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July 16, 2015

Escaping and Healing with Renaissance Kingdoms

How do you know when you're unhappy? Well, for some it's obvious depression where you can't get out of bed. For others it's serious suicidal ideation, but for the vast majority it's hard to recognize. Many people trudge through their lives at jobs they hate and families that they avoid. Why? Could it be that they simply don't realize just how unhappy they are? Are they so caught up in obligations that it doesn't occur to them?

 That's what it was like for me, a numbness. No laughing or joy. No desire to go out and do anything. I had a lack of ambition, a lack of self esteem and confidence; confidence that used to be there when I was younger; confidence that had somehow escaped me when my body was ravaged by weight. That confidence had helped me accomplish goals and now it was somehow missing. While I lost some looks I also realized how unimportant my looks truly were to me and how I wanted people to appreciate me much more for what was inside my head and heart than for what size my bum was.

In 2008 I found Renaissance Kingdoms. I met a man who was born in the game a few days after me. He seemed very funny and very honest. We talked online for a while and I soon made other friends. We had long conversations about the ranching of cows and sheep in the game. Silly mundane activities seemed interesting but that didn't really hold my interest. What did were writing story lines in a forum and hanging out in the taverns at night drinking virtual beer. This is called role playing in RK. Anyway, I remembered how much I loved to write. I remember the rush I got when I read certain books and it all came back to me; my love of reading and writing.

 So, once I had started writing, people in the game saw my active and thoughtful mind and I was quickly recruited into politics and into clubs. In Scotland we have clans, where you support each other in the game as well as real life. You can form real friendships here. The cool thing is that my very best friends in the world are in Canada, New Zealand and England. I remember when I first met someone in Germany. It seemed fantastical to me, that I could have friends on the other side of the world. Now it's just "normal" to me. So, there I was enjoying sitting on my computer, socializing with people who had never seen my face before. I escaped the real world by reading or writing fiction; taking trips I've never taken, accomplishing huge goals in political systems or rallying the people in Scotland.

 For the first time since college I wrote grandiose speeches and truly moved people with my words. The interesting thing about that was that people agreed with me, enjoying my speeches and my phrasing. Suddenly people I'd never met believed in me and my cause. If I ran in an election they voted for me, had faith in me. People appreciated my insight and had confidence in my abilities. They saw my intentions as good, loving, compassionate. They read my personality as unique and genuine. I heard, "Wow. You're a very real person." over and over. I received compliments and commendations that I felt I would never receive in the real world, all while raising my kids at home. I don't know if there is a place in the real world where you can get true praise; praise for who you are and what you do, having nothing to do with your looks or social stature.

 I could rally a town, a county and a country. Mind you, I now realize that this would all be easier to do if I had used a male character because even in this fantasy land there is some chauvinism. You can't escape that. However, it's more obvious than the real world, where the chauvinism is ingrained subconsciously.

 As a woman in the real world (in America), I was taught to work hard, obey your man and go with the crowd. If you have a problem suck it up rather than make a fuss because as a woman you will just look bossy or naggy and the worst sin that a woman can ever commit is being selfish. Selfish to me meant anything self serving. I felt like I was born to serve others, and if I did something that was not serving people, then I was failing them. Looking back at young me . . . the one who actually thought this was some kind of rule, I can not believe how naive I was. I missed so many chances to grow and learn and succeed.  Chasing my passions would have meant that my family and friends benefited. My being happy would have made others happy! I mean I was recruited by the FBI out of college, but at the time I had a boyfriend who was having a hard time and didn't want to leave him. I look back on this and can not believe I stayed the safer course. Was I just afraid to grow up or was I obeying what I had been taught? I can't say for sure.

What I do know is that putting my social skills in print seems to be my talent. Maybe that's because I can back-space on my keyboard, but in real life once you make a comment it's out there . . . and you can't take it back. How many times have you said something and then thought, "Oh, I wish I had phrased that better." Well, online you can. You can edit most forum posts . . . delete your post completely if you felt it was too hasty. You'll still make mistakes, but very different ones.

