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  1. August 9 2017 Upgrade

    Thanks for all your efforts, Mortica!
  2. TNG Con 2018: The Poll

    Here it is, the poll to determine where TNG Con 2018 will be held! Below I will put full descriptions of the proposals for each location.
  3. TNG Con 2018: The Poll

    Looks like we're headed to NOLA for 2018!
  4. TNG Con 2018: The Poll

    New Orleans, proposed by Vilmah in this post: New Orleans proposal: Dates: January - March 2018 (not during Mardi Gras) Travel: Louis Armstrong International Airport Home Base: House on Bourbon St. ($ will depend on how many people sign up, $1500 a night) Includes Hot Tub Balcony Kitchen Large Living Space Within Walking Distance (of home base): Day Cemetery Tours $25.00 Steamboat Cruise $32.00 Cocktail History Walking Tour $65.00 Food History Tour $55 - $120 Riverwalk Free Audubon Aquarium $29.95 Cafe Du Monde $5.45. Cafe Du Monde Coffee And Chicory Regular $5.74. Cafe Du Monde Coffee And Chicory Decaf $5.88. Cafe Du Monde French Roast Coffee $23.99. Twelve Cafe Au Lait Pralines $13.99. Six Cafe Au Lait Pralines $23.99. Twelve Creamy Pralines $13.99. Six Creamy Pralines Eat Alligator Voodoo Museum $7.00 Night Karaoke Free Burlesque Show $15 general admission / $25 VIP Live Jazz Free Ghost Tours $15 - $100 Bourbon Street Free Drink Absinthe Varies
  5. TNG Con 2018: The Poll

    Boston, proposed by Yemana in this post: BAHSTAN. PLACES TO STAY (May would probably be our best bet in terms of weather) Here (Big-ass Victorian house at $1500/night) Here (Oceanfront? Oceanfront. $1350/night) Here (Beautiful, ocean view, $750/night) GETTING AROUND Like every city, they've got Uber, but they also have a big ol' subway system. WHAT'S TO DO? Uh, what's NOT to do? Freedom! The Freedom Trail; 16 historic sites that can be walked throughout the city. History, history, and more history. Fishies! New England Aquarium! Because aquariums are fuckin cool Art! Boston Museum of Fine Arts, fourth largest museum in the U.S.! Dude, just click it. SO MANY THINGS. SEAFOOD, for you people who like that kind of thing Anyone want to go to Salem? BECAUSE WE CAN. ON A PUBLIC TRANSIT TRAIN. Whale watching!
  6. Xara sketches

    Kalisto, the vexing demon hunter(?) Pose from a stock photo.
  7. TNG Con... 2018!

    Of course no sooner does TNG Con 2017 wrap up that we start talking about what to do next year, because this one was so amazing we can't wait to do it again! This will be a thread to start tossing around ideas and get the ball rolling. As before, the con will be open to all members of the TNG community -- whether you came to the last gathering or any other or not, any faction, any playing- or not-playing-the-game status. I can assure you it's always a fantastic time to meet people you've spent so much time online with in person. Much fun will be had! Here are a few ideas gathered up so far. Feel free to pitch in with your own thoughts, preferences, and proposals. 1. Boston Pros: * Could afford a lot of east/northeast people the chance to attend who might otherwise not be able to * A beautiful, historic city with lots to see and do * Waterfront locations like this one are available * Several locals to help with arrangements & advice Cons: * A far trek for west coasters 2. Las Vegas Again Pros: * Cheap to fly into * All sorts of activities, you can do literally anything * It's Vegas! * Many of us are familiar with it now and we have a local to help with arrangements & advice * Affords some west coasters the chance to attend who might otherwise not be able to Cons: * Not cheap if you stay on the strip * A far trek for northeastern folk 3. New Orleans Pros: * A beautiful, historic city with a unique culture * Affords some southerners the chance to attend who might otherwise not be able to Cons: * ??? Submit your thoughts and ideas here!
  8. TNG Con... 2018!

