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Of printers and playtime

Got farther with installing my Christmas-present printer than I have on previous occasions, mostly because the wireless network somehow got disabled on it when I was hooking it up in the first place. Still, it refuses to recognize my wireless network key as acceptable. Will try again in a few minutes, after I get done growling at it. 

In other news, it is time for Anne's exciting news to be revealed! Have you ever wished that you could become a character and step into my stories, O readers? Now you can! Well, some of you can. The practical impact of this news is currently limited to my readers from the UK. Still, people from everywhere else can read and dream.

This news really belongs to a reader of mine, named Frances, and her friend Jude. They have begun a company called Tales of Enchantment, which is/will be an interactive theater group. In other words, the audience does not simply watch the story unfold. They help it unfold, become part of it, even change the way it ends.

What does this have to do with me? I've been asked to write the scenarios for the various events these ladies plan, along with some of the dialogue and helpful hints for participants. So if you attend a ToE event, it's highly probable that the storyline you experience, or the words spoken by the players, may be somewhat familiar to you! 

Events which are currently under discussion include a city-set treasure hunt, a catered dinner theater event with accompanying ball, and an all-indoor puzzle game to complete a quest of knowledge. The first is farthest along, and a Kickstarter campaign will be beginning soon to raise the funds for it, which is where I come into play again.

Obviously, any amount of money you are able to give to this cause, O readers, will be much appreciated. As is the way of Kickstarter, your donation will also bring you a reward, ranging from heartfelt thanks to a piece of swag to (my contribution) the chance to work directly with me and get a custom-written story of your very own! 

The ultimate dream is for Tales of Enchantment to become a full-time installation with a dedicated home of its very own, like a cross between a medieval faire and a theme park, but with an overarching storyline. So what do you think, O readers? Would you visit such a place, or sign up for any of the other adventures so far described? 

Obviously you all know my vote. I love the Great Lakes Medieval Faire precisely because every year has a story, told through the major events of the day, including the opening ceremony, certain fights or jousts, and the combat chess match. Add in that I could affect how the story goes myself? I am SO there. Or would be, if it existed.

So watch this space for further bulletins, or follow Tales of Enchantment on Twitter, and wish us all the very best! As for other news... ah, but it's not the right day of the week for that, and it's not quite a certainty yet. I shall wait until it is at least one of those things and tell you then. (Mwahaha. I am the evul author.) Thanks for reading!

7 Comments to Of printers and playtime:

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Elizabeth Conall on Saturday, January 25, 2014 6:03 PM
OOOOOH SHINY! ...Uh, what's their Twitter handle?
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Anne on Saturday, January 25, 2014 6:17 PM
Good grief, yes, that would help, wouldn't it? They're @TofEnchantment -- knock yourself out!
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Geoffrey on Sunday, January 26, 2014 3:29 AM
Well, games have certainly become a lot more complicated and involved these days. Hopefully something comes of this, but I’m not holding my breath. Good luck!
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Anne on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 5:28 PM
Not holding breath here either. Will enjoy whatever comes.


The Imaginatrix on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 5:18 PM
I am curious to find out what that rather cryptic final paragraph was all about. :D Will follow your blog obsessively for info on SD because I wanna find out what happens! :D Hope that doesn't make me sound too creepy.
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Anne on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 5:28 PM
You'll know in a couple days... mwahaha. (And no, you don't sound creepy. I could do the creepy voice if you want creepy. But Krystal would hurt me.)


Krystal on Friday, January 31, 2014 1:31 PM
For the creepy voice, I would let the puppy run in the snow until it was clinging to him and then release him while throwing pup-eroni on your bed while you were sleeping in it. I do NOT like the creepy voice!

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