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August 27th, 2006

Space Cadets: Guardians of the High Frontier @ 05:07 pm

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First the thank yous. This ain't my job, but I'm doing it anyway. These are some of the contributions I know about. There is plenty I have no idea about.

aaronjv: He led the team. He was always steadfast. He worked on it more than anyone in preparation. He worked on it more than anyone during its execution. Despite a number of trying circumstances, he was always a leader. I can almost guarantee that he is, at this very moment, still moving things from the hotel to... someplace other than the hotel.

David K: He built so much stuff, up to and including our rocket. He let us store stuff at his house. He let us use his house as storage and a rallying point. He is aces.

obishawn: He built and adapted so much other stuff. And did some voice work for us.

David M: He built so much other other stuff. And slaved on the derelict ship. And someday soon, I'll teach him base 4 mathematics if it kills me.

Stephen T: He came from across the country to help us out. For no reward apart from helping fellow Larpers, he manned our registration desk for two days. Aces in my book.

casketgirl: another mostly unwitting volunteer offering selfless help to us all. From the physical labor of sewing sashes to the complicated work of GM'ing missions. She also makes a good pirate.

hagdirt: I would be surprised if she didn't do about ten times as much work as I personally witnessed. What I personally witnessed was plenty.

popepat: Whatever Shawn and the Davids didn't make, Pat loaned to us. He was also active in so much of the early planning.

Tom as our sergeant; always in character, always ready for more. notjenschiz as a fellow GM. Richard's input in the planning was not always exactly welcome, but it needed to be said. And despite his misgivings, he did everything we needed him to do during the run, and more. And I want to strangle the little shit that threw that ball at him.

I've already thanked too many people, and yet there's still Nick and Morgan and Karen and Ray and Riz and Graydon and Rachel and I could go on for a long time.

AND THE PLAYERS. We had not as many as we would have liked, but the whole thing would've been pointless without them. It was great to see people new to LARPing get a taste of it in our game and enjoy their time at the academy. It was cool to see the LARPers come by and give us a try.

As for the game itself, I'm too weary to give a blow-by-blow. Mistakes were made. Nevertheless, fun was had. I'm sure there will be long discussions about every aspect of this, but I have no desire to start it all here. I worked a lot and had some fun with my friends and some (mostly) strangers who were willing to come play in our sandbox for a while.
 
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From:rizwank
Date:August 28th, 2006 06:30 am (UTC)

Cadets onwards!

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David finally learned Base four ... and in thirty seconds. I know you tried to teach him, and I was about to wander into the foray; then Morgan --- future math teacher --- said "You know how they have 'ones place, tens place, hundreds place'? Its just like that, except with 1,4 and 16."

And he got it. *Amazed at Morgan.*

"And I want to strangle the little shit that threw that ball at him."
What happened?

We should have long discussions though, even if its on the wiki, and actually write them down for 'next time'. *hears the distant sound of Aaron shouting 'Not It!'* Theres a lot to be learned from our experience, even just for our general RPGs, and if we wait too long, we'll forget it.

Thanks for your help too, Mike!
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From:essentialsaltes
Date:August 28th, 2006 05:24 pm (UTC)

Re: Cadets onwards!

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*Amazed at Morgan.*

I'll just pretend to myself that I had primed the pump for Morgan. Repetition is the key to learning.

What happened?
In the pirate combat, things got fast and loose with the ship-to-ship combat. Eventually, all the kidlings were hucking plasma balls around, even though some of them either didn't have Weapons2 or wilfully ignored the whole underhand thing. I should have paused the game and made sure the rules were being followed, but after I shouted "Underhand", things would be okay for about ten seconds until they got too excited.
Eventually, the pirate crew boarded their ship and they went into hand-to-hand and I told everyone that shipguns were useless now, don't throw any more. We went through a few rounds of hand-to-hand combat and then one of the little punks threw one and hit Richard in the chest or something. I yelled at him, Karen yelled at everyone, and I stopped the mission. They'd already abandoned the Captain to die, anyway.
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From:rizwank
Date:August 28th, 2006 08:14 pm (UTC)

Re: Cadets onwards!

