Team Building (on ice)

If you’ve never been to Minnesota you probably share the common perception that it’s a dull, dreary, frozen Siberian wasteland.  Well it is frozen much of the year, but we know how turn that into fun (and fitness).  I could have held our team meeting almost anywhere, but I wanted my team to experience a Minnesota winter.

We had hoped to go snowmobiling and ice fishing, but global warming foiled our plans - no snow and temps in the 40′s.  So we compromised and went curling instead.  We’d all seen curling in the Olympics, but none had actually done it.  After an hour of instruction we spent an hour curling.  As you might expect, it was more difficult than it looks.  It was really hard to ‘curl’ with just enough force to leave the stone in the ‘house’ (the colored target).  

The Chaska curling center is beautiful building.  After we finished curling we ate lunch in the restaurant overlooking the ice.  I don’t think I’m ready to join a curling league, but it was definitely a fun group activity.

*o* I’m so blown away by how supportive everyone has been about Skyborn launching on Steam….people, you are amazing!!!

I ran across a post someone had compiled of sketches & concept art from the game, so I thought I’d share a little more, featuring Chaska. 

I knew I wanted a character with a gross monster arm pretty early on. Before she had a name, she was Little Mutant Child. (At one point, we’d planned on having animated battle sprites, but it turned out to be too expensive. Boo!)

This was the very first sketch of her that I drew (in the corner of a lined notebook; THAT’S HOW I ROLL). Despite all her weird growths and stuff I wanted her to be sweet and a bit girly, and NOT consumed with angst over her appearance.

I ended up using the first sketch as the base for her final portrait because the expression fit her personality so well (probably drove some of it too). She ended up being really cute and I’m quite attached to her now ^_^

Aaaand finally…’s special bonus Grown-Up Chaska!!!

My Red VS Blue OC, Moose. His real name is Chaska, and Caboose calls him Sir Sparkle Pants due to the fact that he has sparkly glow-in-the-dark starts super glued to his armor. Which is teal by the way, darker than Tucker’s aqua.

He’s pretty much a moose- he charges headfirst into situations without thinking them through, is large and chubby, will attack you if you don’t give him food…

Chaska is actually a Major General, who fought in the alien wars, but after that was over, they needed something to keep him busy, so they stuck him with the blue team so the trouble he caused was minimum. Hahahaha….ah….

Honoring the 12 Marines killed in Hawaii:

The massive, multi-agency search for 12 Marines missing after two choppers collided off Oahu’s North Shore late Thursday has been suspended, with no survivors found.

Coast Guard Captain Jim Jenkins said underwater dive teams and sonar have found wreckage of the two helicopters on the sea floor, in about 325 feet of water.

To the families that are most affected by this, our prayers and our support are to them,“ he said.

A memorial for the Marines is set for Friday.

Never Forget them.
🇺🇸 Maj. Shawn M. Campbell, 41, College Station, Texas.

🇺🇸 Capt. Brian T. Kennedy, 31, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

🇺🇸 Capt. Kevin T. Roche, 30, St. Louis, Missouri.

🇺🇸 Capt. Steven R. Torbert, 29, Florence, Alabama.

🇺🇸 Sgt. Dillon J. Semolina, 24,Chaska, Minnesota.

🇺🇸 Sgt. Adam C. Schoeller, 25, Gardners, Pennsylvania.

🇺🇸 Sgt. Jeffrey A. Sempler, 22, Woodruff, South Carolina.

🇺🇸 Sgt. William J. Turner, 25, Florala, Alabama.

🇺🇸 Cpl. Matthew R. Drown, 23, Spring, Texas.

🇺🇸 Cpl. Thomas J. Jardas, 22, Fort Myers, Florida.

🇺🇸 Cpl. Christopher J. Orlando, 23, Hingham, Massachusetts.

🇺🇸 Lance Cpl. Ty L. Hart, 21, Aumsville, Oregon.