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  Medical Holds at All Hallows - Return of the PC Pumpkin Rule
Posted by: Ivanna - 10-23-2019, 08:54 PM - Forum: Announcements - No Replies

With thanks to Dustin Hitchcock for the idea and write-up.

So, it's almost Hallows, a time for running, hiding, and hopefully not dying. Last year I think we all saw an unusual amount of medical-related weirdness. But rather than griping about that, I want to put forward a new possible rule for hallows. And it shall be dubbed...

"THE PC PUMPKIN RULE!"

Stage 1: Accidents happen, and like every horror movie, the person who trips usually ends up having their role cut shot. With this in mind, if you're being run down, and you write a cheque your body can't cash, and wipe out calling a medical hold... the bad stuff is still gonna happen. You, the player, will be taken care of with the utmost care of a medical hold... however, your character will sadly be out of luck. Injury, be it involuntary or not, you will not be given a "free pass" to escape your fate. 

The player on a medical hold will be sent to their tent to recover. They cannot sit in NPC camp and cannot stay in game “on a medical hold”.  Since they require recovery time, they will be given recovery time!

But there is a clause! During this hold if another player is locked in this hold with all of you, stage two will take effect.

Stage 2: So there is a healthy player locked in the medical hold with you. They now have the option to be your savior! Should the injured player be unable to continue on, the NPC will offer the healthy player the option to be your pumpkin bearer. They can turn it down if they wish as this will be quite the burden. If yes, this moves to stage 3!

Stage 3: Your valiant hero has a 5 minute window (like death count), after agreeing and the hold ending, to make their way to NPC camp to retrieve the PC PUMPKIN (only a limited number will be available). A small contract will be made and by the powers of Hallows, that injured PC has been transformed into a PUMPKIN! Completely at the mercy of the world around them. The pumpkin-bearer will be responsible for this vegetable until the OOG medically held player comes to retrieve it and return their form. If the pumpkin is crushed, the player is crushed, eaten/eaten, lost... stuck in that form forever... until they choose to resurrect. 

So the life of a pumpkin isn't great, but hey, at least you're alive.

Stage 4: The injured player has recovered, has been cleared by a Medical Marshal, and is ready to re-enter the game. Well, you gotta find yourself first. The formerly injured player will travel OOG to find themselves, hopefully intact, with your pumpkin-bearer nearby, as they will be the only ones able to hear your cry to change back. At this point you both return to NPC camp, and you return to your character's state before the medical hold was called. If you missed your re-memorize time, you've missed it. But you are now free to rejoin the game! 


In order to make use of this policy, you must request it. We will not "offer" this to you during a medical hold.  Breanna will be at the logistics table to go over the  PC Pumpkin policy with you if you have any questions.

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  *Must Read - All Hallows Warning*
Posted by: Ivanna - 10-23-2019, 08:53 PM - Forum: Announcements - No Replies

This is the obligatory All Hallows Warning.

To those of you who have attended an Underworld All Hallows event before, you know what I am about to say. To those attending their first All Hallows, please read carefully.

All Hallows events at Underworld are some of the most intense LARP experiences you can have. Everyone who's ever attended has a story to tell about All Hallows. Events they've PC'ed are some of the most amazing and exciting stories, but also, some of the most emotionally intense and terrifying experiences they've had. We don't want to scare people into not attending, or worse, not playing their main PCs, because these events really are a ton of fun. But, surviving All Hallows without a death is something to be proud of - All Hallows are meant to be deadly. Don't expect plot to scale monsters at this event. We will not pull our punches. We want you to feel the terror we love to play with.

It was an All Hallows event that the motto "RUN -- FIGHT -- HIDE" came from. We ramp it up even more this event. Running and Hiding are more your friends than ever.

You will be hunted. You will be chased. There will be things hiding in the dark. The point of this event is to make you feel dread, fear, terror. This won't be all the time, but it will happen. I'm letting them off the leash, and they're coming for you.

