Player Profile: Kate DominguezApril 21st, 2017
How long have you been playing?: My first event was August 2016. I discovered the Kingdoms of Novitas community through my friend Dave C. who had been attending KoN events for years.
Describe your character: I play Ellenor Vold, a young human woman who struggles with handling grief, understanding faith, and fighting self-doubt. She makes commitments quickly and then is forced to deal with the consequences.
Her goal is to grow stronger and to not be seen as weak or vulnerable. After the death of her close friend and potential love-interest Richard the bard, she joined the Running Rhinos -a mercenary fighting gang- becoming their first female member. She looks up to Fe da Butcher, the leader of the Rhinos, as a fighting coach and mentor. As Ellenor has said, "The Rhinos leap before they look. So they usually make stupid decisions. I guess that means I'm a perfect fit with them."
What was your favorite in game moment?: It's difficult to choose just one! Swearing the Running Rhino’s loyalty oath and becoming a full member of the group was a recent highlight. After I repeated the words of the oath, all the members of the Rhinos clapped and cheered and stomped on the floor of our cabin. There was such a strong sense of togetherness and brotherhood. I normally feel that exuberant joy about this wonderful community out of game; it was cool to feel the same way in character.
Butcher sets the tone and makes the Rhinos a great crew to be a part of. We’re always over-confidently charging forward and getting in way over our heads. It makes for great drama! I can see why the Rhinos won the Best PC Roleplaying Award this year. We’ll show Thaerion and her elves one of these days!
Why do you love Kingdoms of Novitas?: This community is fantastic. Friendly, welcoming, accepting, thoughtful, well-organized, well-run, funny, nerdy… As a friend said, “Every nerdy reference I made, someone there got it.” I walked away after my first event thinking, “I’ve found my people.” At Novitas, I have made some incredible friends.
I love that the people here care about great story-telling. Thought is put into every detail- from foreshadowing and plotting of giant battles to the motivations of a single non-player character in the inn. I am still talking about plots from Novitas months later. I have laughed out loud over and over reading (and rereading) in-character blog posts written by other players as I count down the days to the next event. Even at my first event, other players made an effort to include my player character in their adventures and gave me room to add to their plots.
I've now been writing Ellenor stories regularly on the KoN player blog since August 2016. I was honored to receive the 2016 End of Season – Best Blog Award. I love capturing characters and scenes in words (and joining in the hilarious discussions that happen in the blog comments). It’s a joy to reread the stories and remember the fun of that event! Plotting and writing crossover stories with other players is such a delight, it sustains my excitement for KoN all month!
For April Fool's Day this year, several other players and I wrote "behind the scenes" stories. I rewrote the story of a tense argument that happened in game between Ellenor and Rykir from Kate-the-player’s perspective- which showed that out of character I was trying not to laugh several times in this “serious” scene. I’m a better writer than actress, but with help from the other players I’m learning!
Who is your favorite PC?: I have several. My favorite is a tie between Daitoro and Rykir.
I thought because I knew the person who plays Daitoro out of game, our characters would easily be friends in game, but his character is terrifying! When I first met him in character, I tried to act friendly, but Daitoro just glared at me from behind his mask and called me nosy. I've now incorporated nosiness as a character trait for Ellenor because of that moment. Dave C. puts great thought into his character's story and actions and he has a wonderful memory, which helps me write blogs after the events!
Rykir is a member of the Wardens; they try to lift the fallen and help those who can’t help themselves. He cares about people and tries to make the best moral choices possible in a complicated world. I admire that in and out of character. Rykir quickly became like an older brother to Ellenor, an authority figure and a moral "North Star". Sometimes she fights with him and sometimes she appreciates his advice. He helped her to not die after she made an extremely poor decision a few months ago, so now she feels that she owes him a life debt. Reading the letter Rykir wrote to Ellenor after his mentor (Oscar, the founder of the Wardens) died was one of my favorite in-game moments to date.
What did you think your character concept was? What is it now?: I created my player character, Ellenor Vold, on my first ever event weekend, and I didn't have any backstory written for her in advance, so she started out very much like me. She was friendly and chatty and outgoing, a new person in a new town, still trying to figure everything out. I later wrote that she had left home to get away from the persistent smothering atmosphere of grief that’s lasted for years since her younger brother drowned.
She’s been through some growing pains since then! After her potential love-interest Richard the bard died in a mysterious Temple fire in Pinedale, Ellenor went through a period of depression and anger and joined the Running Rhinos. Now she cares deeply about a few friends but can be brutally callous to people she doesn't know. She's been wearing a facade of cruelty and cynicism to cover up her fears, but the longer she fakes it, the more it will stick. The hardest part for me as an actress is trying not to smile!
