Dragonlords of Dumnonia

Ryanon's Base Camp

Newsletter 21

October 16, 1999

(Revised 4/24/05)

The Dragonlord's Forum

The world of Centuria is copyright ©L.A. Malcor 1994

Welcome to the Dragonlords of Dumnonia newsletter for Ryanon's Base Camp. The following is information to keep you up-to-date on what's happening around Centuria. Good luck to you in battle or adventure.

Events

These are upcoming online events. Please check the message board on the main site and the events schedule on the Members Only site frequently. Dates do change occasionally, and other information you need to enjoy the RPs is linked to each event. We don't want to clutter your mailboxes with all of this data, so please make use of the website as much as you can.

Note:  This month's RP will be held on Delphi. Note the change! If people like this new system, we will abandon IRC and go with Delphi permanently. You should have received your invite in your e-mail, but not all of you have visited the forum yet. Please do so prior to the event if you have not done so already. If you need an invite to the forum, message me at Legend@malcor.com.

Terran Date Centurian Date Event Description
July 26, 1999 (Continuing as E-mail RP) 11.10.1999 Fast of the Dead; Horse Races at Red Bluff Castle; need additional plot.
September 27, 1999 (In Progress as E-Mail RP) 6.13.1999 Feast of the Elven King; Battle (Ryanon's, Darrell's and Talon's Base Camps on the Dumnonian Front Line; Krin's and Gavain's Base Camps patrol the Other Continent; Rainier's Camp patrols Rashtar); Aftermath.
October 25, 1999 (Moved to November 1, 1999) 4.15.1999 Feast of Plenty; Horse Races at Starfire Castle; Mage Histukel's Natal Day.
November 22, 1999 2.17.1999 Feast of the Dark One; Elven Warrior Halaberiel's Natal Day; need additional plot.
December 27, 1999 2.17.1999 Feast of the Mother; drawing for rotations in King's Camp in Dumnonia, Horse Races at Tramson Castle on the Other Continent.

We will soon be figuring out the RP schedule for next year. If you have suggestions for additional plots or for other activities that you would like to see during the online RP sessions, contact the online coordinator, Dragonlord Krin, at Legend@malcor.com.

Adoptables

Here are the characters who are currently available for adoption. Message Dragonlord Krin at Legend@malcor.com if you'd like to give any of these folks a home!

FROM THE DRAGONLORD

Greetings!

In this month's newsletter I want to address the issue of participation.

Dragonlords is an extremely low-pressure group as fan organizations go. There are no dues, and you are not required to do any more work than you choose to do. That includes participating in group stories or RPs. Given the overall level of participation in the clubs, I do find myself wondering upon occasion whether we're a little too laid back. But a little investigating on my part has actually revealed another problem behind our apparent lack of participation. This problem actually has a lot to do with a player's perception of what being involved entails.

Myth 1: You have to have read the stories in order to participate.

Absolutely not! This is why I am personally so heavily involved in Dragonlords. I approve everything that is printed in the fanzine, and I go over every log for inconsistencies between my world and what other people write about it. If you are afraid of making a mistake in an e-mail RP, send me the response individually, and I will post it to the group--editing if necessary--along with my next reply. If you are afraid of making a mistake in an online RP, don't be! I am always at the events, and I will always let people know if something is impossible on Centuria. The truth of the matter is that if you are familiar with AD&D, there is very little that differs from what you already know and gaming systems you have already enjoyed. About the only difference is that we are online instead of being crammed into someone's living room with tons of cold pizza and several liters of Coke and piles of dice. If you want to use dice to determine your character's reactions, if you want to play by AD&D rules, if you want to refer to AD&D monsters, or if you want to do anything else that draws upon a system such as AD&D with which you might be more familiar, go ahead! All the other players will see is the end result: "My character gets angry." If a creature has another name or slightly different details on Centuria, I'll edit that bit. "I decapitate my opponent" (that is, I made a critical hit with my +2 longsword <g>). If you don't want to mess with any of that stuff, you don't have to. There really aren't any +2 longswords on Centuria anyway, but there are magical and nonmagical weapons that are the equivalent of such swords. "I swing my longsword and put a dent in the giant's shield." You don't even have to go that far. Tell me, "I swing my longsword," and I will be more than happy to tell you the result: maybe you cut a goblin on the arm or maybe, depending on where you were doing the swinging, you knocked a tray of drinks out of barmaid's hands and drenched the lethal-looking elf who was sitting behind her, minding his own business <g>. (People who have told group stories with me or actually played on my world for extended periods of time know that it is extremely dangerous to leave things up to my imagination <G>.) The point is that no one is going to get upset or mad if you make a mistake. Anything that is a glitch will be fixed. You can't do something wrong and have it wind up in "real" history. If you don't know how to do something that you want to do, ask me! I'll be happy to tell you how to do it. Want to appeal up your chain of command but don't know who is in charge? Ask! Want to fight a demon or hunt for treasure or go on a spy mission? Ask! There is nothing you can write that will cause an insoluble problem. What does cause a problem is not writing anything at all. If you don't write, nothing happens and the world and game go nowhere.

