May 19, 2014

Pod Journal: Day One

As I mentioned in my previous post, Mynxee inspired an idea to do a real life journal, but from the perspective of my character mainly in art. I meant to go buy supplies for this yesterday but got sidetracked. Luckily there's an art store down the street from where I live/work, so I walked over there today and started looking around.

Initially, I wanted to do pens. They're neater than paint, and since I'm staying in a corporate apartment, I didn't want to run the risk of getting it messy. Plus I've never painted anything but doors and fences in my entire life, and that doesn't really require a soft touch. But then I saw the price of pens versus the price of a cheap (relatively) set of watercolors and went with that. I have no idea what I'm doing. The only things that I own here are the things I packed and brought with me, so I don't have any old T-shirts or sheets or anything to keep tidy. I decided to use a paper grocery bag.

Anyway, so I ended up buying a set of 12 Koi brand watercolors, a Moleskine hardcover sketch pad, a brush of some sort with soft bristles (I was told that was better), and a bottle of Higgins waterproof black ink for my Lamy Fountain pen, because I was running low anyway and forgot to bring my ink well with me.

I did a test page or two, decided I have no idea whether I'm doing it right, and then tried to actually make something that was relevant to my character, Psianh Auvyander.

Quite often I'm working and living in places without great internet. This has been the case over the last year, and my play time has obviously been impacted because of that. I decided to step down as CEO of Noir. Academy for the same reasons. It hasn't been all bad though; I've moved a lot of my in-game interactions out of game, and met a lot of people, and talked about a lot of stuff. I wouldn't say that I'm a metagamer, not by a long shot, but perhaps Psianh feels like all he ever does these days is have meetings.

Another meeting, another day docked.

He doesn't seem very thrilled about it either. That's a boardroom, by the way.

I don't know how people make paint look like things. It's the most unwieldy and unwilling thing I've ever used. I may give in and just pay for the pens, but we'll see. It was kind of fun, in a pathetic sort of way.

In a related tone, I was able to go meet with a bunch of other EVE players in Maryland on Saturday. That was a ton of fun. I wish I had gotten everyone to write down their character names as I have no idea who most of them are in game. Of course, I'm one to talk with my character's name. Hopefully another one will happen in mid June before I leave DC for good, and I look forward to seeing a lot of familiar faces.