Lots of interesting things over at my fellow Bloggers, and yes, once again, I feel like I am in network mode here, telling you about them all.
Ginger throws a campaign seed out on Rebma. She also posted it to the AML. Arref also throws in his own thoughts on Rebma too, again, sort of crossposted to the AML. Meera has a brand spanking new graphic for her Amber bits Blog, and its absolutely gorgeous.
Today is March 1st, and, although I haven’t received mine yet, the list of games for Ambercon is due out today (although it might be a function of a name near the end of the alphabet more than anything ). We are creeping up, also, on the Ides of March, the official Anniversary Day for Strange Bedfellows. On March 15, 1996, after a lot of debate and thought on the matter, I decided that running a PBEM could be a good thing. So, I began to approach a few online friends if they might be interested in getting in on the ground floor. I still have most of those charter players.
The funny part is, it took six years of real time to get to a major milestone that I have been thinking about since the game started. In the Strange Bedfellows universe, the Calendar of Amber is far more regular than ours. It is comprised of twelve months of 30 days each, and to bring the total to an even 365, there are five intercalary days. Game time started on March 15…and the first Intercalary Day is the Spring Equinox. After 6 years, the events of the Festival (between the 19th and the 20th of March) have begun.
I have envisioned it as a day of a variety of events. I provide a graphical version of it here. The link opens up in a new window, so feel free to click and look at it now.
As you can see from looking at it, (Sure, I’m not Alisia, or Arref, but I can be proud of my own stuff), my vision was that members of the Royal Family of Amber would naturally gravitate toward creating or hosting or being patrons for various events. I imagine that other strata of Amber society also have their own events…and wouldn’t that make an interesting con game? Just revolving around the entire day of the Festival. Hmmmm.
The highlight, the climax of the day is the Ball, hosted by none other than Florimel herself. It’s THE event of the season.
The other four intercalary days are, by the way, Midsummer (again, lots of parties and a ball…but the symbolism of this Ball is that, often, the last person you dance with at THAT Ball, will be your significant other for the rest of the Summer), The Harvest, or Autumnal, Equinox,Midwinter, and New Year’s Day. Unlike the Equinoxes and Solstices, New Year’s Day is a very somber and quiet day…for Midwinter, only 9 days before, is usually a party whose hangover can last for quite a while.
Another minor, astronomical note to the Festival of the Unicorn, the Vernal Equinox, is that it is the first day of the year that the constellation of the Unicorn, with the brightest star in Amber’s sky, is visible, and that’s why Cas and Pol get more attendees than you might expect to their stargazing.
A full moon has not fallen on the Festival of the Unicorn in quite some time, and it does not this year, either (it fell on the day before). A Festival of the Unicorn with a full moon might make an interesting Tir visit, indeed.