How many PCs have you had? What happened to them?: Ellenor is my first and only Player Character so far. A lot has happened to her! I've written over 100 blog posts of scenes from her life. I cause her to experience so much suffering that my blog has been nicknamed #TeamSadism. I actually have to work hard to make her life difficult because so many player characters try to be nice to her!
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Player Profile: Felix SanchezApril 6th, 2017
How long have you been playing?: I've been playing KoN since 2014 so about 3 years.
Describe your character: I play Fe da Butcher. He is a straightforward man. He enjoys the fight– at times he does not learn his lesson. Butcher is extremely money-hungry and he would do anything to gain coin–even through unsavory acts. He finds magic in combat to be a cowardly thing and has never fully adopted the use of it. Butcher enjoys the company of men and the gambling table. He has a minor distaste for elves.
What was your favorite in game moment?: While in Pinedale, a man with his master's will was trying to give it to someone worthy. I bought the will off of the man that promised riches under a tree in the Field of Betrayal. After looking for it for a while. I came to the conclusion that this was a fake will. So, I placed it on the trail so someone could be fooled by it. Unbeknownst to me, later that day, Thaerion (a wood elf PC) had a problem of some kind with Ithvendish (a wood elf noble) that lead her to take his bag of items. She placed it in the Field of Betrayal under the Crooked Tree. A small group of PCs found the will and went to the tree. There was Ithvendish’s bag which made the fake will turn into the real thing.
Why do you love Kingdoms of Novitas?: KoN is a different LARP feel than what I was used to. Being able to loot actual things and not having to pretend is a great start to any LARP. What really pulled me in was walking into the Logistics building and seeing the coin and the make-up table. I definitely fell in love with the role play, the community, and seeing PCs so serious and into the world which is a big thing for my experience.
Who is your favorite PC?: Meeting Marcus for the first time was an interesting experience. Back at Pinedale, Marcus had been giving my character helpful advice so for a long time. So, I would have to say Steve Arnold's character Marcus.
What did you think your character concept was? What is it now?: When I first entered the game, my concept was to become my PC group, the Running Rhino’s merchant. What it is now is a leader of a group, and I turned into a fighter. Now my concept is to bring the Rhinos to Glory, Honor, and Wealth to become a guild people can love and fear.
How many PCs have you had? What happened to them?: I never had any other character except Butcher and I don't plan on it unless he dies.
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Player Profile: David MorganMarch 24th, 2017
How long have you been playing?: I started with the first Kingdoms of Novitas event September of 2004, been here from day one. I started off as a player. As the game grew in the early years, I assisted with what was to become Logistics, becoming its first marshal when that system was put in place. Became a GM as well, and after a few years of that moved on to become Plot Marshal for a few years before giving that up and just being a player for a bit. I am currently one of the go-to people for anything technology related (forums, website etc.)
Describe your character: My current PC is Narene Tvarus and ex operative of Evenandra and current self-appointed protector of the area around Maplewood. He is older (218 years old), and in his life has been to just about every corner of Novitas. He has spent more of his life outside of Evenandra than within the wall, so he is unlike most High Elves. He is more understanding of other cultures and how to deal with them than a typical Evenandran. A lover of all things beautiful, art, song, and women and not afraid to voice his options–with a high elf twist.
What was your favorite in game moment?: There have been so many over the years. I have been fortunate to take part in so many epic events, but the best is probably the “Death” of my first PC, Cambrin DeSoto. Not every day you sacrifice yourself to save a god in front of half the town. It was a very tense time in Pinedale, the entire town on the verge of going to war with each other. You could cut then tension in that room with a knife.
Why do you love Kingdoms of Novitas?: KoN has given me the opportunity to meet some of the most amazing people ever. I have made so many lifelong friends here and will make more as we go on!
Who is your favorite PC?: There are so many but it has to be Riona Tvarus. Narene is a very different character now than before they met and eventually married. It was all by accident, but she has had a huge influence on Narene, and I could not imagine playing Narene without Riona.
What did you think your character concept was? What is it now?: When I created Narene, he was supposed to be a lot of things that I was not IRL, as opposed to my first PC who was me in funny clothes. Gave him the standard tragic back story and built him around the concept of a High Elf James Bond. All that lasted until I met Riona Tvarus, and by pure accident they clicked, became friends, lovers, and eventually married. Riona has changed Narene (and Narene, Riona I think) showing him he could love again and care for things. None of this was planned at all, just sort of happened. That's the power of the living world we have created. You never know where you’re going to end up! Much of this story is still around in Narene blog–entries going back 8 years!
