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Rainbows, Roleplaying, Maps

While reading about Mercian fortifications this afternoon, the thunderstorm cleared, and a rainbow emerged out of the lowering clouds, a lovely full arc of color. If spring brings rain, and rain will bring me rainbows, then I am happy.

The most spectacular rainbow I ever saw was east of the University of York one Sunday afternoon as several of us (including mirrorshard and darkling_dreams) sat gaming in Alcuin. A complete arc of rich color, it ran through the entire spectrum twice in the main bow, and then had another ghostly rainbow within it, perhaps a third of the way lower to the ground than it.

And speaking of gaming, I've been thinking about it in the past few days. I mushed for years, LARPed for a while, and played tabletop a few times. My last tabletop group (schizmatic, larkvi, acrabtree, YCS, and M.) is back in Canada now. For years, online roleplaying was a way of keeping in touch with friends, as well as the fun of RPing itself. I spent ten years among text-lands and pose-evoked dragons.

And dragons are why I've been thinking about roleplaying lately, because dragons were the common interest of the group - the Gather - I joined on Saturday. They weren't my dragons, and it wasn't my gather, but it was an event which echoed others I'd been a part of over the years.

Today, my maps of fantasy lands are on the shelves, and the maps spread all around me show me where Mercia and Frisia and all those other early medieval placenames whose locations I never quite knew are. And there are rainbows.

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taldragon
Mar. 9th, 2006 10:56 pm (UTC)
i RP in an online D&D game, that might have an opening if you're interested?

also, feel free to wander into Alfandria muck - we're social rather than RP, but it's still fun :)
owlfish
Mar. 9th, 2006 11:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the offer, but I'm happier avoiding realtime online commitments these days. This is why LJ fulfills a fair number of the reasons for which I used to mush.

Still, some day when C.'s on a trip and I've been cloistered up working too long, I might yet be tempted to a social mu*. You'd probably be the first to know if I did.
taldragon
Mar. 10th, 2006 10:44 am (UTC)
the Sunday D&D game is run there, if you want to join, let me know.
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owlfish
Mar. 9th, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC)
I think we stopped playing for a while to stare at it. Did anyone have a camera with them? I don't remember. And now the Chemistry tower's been torn down. Times change, but at least we would have had an even better view of the rainbow.

I'm glad that odd weather phenomena reminded you of me! I'm still tempted to return one of these days to scholarly work on weather in the Middle Ages. That was a fun project.
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owlfish
Mar. 9th, 2006 11:31 pm (UTC)
It was certainly before digital cameras were affordable, either way. I feel like darkling_dreams often carried around a camera with her that year, but that doesn't mean she necessarily had it with her that day.

We went back about a year ago. lazyknight drove us over and we spent an hour or so wandering. Much of it is the same and the new campus isn't open yet to confuse further. But there are startling differences: the lack of Chemistry tower; all the new buildings behind Alcuin; parts of Vanbrugh torn down or reworked; a shiny new mini-mall where the travel agency and Vanbrugh laundry room were; the shiny new graduate housing at the NW end of the lake, between James and Wentworth; and the shiny new Borthwick Institute building, now on campus, right next to the main library building.
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owlfish
Mar. 9th, 2006 11:43 pm (UTC)
Which one? lazyknight?
cynicaloptimist
Mar. 10th, 2006 10:56 am (UTC)
As a comment on the Mercian fortifications...

The school I went to had two buildings, Wessex and Mercia. This was because the school was named after King Ecgbert who was the first true king of England by uniting the kingdoms of Wessex and Mercia. The site of his coronation is on the school grounds. We also had a huge mural of the scene.
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