In keeping with my goal of improving my boffer skills, I had my second boffer practice today. I got there later than I intended, so that cut into practice time a bit, but since it was pretty hot today, later was probably better. Even as the evening cooled off into night, I was still sweating pretty hard through practice. We spent most of our time with two swords, and a little while with one. We have no shields to practice with, but I’m thinking about looking into changing that. Maybe I can find someone to borrow a shield from so I can give it a serious try and decide whether or not I want my next boffer character to be a “sword and board” type, as they call it. People tell me my lack of height would be an advantage with a shield, since it would cover a fairly large percentage of my target-able surface. (Plus, as I like to mention, it would be so much fun to decorate.) And my arms get tired anyway.
The LARPer training me says I’m improving; honestly, I don’t see it. I think maybe he’s just trying to be encouraging. But Rome wasn’t built in a day and all that.
In other news, this morning I finished a little art project. A few friends of mine play in Numina, “a high fantasy game of exploration, conflict, and intrigue.” Their characters are all the anthropomorphic animal types (a couple of bears, an otter, and a wolf), so they wanted to make a short storybook for their character histories (with inspiration from the Redwall series) and asked me to illustrate it. Once they’ve scanned the pictures, hopefully I’ll get a chance to share some of the pictures on this blog. While I drew, my friend took out my sewing machine (Mr. Sew-and-Sew) and finished off some lightweight costuming (it’s supposed to be really hot in Virginia this weekend.)
And lastly, this weekend is the Lost Eidolons Summer Tavern Night, which I’m quite looking forward to. I’ve yet to attend a between-events-event. Should be fun!
Oh, and so long as I’m on the topic of Redwall…. LOGALOGALOGALOGALLLOOOGGGG!!! (Could not resist.)