OOC Thread - Observations, Queries & the Weather.   Posted by The Lens.Group: 0
Henrietta Dowling
 player, 35 posts
Sun 5 Sep 2021
at 21:06
On The Deep And The Old
Hello again! Moving is complete and I am settled! :D
The Lens
 GM, 44 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Sun 5 Sep 2021
at 21:58
On The Deep And The Old

Hetty! Hi!!! I am very glad indeed to hear you are moved and settled and not dead. These are all very good things.

Matt's player wound up with a three-buses-at-once situation in terms of running games, so he might be slow - do you need more to go on/do IC?
The Lens
 GM, 45 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Sun 12 Sep 2021
at 23:13
On The Deep And The Old
Hm. All right...thinking about it, do you two want to play out any of supper for the sake of small (or otherwise) talking, or shall I summarise that and move you two onto separate night threads?
Matthew Hall
 player, 32 posts
Wed 15 Sep 2021
at 20:31
On The Deep And The Old
Mattís primary concern about dinner is whether he succeeded in preparing something that was both palatable and filling. If there is something important that requires discussion over the meal, then Iím certainly open to participating in a chat during supper. Otherwise, please feel free to move things ahead to evening.
The Lens
 GM, 46 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Thu 16 Sep 2021
at 08:29
On The Deep And The Old
All right. I'll give Hetty 'til the weekend to reply, since it's been a week and I'm already scraping up against the minimum post rate I need to keep going here.

Prepare for the last sort-of quiet night in a while...
The Lens
 GM, 48 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Sun 19 Sep 2021
at 22:29
On The Deep And The Old
Behold! Pest has a portrait now. ^_^

My apologies to lock you both out of the first thread without others immediately there to migrate to, but it's 11pm and I feel I should probably not promise those at this point in the P.M.

I thank Hetty for showing up again, and hope both of you are still entertained (and know I'm here for comments and criticism as you like). Things get spookier from here on out. Fair notice that I intend to hide your new threads from each other unless requested otherwise, so that both of you can keep some mysteries to share or not as desired and get each other into terrible trouble.

Also, found this, thought of here (rude words warning).
The Lens
 GM, 55 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Mon 11 Oct 2021
at 12:20
On The Deep And The Old
Hmm. Well, to keep things sailing smoothly (surely a major goal for anything called The Lighthouse) I shall rule that draws where a player decision is already made will be taken by the GM if the player is not heard from in a week, starting tonight.

In the unlikely event you were planning to post tonight, Matt, please hang on 'til I've drawn for Hetty, in case the tower gets less stable & it affects what you roll.
Matthew Hall
 player, 35 posts
Mon 11 Oct 2021
at 14:15
On The Deep And The Old
I had decided on Mattís course of action yesterday, so I was preparing to go ahead and post his response sometime today, but I will assuredly hold off in the event that circumstances change (worsen).

If a 1 is drawn, does that mean a sudden, incoming tsunami will carry him out to sea?
The Lens
 GM, 56 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Mon 11 Oct 2021
at 16:09
On The Deep And The Old
Maybe!

...or just unceremoniously slither on a green bit, pitch over and fall unconscious into the North Atlantic. I do have (terrifying) eventualities planned for early tower collapses; don't worry about losing your character completely quite yet.

edit: it's past six, I'm leaving work, that counts as the evening! Draw made, tower stable; draw and/or post at your leisure, Mister Hall.

This message was last edited by the GM at 17:13, Mon 11 Oct 2021.

The Lens
 GM, 58 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Sun 31 Oct 2021
at 23:38
On Stories for All Hallows' Eve

A tale of a lighthouse, madness and coming to terms with the drowned (but not how you thnk): http://thehorrorsofitall.blogs...use-of-dead.html?m=1

...and Michael Hordern's reading of Rats, by M.R.James
Henrietta Dowling
 player, 40 posts
Sat 6 Nov 2021
at 16:51
On Stories for All Hallows' Eve
Hope you are both doing well! Sorry I have been quiet, there has been a lot going on! Will post tomorrow!
The Lens
 GM, 59 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Sat 6 Nov 2021
at 17:03
On Stories for All Hallows' Eve
Much appreciated & glad to hear you're still with us. I'm actually doing all right this week, but I certainly hear you. If there's ever anything I can do or/and you two would like a definite hiatus time marked out, I'm always here for the asking. I'm only pretending to try and drive you insane/horribly murder you, after all.

Please accept whatever this horrible thing I found on the internet is, its strange beauty quite hypnotised me when I came across it: https://twitter.com/codexnoirm.../1456074936292978689
Matthew Hall
 player, 40 posts
Mon 8 Nov 2021
at 16:38
On Stories for All Hallows' Eve
Glad youíre still with us! I hope that all is well.
The Lens
 GM, 60 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Mon 8 Nov 2021
at 17:23
On Stories for All Hallows' Eve
A draw from the tower, please, Mister Hall.