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I assume the problem was with some of the younger kids that came along on Saturday, right?

I heard it was kind of insane up there... I wonder how that mission would have run with a slightly older/well behaved contingent.

We did escort the admiral with them --- I was literally surrounded by three kids as they tried to drag me to the right conference room until I doubled back and let Heather yell at them for 'assaulting the admiral.' The entire time they're shouting loudly at me (granted, I was supposed to frustrate their efforts to go anywhere, but still), and disrupting others. K described it as how 'Boys act.'

I don't ever remember being that loud or rude.

Anyhow, the payoff was fun though. I refused to go up the stairs because I was an Admiral, and I'd been in the Corp for 60 years and couldn't walk up stairs, blah blah blah. The eldest of the kids (and the worst behaved) pipes up ...

"You're not old! You're like 30!"

Tom and I proceed to break character for 15 seconds due to the laughter.
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From:hagdirt
Date:August 28th, 2006 08:26 pm (UTC)

Re: Cadets onwards!

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I believe my comment was amended to "boys in packs" as opposed to "boys." I had a lot of bad experience with boy-packs when I was a kid in school; they'd all get together, act like shits, and then try to out-do each other in acting like shits. (If only that stopped after grade school.) That being said, there was some evidence that the lack of control exhibited by these young cadets was learned, early, at home, because those kids weren't any younger than the well-behaved ones.
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From:rizwank
Date:August 28th, 2006 08:40 pm (UTC)

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Fair point, and you're right. If I recall, the bad ones are just rude and loud, and the good ones tend to become 'tiring.' (I'm sure that while I wasn't nearly ever as loud or rude as those little ones, I sure was 'tiring.')

Did we just end up becoming babysitters for those boys, while their (father?) did something else?
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From:essentialsaltes
Date:August 28th, 2006 08:45 pm (UTC)

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Yeah, we wound up as de facto babysitters for them.
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From:rizwank
Date:August 29th, 2006 07:19 am (UTC)

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Whats funny --- did the possibility of that come up at ALL during our meetings? I hadn't even thought of that until it happened.
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From:essentialsaltes
Date:August 29th, 2006 03:49 pm (UTC)

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I'm not sure we specifically considered the idea that we would be used for daycare, but we did think about kids in the game. Originally, kids under 13 had to be accompanied by a responsible adult. See Aaron's later comment about how that rule was later bent and broken.
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From:essentialsaltes
Date:August 28th, 2006 08:43 pm (UTC)

Re: You're like 30!

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Ok, I was wrong about which one said it, but I overheard it and even captured the moment.

Yes, the two bigger ones were the ones who needed Oompa-Loompas to come after them.
From:aaronjv
Date:August 29th, 2006 09:06 am (UTC)

re: kids in the game

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A decision was made on Friday (or Saturday, it all blurs now) to allow the underaged to play unaccompanied by adults. This was due to renlistment problems. I made the decision that a kid was better than no one. At least the cast/crew would have something to do.

The first kid to do this was the one who played Nacho (the littlest one), and it was absolutely worth it to have him in the game (more on that later, probably on my blog). Once he came in, though, the dam broke, and the other kids followed. That was a bad idea. I am not sure who let them in, but it was under my orders to allow them. I am not sure if their parents talked to us first, or signed for them. Yeah, those kids pissed everyone else off, including the adult players.

The fat one started tearing into the MRE's he delivered on "Milk Run" as fast as he could. I'd like to think I wasn't that bad as a child. I know I wasn't that obnoxious, but I bet I would've still eaten the MRE (hell, I ate bread already).

Thanks for doing as much as you did, Mike.
From:jason_brez
Date:August 29th, 2006 10:11 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations, Mike. I'm glad that it went off ok.
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From:popepat
Date:August 31st, 2006 07:30 am (UTC)
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Was Nacho the one who gets the Oscar for his performance in Derelict Ship on Sunday? With the medical spray? I need to get you that tape so we can all see it.
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From:essentialsaltes
Date:August 31st, 2006 02:02 pm (UTC)
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I think he was the only kid on that mission, so yeah.

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