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Moonbase Minute #3: About Registration
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Posted by: Fete Fatale @ 10:32 pm

Killing a little time before pushing the website out to open registration…

We feel fabulously fortunate to have such an, ummm–what’s the word?–ENABLING audience of players. If we didn’t have players willing to spend an evening with our twisted imaginations/let us send Scary Monsters To Jump Out At Them, we would have stopped redecorating our house for Whately years ago. That might have been better for our sanity, but certainly not for our sense of creative satisfaction.

Some shout-outs to groups near and dear to our hearts:

And there is of course our wonderful crew, but that will be the subject of an upcoming Minute.

Did you know that Zaya Rum is the official drink of Makalu Station?

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Moonbase Minute #2: About Uniforms
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Posted by: Fete Fatale @ 8:49 pm

Unless it’s onboard a smuggling vessel, don’t uniforms seem to be the rule in space, present-day or future, fictional or not?

Early on in the planning for The Curse of Whately’s Moonbase, we knew that our characters were going to include members of the military as well as employees of the corporation mining at the moonbase. While you can argue either way for uniforms on the corporate employees, one of the distinctive features of on-duty military personnel is that they are in uniform.

Once we decided we had characters we wanted in uniform, we had to consider the possible logistics of doing so. We quickly realized that providing them a) was not going to be that hard (using our warped definition of reasonable Whately effort, that is), b) would allow us to provide precisely the visual distinctions we wanted for the characters and c) would mean slime would be landing on the garments we provided, rather than players’ clothing.

Kelly O’Donoghue volunteered to serve as Moonbase Chief Costuming Minion. We gave her the basic requirements and worked through some ideas with her, and when she and Don came to Chicago for Under Angmar’s Shadow, she brought prototypes. Last weekend Don came down to work on “some props” and he brought with him a second round of prototypes. So Labor Day weekend, Kelly, Gail’s mom Barb and Gail will be firing up an assembly line of cutting and sewing.

This scheduling dovetails nicely with registration opening August 31st, because we should have a good idea by the weekend how many of each size we should need for each run. Therefore, we beseech you: please find a tape measure or a friend with a tape measure so your registration can include chest, waist and height measurements. The Uniform Minions will thank you.

* We must mention at this point that Anita Szostak has also contributed many hours towards the uniform project. Not mentioning what form her contributions took yet, though. :)

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Moonbase Minute #1: About Groups
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Posted by: Fete Fatale @ 12:59 pm

A no-win scenario and/or death at the hands of unforgiving space is so much more enjoyable when shared with friends!

Way back in the dawn of Whately, we opened registration without much prior warning, and within a day or so, had sixty registrations listing the dates each person could play and the people they hoped to play with. This led to us spending a day sitting at the dining room table with sheets of paper labeled with dates and post-its with players’ names, trying to put together runs that would make the greatest number of players happy.

The next year, we sent out a “Registration Opens in A Week!” type announcement, giving the following instructions:

We’re handling registration this way to allow folks time to arrange their groups in advance. We encourage you to coordinate your preferred play date with your friends before you register, so that we can spend our time on devising devious devices instead of verifying groups’ schedules (”Dick wants to play on Friday with Jane, but Jane wants to play on Saturday with Spot, while Spot’s got a dog show that weekend and wants to play with Dick and Jane the following weekend.”). Talk amongst yourselves and find a date now that will work for the group you’d like to play with.

That year, we learned that we should have asked groups to contact us BEFORE registration, because we ended up with several large groups all waiting to play Halloween weekend. So now we add:

If you are getting together a group of 5 or more–PLEASE don’t wait until registration opens to let us know which dates you’re considering. We’ll email you immediately, should there be more than one group hoping to play on the same date.

Up until Meddling Kids, every Whately held an even dozen players. Moonbase holds 10-12 (and, while you may ask, we’re not answering questions about the range). In order to better handle onesie-twosies registrations, we ask that your group not exceed ten players. Groups larger than that will most likely get cut off at ten anyway.

To recap:

  1. Coordinate with your friends your preferred/possible nights to play.
  2. If that’s 5 or more people, email us with your players and date preferences ASAP so we can head off any big-group-collisions.
  3. If it’s more than 10 players, be aware that we may have to cut you off at 10.
  4. Make sure that everyone in your group knows to register starting August 31st, what dates to indicate and what group to specify on the form.

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