Myth 2: I don't know my character well enough.

I hear this one mainly from people who have joined by adopting characters. Know what? Odds are that no one else knows your character at all. If you've never contributed anything, no one knows your character's name nor gender nor race nor rank nor anything else about your character. Now all that stuff is sitting on your character sheet, so you actually do know a whole lot more about your character than anyone else in the game. Again, if you try to have your character do something that is impossible, we'll fix it--or I could decide to get really nasty and just let you do it, explaining the impossible by one of Centuria's magic fluxes or some other unusual event <g>. I let players get away with some surprising things. Try calling on a deity sometime if you want to see exactly how strange some of those things are. (Note: Calling on a deity, as any of my experienced players can tell you, is generally a very, very bad idea. But I have been known to let people figure that out for themselves <g>.) The point is that you do know your character well enough to participate in group stories or RPs and participating in these activities is what will help you get to know your character even better. If you never look at your sheet and you never type "My character waves at Krin" and you never do anything else, then your character does not really exist as far as the other characters are concerned. If you do type something, anything at all, I guarantee you that I will respond to it, and quite possibly several other players will as well.

Myth 3: I don't write well enough.

You wrote well enough to submit your character sheet. Really, there is nothing more complicated required than that. In fact, things usually get a lot less complicated once your character is approved. You aren't expected to turn out 25-page short tales that Amazing Stories would pay you top dollar to publish in their next issue. You are being asked to type anything--anything at all--into e-mail messages or in chat rooms. You don't even have to worry about whether what you type is grammatically correct or spelled properly. Editors fix everything <g>. But editors have nothing to work with if you don't give them anything. Show up at an RP and give it a try. Or add to an e-mail story. Just get your feet wet. Honest! We really don't bite <g>.

Myth 4: I don't have the time.

While I realize that it's a mad, mad, mad, mad world out there in "real life," I could probably beat most of you in a "To Do" list competition. I'm a professional author, the mother of a three-year-old, a gay rights activist, an active church member, a webdesigner in charge of over half a dozen sites, and a whole lot more. I work in my contributions to Dragonlords between all the other things that I do (such as answering 700 to 800 e-mail messages per day). I know it is hard for some of you to get computer access. I know some of you have a work schedule that makes attending RPs difficult. I know some of you are on the wrong side of the globe to attend an RP. But those things should not stop you from contributing to the e-mail RPs, which you can do at your leisure. I've honestly had some members send me long messages explaining why they don't have time to participate. If, instead, they had used the time they spent sending that message to have their character take a sip of wine or kick a pebble or wave "Hi" to another character, they would have been participating in telling a group story.

In other words, what I'm hearing is a general perception that for any of these four reasons, or perhaps for another reason, most members do not think that they can contribute to the stories that are told in Dragonlords. The only reason that they can't is that they have convinced themselves that they can't. To steal blatantly from one of my son's favorite shows, Blues Clues, you can do anything that you want to do. The cliché that "every little bit helps" is a cliché because it happens to be true. Anything you can contribute is infinitely better than nothing, and all participation, no matter how small or great, is most welcome and tremendously appreciated.

So anyone now planning to reply to an e-mail RP or show up at our next event ?

Eternal Death to the Dark One!

Dragonlord Krin

If you have a suggestion for an essay that you would like to see in this column, send it to Dragonlord Krin at Legend@malcor.com.

Birthdays

For Members:

November: None.

December: 23--Anna Kuznia

January: None.

For Characters:

Month 17: Feast of the Dark One

  3.17.1967--Lord Sheehan
  3.17.1940--Master Beast Guilder (jockey) Zvi
  7.17.1964--Exercise Master Danal
  7.17.1966--Dragonrider Rainier
  9.17.1797-Servant Lorian
  12.17.1040--Arion (Unicorn)
  14.17.1986--Lady Haileigh

Month 18: Fast of the Free

  3.18.1962--Master Beast Guilder (Jockey) Reuven
  5.18.1974 --Dragonrider Marianee
  6.18.1977--Apprentice Caravaneer Sulan

Month 19: Feast of the Mother

  1.19.1997(?)--Caylee (baby)
  2.19.1984--Fighter Renix
  3.19.1949--Dragonrider Wyland
  6.19.1943--Dragonrider Orlena
  10.19.1963--Dragonrider Jilian
  13.19.1981--Bronze Stripling Desi
  19.19.1939-Lord Kaxander
  19.19.1972--Dragonrider Yannia
  20.19.1823--Master Headcook Tara

Positions Vacant

These positions still need to be filled. We'd really appreciate the help!

