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Title: Springtime is Time for a Rebirth of Kinship Events
Post by: Digger on March 23, 2009, 12:41:58 PM
The flowers are blooming and the trees are covered with blossoms as I write this note.  Spring always stirs me to action, and winter always slows me down.  Now is a good time for us all to turn to and give life once again to those things that make us the kinship we are.  Friendship - Fellowship - Fun.

We need a list of things that we would like to do, cause as any good hobbit knows, ain't nothing done right without a list first.  Help me make our Springtime List.  Here is what I want to do.  Discover 10 things that you all want to do as a whole kinship or even in special groups.  Plan them; plot them; and do them.  That's that.

We have our Anniversary Party coming in May.  We have Poker Nites rather irregularly but fun.  Now what else do we want to do.  Let me see.  I want more RP and more time in character chatting and stuff.  My language skills are falling off, so I need to brush up with another course in those, especially dwarven speech this time.  Well, that may not be for all of you, but at least more RP.  Why not a whole battle in character sometime and without that voice enabled thingie?  It kinda drags down the RP, IMO.

And how about some events where we go as fellowships into Angmar and get class items while all acting in character?  That grinding can be sooooo boring solo, so let's make it fun.  And what about Craft Nights?  Again, in character.  Folks could visit our tailoring shop in Esteldiin, place orders, get a consultation, and walk out with some fine fashions.  Or visit the Jewelry Store and do the same.  And visit Thorin's great furnaces and get weapons of fine make.  Craft night sounds like a lot more fun if it were done all in character.  And just ask anyone that I have sewn for, they will tell you I love acting as the Fashion Consultant.

And what about a Salmon Expedition to the icy north where salmon are abundant?  We could port folks there, I think, if they were not quite ready to fight there.  And then, in character, gather at the lodge, eat hearty, and fish for the rare and marvelous giant Salmon - 50# of salmon.

And last idea from me is Music Under the Stars.  A whole evening of trading tunes, teaching folks how to play instruments, and given enough minstrels, mentoring in new instruments.  We could set a list of tunes to have ready, play them together, and even make a video of it all using Frax or Flaps or that utility for such things.  I just love being together and playing songs as a group.  Especially, if it is done in character without too much of the 'voice thingie'.  Let's gather at the kinhall gazebo and sing the evening and the stars till the night is full and the moon is drunk from out revelry.

Those are my ideas for a Springtime List.  Help me make a list, please.  Say what you want to do.  Those other things are not going away, so why pass up these things that we can do together and roleplay a bit more?

It's a thought and the beginning of a list.

Help.  I can't read your mind - yet.  That's a skill I just haven't earned.  Lend your thoughts and share ideas here.

Digger Goodsong
a fun-loving hobbit


Title: Re: Springtime is Time for a Rebirth of Kinship Events
Post by: Kethrandir on March 23, 2009, 06:58:37 PM
So many great ideas!!!

Along with those ideas (all of which I'm thrilled about), and related to the class questing idea specifically, I'd like to suggest an RP Expedition Against the Enemy!  One or many groups of 12 could deliver a major blow to the evil gathering in several places:  Dun Covad, Bail Rova, and Imlad Balchorth (Angmar), Nan Wathren and Dol Dinen (North Downs), Minas Eriol (Lone-Lands), the drowned city of Annuminas, etc.  If arranged properly, I think kin at virtually all levels could participate (something similar to the expedition which unfolded at our last great party). 

I would be happy to help or lead the organization of these trips, as far as my abilities allow.  None but Kethuthir is much of a Leader of War, but in times of need we each must rise to the occasion!  The Enemy draws much too near to the lands of the Free!

Keth


Title: Re: Springtime is Time for a Rebirth of Kinship Events
Post by: Digger on March 24, 2009, 08:41:08 AM
A major strike sounds great!  It would feel good to deliver a solid blow to the enemy.

 If we go in raid formation, we can break out to do quests or gain items since raid doesn't let us do those things.  Also, we might go in raid, break to fellowships, and rejoin raid in order to gain XP for folks.  I really like this idea and will put it on the list.

Thanks,
Digger


Title: Re: Springtime is Time for a Rebirth of Kinship Events
Post by: Mithasul on March 24, 2009, 08:55:08 AM
Excellent ideas.

Master Kethrandir and Goodsong count with my support.  Anyone in the family will go depending on what is the need.

Mithasul




Title: Re: Springtime is Time for a Rebirth of Kinship Events
Post by: Digger on March 25, 2009, 07:45:06 AM
I have begun on our Springtime List with this Sunday's Tailor's Night at Esteldin.  I would welcome other crafts to the Sunday event - jewelry, weaponsmiths, metalsmiths, scholars.  If we got several folks providing help to their fellow craftsmen and making things for the kin, then I can see someone coming by each location and ending up with a whole set of great gear.  And doing this all in character makes it even more fun.