How many PCs have you had? What happened to them?: I have had 2 PC's Narene, and my 1st PC Cambrin DeSoto. As I have stated Cambrin was me in funny clothes, and though I had a great time playing him with the NSGG (Not so Good Group), eventually I wanted to explore different things as a PC, and the “me in funny” clothes concept was holding me back. So, I decided to kill him off. Well, that decision led to a course of events that changed Pinedale, almost caused a civil war and ended up with Cambrin “killing” himself to insure the Elemental would ascend back into godhood–a fairly epic way to retire a PC!
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As many of you know, two of our long-time veteran players, Ricky and Camila Servello, recently had twin baby girls. They were born twelve weeks premature, and things looked scary for a while, but with the care of some truly excellent medical personnel in Rochester, all is well and both babies are home now with Ricky and Camila.
The March of Dimes is a 501©(3) charity:
"The March of Dimes works to end premature birth and other problems that threaten our babies. We help moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. If something goes wrong, we offer information and comfort to families. We research the reasons why babies are born too soon or very sick and work on preventions."
The work of the March of Dimes directly impacted the health and wellness of these two tiny future LARPers.
All monies will be collected together and donated by Camila and my wife Diana (who has been involved with the MoD for years) at their March for Babies on May 20, 2017 in Rochester.
If you desire to write a check for tax purposes, please make it out to the March of Dimes. KoN cannot provide receipts for this purpose for cash donations.
Please give generously.
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Player Profile: Amy DiLalloMarch 9th, 2017
How long have you been playing?: Consecutively, April will be my 1 year, but my first event was April of 2 years ago.
Describe your character: My character, Zariel Eiris, is a wood elf faekin, she currently loves getting into mischief, and messing around with others and seeing what she can get away with. She will like almost anyone she encounters, until proven otherwise.
What was your favorite in game moment?: As a NPC was being apart of the plot with the Wight King against Marcus, and just listening to Dan scream Marcus' name gave me chills. As a PC Zariel hasn't been around much, but I think my favorite moment was Lord Ithvendish's wedding, when Zariel started feeling more "in" with the other elves, even though the wedding was almost messed up by her….whoops.
Why do you love Kingdoms of Novitas?: The people, 100%. I've never been so quickly accepted into a large group of people than Kingdoms of Novitas, everyone is so nice and accepting here. I love it and I don't think I could ever leave.
Who is your favorite PC?: Currently, I think my favorite PC is Riona, played by Tammy Anguish. Right from the first event I brought Zariel in, Riona has always made her feel welcome.
What did you think your character concept was? What is it now?: Currently, I think my character concept is up in the air, I sorta had one in my backstory about her wanting to see more creatures, which she has, but she hasn't made that her priority, but she does write them down.
How many PCs have you had? What happened to them?: Zariel is my only PC currently and I've only been playing her since October 2016.
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Player Profile: Courtinie ForbesFebruary 23rd, 2017
How long have you been playing?: April 2017 will mark four years since I joined Kingdoms of Novitas.
Describe your character: My character is an Earthkin named Beryl Finderkeep, the Child of Greed. She started off as a drifter that rolled into Pinedale because Adventurers are always leaving their things on the ground. I spent my first year finding lost items and either keeping them or reselling them for a small profit. She is now a partner in the Owl and Ore General store, which operates by the ingenuity of several of our game's promising merchant folk. She is still an avid collector of lost items, but has her hand in much larger pots.
What was your favorite in game moment?: My favorite in game moment would probably my character's engagement/marriage. It came completely out of the blue and their antics continue to be a driving force in Beryl's character development. Her partner is an elf, and it has made for some interesting situations. Every part of the arc has been ridiculously non-tradtional and unique right down to our rushed nuptials. I hope the Frayrim-Finderkeeps are very happy for a long time to come.
Why do you love Kingdoms of Novitas?: What I love about Novitas is the community. Some of the people I first met four years ago are some of my best friends. It was a place to belong and be noticed when I needed it the most.
Who is your favorite PC?: At the moment my favorite character is Amy Dilallo's Zariel, a white faekin elf
that is going to have Beryl's babies. I also really like watching the Rhinos running off to save the day.
What did you think your character concept was? What is it now?: I wasn't sure what I really wanted to play when I first started Novitas. I actually NPC'd a full two games before bringing in a 'throw away bag lady' character that is the Beryl Finderkeep I know and love today. Now the concept is seeing how much Beryl can push the limits.
How many PCs have you had? What happened to them?: I've only had the one character for the last almost four years, and unless something drastic happens I don't foresee myself bringing in a new one anytime soon.
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Player Profile: David HaldenwangFebruary 9th, 2017
How long have you been playing?: My first Kingdoms of Novitas event was in May 2004, although we were technically still part of Adventures in Mid-Land for that event.