With that said, while we might be cruel and heartless to your characters, we will always remember that you are paying customers who deserve fairness and respect on an Out Of Game level. Though things may seem hopeless and miserable IG, you can usually run away from most encounters. Usually.

If things get too intense, we will not stop you from leaving the game. We ask that you be fair with this power - we all know that we're playing a dark fantasy LARP, and being terrified is half the fun! We ramp it right up to horror this game, complete with jump scares. But we want you to look out for your OOG health first and foremost. For that reason, we've created a medical / injury policy that must be read by all - see here.

And finally - please dress warm. Bring extra socks. We are not expecting sub-zero temperatures, and our cabins are heated, but we recommend that you prepare for anything, including rain and snow.

We will see you out there. And beware.

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  Hiring: 2020 Shapers and Season NPCs
Posted by: Ivanna - 10-04-2019, 04:33 PM - Forum: Announcements - No Replies

Now hiring: Next year's team evil!

Shaper
Experience required:
1 year PCing (at Ralinwood preferred)
Dungeon Master / Game Master / Shaper experience an asset but not required
Acting, set dressing, costuming, film, drama, game design experience an asset but not required

Duties:
Create NPCs, create places, dungeons, villains, heroes, victims, deaths, tragedy, sailing shanties - you think it, you can make it
Writing Season Plot alongside the Head of Plot or Lead Shaper
Work closely with Season NPCs to send out recurring characters
Writing, staging, executing and marshaling mods
Preparation work between games (creating costumes, masks, makeup, reps, props)
Preparing and writing tags before and at game
Answering the shaper email / plot requests between games
Occasionally running scenes on the forums, Discord or by email
Occasionally NPCing roles
Managing NPCs and NPC camp
Managing camp / faction plot - see the list of those here: http://www.underworldralinwood.ca/forums...p?tid=4790
Assisting other Shapers with carrying out mods
Set up NPC camp before game / clean up after game
Other duties are required

Term:
Your term as Shaper would start at Highwinter 2019. You'll be on the team until All Hallows 2020.

Expectations:
You are expected to be able to attend all On Season games. If you can't / don't attend the majority of events, we reserve the right to remove/ replace you.

Apply: https://forms.gle/Dvm8QA3bFFLSGLeQ8

Season NPC / Narrator:

Experience required:
One year of PCing Underworld (Ralinwood preferred)
Solid (SOLID) awareness of the Rulebook
Acting / theater / drama / film / game moderating an asset but not required

Duties:
Bring the Underworld to life. You are its lifeblood.
Attend games
Prepare and enact at least three (3) recurring NPCs
Assist with hooking mods / doing plot dump
Assist with managing shift NPCs
Set up / take down of NPC camp before and after game
Assist with marshaling mods
Occassional writing / preparation work between games
RPing scenes on the forums, Discord, over email between games (as requested by Shapers)
Manage costumes, masks, makeup
General NPC camp tidying
Other duties as required

Term:
Your term as a Season NPC would start at Highwinter 2019. You'll be on the team until All Hallows 2020.

Expectations:
You are expected to be able to attend all On Season games. If you can't / don't attend the majority of events, we reserve the right to remove/ replace you.

Apply here: https://forms.gle/F5GtRWbhYZaNdxVe9

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  Ralin-Hallows 2019 NPC Sign Up
Posted by: Ivanna - 09-30-2019, 09:37 PM - Forum: Announcements - No Replies

((Prelog is not open. This is just prep work.))


RALIN-HALLOWS 2019. IT BEGINS. 


I know it’s almost a month away, but our first shaper meeting of Ralin-Hallows 2019 is being held next week, so it is time to get planning!

As is our custom, we're not doing NPC shifts for the All Hallows event. Instead you may either NPC the whole weekend or not NPC at all (with no opt-out cost). We'd like to get a sense of who wants to NPC the weekend so we can plan accordingly. Please sign up / apply below if you would like to NPC All Hallows in Ralinwood this year. If you’d like to apply, bear in mind that we expect you to NPC the entire weekend. We will be taking maximum 20 weekend NPCs.

