Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Labyrinth: Unda Tha Seaaaa!

Greetings one and all!
Holy Long John Silver, Batman!
Calling all artists, calling alllll artists!
Role call!

So for all of you who saw/came to our robot show in April but were a tad late and were all like...
"ROBOTS ?!?!!"
"WHAT?!?! Im too late to submit something??"
Then here's an update!

So the new collaborative group art show will be starting up and the theme is, you guessed it, everything and anything underwater and sea related!

Sea Turtles, Whales, Sharks, Starfish and Seahorses!
Pirates, Sailing Ships, Buried Tresure, and Lost Islands!
Krakens, Mermaids, Maelstroms, Water Elementals, and Submarines!
We want to see as many people participating this time, but still just one submission per artist.
But that's not to say you can't have multiple images all framed in one peice or a cartoon storyboard style submission with multiple frames and the art can all be done with any medium of your choosing.

During our first foray into group art at the robot show we saw submissions ranging from pencil crayons, pastels, water colors, markers, conceptual art, photo art, knitting, collage, and storyboard art.
So I'm sure anything imaginative that fits the theme will work but I know that if someone wants to come dressed as a porpoise and be a live art peice in the store standing in a kiddie pool I'll be personally tickled pink.
God i can almost picture it now...

"Mommy that dolphin looks stuuuuupid!"
"Gee thanks kid...but I'm a porpoise actually."
"Now comonnnn Billy don't antagonize the poor whale."
"Hehe mommy thinks you're FAT she called you a FAT whale!!"
"I'm a porpoise...and I'm NOT fat...I'm a live art peice."
"Well gosh surrrre look more like a whale... If mean if youre a Narwal why dont you have a horn?"
"Heheh big fat narrrrrwal Mommy called you a stuuuuupid fat Narrrrrrwal"
"IM A PORPOISE YOU #&%$&*@*"

Ahhh good times...
Well the underwater window is up at the store so I can constantly look to my left and feel like Jacques Couseau but once all the wonderful aquatic themed art is up I'll feel even more crustaceany.

So get out your quills your pads and your french artiste chapeaus. (hats)
"Fetchez la vache..."
"Fetchez la vache!"

Now we will be accepting submissions right up until July 15th but there wont be much leeway for any late submissions because the opening night soiree will be right on the 20th. It will be just like the 1st show's opening but if you didn't attend it's going to be a meet and greet with the chance to have a little bubbly, snack on some cheese, and mingle with all the artists.
Were hoping to see everyone from the 1st show that we know to submit something and more new artists would be fantastic.

It would be great to hit 30 submissions!

Also for those who are diehard Dominion fans it might be worth noting that with the release of the new Cornucopia Expansion the idea to have a tournament has not been abandoned nor forgotten. Merely being postponed until free RPG day had come and gone and once the Settlers Tournament concluded. In the next few weeks there will be details on how the rounds will be played out but the date will be July 9th!
For this coming week keep an eye out for my next column post in which I will hopefully give a quick game review for anyone who hasn't had a chance to see under the box cover yet! Cornucopia is shaping up to look like a very solid expansion.

The settlers tournament also looms on the horizon folks so if you were planning on attending best get signed up fast!
We already have a large number of people coming from Toronto and Ottawa so we are expecting some of our highest #'s to date for a North American Qualifier.
It's going down on the 25th, this Saturday, for those who have missed the date and it's going to be an all day affair with the doors opening at 10am.
Get here nice and promptly as the round 1 games will be quick to commence once the store is open and the rules of the tournament explained.

So with that I leave you with this submission for the Underwater Art show that i found from my buddy Paul the Porpoise!
Hopefully we are all as keen as him and have one wet and wild show!
(I think it looks a bit like a birthday cake...but Paul's art is kinda an abstract. Justine thinks it's definitely a sailing ship.)

I want to hear back from everyone!
Lets start the poll!!
What is paul trying to draw?!? Is he sketching a ship?
Is it a big ball of sand?
Schematics to the next Porpoisian death star???

Put up a reply on what our aquatic buddy is drawing!

This has been the Labyrinth and I'm Henry McCulloch. Game on!

The Labyrinth: Free RPG Day - We Be Goblins, You Be Food

Me mighty girthness Chief Rendwattle Gutwad!

You be slimey stupid longshanks! LISTENING UP NOW!
You must be covering your ears, me words so powerful and mighty fierce that they frighten all words from your headz.
But....Slorb be busy...him getting the rusty earbiter all ready for big party!
Ohhhhh me also need make reminder to him for Squealy Nord to come out...then can has the fun time of catchesing him and dancing.