 So, what did I find escaping in Renaissance Kingdoms? Well, surprisingly I found myself, an autonomous, strong woman who is capable of great things. I am a person that will never stick to the stereotypes I was taught. I can now take criticisms that I could never take before, face foes that would have shrunk me before. Maybe I grew up in RK or maybe RK just came along for the ride. I'm not sure. What I can say is that I stand before you today a more successful and outspoken person, a happier person because I had a chance to learn more about myself.

 Will I make more mistakes? You bet. Will they shrink me? Probably not as much as before. I'm ready to face the world now, alone or not. Bring it on world.


 P.S. Photoshop is pushed to the max when creating banners for these forums. They are amazing works of art. Here are some great ones:

June 13, 2015

Tremulous Config, Resolution & Mouse

Alright! Set up Treumlous again, but I had an issue with the mouse. Apparently you have to set up your custom resolution before the program will allow the mouse to work. So, I couldn't even leave the program. I set up Oticz's HUD, since it was the best one that I could find that's actually still online.

So, to drop down the menu, you hit ~. In order to quit Trem before or after doing these things, type in /quit
These are the settings that I used for my screen:

/seta r_mode "-1"
/seta r_customwidth "1366"
/seta r_customheight "768"

Your screen might be different. Excited to get started on Trem again.

November 28, 2014

Fallen Sword Avatars

My latest avis are at this guild website:
(Update 2014: My guild was sold and I quit the game. I no longer have a Fallen Sword Account, but you can purchase an avi anyway with PayPal.)

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I used to sell a lot of avis. Here are more samples of my work but I custom make more avis based on your name or wishes:


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June 10, 2014

RK New Tutorial

This tutorial is updated Nov 28th, 2014. First remember that anything you learn in tutorials in game can not be accessed later and all letters in the game are deleted automatically after 2 weeks. Some tutorial info is here (in the forum). Also - a common problem is that the tutorial does not update after you do a task, such as buying the sample flour. To update RK at any point just log out and log back in. In a lot of case that will fix your issue. (If you have suggestions for this tutorial please leave a comment. Thanks!)

- ABOUT LEVEL ZERO: Read me first.

So, you joined RK? Well if you lose the tutorial window in RK go to TOWN, Look on the top right of your screen. On the corner of the main picture of the town you will see a quote balloon. This will get you back to the mentor's tutorial. As I said above if the mentor does not register that you did something just log out of RK and back in again.

Now, this game is all about working your way up in the world. You are a serf, a lowly beggar in rags when you start. Your goal at level zero is to save money. Make as much as you can and then level up.

You want to level up in order to:
  1. Buy a second field.
  2. Buy clothing.
  3. Become a butcher, baker, carpenter, miller, weaver or blacksmith. (Sorry no candle-stick maker option.)
  4. Be cool! There are 4 levels and also several "status" colors in game, so you want to grow in both. Make sure to fill out your "My account" section so people can promote your color level in game. You can do that as early as level zero and increase your coolness instantly, so start out early to increase your reputation with other local players.
So, save your money now in order to level! Please. We want you to level so that you can contribute to your town. Do not buy: clothes, fancy foods, beer or anything else. Ask the Chief Mentor or the Mayor if you want to know anything at all. You are not “bothering” us with questions. We are listed here in the Town Hall: (Click on Town Information to see the Mentor's name. Click on the person in order to open their profile and then mail them.)

In RK you now start with the mentor giving you day to day tasks, such as "Come back in an hour and I will give you bread" or "Go buy me 1 bag of flour". In order to advance you should follow those instructions. This tutorial is just more comprehensive.