    Last day to submit proposals!
  9. TNG Con... 2018!

    Please submit your proposals by the end of this Friday, the 26th! Once we have proposals to look at, I can put up a poll. The proposals will help people figure out which locations they could feasibly attend so they know how to vote. If there only end up being a couple proposals, I'll just do one poll to determine where we're going. Otherwise, if we get multiple more, I'll split it into two polls: one to determine which the most people could attend, then one to determine which of the top results from that poll is the most popular. Thanks in advance for submitting proposals!
  10. Your Character Chart

    There was a discussion at TNG Con about the kinds of characters you play. Although at the time my position was that everyone has a spectrum of personality that they're able to roleplay within, after reflecting on it awhile, I realized that a simple bipolar spectrum wouldn't really encompass, at least for me, the range of characters I play. So I had the idea that there are certain traits I'm capable of portraying in my characters, and that the end result for each character would look like like a unique radar map of those traits. And then it occurred to me that this could be a really fun exercise for everyone to partake in! So if you buy into this theory, what are the major traits that you're able to portray in your characters, and where does each character fall on that chart? I decided to go with five traits, with a value of 0-5 in each trait (half values accepted). It was fun figuring out what five traits could encompass all my characters and where each character registers on each axis. Here is the result! Make your own graph here! https://www.onlinecharttool.com/graph?selected_graph=radar Helpful things to keep in mind: None of the traits need to be opposites of each other. Just because you can play a masochistic character doesn't mean you can play a sadistic one. Pick traits that describe a character's nature, not hobbies or skills. Not all of your characters need to share all the traits. Some can have negligible values in some of the traits. On the chart maker, "items" should be traits, and each "group" should be a character. Change "Show Labels" to "No" to get rid of the number boxes. Values of 0 don't show up very well. If you have to use them, try rearranging the axes to something that shows your values clearly.
  11. TNG Con... 2018!

    As Vilmah and Yemana have done, please include estimated prices with your proposals, so folks can weigh that into their decision-making!
  12. Your Character Chart

  13. TNG Con... 2018!

    Grats on the baby! TE Con hasn't happened yet, as far as I'm aware The Grim camping trip is still forthcoming too!
  14. TNG Con... 2018!

    A little poking around also turned up these two options for Nola: House: 10 Beds, 4 Futons, 2 Lofts. 7 Baths Sleeps 32-Max. 1 Block to Bourbon St. "Excellent for Bachelors parties and Large Groups, 16 separate sleeping spaces. Sleeps 1 to 26, Max of 32 guests. For Ultimate Privacy rent the entire property. You and your group will have the entire property to yourselves, including; Hot Tub, Courtyards, and all other spaces. Great for large groups... wanting privacy & luxury. Furnished with beautiful Antiques, Original Historic Architectural details, stained glass, beamed ceilings plus a 42' Plasma flat screen TV in the Main House & a 32' Plasma flat Screen TV in the Mardi Gras apt. DVD, Stereos and all the conveniences of home & Hot Tub... The Kerlerec House is located one short block from the French Quarter and one block from world famous Bourbon Street. It is located at the center of all that New Orleans has to offer, the local scene on Frenchman Street, as well as all of the amazing tourist attractions. You will be staying just a short walk from some of the most famous restaurants in the world. Experience New Orleans day or night as a local would in one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, or enjoy 1 of our 3 Lush Court Yards. You can rent our entire Property for only $1,500.00 to $1,900.00 (depending on season & special events) For the utmost in privacy and comfort." Exclusive Bayou Oaks Plantation "6 Bedrooms, 7.5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 2-30. Stay in this exclusive private Plantation home nestled on award winning Bayou Liberty 30 miles from the Historic French Quarter! .. $1,251/night" (Click on the link to see the pictures, they say more than words possibly could.)
  15. TNG Con... 2018!