Are there any other tailors who will join Droborn and me?  And especially are there other crafts that might be represented?

Cheers,
Digger


Title: Re: Springtime is Time for a Rebirth of Kinship Events
Post by: Nithraniel on March 26, 2009, 12:40:24 PM
Would definitely be interested in the Expedition idea, and I think alot of the people who need to finish up their level 50 class gear quests would be interested as well.

Also down for a weaponsmithing event, finally got Nith to Supreme level, might be nice to make stuff for folks instead of just mindlessly grinding materials and components while tabbed out of the game.


Title: Re: Springtime is Time for a Rebirth of Kinship Events
Post by: Digger on March 26, 2009, 01:09:26 PM
Kethrandir,

While I continue to make our list, would you please start organizing the Expedition?  It is important to a number of us that this is all done in character.  So let's have fun, and let me know how I can assist you.

Cheers,
Digger


Title: Re: Springtime is Time for a Rebirth of Kinship Events
Post by: Aelanor on March 26, 2009, 05:11:47 PM
Speaking of outrageously fun and strange things we could do together, I downloaded the entire 'Appalachian Spring' symphony by Aaron Copland in midi format, and it would be a simple matter to translate it into .abc using the LOTRO midi player.  It would be about 20 minutes long to play and we would need a raid, as in at least 12 people to do it, but it might be kinda fun.  If there's any interest, post here     8)


Title: Re: Springtime is Time for a Rebirth of Kinship Events
Post by: Calandil on March 27, 2009, 09:22:56 AM
Fine ideas, all of them!

I will see what I can do about being around during the crafting night on Sunday to provide any woodworking services that might be needed.  I can't make any guarantees at this point, but I'll certainly try to be there.

Edit:  Peromric would also be more than willing to cook and/or harvest some crops upon request during this time.  If he's not around and you see me, just ask and I'll be sure to find him and have him meet you somewhere in the Shire.

I also think the idea of a full symphony sounds great!  Come to think of it, I still haven't managed to get around to learning to play the theorbo.  That's going to have to be fixed fairly soon, I think.


Title: Re: Springtime is Time for a Rebirth of Kinship Events
Post by: Mithasul on March 27, 2009, 01:01:23 PM
Expedition against the forces of Sauron.

Why do not we ban together in a large group, possibly a raid, and go and cleanse the territories full of orcs, goblins and foul creatures.
Announce that Tinu is out in strength and eradicating the fouls creatures from Middle Earth.
It will be fun to go to a place like DD and do clean up or Dol Rova and take over the city.  Just a couple of places any other ideas?

At your service

Mithasul Grey Wind.


Title: Re: Springtime is Time for a Rebirth of Kinship Events
Post by: Orophor on March 27, 2009, 01:19:21 PM
I would advise going as fellowships Mithasul, just so the quests could be advanced while going. We should focus on the group content that everyone needs, like Great Barrows, Ivar & The Red Maiden, Fornost, Tomb of Elendil, Urugarth, Carn Dum


Title: Re: Springtime is Time for a Rebirth of Kinship Events
Post by: Emrys on March 27, 2009, 02:54:07 PM
Salmon Hunt sounds right up my Ally! I wouldn't mind organizing it in fact. I know all the great spots. Also, if we can gain a full Fellowship we can Seize a key control point in Forochel which few are aware with it's control is the only place an Angler can catch Fish to Gain Forochel Reputation. Plus some of our cooks need to fish to cook the +Will Recipes, which are quite rare to find indeed.


~Emrys
Fishing Champion





Title: Re: Springtime is Time for a Rebirth of Kinship Events
Post by: Digger on March 30, 2009, 08:23:40 AM
Okay, we almost have our Springtime list now.  Thanks for so many great ideas.  Let's get started with some simple suggestions I learned last evening with the Tailors Night. 

1.  Get the word out - here and in the MoD.  Generate general awareness about 2 weeks ahead.
2. Keep it simple and short.  Tailors Night was about 1.5 to 2 hours (I had to leave due to illness.)
3. Try to have the event meet the needs of the kinfolks whether battling or playing music. 
          3A.  So offer fellowships in this way - first form a raid and proceed to the area.  then divide into fellowships with a return place and time. come back together in raid to see how everyone fared and celebrate.  This works and allows folks to do quests and gain XP while having a great RP time.
           3B.  Music can be done either fellowship or raid formations but offer mentoring from minstrels to get new instruments needed and be sure someone is on hand to take new musicians aside and teach them how to play.  This way the seasoned musicians don't stand around during instructions and we enlarge our music playing group.

