Hearing The Call to Adventure when you’re over 40.
There’s a seriously delightful conversation in one of the LARP fb groups about adventuring over 40. Many of us aren’t 20 anymore, and it seems silly to have our characters not be our own age (or close to it). But they’re still starting characters (as it’s a new campaign), which implies they chose this path recently.
That thread is mostly joking around, but I kind of love the idea of hearing The Call when you’re not a teenager, and starting your in-game adventuring life later as some kind of mid-life crisis, religious epiphany, empty nest reaction, etc.
Which got me to some ficlets, and here’s the result.
“Well, your mother always wanted to be an adventurer - she was a hell of an archer when we were your age - but we got pregnant, and your grandmother needed some help, so we put that life off for a while. But now that you’re off at university, it seems like a good time to pick up the bow again, and go fight evil."
“There was just something missing, y'know? I mean, I liked being a toymaker, but one day I realized - I really wanted to put on some plate mail, and go fight demons. So here I am, livin’ the dream."
“Sometimes, relationships don’t work out. She got the business, I get to start the life of adventure I’ve always wanted. Did you know I minored in alchemy? It’s good to get back into it again.”
“Your Aunt Maribel and I had always talked about doing this, when we were girls, but it just never seemed like the right time. But now that Uncle Haro has passed…Mari just wants to get out there and do it. I can’t let her go alone, can I? Someone has to watch her flank on the line, and remind her to keep her shield up.“
"What can I say? Sometimes you fall in love with a mage. When you do, you grab your hammer and you go where he goes. Someone has to keep cute Dukes from flirting with him. Back off, gentry! He’s all mine.”
“Kevin, you’re being ridiculous. I’m not going to fall in love with some Duke.”
“Whatever. I’m not taking any chances. It took me this long to find you, and I’m not letting you go without me.”
“I’m your Dad. If you’re going to go and fight evil, I’m going with you, ‘cause I support your choices.”
“Er…Mom’s heading off to check out some evil gate she heard about. Someone needs to go with her, ok? I squired for her last time, but I just can’t right now. It’s your turn. Make sure she does her exercises, ok? Her back is going to be horrid if she doesn’t.“
"Fine. I’ll handle the evil gate with Mom. But the next time she heads into the swamps to fight some lizard thing, you’re doing it. I freaking hate swamps.”
“His husband left him for an elf. He’s got some anger issues that he’s working through, ok? Better that he work through it on some bad guys.”
“What was that?” “Undead again.” “Oh, for the love of..look. They’re a freaking plague, and it’s getting worse. If we don’t want to keep dealing with this, we’re just going to have to go to the source.” “But….the carrots…!” “Hang the damned carrots. I’ll hire that nice boy down the street to take care of our field while we’re gone. Clean yourself up and grab your holy symbol. We’re not putting up with this for one more week.”
“Well, I always wanted to see the world. I got a small inheritance recently, and thought, why the heck not? No time like the present, right?”
“If that Sorcerer thinks he can just waltz in here and take over this town, he’s got another think coming!” “Doris, calm down. We’ll write to the King, and…” “I WILL NOT CALM DOWN. Sally, I swear, you drive me nuts sometimes.” “I’m just saying - there’s diplomatic solutions to this.” “The hell with diplomatic solutions! I WILL END HIM. ” “Fiiiiiine. Do it your way. End him with fire.” “Thank you!” *smooches* “Love you. Back when I’m back. He has NO IDEA who is coming for him.”
“What can I say? Adventuring pays the bills. I have a family to support, and turnip farming doesn’t make money like it used to.”
“Hey Phineas - for guys’ night, I have a thought. Rather than just going down to the pub like we usually do…I found a gate. No idea where it leads. Let’s go check it out. Could be fun, right?” “A gate?” “Yeah!” “This is a terrible idea. I’m in.”
