Wednesday, May 9, 2012

[ElfstoneLARP] Mystical Realms Newsletter for May, 2012



And welcome to my newsletter for May, 2012! Please feel free to forward this to anyone you think would be interested in keeping up with me! To receive these newsletters regularly, please drop me an email or subscribe online from my website ( ) or at: . Notices of events and items of interest are at the bottom of this email.

Pitchers ===============

I have posted three new painting images on my website. These include "Glenstorm's Doughty Son", "Amon Sûl", and "Marshwiggle". These are located in two different places; the first and last are in the "Once upon a time" gallery (in the "Paintings inspired by C.S. Lewis" section), and the middle one is within the Tolkien gallery ("The Third Age - The Lord of the Rings" section). However, you can see all three by going to and clicking on the "Newest Works" icon (the dragon!) at the top of the page.

As always, these and all of the images in my online galleries and on my Facebook page (see ) are available as signed and numbered limited-edition Giclee prints. See my webpage for details.

And, do let me know how these new works strike you!

Ponderings ==============

For this month's reflections, allow me to direct you to two fun interviews that were published this week. The first, on featured websites, was included on Middle-earth News, and the second begins a new series on Tolkien artists by Rifflo, of the Middle-earth Network:

Prospects ===================

• The Middle-earth Network ( ) has announced a new publishing imprint that will join Grail Quest Books ( ) as a vehicle for new media in a variety of fantasy-related genres (see and ). I am honoured to announce that their inaugural publication will by my own book, entitled "Seer: A Wizard's Journal". Look for details about this illustrated work over the next couple of weeks!

• I have returned safely from the Bram Stoker Centenary Conference at the University of Hull and in Whitby, England. The trip was marvelous, and at the request of attendees, I've made available signed and numbered prints of the two logo images that were used there. You can find these in my "Books and Publications" gallery at .

• The Return of the Ring 2012 (see ) will be a huge Tolkien-themed conference and gathering at Loughborough University on 16-20th August, 2012. Although at this time it appears I will not be able to attend in person, I am hoping to be able to have some of my work included either in publications in support of the event, or at the art show. Stay tuned for more details!

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

[ElfstoneLARP] Hope Rekindled: IFGS & Elfstone


Aiya and mae govannen, all!

It has been a long while since last I posted in these hallowed halls, but news of some import hath moved my pen (or mouse): there's a fair chance that Elfstone could get a re-boot under the umbrella of the International Fantasy Gaming Society (a.k.a. IFGS).

Those of us Atlantan LARPers are likely familiar with the Atlanta chapter of the IFGS, having participated in game-events with it, personally, since around 1989. And if that doesn't date me enough, Elfstone itself was "officially" launched in 2004, with playtest events going back to mid-2003.

Elfstone (which takes its name from Elessar, Aragorn's kingly Elvish name) remained active through late 2007 or early 2008, gathering at some point as many as 30-some participants in our game-events and with another 100-plus joined in membership on this Yahoo group and beyond. We specialized in one-day adventure events, but also produced overnight "camping events" and even a convention game or two as well.

Anyway, long story short: we might be back in business, all, and just in time for the release of the new Hobbit movie later this year, Dragon*Con, and what-not. Ray Appling has been instrumental as the Atlanta liason for the National level IFGS informing me, over a week ago, that Elfstone has been approved as an alternate rules set for all IFGS chapters, Atlanta being most certainly among them.

It's quite an honor, honestly, to have my "little LARP" chosen by the IFGS, even after several years of defunctedness. In truth, I'm probably far too busy for a LARP these days, what with a burgeoning acting career and all, but the possibility of at least helping re-establish Elfstone as a viable LARPing alternative is almost too much enticement to turn down. And, admittedly, I miss the glamour, fantasy, and yes mayhem, of Middle-earth.

Be watchful for further developments here on this forum, or elsewhere (Facebook, my website, etc.), as I receive additional news. In the meantime, let's cross our fingers, sharpen our swords, and gather the Wise for the Council. ;)

-Mike Yow
(Elfstone Creator)

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