Describe your character: My only current PC is Ivan Freelander, born Ivan Bjornisson, also called Ivan the Red, once known as King Ivan of the Freelands, First of His Name. He’s a tribesman berserker who left the tribelands over a decade ago, after his uncontrollable rages caused too much trouble for his clan. He eventually settled in Pinedale, and moved to Maplewood when Pinedale was flooded. He’s honest and principled to a fault, but also tactless and brash. He tries very hard to always do the good and honest thing, and, while he believes that people with weapons should be able to take care of themselves, he’ll put himself in danger to defend the helpless. He’s currently a semi-retired member of the Brave Companions adventuring group and a sought-after merchant of high-quality magical items and weapons, and spends most of his time drinking ale and accosting pretty women in the Spinning Jenny.
What was your favorite in game moment?: The time Ivan faced down the entire town on the road to the beach, shaming them for wanting to kill the Slatestones for unfounded allegations that they were evil. Turns out, they actually WERE murderous Darkness worshippers, but we all make mistakes…
Why do you love Kingdoms of Novitas?: Those occasional magical moments when you become your character. I love the depth of our classless system, how it can be as deep and complex, or as simple, as you want it to be for yourself.
Who is your favorite PC?: I currently very much enjoy watching Courtinie play Beryl Finderkeep, and Mike Benson’s Stan the Bard. I also have a real soft spot for all the “on the down low” evil characters that are around – there are more of them than anyone suspects!
What did you think your character concept was? What is it now?: Originally, I wanted to play a stereotypical Dellin Tribesman. He was bold and brash, honest and principled, and extremely good-natured and outgoing, ready to crack a friendly joke with anyone, and loved giving people fun nicknames. Sadly, a woman broke his heart, and since then, he’s had a little harder edges. The good-naturedness has crumbled away under the weight a decade of Freelands adventuring life. His honesty and principles remain intact, but there’s often a disdain for newer folks he meets, because he’s pretty sure you’ll be dead in a year or two, and he doesn’t want to get close to you.
How many PCs have you had?: Four.
What happened to them?: Judge Vladimir Ilianovitch Strvychenko, a human priest of Shevel (a god from Mid-Land). He was retired after our first event because we invented the world of Novitas between our first and second events, and he no longer made sense. Adimo Decido, a Terran necromancer – he was stabbed in the back, murdered in the street by two other PCs he trusted, in broad daylight in the game’s second year. Zhuhao Wei Xingfeng, a Snow Goblin noble who founded the House of Cherry Blossoms in Pinedale (along with the two players whose PCs murdered Adimo Decido), was retired after about three years, for two reasons: I was really tired of doing noble Snow Goblin makeup and encampment, and I was really enjoying playing Ivan, who was my first (and only) alt. And I’m currently playing Ivan Freelander, who has been in-game since February 2009, and my only PC since October 2009. Ivan is capped – I’ve checked every box available to him on his character sheet – so it might be time for a new project…
Thank you Dave for your thirteen years at Novitas! Keep a look out for our next player profile!
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Price IncreaseFebruary 1st, 2017
Hello, everyone! Here's a reminder that:
- the site fee has increased to $30 dollars.
- our "first event is free" policy has been moved to a "your second event is free" policy.
I hope to see you at an event soon! Happy LARPing!
(For more information, see this post on the forums http://www.kingdomsofnovitas.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=10994)
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End of Season AwardsJanuary 7th, 2017
Courtinie Forbes Best PC Garb or Prop
David Haldenwang, Amanda Deerkop, Bryan Graham, and Kyle Egert Best GM Encounter for their part in killing the Al'Carn
Courtinie Forbes and Amy DiLallo Best NPC Roleplaying for "Spirit Juice"
The Rhinos: Felix Sanchez, Joshua Shear, Kate Dominguez, and Nate Beebe Best PC Roleplaying for their feud with the Druids
David Morgan, Tammy Anguish, Jenica Rogers, and David Haldenwang for Best PC Encampments
Richard Baldwin Most Heroic Action for Reaver Saving Dwyn
Julia Heller Most Helpful Staff Member
Zara Schmidt Best New Player Garb
Joanna Wanfried Adam del Cano Award for Sportsmanship for lying dead all morning on her first PC Shift
Kate Dominguez Best Blog
The Al'Carn Best Character Death
Gil Ocasio Scotty Travis Golden Loincloth Award for the most ridiculously overblown NPC action
Courtinie Forbes Dan Meerschaert Award for Exceptional Avarice
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Reminder!November 28th, 2016
Brief reminder that there is no December game this year! Our next event is Novitas New Year in January. Hope to see you there!
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