    The 25-man Pontchartrain suite appears to be $1060 a night which would be a nice $42/night per person. Notably though, it says it accommodates 25 for hospitality events, not for sleeping. If we got it, most folks would need to get their own accommodations as well.
  16. TNG Con... 2018!

    Haha, with everyone tossing their hometown in the mix, I feel like I should put San Francisco forward! Anyway though, now that we've kicked around ideas and generated enthusiasm, here's what I'd like. Fully fleshed proposals. If there's someplace you'd really like to have the con, go ahead and start looking into it. Figure out an optimal date (or range of dates), research good lodging options, food, and activities. It doesn't have to be perfectly nailed down, but go ahead and put a little time into it and see how feasible it can really be. After that, I'll put together a poll with the most popular options. So far, between posts here and word of mouth I've been around to hear, it sounds like New Orleans and Boston are the biggest contenders, but we'll see!
  17. TNG Con 2017!

    Hello, TNG! This is a thread to coordinate "TNG Con" (thanks for the name, Kate!) as once only bandied about and soon to be a reality. There have been more than a few awesome community get-togethers over the years, such as the first TNG get-together, the traditional Grim camping trip, the annual TECon, and my epic birthday party awhile back (bonus: Keraph in pigtails), not to mention smaller groups meeting up all the time, and I can tell you it's always fantastic to meet in person all these people we spend so much time with and share so much with. For this gathering, we're meeting up in Las Vegas! We have a local expert, Nikaa, who is able to give us expertise on where to go, or not go more often than not. She's also a good authority on when to go to avoid crowds and the heat (so much as they can be avoided). We also have several people who are making the trip by car, giving us transportation if needed. The date is May 5th through 7th, 2017. This weekend was chosen as it's before summer, doesn't have a convention of more than 1,000 people going on, and the gathering/party room we wanted is available (see more below). COSTS Here is a breakdown of costs you can expect for the trip: travel: avg 20mi/gallon, $2.5/gallon, so $0.125/mi; don't forget the return trip -or- $300-500/person airfare roundtrip transportation: There should be enough folks with cars coming to ferry folks around, and most things will be within walking distance, but if you might need a ride, it's about $15 to or from the airport, and $8 and up to go up or down the strip. there are ferry buses from the airport for most hotels and a tram and a monorail that go up and down the strip at the cost of $5-6. room: $80-150/person/night, depending on how crammed you want to be -- less if you want to "guild hall" it as Keraph suggested and go over the room limit, at your own risk! (Air beds are a thing) food: $40/person/day and up, but varies extremely according to how much you brown-bag it recreation: gambling money, show tickets (David Copperfield, Blue Man Group, comedy shows, Chippendales, Cirque... whatever floats your boat) $50-120/person, booze, souvenirs, $30-40/person for a nice dinner emergency money: I suggest having an extra $50-100 in hand just in case. Total: $500-$1500/person The $500/person total is if you live only a state or two away and don't spend a dime you don't have to, so don't expect to be able to beat or even meet that unless you're Nikaa. Realistically, expect to spend $700-900/person all told. HOTEL The Party Suite The communal room is the 6-person Hospitality Suite in the Mirage. There are two queen beds in one bedroom, one king in the other bedroom, and 2.5 bathrooms in total. Here is a video walkthrough of the suite (thanks Nikaa). There is also a large sectional couch, a table, and a bar to sit at, as well as a sink and a small refrigerator (which sounds like it comes stocked with stuff you get charged if you move, but I might see if we can have that stuff removed so we have fridge space; also, we can get coolers). It's over 1700 square feet in total, so more than enough room for folks to hang out. The total for two nights is $1,924.16. The deposit was $799.68, but it's fully refundable up to three days before check-in. Money will be collected from suite occupants about