“Um….well, this is awkward. You know that Goddess who spoke to me last spring?” “Oh yeah! Your whole conversion thing. Nice to see you found faith. It’s been good for you, I think.” “Well, she has something she wants me to take care of.” “What, like…a message delivered or something?” “Noooooooo?” “Seriously? You’re a florist. What does she want you to do?” “Well, now when I sing, things blow up. That’s good, right?” “This can’t end well.”
“We left for THREE WEEKS, and Barbarians razed our village. I swear, do I have to do everything myself? I JUST RE-DID THE ROOF, YOU JERKS.”
“He doesn’t think our family is good enough for him? I’ll show him who is good enough for him! My little girl is going to live in a castle, even if I have to conquer it myself!” “I’m sure he didn’t mean it that way.” “We’ll see what he has to say when I walk into Summertide with a demon’s head on a spike! Who’s good enough now, you two-bit merchant?!?”
“Your Aunt recently found out that Throgg the Destroyer is that brat she couldn’t stand at the Academy. She’s not taking it well, so we’re going to be off on a trip for a while…”
“So….funny story. You know that favor I owe the Countess? From like 20 years ago? She finally called it in. She remembered that I’m really good with Ancient Runes, and apparently there’s something she needs checked out.”
“I thought you said this adventuring thing was just a hobby, Brianna. Something we did on the weekends.” “Well, but…y'know…I really like it. I think I could be good at it. I’m getting better with the spear, you know?” “I don’t even know you anymore!” “Can’t you just be supportive?” “Well, but where does it end? First hobgoblins, now orcs…what’s next?” “I heard about this cursed tomb…” “Absolutely not. I draw the line at tombs. NO TOMBS.”
“I told you not to date that vampire. Didn’t I tell you? I told you!” “Let me live, Sergio.” “Let me unlive, you mean.” “Ok, that’s just rude.”
“Oh, sure - one good healing spell, and you think you can conquer the world.” “I can! I have the knees of a teenager again!”
“Grandpa, you’re embarrassing me.” “What, I can’t visit my grandson while he’s adventuring?” “Well, I love having you here, and everyone knows you’re a good healer, but…” “I’ll be fine. I like it here. I think I’ll stay.”
“C'mon, let’s do it. We’ve always wanted to.” “But…we don’t know what we’re doing.” “We do! We’ve each read The Book, what….15 times? I know you basically have it committed to memory.” “I don’t think 'To Catch a Rogue Lord’ was really meant as an instruction manual.” “C'mon…how hard can it be? You’ve seen the adventurers who come through here.” “Excellent point. I’ll get my herbs.”
“Honey? There’s a kid at the door. He says you’re the Chosen One.” “Arrrrgh. We talked about this! Come back later!” “He says the stars are aligned?” “Not doing it! Tell him to go away.” “Oh, and the seal broke. The seal broke, Stephen. It sounds important.” “But…” “I’ll pack you a lunch.”
“Call Sharon. She and her stupid birthmark are coming with me.” “I thought you said that translation of the prophecy was incorrect? Something about a miss-translation of verb.” “…well, at least if we fail, I won’t have to listen to Karl talking at Guild Meetings about how he was right.”
Apple has decided to get into the original content business and has dedicated 1 billion to acquire rights of existing shows and produce new ones. Personally, I propose that Apple acquires the rights of FOX’s recently cancelled ‘Pitch’, which was about the first female player in baseball, and produce it as their own original show.
A question that immediately springs to mind is: why would Apple acquire, and then produce a show that failed after one season, especially since they’re trying to get a foot into the industry?
Because Pitch’s cancellation is a reflection of a network looking for it’s next big hit, rather than it is of a show with subpar quality or lack of appeal with viewer. Quite frankly, many didn’t know the show debuted or hadn’t heard of it, which is honestly a evidence of lack of promotion than anything else. Even then, it was placed on a night that shows have struggled on for years and FOX didn’t capitalize off of the MLB post season to draw in more fans like they supposedly planned to. Pitch was actually a hit with critics as well as well loved by fans.
