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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2017 Event DatesNovember 7th, 2016
Here are our 2017 Event Dates:
Novitas New Year! January 6-8
Regular Weekend Events:
- February 3-5
- March 3-5
- April 7-9
- May 5-7
- June 2-4
- July 7-9
- August 4-6
- September 1-3
- September 29-October 1
- November 3-5
Hope to see you there!
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New Location!September 26th, 2016
From here on out, Kingdoms of Novitas will be at a new location! We are moving to Hoover Adventure Center in Tully, NY. Novitas is excited to start its journey at Hoover Adventure Center and we hope to see you there this weekend at our October event!
The address is
2065 Song Lake Crossing
Tully, NY 13159
Click here for Directions to the event http://www.kingdomsofnovitas.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=9
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A New BeginningSeptember 5th, 2016
The folk of Pinedale gather at the Inn, to celebrate their long-awaited victory over the Al'Carn and his Legion. Strong ales and wines are passed around, a feast is prepared, and music fills the air. The celebrations quickly spill over into the surrounding town, and people dance and sing, hug and kiss, as they grow giddy with happiness over their new-found victory – and security.
Suddenly, the druids of the town all stop in their tracks, the same struck-dumb looks on their faces. As one, they hurry towards the lake. Those that notice, mostly the seasoned adventurers of the town, follow behind them. As they move towards the lake, they see countless animals, small and large, heading rapidly in the opposite direction.
Then, the ground shakes. Just a small tremor, but it lasts several minutes.
When the large group of adventurers arrives at the beach, they witness another celebration: Pisceans play and cavort in the shallows, dozens of them, perhaps hundreds – it is hard to tell, as the water is practically boiling with leaping and splashing fishfolk. Atticus walks forward, and asks one of them a question in Draconic. A rapid conversation ensues, then he turns back to his friends.
"He says their master has returned, and we will all be washed away. He says we must leave or we'll be drowned."
Sidhan steps forward and asks, "Leave the beach? That's fine, it's their lake anyway."
"No", says Atticus. "Leave Pinedale."
"We'll see about that!", growls Ivan, drawing his sword and advancing on the nearest Piscean.
All at once, the center of the lake erupts, and a head as big as the Inn emerges, mounted atop a long, sinuous neck. It's the largest creature anyone has ever seen – has ever heard of! – and it stretches its head forward, fixes Ivan (now stock-still) with a huge, baleful green eye, and speaks.
"You will not harm my children, Ivan Freelander. None of you drylanders will do so. I am Pisces, returned from my slumber, and I have decided to make my home here, in the ancient ruins of Nalbendel."
"This lake is not large enough for my complete comfort, so I have decided to… expand it. I have used ancient Draconic rituals to cause the lake to fill to a more satisfactory level. Sadly, for you, the gradual rise in the water level here will soon engulf Pinedale and Cairnhold. You have three days to gather whatever belongings you treasure and depart in peace."
The immense form of the dragon, hundreds of feet long, begins to emerge from the water, coiled upon itself like an enormous serpent. The Pisceans caper and gambol in ecstacy, their celebrations growing frantic. They are in the presence of a god, their god, and the futility of opposing this being is obvious to all present.
The enormous head rears back, and it roars. The force of the blast pushes many of the townsfolk off their feet (though, interestingly, the more observant amongst them notice that the Pisceans seem unaffected by it) and most of them take to their heels.
Octavius steps forward, his face hard, and starts to speak, but Pisces head shoots forward in a blur and butts into him. Octavius flies several feet, and lands hard, the front of his segmentata armor dented and hissing, being eaten slowly by acid. Others rush to aid him, and some draw weapons.
"BEGONE!", bellows the god-dragon. "You show more bravery than sense, little dogs. You have three days!"
Pisces whispers some words, and a shimmering field of force descends around the lake, trapping the beast and his children inside, and keeping the townsfolk out. Marcus steps forward and touches it, and receives a nasty jolt to his arm.
Janos the Scholar steps forward and gathers several large rocks. He places one right at the edge of the bubble, then measures a pace away and places another, then another a further pace. He returns to the first rock. "See? Already his shield expands!" The bubble is now an inch over the first rock Janos placed. "I suggest we get back to town and begin packing – NOW!"
Two days later, the water level had continued to rise, and was now at the far edge of the field outside town. The protective bubble Pisces erected had faded a day later, but the water never stopped rising. The engulfing of Pinedale was inevitable.
The third morning, an old man with a staff strode into town.
"I am Elderman Tomas, from Maplewood. Some of you have passed through our little town, about thirty miles southwest of here, before. We heard that you had finally dealt with the scourge of that lich a few days ago, and I set off to come here and confirm that it was really true. You see, all these past years, while you've been playing politics with Cairnhold, having your truces and stalemates with the undead, that lich was sending his minions far and wide, slaying all they found. It's been almost ten years we've been suffering, and our poor town's population has been cut in half."
"Now, I arrive here and see that you have new problems of your own. I had to walk a day out of my way just to get around this new inland sea – it's quite large! And it seems to still be growing! It looks very much like you need to find new homes for yourselves. I'd like to extend an invitation to all of you to move to Maplewood. We have plenty of vacant houses, and we've erected a goodly number of large tents with fine wooden plank floors if the houses and cabins aren't enough. While our inn is very fine, Merchant Town would do well with some new commerce. The trade routes will have to re-route around this lake, and if all of your fine craftspeople and merchants relocate to Maplewood, we'll have a leg up on the competition right away!"
"Furthermore, Maplewood is somewhat more… civilized than Pinedale ever was. After all, we're much closer to Terra and Civen than Pinedale is, so people are just more used to following some rules and laws. We have many advantages. And I'm sure you know about the Helix."
Oz the Merchant's head came up sharply. "The what?", he said.
"I thought everyone knew about the Helix of Maplewood", said Tomas. "It's the reason for the town's existence. There is some sort of enormous ancient artifact buried beneath the town. It heals us and protects us, and the town. All residents of Maplewood benefit from it – as long as they don't break the laws."
"Laws?", said Dren. "We're not used to much in the way of laws here. This is the Freelands."
"Our laws are very simple", said Tomas. "Don't hurt or kill other people, and don't deprive anyone of their property or dignity."
"Who enforces these laws?", asks Dren.
"Why, the Helix does, of course, with the assistance of the townsfolk, occasionally, and the Elders. Those who break the laws lose the benefits of the Helix – in fact, they feel themselves subtly repelled from Maplewood and the surrounding area. We call it The Shunning. The Elders can ask the Helix to shun someone, and ask it to lift it too. It's all very civilized."
"We can tell you more about it all when you arrive", said Tomas, "but we should get on the road quickly. The water seems to still be rising."
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August TeaserJuly 19th, 2016
The hunt is on to defeat the forces of darkness that threaten to level the Freelands. Can the adventurers of Pinedale come together and defeat Cairnhold once and for all?
And what of the Pisceans? What of their cryptic messages of doom? Could this have anything to do with Cairnhold or is there a new danger coming to Pinedale?
Find out at our August event!
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April 1-3March 16th, 2016
It's two weeks until the first regular event of the season! We're ready! Are you?
Remember to go over this year's rules changes! http://www.kingdomsofnovitas.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=10715
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