OOC Thread - Observations, Queries & the Weather.   Posted by The Lens.Group: 0
Pest
 NPC, 10 posts
 Tame Seagull
Wed 19 Jan 2022
at 01:13
On Spooky Sea Stories
Seagull friend coming to help me tell you that I just need one or two posts from players before getting us back together again in a new chapter.

Some notion of where Matt means to sleep (and whether he intends to barricade himself in just in case a certain entity is both determined enough to seal-hop across the island and learns how to open doors) and whether Hetty wants to tell the Captain anything (e.g. "I'd rather sleep up here tonight") would be good.

edit, update: Sorry to lock you out for a bit, Matt, I just need another post from Hetty to finish up there and I'll get going on a morning thread. Remember, it's the morning after Boat Day - there are pancake fixings! If you can keep them away from Pest.

I'm taking it that folk are all right with each others' threads being secret, at least for a while/until things finally come out IC? Seems it'd help immersion with the theme of isolation (though I rather want to give Matt some soup and a heat sock right now; lad needs a hug).

edit, another update: fair warning that I mean to boop the Tower thread to make the closed threads line up nicely at the bottom and that I've started drafting the start of the third chapter of our tale here, but I need to go scavenge for leftover supermarket bread tonight since I can't be bothered to make any, so...consider me to be working in the background here.

This message was last edited by the player at 20:39, Tue 01 Feb.

Matthew Hall
 player, 51 posts
Tue 1 Feb 2022
at 21:12
On Spooky Sea Stories
Many thanks for the updates. Matt’s fine as he is for the moment. Fresh trauma to sleep off and such. :)
The Lens
 GM, 77 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Wed 2 Mar 2022
at 13:22
On Spooky Sea Stories

Ah, Lust there is just trying to help bring Matt out of his shell. You know, like an oyster.

Going to give Hetty a chance to look in but otherwise get to cleaning the Light around Friday. I hope y'all are as entertained as I am by the interspersal of being pursued by the dark and fearful corners of your psyches with an early-20th-century lighthouse-keeping sim.
The Lens
 GM, 78 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Sun 6 Mar 2022
at 23:19
On Spooky Sea Stories

I can't cope with this amount of stuff even theoretically, but a heads up since there are some really neat titles in here, including awared-winning CoC scenarios and a sweet little mod to make D&D into something more closely related to The Witcher or Bloodborne: ich.io is giving away all the games in return for donations to help protect the kids whose state govenor tried to get their parents lynched as a distraction/fascist rallying tactic recently.

They're good eggs, those folk.

edit: yes, I need to scrape together enough brain to make you two some intricate and lovely posts (to write about the sea with no awe or beauty is to do it wrong, I feel) but I also very much need to show you the seal breads. Look at them!

This message was last edited by the GM at 22:14, Tue 08 Mar.

The Lens
 GM, 81 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Mon 21 Mar 2022
at 07:59
On Spooky Sea Stories

...anyone still here?
Matthew Hall
 player, 57 posts
Mon 21 Mar 2022
at 13:03
On Spooky Sea Stories
I am! Sorry, I’ll get an update posted soon.
Henrietta Dowling
 player, 49 posts
Tue 22 Mar 2022
at 02:47
On Spooky Sea Stories
Yes, ack, so sorry! Life stuff has again cropped up, I'll have a post up no later than the weekend.
The Lens
 GM, 83 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Fri 15 Apr 2022
at 10:24
On Spooky Sea Stories

I'm intending to let the Captain reply to both the young folk in the one post, in case you two were waiting on me.

Also...I know World Events at present just tend to fall into various categories of Awful, but on a maritime theme, Russia pretending its huge flagship randomly caught fire, developed a missile-shaped hole and sank on account of being shoddily built is the funniest thing in the whole utterly grim buisness. May the rest of the fleet be built as badly.
Henrietta Dowling
 player, 52 posts
Mon 25 Apr 2022
at 03:37
On Spooky Sea Stories
Hope you are both doing well! I am having some technical difficulties with my computer and am taking into the shop tomorrow. I expect that it will be resolved within a couple days and I will post when I have it back!
The Lens
 GM, 84 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Mon 25 Apr 2022
at 07:32
On Spooky Sea Stories

Ah, thank you, I much appreciate the notice. I am re-reminded to PM you about stacks, too...semi-relatedly, did you know that Nova Scotia is held to have the best dulse in the world? Matt canonically has no seaweed lore, though, so Hetty will have to stop him grilling it or mixing it in with the wrack hauled up to go on the garden...
The Lens
 GM, 85 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Mon 9 May 2022
at 20:53
On Spooky Sea Stories

Hm. Hetty, lass, if you need extra time due to current events, could you let me/us know? Saw you pass by but not post there.

Matt, likewise if you need it, and thank you for sticking around in general. There's a little bit of peace here before I start tormenting you both again...
Matthew Hall
 player, 62 posts
Mon 9 May 2022
at 21:28
On Spooky Sea Stories
Still here. Still terrified of setting foot on the beach after dark. :)
Henrietta Dowling
 player, 53 posts
Sat 14 May 2022
at 16:30
On Spooky Sea Stories
Oof, so sorry! :( I thought I had posted here but in the swirl of events maybe I typed but never sent. :P I have two choir concerts today, so I'll be posting tomorrow! Thank you both for your patience, I love both of your writing!
The Lens
 GM, 86 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Sat 14 May 2022
at 16:56
On Spooky Sea Stories
Hi, happy singing, and thank you! I appreciate both your efforts as well.