  1. Banker: If you are great with numbers (or if you simply know how to use Excel or a similar program) this is the job for you! We need help keeping track of all that treasure you folks are picking up in battle, what you are buying at market days, what you are winning at the races, and all the other little details that go into making Dragonlords run smoothly. Any budding moneychangers out there <g>?

  2. Timeline Keeper: We need some help reconciling the timeline from the Centuria series with the club timeline. The job involves going through the books and short stories to detail what happened when. Anyone want to lend a hand?
  3. Proofreader: As you noticed in this month's essay, we need people to help proofread the character sheets and other materials for glitches. Any budding editors out there who would like to lend a hand?

Contact Dragonlord Krin at Legend@malcor.com for more details.

Awaken the Dragons!

We need stories and art for Awaken the Dragons!, the fanzine for Ryanon's Base Camp. . The current issue will be sent out shortly. The next deadline is September 30th .

Remember, those of you who are running characters who have "requirements" need to get stories and/or art in by the end of the year. The requirement for a story used to be only 1000 words (That's only four pages, double-spaced.). The BOD has currently lifted the word requirement in an attempt to get more submissions. Please take advantage of this opportunity to "qualify" your characters! Put something from a log into prose. Have your character watch a sunset. Send him or her to the corner for a loaf of bread. (People who have role-played with me for a significant number of years know that this last prospect is an extremely dangerous activity on Centuria <G>.) Just have them do something! You'll never get to know your characters if you don't write about them. I go over all submissions and edit them for consistency with the world, so don't worry about making a mistake. The only way you can fail is not to try.

Send stories or poems to Lady Zara at amberfocus@hotmail.com. Artwork should be sent directly to Dragonlord Timber at healermoon@gmail.com. Remember, you need to file a release form with L.A. Malcor prior to the publication of the 'zine if you contribute text. (No release is necessary for artwork.) Release forms are available online at

http://www.dragonlordsnet.com/release.htm

Full submission guidelines are at

http://www.dragonlordsnet.com/submit.htm

Please remember to send all submissions in ASCII or .TXT format.

Ads

"DRAGONPROPHET" PUBLISHED (Again)!

The first of the Centuria stories was published online by Eternity Magazine.

"Dragonprophet" was nominated for Best Story of the Year for Eternity Magazine. It will also appear in a trade paperback anthology of The Best of Eternity, scheduled for release in Fall/Winter 1999. Cover price will be $19.95. You can preorder copies at $14.95 by using this form: [Plans for anthology canceled June 2000.]

Also, remember that members of Dragonlords are entitled to read the completed, yet unpublished, Centuria stories. Contact Dragonlord Krin at Legend@malcor.com for your copies.

Other Publication News.

From Scythia to Camelot, the nonfiction book about King Arthur that I coauthored with C. Scott Littleton, will be going into paperback. Estimated release date is December 1999, and the cover price will probably be somewhere around $25.95. This edition will be revised from the original, with corrections of errata, new material and a new appendix. Garland has also promised that the index will be corrected in this copy.

My article on Lucius Artorius Castus, the Roman soldier who I think was the historical figure behind the legends of King Arthur, is online at

http://members.aol.com/heroicage1/Issue1/halac.htm

The follow-up article will be published soon.

Dragonlords Webring.

Dragonlords has started its own webring. You can find out how to join the ring at

http://www.dragonlordsnet.com/wrdlords.htm

Only members of Dragonlords may join the ring, but they may add as many sites (business, personal, or to another group whose sites are maintained by a Dragonlords member) as they please.

Dragonlords' Chat List.

Dragonlords has started a new chat list where you can discuss the Centuria books (or anything else <g>) with L.A. Malcor. The URL to join the list is

http://www.dragonlordsnet.com/chat.htm

Dragonlords' Bookstore.

If you want to buy a book online, remember that Dragonlords has a store in association with Amazon.com. When you buy through our store, Dragonlords earns a fee. All money goes to help defray the cost of running Dragonlords so our memberships can stay free. The URL of our bookstore is

http://www.dragonlordsnet.com/bkstore.htm

Dragonlords' Video Store.

Dragonlords also has an online video store in association with Reel.com. You can look up filmographies of actors and directors as well as buy videos. Proceeds go to help defray the cost of running Dragonlords.[Discontinued March 15, 2000]

There is a new special section for the Academy Awards. Check it out!

Dragonlords' T-shirt

Since no designs have been submitted for a club T-shirt, we're going to put this project on hold until the club decides they want one.

If you would like to submit a design for the club T-shirt, send your suggestion in .gif or .jpg format to Dragonlord Krin at Legend@malcor.com. Try to keep your design suggestions to four colors or less, since that will significantly cut our costs.

As soon as at least two submissions are received, Krin will put the suggestions up on a webpage so we can vote on what we like best. Once the design is chosen, Krin will put up a sign-up sheet so we can see how many people actually want the shirts. Pricing will vary, depending on how many shirts are ordered.

You have completed your assignment thus far;
continue to strive onwards.

Until next forum,
keep safe!

Dragonlord Krin

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