a month beforehand. With 6 people it will be $320.70/person for both nights. With 8 (one airbed or taking the couch), it will be $240.52. With 10 (one airbed and the couch taken), $192.42. With 12 (two airbeds and the couch taken), $160.35. We're aiming for 9-10 people at least to keep costs down. Let me know if you want on the list. Party suite guest list: Xara Fhenrir Keraph Tirien Lupinum Nicolette (Loop's GF) Yatokth Sam (Yat's wifey) Feorn Zhu Cobrak Shaelie Other Arrangements People who don't want to stay in the party suite, or who can't commit at this point, are completely welcome to book their own rooms at their own leisure. Additional regular rooms in the Mirage run $650-800 for both nights after taxes and fees (depending on if you say 2 or 4 people -- there are additional charges for more people in a room) and you can also find another hotel somewhere if you want to try to find someplace cheaper, though then you'll need to figure out transportation to come hang out. Note that many hotels on the strip require guests to be 21 to check in (literally check in; not just to be a guest in the suite) and those below age 21 won't be allowed to even enter casinos or other adult areas. ACTIVITIES The party suite is going to be the central gathering & hanging out point for everyone on the trip, regardless of where they're staying. There is lots of living space there to just hang out, drink, play games, and enjoy one another's company! Other than that, folks are free to make their own plans for excursions and activities. Being that it's Vegas, some people will want to do some things, and some, others. The "Xara Agenda" is a plan for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday which anyone is welcome to tag along for, including jumping in and out to share certain activities if you want to go do other things at other times. View the agenda here. Discord will be used to coordinate during the trip. Nikaa has also put together a list of things you may be interested in doing for free or nearly free in Vegas. See it here! Feel free to post your own plans here, or arrange them in Discord. Activity planning sites: http://www.travelvegas.com/ http://www.tix4tonight.com/ https://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/North_America/United_States_of_America/Nevada/Las_Vegas-836630/TravelGuide-Las_Vegas.html (thanks Nikaa) RULES A few ground rules off the bat: No in-room charges (rooms will likely be booked on someone else's credit card!) No breaking hotel rules (except sardining) No recreational drug use or possession except in agreed-upon areas (and no smoking in non-smoking hotels) No underage drinking or gambling (sorry Konro) Detailed party suite rules can be found elsewhere in this thread, and also in the Discord. MORE PLANNING We have many people definitely down for this, so the question now is how many more people can we reel in! If you can get a group together, you can make a roadtrip out of it and/or share a room to save costs. Please use this thread to post any questions, pose any ideas, and organize your trips. There is still time to make arrangements. People are welcome to bring non-TNG friends so long as said friends don't mind hanging out with a bunch of roleplayers and the conversation that will ensue! Going to have a great time this May! ATTENDEES Xara Fhenrir Keraph Nikaa Tirien Lupinum Nicolette Yatokth Sam Syreena Grainger Feorn Vilmah Nojinbu Zhu Arahe Baern Seguul Cobrak Kexti Let me know if you're coming!
  18. TNG Con 2017!

    Here is the TNG Con Vegas 2017 photo album! https://goo.gl/photos/AwNaJiwyzhyEb6sy7
  19. TNG Con 2017!

    Here were the nametags, featuring art by Vilmah, Nojinbu, Tirien, Arahe, Sam, Yat, and me!
  20. Xara sketches

    Full (re)colored version
  21. TNG Con 2017!

    Yes, going to be uploading a ton of pics soon! Make a note folks, huge success! Let's do it again next year! *passes out*
  22. Xara sketches

    And here's an example of what the TNG Con nametags look like. Other characters were drawn by Arahe, Tirien, Vilmah, Nojinbu, Sam, and Yat. They all look awesome!
  23. Xara sketches

    Xara sketch fin.
  24. TNG Con 2017!

    TNG Con is fast approaching! The shenanigans begin this Friday! Can't wait to see everyone, including our very special guests!
  25. Xara sketches

    As promised, I'll make a signature for anyone who takes the screenshots!