4.  Finally, whether in voice or chat, try to stay in character and have fun with your role.  Most new actors don't make it broad enough and are a bit restrained.  So play it large and have lots of fun with the acting.

I will post a list this week of events so we can get leaders to volunteer.  Thanks to those who are stepping forward already to lead a Springtime RP event.

Cheers,
Digger


Title: Re: Springtime is Time for a Rebirth of Kinship Events
Post by: Baridoc on April 19, 2009, 09:01:13 PM
The flowers are blooming and the trees are covered with blossoms as I write this note.  Spring always stirs me to action, and winter always slows me down.  Now is a good time for us all to turn to and give life once again to those things that make us the kinship we are.  Friendship - Fellowship - Fun.

I am up for any and ALL of these events! Please tell me what I can do to help out!

Perigard, of the Red Sword.

..... and the rest too.



Title: Re: Springtime is Time for a Rebirth of Kinship Events
Post by: Digger on May 19, 2009, 10:55:07 AM
Somehow we have let this renewal of our kinship activities go to sleep.  Of course, our Anniversary Party was awesome, but these events are simpler and more frequent.  I believe that Mistress Endingwen is thinking of  a gardening party.  What a wonderful idea.  I hope that I can join in either as a gardener or maybe team up and cook for the kin.  We have yet to make a powerful incursion against evil.  Mithasul was working on that one.  Are there other activities that you might lead?  Please post here to get them going.

Remember, these are short (1-2 hours), simple (not a lot of prep besides the marketing), and RP (give our chars a chance to be themselves).

The Tailors' Night in Esteldin was great fun even though it was a bit chaotic.  We collected a lot of hides for our warehouse, and most of these have been given out now to help folks advance their crafts and sew for kinfolks.  We even made a few garments for those who came.  Now how about a Jewelry Night, a Cooking Night, or a Scholars' Night? 

Let's get the Spring spirit and have more fun.  Moria is dark and dreary.  We can bring in the sun and song.

Cheers,
Digger


Title: Re: Springtime is Time for a Rebirth of Kinship Events
Post by: Mordorrain on May 20, 2009, 08:52:26 AM
Master Goodsong,

I would like to host a party or get together in July if at all possible and the theme of the party is what you and I and Orophor discussed in private.  It can me at my home or at the Kinship Hall.

If this is possible let me know and I can figure out with your help or whomever how to make it happen.

Yours as Always
Mordorrain


Title: Re: Springtime is Time for a Rebirth of Kinship Events
Post by: Digger on May 20, 2009, 10:59:45 AM
My Friend Morrdorain,

I cannot see any reason this would not be a grand party.  I do advise you that putting together such an affair is surprisingly more difficult than would appear.  So, you need to start making lists (we hobbits love lists) now for all of the things and people you will need.  Perhaps an agenda would be a good beginning.  I would be happy to help, but I leave the leadership of this to you.

Cheers,
Digger


Title: Re: Springtime is Time for a Rebirth of Kinship Events
Post by: Kethrandir on May 21, 2009, 09:24:29 AM
Sounds exciting, Mordorrain!  We're looking forward to it.  Chritien may still have the food taken care of, but if not, Meryn and Kethras would be happy to cook up some treats. 

I'm still plotting an RP event involving an expedition into Angmar.  It was put on hold last month due to RL events, but I haven't forgotten!  Watch for an announcement within the next few weeks.

Keth


Title: Re: Springtime is Time for a Rebirth of Kinship Events
Post by: Digger on May 21, 2009, 09:31:11 AM
It strikes me that we as a kinship are in an excellent position with our scholars.  We know that they are one of the few craftsmen that can actually make money now because most of their products are consumable and everyone needs them.  We also have a Library full of materials at the moment.  Finally, we have kinsmen with their alternates who can use the products of good scholarship.

What about a Galadhrim Seminar at the Last Homely House?  We could arrange to teach, make, gather, and distribute scholarly things.  And we could do this in character for the fun of it.  Would this be something that you all might find enjoyable?  Please let me know.  Maybe our old ghost, Ravenshire, could help.

Cheers,
Digger


Title: Re: Springtime is Time for a Rebirth of Kinship Events
Post by: Endingwen on May 22, 2009, 03:17:32 PM
I know that Willowisp is interested in the scholarly arts and would be very happy to participate in the Galadhrim Seminar.  Master Mordorrain's party also sounds lovely and Meryn would be very happy to contribute to the fare.

What does everyone think about an informal gardening party this Sunday (5-24) around 8pm est?  


Title: Re: Springtime is Time for a Rebirth of Kinship Events
Post by: Digger on May 22, 2009, 09:25:03 PM
Tarlwyn would love to attend a gardening party, mistress Endy.  Count him in.

Digger