But me Gutwad ramble too long... me digest...
Me working at Minotaur but no fun for having.
They no let stab customers!!
And so not often get to burn things.
But me mighty goblin and cleaver ideas in head for the having.
Famous we get here at Minotaur for big purchasers...
Me has dream that all sales over 50 dollars gets free dog for stabbing!!
And games nights can be now about fireworks to boom boom in naughty places!
heheheh.... huh?

You smelly longshanks no tell Chief what to talk about on compooter face blog book!!!
Me is mighty high lord that sits on tall teetery chair...
Hmmm...right you is smart does need tells them about free day of the R P G.
Alright...june of 18th all over Canada and Brinesump Marsh there be whole day for giving of shiney. Maybe free fireworks too Gutwad hopes.
But for sure they give evil books filled with writings to people who comes to the store.
Me has special dogslicer for sticking any of you longshanks who come to try to read and write...

You all sound like bad goblin Scribbleface.
Him write lots and you know that be bad mojo...
Writing steals words out of your head and snatches your soul away!!
Me Gutwad get tired of giving dictation to slimey longshank boy called Henry.
Me eats him later...

What you mean, what is a longshank? What you mean, why i eats them?
Me chief Licktoad course me always be for fighting and eating...
Gutwad always need explain everything.

We be Licktoads! We make Raid!
Put the Longshanks to the Blade!
Burn them up from Feet to Head,
Make them hurt, then make them Dead!

Cut the Parents into Ham!
Smush the Babies into Jam!
All the rest in Pot get Stewed!
We be Licktoads - You be Food!

So just to jump back in here for a second, I'd like to just go over what our new summer intern here was covering in his roundabout fashion.

Free RPG day is coming up on the 18th of this month (June). There will be dozens of different modules being gven away for free, but get here early as they will go fast. Several of the modules will be run on the day including the Pathfinder module 'We be Goblins'. Anyone wishing to run one of the new modules on the day or a different RPG of their own choosing is welcome to do so, but folks should contact us here post haste to get it all organized.

The days events will start shortly after we open at 10am and will most likely conclude by mid to late afternoon. So grab your dice and swag bags and hurry down to Minotaur to load up on cool stuff and join in a game.
If you come to play in the 'We be Goblins' module feel free to come in costume! (some props may be handed out to those who don't bring any...)

Also if you are in the mood for some 40k roleplaying there will be a module being run called the 'Broken Chains' in the Black Crusade setting. This event will be going on in the afternoon with Chris Murray as the gamemaster and he will start things off around 2pm.

So if you've been craving the thrills of space combats and blasting your way about as a Chaos marine from corridor to corridor in pitched combat, look no further.
Starting off on a prison barge tasked with collecting some of the galaxy's most dangerous heretics and scum will lead for some interesting plot twists!
Make sure to get your dice for this one it's going to be a good one.

But other than that here's Gutwad again...
He's been busy trying to burn down the yarn section but apparently he wanted to yell ... I mean tell you a little bit more about his quest before today's column update is over.

Me Chief Gutwad here again for talking!
Done taking dump on Justine longshanks chair and when they come open board games they find many surprises for tasting. Baby longlegs and many burbygump nests for stinging.

Hmmm you other goblins are still around?
Maybe you be strong enough for quest since you like Slorb and no cower in fear of my big voice.

Well... me find picture drawing from Scribbleface's house that shows old ship in swamp.
There be much fireworks for Licktoads to be having but most bravest of goblins need for getting it. That's where you terribad stinkypants people come in.
Chief Gutwad thinks that you have good time for getting back all fireworks
If you come do this for be bigtime hero, maybe even one of you bravest of all get to marry my daughter!

Make others for other important positions head organizer for stabbings.
Ooooh or yummy taster of new things to put in our food places.
YES! It be decided then.
All for going out to scary ship to get fireworks!

Me Gutbad leave you with last thing.
Poem me wrote bout self since all goblins have poems.
Mine bestest of scary poems!

Me Rendwattle Gutwad Big Boss Chief,
Yous yells to me if yous got beef!
But if yous does then best run quick!
Or Gutwad stab with big sharp stick!

Me words be law this not debate,
Horse and Longshanks me bigtime hate!
But worse than both is smelly dogs!
Dem's for killing so says our gods!

This be the truth cuz Gutwad not liar,
Unless me promise to not start fire!
When time for fight will grab Chief's mace!
Will kick in crotch and smush your face!

This has been the Labyrinth and I'm Henry McCulloch. Game on!