For those of you who do play PCs for All Hallows, be warned, it will be scary and deadly. There will be extra chasing, extra hiding, monsters that are much harder to kill. All Hallows is a challenge. We do not pull our punches. We’re coming for you. But! If you PC, not only is surviving the weekend a reward, you will also get extra rewards. You get double the blankets, a "loot" bag of candy, chocolate and IG items (including some magic items!). Those who PC as their PRIMARY PCs will get a red "Ralin-Hallows 2261" red arm band, and the 2019 All Hallows NPC Team will get white ones. 

We would ask that you do not apply unless you are 100% sure you want to NPC All Hallows. If you are just thinking about it you may message Dan and you can talk. 

If you are a Season NPC, it's expected that you NPC All Hallows, but feel free to sign the sheet anyways.

Applications close in two weeks (October 13th at 10pm)! We will announce who we will be taking on as NPCs asap after it closes so we can get you in on the planning!

Sign Up Sheet Link: https://forms.gle/D4CdTjrMGxTtF1329

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  NPCing: the IG
Posted by: Ivanna - 07-23-2019, 09:59 PM - Forum: Announcements - No Replies

"NPC Draw"

An NPC shift will now come with an IG reason, an IG outcome, and an IG impact, which you get to draw at the end of your shift.

What does this mean?

When you take an NPC shift, you get to choose what your PC is doing when they leave. The reason we have written up are: Farms, Docks, Forest, Swamp, Mines, Shore, Exploring. We can also assist with Shopping, Crafting, or Worshipping.

At the end of your shift, you will get a chance to get a result (this could be an encounter, an item, or both) and based on what you choose to do, collective actions can have an impact on the game world. Doing skeezy things may have skeezy results, but you do you.

Weekend NPCs, Season NPCs and Shapers who pay to play can get one draw. Multiple shifts do not get you multiple draws. One draw per PC.

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  POISON CLOUD MECHANICS- July 26-28 game
Posted by: Shaper Jenn - 07-09-2019, 02:14 AM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (1)

-THE DISEASE WILL NOT BE IN FULL FORCE UNTIL THE NEXT GAME (July 26-28) 
-If you wish to roleplay symptoms developing in online rp, you may. 
-You do not need to be bedridden or bedraggled, but you must RP a cough once in a while.
-You do not have to rep thin skin but you can if you want to!
-Symptoms include: cough, sagging thin skin and double damage to body from all sources
-You will take double damage from all attacks but only if they hit to body, akin to a carrier effect. If it breaches your armour, only the damage that bypasses your armour is doubled. (for example, a 50 slay that breaches 45 points of armour would hit body for 10 normal instead of 5. But a 50 slay that hits 50 points of armour would only breach.)  
-You may not be the only creatures affected by this disease, but you will have to find out in game. 
-The disease is persistent alchemy and cannot be prevented by any means* as it is not only airborne, but also in the water and soil. However, it can be temporarily cured. Pharmacist intervention, Cleanse, Purify, Nature’s Restoration and anything that cures alchemic diseases will cure the disease for 24 hours, then you are afflicted again
*Undead state or having no metabolism will protect you from the disease. 
 
-The disease exists from the docks to the Two-Feather outpost, the farms and the very edge of Bloodbringer mountain. 
-Being away from the disease’s range for 48 hours will cause it to leave your system until you return to Ralinwood, where it will take hold again in 2 hours. If you travel to another guild, you can imply that someone cleansed you after you passed through the skein, if you wish. 

If you have any questions, please only email the shaper email!

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  Fundraiser: Shed Edition
Posted by: Ivanna - 04-27-2019, 10:59 PM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (3)

We're fundraising to get a new shed!