I must say I'm entertained that anyone taking their problems to distract Captain Dowling from the shipping with is going to sound completely bonkers in a very mundane way...



edit: combat! For Dread, assume that anything you do that another character will object to, e.g. trying to strike them, trying to grab them, trying not to be hauled out to sea by a manifestation of lust and marine ambivalence when said manifestation is trying to drown you - will take a draw. The longer combat goes on, the higher the chance that it'll prove deadly to someone or other.

This message was last edited by the GM at 19:14, Mon 08 Nov 2021.

The Lens
 GM, 62 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Fri 12 Nov 2021
at 01:20
On Spooky Sea Stories

Seemed relevant: https://twitter.com/Valdevia_A.../1389596882725449729
The Lens
 GM, 63 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Wed 17 Nov 2021
at 09:24
On Spooky Sea Stories
Hmm...is anyone still here?

I was struggling with two players at 4 posts/month, but if neither of you have any time at all...well, I can certainly put the game on hold until a set date if there's genuine interest in that, but otherwise...if all I'm making is a cause for guilt and apology, or yet another direction to be pulled on a too-packed schedule, that's kind of a rubbish thing to give people, right? I want to give my players good things.

I'll give it another week, and if there's echoing silence for the duration, please consider this as notice that I will quietly pack up and fold the endeavour away. If nothing else, I thank you for your great concepts and thoughtful contributions: I appreciate them all, even if this is all I'll get.

[leaves a thing for the player still about]

This message was last edited by the GM at 23:56, Fri 26 Nov 2021.

Captain Dowling
 NPC, 9 posts
 Experienced Wickie
Sat 25 Dec 2021
at 00:13
On Spooky Sea Stories

{[quietly leaves this to be found]}


Henrietta Dowling
 player, 41 posts
Sat 25 Dec 2021
at 21:17
On Spooky Sea Stories
Merry Christmas! I sincerely apologize, I was dealing with some situations in real life. My interest is here for sure still but with holidays and end of year necessities I expect I'll be able to post after the New Year. :)
The Lens
 GM, 67 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Sat 25 Dec 2021
at 23:01
On Spooky Sea Stories
!!! Hetty! You're alive and here! Thank you for looking in - I very much hope to see you in January.

I also hope the quiet period around the holidays treats you better than things have been. May you find a warm spot and food that pleases you and some Good Thing you get to keep. [nod]
Matthew Hall
 player, 47 posts
Mon 27 Dec 2021
at 15:41
On Spooky Sea Stories
I hope that the New Year finds everything in a better place for you.
The Lens
 GM, 68 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Mon 27 Dec 2021
at 17:49
On Spooky Sea Stories

...and that liminal-spacemas treats everyone well. [nod] I had a booster shot today and keep being confused as to why my arm is sore.

Matt, this'll look bizarre to Hetty, but if our lad didn't take his clothes off/change into whatever he has for jammies before sitting down there I'm going to need a draw from you vs. hypothermia.
Matthew Hall
 player, 48 posts
Mon 27 Dec 2021
at 17:57
On Spooky Sea Stories
Sorry. I should have been more specific regarding his actions, rather than focusing exclusively on ruminating over recent horrors. My intention was for him to shed his sea soaked clothing and change into something dry, whilst placing the wet garments in the stoveís vicinity.

All that said, I can still provide another draw if needed.
The Lens
 GM, 69 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Mon 27 Dec 2021
at 18:07
On Spooky Sea Stories

Nope, just knowing he's in a decently dry rather than soggy state of collapse is fine. (Also, hello! ^_^ )
The Lens
 GM, 71 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Sat 1 Jan 2022
at 02:57
On Spooky Sea Stories

{  {{distant wake out to sea that may or may not be a first-footing from Wrath, since it's incapable of stepping over thresholds rather than demolishing them in wall-crashing fury}}  }


A joyful New Year to you both. Since a certain post is crossing places I haunt again, this time with pictures, it felt appropriate to link the story of the Carpathia here. People get the wrong idea about hopepunk sometimes and assume because 'hope' is a positive word it must be a species of fluff fiction, but it's in dark places and with hammering pressure that you can talk about forging hope where there shouldn't be. There's half a thought about lighthouses in there somewhere, but it's 3am by now since I wound up making midnight bread, and I must sleep.

This message was last edited by the GM at 02:58, Sat 01 Jan.

The Lens
 GM, 72 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Fri 7 Jan 2022
at 00:03
On Spooky Sea Stories

Feeling like I have scurvy due to chronic health issues (/requiring the ritual stabbing I recieve on Monday) and listening to the midnight rain made me think of here, and this, so I'm dropping The Longest Johns' version here: https://youtu.be/P9s76OCD6RM?t=11229

Alas, that's the clearest version of theirs I can find on the internet. I don't always like TLJ's arrangements of traditional songs, but sometimes they hit absoloutely right. At any rate, I hope the start of '22 is treating you both well, and that we can continue to tell stories here in which the hungry sea - and the hope of saving lives from it - is also a part.