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The (Cyber) Bag of Weasels

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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

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Believe it or not, we are coming up on March and so Back to Middle-earth Month again! As usual, SWG is planning to run an event. Normally, I don't blather too much about SWG on my journal since I figure that, if you wanted to hear about blathering about SWG, you could sign up for silwritersguild, but B2MeM is a bit different. Like last year, it will not be a Silmarillion-only event, so I am hoping for some help and input from folks from beyond Silm fandom.

Okay, so I will try to organize coherent thoughts.

Last year's B2MeM was a daily challenge event (prompts are here). This year's event will be a "quest game" built around challenges a lot like last year's. The number one response I get to the whole "quest game" bit is "WTF is a quest game??" In a nutshell (albeit, a rather large one, more like a walnut than an almond, maybe a filbert), players will navigate across a map, and each location will correspond to a particular challenge that must be completed to move on to the next location. The first to reach the destination wins. Obviously, there will be more to it than that to spice it up, but my explanation runneth over the confines of my nutshell. Nonetheless, if you want to know more, ask and ye shall receive.

So why am I talking about this now? Two reasons. One, I need help. Yes, we all knew that, right? We would love some input as we plan the event, and we will need volunteers to help with some of the administrative stuff during March. We are looking for game mods and regular volunteers. Game mods won't be able to play since they will know super-secret stuff that will give them an unfair advantage, so if you don't think you'd be interested in playing but still want to be involved, please do consider becoming a game mod. Regular volunteers won't be in on the super-secret stuff and so can play as well and will most likely help us to keep track of the progress of the game, send emails to participants, and so on.

Secondly, we need players. We will probably start sign ups during February, so I will have more on that forthcoming. Please do pass the word along to other Tolkien authors, artists, and groups that might be interested. As noted, this is not a Silmarillion-only event and will be open to anything and everything Tolkien-related--all are welcome!

If you're interested in helping out or have any questions, please email me at DawnFelagund@gmail.com or leave a comment here.
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  • Hi Dawn! I'm interested in finding out more about being a volunteer - what they'll be expected to do, etc. I'd love to help, but I've got some other fandom commitments plus RL uni crap in March as well, so I'm not entirely sure... I think I will be taking part, though, cos' it sounds fun. :D
    • I don't have too much detail yet on volunteering; it will mostly be helping to maintain the game, sending emails to participants, that sort of thing. I will add you to my email list so that when I have more detailed information, you will be the first to know! :) Then, if anything sounds interesting or doable, you can volunteer; if not, that's fine too. I do hope you can take part at least a bit, though! I think it will be an interesting event. :)
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