We're coming back to the new site (hurray!) for the foreseeable future, so it's time to make our new home permanent. Read more, see the details and see the rewards being offered, and donate here:  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/get-r...20684812#/

As a note, the "shed" we're aiming to get currently is a Sea-Can. The goal price will cover purchase, delivery, install, and some storage / shelves. If we can get the shed we're hoping for, we can also get more equipment, including larger costumes and set pieces!

Need another reason why you might want to support getting a new shed?  To quote Justin Hollander:

"Alright listen up nerds. I am sick and tired of driving a car back and forth between sites. I'm sick and tired of having to unload Ivanna's car. It's time to stop this s***. Also trying to get Dan to come out at night with a car full of s*** is hard. So let's pay for a God damn storage container."

Thanks for that helpful quote Justin.

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  Hiring: Director of Marketing
Posted by: Ivanna - 04-15-2019, 04:10 PM - Forum: Announcements - No Replies

Ralinwood is hiring a Director of Marketing!

This person will be responsible for the following things:

1. Conventions: Organizing attendance at conventions, organizing volunteers to attend, attending conventions and taking a turn at the booth, taking photos and posting while at booth, ensuring frags are applied to volunteers' afterwards, planning 'mods' to run at convention (discretionary), planning and running 'panels', planning and running raffle at the table
2. Maintaining the Convention Bin (large plastic tub with all the convention gear)
3. MAKING flyers for conventions 
4. Creating posts for the website
5. Organizing socials between events - every social organized earns you an additional 15 frags!
6. Taking and posting OTHER photos (not from events)
7. Other duties as assigned

Conventions We Must Be At:

1. London Comic Con
2. Forest City Comic Con
3. Windsor Comic Con
4. Oxford Renaissance Festival

Optional other conventions: Sarnia Pop Culture Show, CK Expo
Note: Conventions west of Woodstock will require Global permission

Reward:

300 frags (for the year, applied at a rate of 25 frags per month)
Other rewards can also be negotiated

Time you hold the position:

One year - May 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020 
Option to come back at the end of the year

Skills and experience required:

Strong organizational and administrative skills
Enthusiastic about posting online
Enthusiastic about taking photos
Enthusiastic 
Preference will be given to someone who has 1) played Ralinwood in the last year and 2) has one active character in the Ralinwood database
Living in London is considered an asset but not required
Having a car is considered an asset but not required
Being able to deal with me (Ivanna) wanting updates all the time is an asset that is also required. 

If you would love to spread the good Ralinwood word (or dark word. Or draconic word), then let us know! Please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/24btAkogNsdpzkt36


Applications close April 26th! https://forms.gle/24btAkogNsdpzkt36

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  2019 Shaper Responsibilites / Emailing the Shapers
Posted by: Ivanna - 01-08-2019, 06:41 PM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (1)

Underworld LARP is a Live Action Role Playing game - therefore, our game is all about the things that happen live, at our events. But, since the world continues to turn and churn between games, we get that there are things that need upkeep between the live events. When items must be handled between games, please email our general shaper gmail, and tag the Shaper in the subject line like this: "[Rob] Prayer to Erasmus"; "[Dan] I'm trying to become a knight of Duvain"; '[Angela] I step through the Henge"; "[Jade] Looking for the Azure monks; [Ed] Searching at the docks; [Jenn] Need a merchant".

Please note: This email / Discord / the forums are not meant to engage players in day-to-day kind of RP, or mundane scenes. The email is supposed to be used to take care of business items between games. If Shapers choose to run scenes by email / Discord, etc., this is an extra they are offering. They're great for doing it!

Email:  ralinwoodshapers@gmail.com

**DO NOT MESSAGE THE SHAPERS ON FACEBOOK OR PERSONALLY. USE THE SHAPER EMAIL ONLY.** Shapers who receive plot/game messages to their personal emails / facebook are allowed to ignore you. 

Responsibilities:

- Plot Items / Magic Items ((Daniel - please email finn3570@gmail.com for matters involving Dan)).

