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In The News: [Sep. 9th, 2009|09:05 am]
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pghkitten
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_odd_cannonball_through_house

It's pleasing that more people seem to be adopting Mr. Levesque's strategy of neighborly discourse. :)
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A Delicacy from Tugboat Robert's Homeland [Jan. 8th, 2009|12:39 am]
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From the Aunt Claudia flavor collection:

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The State of the Tower [May. 2nd, 2008|01:14 pm]
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pghkitten
The Orange Group session of 1 May 2008 contained a long talk about the present and future of the campaign, and these are scholarinexile's impressions on it:

http://scholarinexile.livejournal.com/71174.html
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Updated Mugwump character sheet [Jan. 3rd, 2008|01:59 pm]
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mrteapot
I was going to post this to the wiki, but I don't think I have the ability to edit pages yet (as I just signed up).



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Wiki News [Dec. 20th, 2007|12:32 am]
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It's been looking like activity on the WetPaint wiki (http://highmoon.wetpaint.com) has dropped off sharply in recent months, so the lull seemed like a good time for sol_blackstar and me to start moving the content to its new home on the Library of Highmoon server (found at http://wiki.libraryofhighmoon.com). The new program seems a lot more user-friendly and professional-looking, and it will be nice that we can completely control the content instead of having it be at the mercy of an outside party. It works a lot like most of the bigger wikis out there, which is nice.

At this point, everything that was on the WetPaint wiki has been transferred over to the new one. Graphics aren't really up yet, but the majority of those are on the Library, so we can transfer them over when we decide what to do with them. The only image I don't think is on the Library--the picture of Mugwump--is saved on our computer. As for the WetPaint wiki, it will delete itself after having remained idle for a certain period of time.

If you want to continue contributing to the new wiki like many of you did with the old one, then go to the site and register, and Chuck will set you up with writer access. Once again, thanks to everyone who helped put the massive amount of information on the WetPaint wiki, and we hope you'll continue to participate in this one.
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Wiki! [Aug. 18th, 2007|12:43 pm]
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mrteapot
I thought that the Galon and Kaerith wiki should be pointed out here, though I imagine everyone here already knows about such a thing, or is lacking a reliable internet connection. Or maybe both.
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The Marx Brothers [Apr. 15th, 2007|01:55 pm]
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mrteapot
I was commenting to Amber the other day that the story structure of an Orange Group session is basically the same as the structure of a Marx Brothers movie. You have your collection of NPCs who more or less present a plot and then act like Margaret Dumont: delivering straight lines and being shocked and confused while the protagonists spout nonsense and drive the plot in ridiculous ways. Often, the original plot is forgotten in favor of something more entertaining: compare Harpo and Chico in Duck Soup harassing a street vendor instead of waging war to, well, Three and Mugwump harassing a street vendor instead of fighting the latest threat to survival.


In such a comparison, Claude falls squarely in the role of Zeppo: half the time Zeppo acts as a straight man to the other Marx brothers, and then some of the time joins in lampooning the secondary characters (particularly during song and dance numbers). This seems to be Claude's role, as well.

Other correlations vary in how obvious they are. Mugwump and Three seem to fall squarely into Harpo territory: exaggeratedly wacky. Madcap. Mugwump also has a penchant for prop gags, as the silent Harpo did.

Chico's character was basically a broadly stereotyped Italian, which clearly doesn't translate directly to a setting with Elves and Dwarves instead of Frenchmen and Australians (or whatever). But Alka's character is, in large part, a combination of orc stereotypes and the deconstruction of those steretypes. And like Chico, Alka often runs wild and causes havoc with the Harpo characters.

That leaves Mr. Levesque in the Groucho role, which ideally he would fulfill perfectly. Groucho was, of course, the most verbal of the Marx brothers, who spouted off so many jokes per line you were lucky to catch a third of them, though they were all funny. His comedy largely came from this, rather than Harpo's physical humor. Groucho was also the leader of the group, though rarely actually able to control the others. And that sounds like a perfect fit, if only Steve were actually able to deliver the kind of humor Mr. Levesque is truely supposed to be capable of.

I'm not really sure where Gavin or Geoff's character (whose name I am totally blanking on) fit into that analysis. It's the same role for both, but I don't know what it is, exactly.




You can also interpret Orange Group in terms of a Five Man Band a la Voltron and a host of others. Go read that link (and the rest of the TV tropes wiki) for the full breakdown, but you have five roles:

# The Hero - Mr. Levesque, who is in charge of the Tower and holds everything together
# The Lancer - Gavin / Geoff's character. This is a nearly perfect fit for either.
# The Big Guy - Alka, duh.
# The Smart Guy - Claude
# The Chick - NPCs probably don't count (though Tellura and our friendly neighborhood librarian/bard/kitten both fit really well), and Three probably doesn't either. Three hit the marks of Unusual lineage and unnatural powers, but more often is the Kid (q.v.) The Chick is, of course, a dying archetype, as gender equality increasingly allows females to occupy other roles, unlike in Voltron, Power Rangers, etc.

And some optional roles:

# The Pet - Mugwump. He even has the "Wizard's Magical Pet" prestige class.
# The Tagalong Kid - Three, definitely. Though Three is not nearly as bad as most examples of the archetype (Scrappy Doo, Wesley Crusher, Dawn from Buufy the Vampire Slayer, etc.)


Like all D&D groups, you get the Multinational Team going, a trope that is directly descended from Tolkien in this genre. The group never hits the Five token Band because the characters are, you know, actual characters, not assemblages to appease market segments or racial watchdog groups.
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Gaming humor [Mar. 30th, 2007|02:18 pm]
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pghkitten
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Just felt like showing some love to this community since it's been abandoned and gathering dust for a while...hopefully we'll be able to find some actual content to put up here sometime. Until then, though, thoughtwire sent along this link, which eerily reminds me of some of the campaigns Galon and Kaerith have seen... :)

http://theglen.livejournal.com/16735.html
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Concerning unholy masses of Zitternfleisch... [Mar. 9th, 2006|01:09 pm]
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I'm too lazy to go and check if I've posted something like this before, but it's still amusing.

This craziness is brought to you by http://www.freetranslation.com and its ability to translate something from English to German, and then back to English.

Yes, I have far too much time on my hands and very foolish ways to spend it. :)

Here are the Orange Group Quotes from the Library of Highmoon, as the Estivinians would understand them:

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Possible Costume Creation Tips [Oct. 25th, 2005|06:14 pm]
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guendolen_sama
Hey, everyone; I don't know to what people are doing for their costumes for the upcoming LARP, but I know I'm going the urchin route, as are two of you. If you really want the authentic ground-into-the-alleys worn-out look but are unsure how to achieve it, here is a link for you.

http://www.alleycatscratch.com/lotr/Fabric/Distressing.htm

This page has tips galore for the "distressing" of fabric to give it the look of having been battered and beaten for some time, rather than a few minutes. ;) Best of all is that I'd say most of it involves regular household items, or at least items easily procured cheaply. I look forward to seeing possible results this weekend. :) Oh, yes, and if anyone wants a themed icon or banner of any sort, please say what you'd like and I'll try to create it.
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