Eat - As level zero you do not have to eat. It's helpful, so that you don't die. If you die you may not get paid for your last job. I have not seen this confirmed yet. But if the mentor orders you to eat in the tutorial you must eat that day in order to advance.
Work - Every 22-24 hours you'll want to take a job. You don't want to waste any time, and if you're online often you can choose to work the mine in 1, 2, 6, 10 or 22 hour increments.
Trust - You will need three reputation points from other players to level. Don't be afraid. (You don't have to talk to people too much if you're not very social. You just have to get the points. Here's how! The best way to get these points is to enter the first tavern you find and sit in it. Make sure to say hello to others if people are active. If you don't want to talk just say AFK and then don't close the window. If there are no people there just click on the picture of the mug to turn it red. Now no one can get you drunk, but many people will come by to see "Who the new guy is" and they most likely will trust you. Alas, your three points.) You can also sit silently and say absolutely nothing. You have no obligation to talk to people if you don't feel like it. However, players LOVE to see new people and they will be thrilled to be able to tell you all about their town and why it is special!
 Don't forget! You also have to work the church for two days to get the other two reputation points. No one can give you enough points to level. You have to work the church. It's mandatory.

Important things to know about RK
 (Renaissance Kingdoms) is a "reset" game. It has recently been changed to give players more working options, but you still must eat daily (every 24 hours in the game) if you wish to remain alive. Reset occurs each day at 2:00 GMT. (Time is posted in the church information). For example, if you are in PST (-8 GMT), reset occurs from 7 – 8 pm at night. Reset changes yearly with daylight savings. If you aren't sure just ask someone in the tavern. People always know what time reset occurs. The game is not available for about 35-45 minutes during this "reset" time.

You must eat every day to survive. Look at the top of your screen. Next to your money is your “status”. If you are “fit” you only need to eat one Hunger Point (that means 1 corn). If you are “exhausted” you need to eat two Hunger Points (two corns or one bread), in order to stay at maximum health.

- FOOD: To eat click on “Me”, then “My inventory”. Click on the hand print to eat each item. Remember what I said above: if you are “fit”, you need ONLY eat one corn to stay at max health. (It will still say you are hungry, but ignore that.) To get more food on subsequent days you can buy from the market or a tavern (which are individually owned and priced). Your money is only to be used to buy food (not wine, women or fancy clothes). Do not buy any food besides corn or bread until you level. DO NOT BUY BEER.

- DON’T GET DRUNK: To enter a tavern, simply click on the name of one. If you visit the taverns, do not buy beer at all (only richer people should ever buy beer) and do not allow anyone to buy you more than 5 drinks or you may get drunk. If you are too drunk you can’t work or eat, thus keeping you poor and surly.

Jobs are posted all day long and you have many choices. You have three places to get work:
1. The Mine: Click "Out of Town" and "Works". Then click on the mine.
2. As a level 0, you have to work two days in the Church (as said above), but you can also work here if you can't find anything else to do OR if you need points to level to say level 2.
3. Farm jobs are in the Town Hall: Click “Job offers”. You will see a job and the skills required. If it says none, you can attempt to work it. If no one else clicks you should get the job. Check on top of your screen to see if "you are working for LadyJo".

Read your Town Hall’s Message and check it often. Don’t buy cheap items and then resell them higher. This is a prosecution crime.

When you are ready for level 1 (you have earned 5 Reputation Points & you have £90 of cash), contact the Mayor and she/he will tell you what kind of field to choose. It changes so it is best to ask before you level.

You can give out two points per week. As said above, you can get 2 Reputation Points from the Church and 3 from people. The best time to trade Reputation Points is on Sunday when people get their two points.

Go here: Click on the first link there. In order to open any link in the forums you have to have a forum page open. Go into the Index and look for your county. You will find your county on the top right of your screen in RK. You will also see a town forum. If you are not sure ask for help.

Everyone's profile has a color to it. A new person is white. Someone who is attempting to use the forums and has written a profile will be promoted to yellow. There are several other colors, culminating in brown and then black. These colors mean that this person is very involved in the game. They write many story lines and participate in numerous RPs. Want to know more? Ask your mayor and town mentor (they are listed in the town hall).


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