- Two Feather / Blood Moon / Am’ranth - Rachel
- Docks / Navy - Ed
- Merchants - Jenn
- Farms / Blood Red Rose - Rachel
- Traduceri (Aja Caravan) - Angela
- Demons and that Hell Gate - Daniel
- Bloodbringer Orcs - Ed
- Thieves Guild / Underbelly Black Market - Jenn, Ed to assist
- Citadel / Church of light local Abbey - Rob
- Pavilions / Regent - Rob
- Gods (Champions) - Rob
- Dragon (Favoured) - Jade

Groups:
- Bounty Hunters Guild - Jade
- Mages Guild - Rob
- Alchemists Guild - Jenn
- Monster Hunters - Rachel / Ed

Misc duties:
- Backstory review and approval - Rachel
- Lowbie content - Jade
- Rumours - Angela

Marshals:
- Rituals - Dan (Trainees)
- Fae Marshal - Lead: Angela; Trainees: Jenn, Rob, Jade
- Traps / treasure chest / locks - Ed
- Demons - Daniel

Vocations:
Vocations trainers have been assigned. If you do not find one that you want, please feel free to email the shaper gmail with the subject "Looking for Vocation Trainer" and let us know which vocation you are looking for.

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  2019 Season Passes On Sale
Posted by: Ivanna - 01-08-2019, 06:21 PM - Forum: Announcements - No Replies

The Underworld LARP: Ralinwood 2018 season pass is now on sale!

Regular Season Pass
A Season Pass gains you access to every Underworld Ralinwood event through the 2019 season starting January 12th. Included with any Season Pass is:

-    5 Off Season Events (2 tavern nights, 2 day mods, 1 Market Day)
-    6 Weekend Events (including a 4-Day and All Hallows)
-    Highwinter (tavern lunch box included, as always)
-    25 Ralinwood frags applied to your account immediately
-    Bonus loot bag and guaranteed commemorative Red Armband at All Hallows
  
Regular Season Pass: $490

This saves you $60 - that's more than a free weekend event! - and gets you $75 worth of frags, meaning you gain $135 in value.

VIP Season Pass

In addition to the above, a VIP Season Pass also get you:

-  $10 off a bunk, and a bunk reserved every weekend of the year.
-  $40 in tavern credits (to be applied entirely in May. Expires at the end of Hallows 2019).

Just show up with your gear (and bedding) and play! No set up required.

Items included are non-negotiable. Bunk credit may be applied to the purchase of a private cabin. 

VIP Season Pass: $580

This gets you one free weekend, one free bunk, and $40 worth of tavern credit for $35.

Rules
1. Passes are not shareable. One pass, one player.
2. Passes are non-refundable.
3. You must still prelog for every event. If in doubt, prelog anyways. Always Prelog Anyways.
4. You are still applying blankets at the regular rate - up to 2 blankets per character per month. This is hardcoded into the database, so it's non-negotiable.
5. You do not need to attend the events to gain the blankets. Please Prelog so that our logistics team knows where to apply your blankets, experience, frags, etc.
6. If you must miss an event, you will be marked down as “attending”. (Note: we consider your character present for events for which you have paid even if you don't actually attend. If something major happens, it can happen to your character too. For example, if every character who attended the event takes a death or gets race-changed, you will too.)
7. Season Passes do NOT include Warcry (to be held over the August long weekend this year).
8. A person may only obtain one (regular events) or two blankets (double blanket events) maximum. If NPC Camp Staff purchase a Season Pass, their blankets will come from prelog, and they will then receive frags instead of blanket(s) for their NPC Camp work. 
9. I reserve the right to make up more rules as questions are asked and may add them here later. So please check back / confirm.

How to Buy
Etransfer: Ivanna@underworldralinwood.ca
Paypal: PayPal.Me/underworldralinwood
In person: at game (cash only)

Passes much be purchased by March 23rd, 2019 (The price will go down as events pass. Message me with any questions).

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Typos? Bad math? contact@underworldralinwood.ca

See you out there!

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