This message was last edited by the GM at 08:33, Thu 28 Jan.

Henrietta Dowling
 player, 3 posts
Thu 28 Jan 2021
at 21:49
On Horrible Crustaceans
I am currently very much losing that battle, LOL.
The Lens
 GM, 11 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Thu 28 Jan 2021
at 22:13
On Horrible Crustaceans
Alas - may things ease up for you soon. Also, please accept this Ominous Crab I saw on the social medias: https://twitter.com/SomeChrisT.../1354556047843848194

If you haven't defeated the Real Life Beasties by Monday I may shift things along a step to be sure the game in general doesn't die at the outset. I really like the way both players' character concepts interact (you can both get mangled/eaten by each others' monstrous manifestations without breaking narrative metaphors, it's great!) and am hopeful we'll build something good here.
Matthew Hall
 player, 4 posts
Fri 5 Feb 2021
at 18:21
On Horrible Crustaceans
The music that The Lens included with the gameís opening post is wonderful, not to mention period appropriate, but for some reason, every time I stop to visualize the lighthouse and the lonely island beneath a clouded sky, this song keeps coming to mind. It just seems to be a good match for the mood.

https://youtu.be/3zzuWh1Fcn0
The Lens
 GM, 12 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Fri 5 Feb 2021
at 21:46
On Seas and Songs
Firstly, let me just say I am so pleased someone's listening to the background music/appreciates my framing epherma. I'd do it anyway but that stated liking means a lot somehow. Relatedly, I'll advise in the vaguest fashion that the game'd likely work best viewed with a lightish RPoL theme and darkish background, but then again pretty much anything is better than the RPoL default scheme, so there's that.

Of the song I deinitely see what you mean, particularly the start - if I were better at tracking down a suitable Cape Breton air on fiddle I would honestly have been more likely to favour that than a working song - and the rough vocals. A pity it's about the wrong end of the world, it's got the right soft, nocturnal roll to its pseudo-shantiness.

Eh, planning to get a longish post in maybe tonight but more likely tomorrow, since apparently being extremely full of noodles blurs out my thinking power. An introduction to the boatshed (hello boatshed) and some chatter between the locals that might make it easier for Hetty to weigh in, stocktaking not being the most inspiring of left leads.
The Lens
 GM, 14 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Sat 13 Feb 2021
at 22:03
On Seas and Songs

All right, so.

I've seen you both logging in this week, so I believe there is still some interest in this project, but clearly things aren't working out as they stand. Now, generally I need 2-3 posts a week to keep a plural-player game ticking over, as mentioned in the original interest check, so that's what my posts here are calibrated for in terms of hooks/content/assumptions made to shift story.

I think I could drop down to a solo-like expectation of 1 post a week, but with 2 players and the way my brain works I'd need you both to commit to a day to give this thing attention. Would this be your preferred soloution?

Alternatively, is there something I can do to raise the post rate my side? Other ideas? If anyone's been logging in trying to work up the courage to say they're bored/not finding the promise of what they were after in the first three posts and would like to quit gracefully I can be PM'd & I won't shout, wail at you, curse your thresholds etc. I must put out a plea for communication, though, since I'm willing to put in the work, but there's only a point to that if it's something people actually want to do...
Matthew Hall
 player, 5 posts
Sat 13 Feb 2021
at 23:46
On Seas and Songs
My week ended up being more chaotic than I anticipated. The arctic weather that descended this way ended up killing my power for two days, and ultimately forced me to spend one night in a hotel. We may be in for another jolt of snow tomorrow, but hopefully, once it passes, weíll be through the very worst of it. Part of the issue simply rests with the fact that my region of the world isnít accustomed to dealing with this sort of thing. Even a light spritzing of snow is enough to cause things to shut down.

So, thatís the reason Iíve been on the quiet side. In a few days, Iím hopeful Iíll be back in the swing of things.
Henrietta Dowling
 player, 5 posts
Sun 14 Feb 2021
at 02:22
On Seas and Songs
Same, work has been really busy these past couple weeks. :( I am here and down to continue, absolutely. I am going to have a post up tomorrow for sure and I shall endeavor to be more active.
The Lens
 GM, 15 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Sun 14 Feb 2021
at 12:02
On Seas and Songs
@Matt - Alas, I wasn't aware the entirety of the forces of nature had combined against your ability to post. I hope they stop it soon and that you'll not have flood problems after the snow. Be well, I can surely wait.

@Hetty - encouraged to hear you're still about! Would a 1/week posting schedule be more realistic for what you can do at present, do you think? If so, I find that having a dedicated regular slot or "deadline" helps mark out a space for a creative endeavour that might otherwise get filled up with the general jumble of little things free time tends to get filled up with. Alternatively, would it help if posts were a bit shorter, taking up less time and attention relative to motion? I don't want participation to get to feel like a chore or generally not fun, that's not what games are for at all at all.
Henrietta Dowling
 player, 7 posts
Mon 15 Feb 2021
at 01:56
On Seas and Songs
That might work best for me at this time, yes. I am hoping that things settle soon!
The Lens
 GM, 16 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Mon 15 Feb 2021
at 08:39
On Seas and Songs

The former suggestion, or both?

If the former, how about Saturday for your posting day, would hat work?
The Lens
 GM, 18 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Fri 19 Feb 2021
at 14:19
On Seas and Songs
...or that, even, though feel free to wear a hat whilst posting.

Just setting out a little lead for Hetty if desired/to show we're alive. Matt's player is definitely tied up for a while yet, as I'm pretty sure he's in Texas and I am very worried about all the hot climate people in Texas right now.
Henrietta Dowling
 player, 8 posts
Sun 21 Feb 2021
at 00:03
On Seas and Songs
Hope Matt's player and their loved ones are staying safe and healthy and warm. :(

On a happier note, it's my mom's birthday weekend so I will try to post today but it may be tomorrow.
The Lens
 GM, 19 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Sun 21 Feb 2021
at 00:29
On Seas and Songs
I don't think anyone's had consistent power down there for days, so hopefully not being here means that any power going is being used to heat things/cook warm food rather than play games on the internet. Fingers crossed.

May your mother have some pleasing food and weather for her natal day, and the trying/notice are both appreciated. [nod]
Matthew Hall
 player, 6 posts
Sun 21 Feb 2021
at 15:12
On Seas and Songs
Thanks very much for the well wishes. Iím sincerely appreciative.

After several days without power and water, and being forced to flee first to a hotel, then to a relativeís home, things are slowly transitioning back to some semblance of normalcy. My power was restored yesterday afternoon and water service resumed this morning. Weíre still under a boil water notice in my area, but Iíve got plenty of bottled water and sufficient kitchen equipment to boil any more thatís needed. I count myself blessed. There are still people in the city without electricity and running water.

All that to say, Iím going to do my best to catch up on games in the next day or so. Focusing on a few well told stories will honestly be therapeutic for me, I believe.

Thanks for saving me a chair at the table. :)
The Lens
 GM, 20 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Sun 21 Feb 2021
at 16:52
On Seas and Songs

Ah! Matt! So good to hear from you! I am so very glad you are not frozen. Also that you'll be about a bit, but mostly that you are not an icicle. Huzzah!

You are very welcome. ^_^
The Lens
 GM, 21 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Wed 24 Feb 2021
at 21:17
On Entities and Eggs

Maybe we need to get a well-trained friend like this to help with Merigg's culinary issues: https://twitter.com/hottestsin.../1364675163078369282
Matthew Hall
 player, 8 posts
Thu 25 Feb 2021
at 03:29
On Entities and Eggs
Iím actually a little stunned that the egg turned out as well as it did, all things considered.