[waves at a passing Hetty]
The Lens
 GM, 87 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Sun 22 May 2022
at 23:09
On Spooky Sea Stories

Ahoy! I was at the museum at the other end of the island Saturday - anyone want to see some period keeper's gear and/or a tiny ship model of the kind made of bone planks by Napoleonic POWs?
Matthew Hall
 player, 63 posts
Sun 22 May 2022
at 23:44
On Spooky Sea Stories
Sure!

Apologies for my quietness, by the way. A project has had me somewhat distracted. I should have a post up within a day or so. To echo the praise already given, I truly enjoy reading your contributions Miss Dowling, and yours, Lens. The setting of this game and all of its mysteries, large and small, fascinate me.

But I still dread the beach. :)
The Lens
 GM, 88 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Mon 23 May 2022
at 21:19
On Spooky Sea Stories

Ship!


It's about 15cm long to the tip and the cutlass just visible below it was (unrelatedly) off an officer of the Bounty.

Lighthouse gear!


The weird round brass thing with a howling face is a lamp room vent, to avoid anything getting greenhoused into melting/any open doors up there interfering with the flash timing in the early evening and getting ships lost. The lamp's fairly self-explanatory, save that it's huge to go in the middle of a long cataditropic lens because some of ours switched over to Fresnels fairly late - very early 20th century, I think the last one came in. The glasses without sides reflect the relatively lower power of such, but being in the lamp room whilst the Light was active wasn't something anyone would aim to do if it could be avoided, so we needn't fear for the old-timey keepers' eyeballs much.

At any rate, now you know that our Merigg Light is thus better-equipped than most of its contemporary Scottish counterparts; praise the Canadian Board of Marine & Fisheries.


...as for being beach-ready, lots of people are shy about unveiling their flesh before the merciless yet all-cradling ocean! Matt's not alone. He does, however, have the advantage of knowing that without a heart sworn to the land, he will be looked favourably upon, whatever he deems his flaws. Particularly if he toasts himself in the sun a bit and covers himself in mustard. I don't actually know what the Lady would make of mustard. Or the Thief for that matter. Feel free to experiment.
Matthew Hall
 player, 65 posts
Tue 24 May 2022
at 00:57
On Spooky Sea Stories
Many thanks for sharing those. They’re genuinely wonderful. If I had a maritime museum in close proximity, I’d probably haunt it regularly.

Speaking of haunting, on an entirely different note, this exercise in role playing has gotten me thinking about this little piece of computer entertainment, which I enjoyed some years back. Wonderfully creepy, if you enjoy games that are in the vein of Myst and Riven.

http://www.darklingroom.co.uk/.../darkfall2/index.htm
The Lens
 GM, 89 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Fri 27 May 2022
at 22:47
On Spooky Sea Stories
Hey there, thanks for that, Matt, and gosh I'd like to play that game, though I'll mark it on my calendar for autumn else knowing myself, I'll never quite get round to it.

Just wanted to say that I am vaguely around and certainly entertained by the chatting about seals (Hetty, did you knock back the bread before leaving?), I just have a case of the summer-insomnia/stress-related stupids and find myself unable to word a thing in the shape the thing should be at all. I will endeavour to get an update up tomorrow, and thank you for your continued patience. Really pleasing to see these characters interact.

If you require immediate entertainment, the aquarium in Montery Bay has a live giant crab cam in its current deep sea exhibit, where you can see crabs few humans have actually seen alive with your very own eyeballs, in the comfort of your home, and without importing critters with a car-sized legspan into your kitchen or bathroom! Isn't that marvellous?
Henrietta Dowling
 player, 56 posts
Mon 6 Jun 2022
at 18:47
On Spooky Sea Stories
Ooh! Thank you both for sharing. And for your continued patience, I am recovering from a small stroke. Prognosis is good! I will have post this evening after work or tomorrow!
The Lens
 GM, 91 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Mon 6 Jun 2022
at 19:35
On Spooky Sea Stories
Gosh, that's alarming, I hope you at least feel better, even if you're not fully mended yet. Do take care of your poor brain and thank you very much for finding a moment to update me. May you be hydrated in your favoured manner, puzzled in a entertaining and convenient way, and find good foods for yourself. [nod]
Matthew Hall
 player, 67 posts
Wed 8 Jun 2022
at 14:57
On Spooky Sea Stories
Best wishes for a strong recovery, Henrietta! So sorry to hear it. Take all the time that you need to get better.
The Lens
 GM, 92 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Sat 11 Jun 2022
at 18:57
On Spooky Sea Stories

No hassle, just an observational post: saw this on the internet and found it curious that the same notion of the sea taking who it wants as a set tithe is native to Scotland, too (and incidentally at least imported to Nova Scotia, if it wasn't there already).

It used to be that folk in the Hebrides wouldn't try to rescue people who started drowning close to shore, considering them 'claimed' and the owed sacrifice to be greater if first denied, though I don't know if that's current.
The Lens
 GM, 93 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Mon 11 Jul 2022
at 22:26
On Spooky Sea Stories

I watched ABG's playthrough of this, since time, energy, I haz not them, but thought it'd be of definite interest here, either way: https://vide01.itch.io/the-keeper

"Oops."  XD
The Lens
 GM, 94 posts
 Thy focus of
 the Light
Sun 31 Jul 2022
at 00:16
On Spooky Sea Stories

Something something atmosphere something...

Must say I'm loving Hetty's laser-guided questions here, even if Matt doesn't appreciate them. Let me know if you two need rescuing from conversing and would prefer to be herded somewhere else.