FOX wasn’t truly invested in Pitch and it showed during the season as well as when they officially cancelled it. Admittedly there are shows that build an audience due to word of mouth, but this doesn’t take away the fact that networks still need to promote their shows and give them time to grow, which neither happened with Pitch.
But, why should Apple #PickUpPitch, well, because Pitch embodies Apples core ideas and beliefs about diversity. Granted, I’m pulling from the philosophy on hiring practices, but it still applies, “We see diversity as everything that makes an employee who they are.” Isn’t this applicable to viewers as well? Networks like CBS have been constantly criticized by their predominantly white male TV lineups and Apple has a chance to start out different by integrating Pitch into it’s lineup. Pitch boasted a female black lead with a multiracial supporting cast that touched on a variety of topics in an organic way.
This also will further support Apple’s diversity trend of including more women at the company, but for original content, they will be on the screen. Pitch showed women in different roles from: first female baseball player to housewife to assertive Hollywood turned sports agent. Despite it being a sports show, the essence of the main character Ginny Baker’s journey, resonates with many viewers journeys regardless of age, gender, and profession.
So, If FOX couldn’t make it work, how would Apple, right???
Well, Apple has also said, “Creating an inclusive culture takes both commitment and action.” The main difference between Apple and FOX is that Apple knows that in order for something to be successful, you have to commit to it and take the necessary steps to ensure it’s success, which FOX didn’t do with Pitch. And this isn’t as if Pitch is an anomaly. They’ve done this with Family Guy, Futurama, Freaks and Greeks, Firefly, Undeclared, and many more other shows. Viewers are afraid to enjoy a show of FOX if it isn’t an instant success because it will most likely be cancelled.
But, another reason Pitch and Apple will make a great match: product placement. Due to Pitch taking place within the baseball world and the usage of Apple products already being featured on the show, it would feel organic. Many characters used iPhones, Ginny Baker wore Beats headphones, Ginny was signed with Nike—Apple product placement wouldn’t feel unnatural because it would be perfectly natural in that environment. Let’s take it one step further: Commercials. Apple could put Kylie Bunbury, who plays Ginny Baker, in various commercials which would serve as a cross promotional of many products. This is like a win-win-win-win for the Apple brand. The sky is the limit here.
Other companies such as Hulu are afraid to take a chance on Pitch because it doesn’t meet certain metrics, but Apple, they’ve always seen things different. From personal computer back when it first became a company to it’s constant revolutionizing of the industry with the iPod, iTunes, iPhone, and iPad to name a few. And whenever they aren’t revolutionizing the industry, they are setting trend that others originally scoff at before conforming to themselves.
To paraphrase Apple, they’ve said they want to be a reflection of the world around it and that our individual backgrounds, perspectives, and passions creates ideas that helps move us forward. What better way to prove this than by acquiring Pitch and producing new content of the show?
It may sound crazy, but as a famous ad campaign once said, “Here’s to the crazy ones…”
Omg after Keith's vlog meme mom is like "Keith, my son, I love you so much. I'm your mom now. You're bedtime is never and we're having lasagna for dinner. Also hugs are always open." And Shiro's like "he has a bedtime!"
The fandom collectively:
Shiro: He has a bedtime, he needs his sleep! Look how grumpy he gets!
Let me clear up the problem with Matt's hair color:
Tumblr won’t stop freaking out so let me solve the problem of Matt’s hair color:
“Matt has brown hair and dark blue eyes. In the anime, he is seen wearing a red and black striped long-sleeved top, blue pants, and white goggles with amber-tinted lenses. He wears black gloves that reach just below the elbow, as well as a pair of black boots and a cream-colored, sleeveless vest with fur trim.
In the manga, he is pictured wearing a black and white striped long-sleeved top, and his hair is red.
In the video game Death Note: Successor to L, Matt has blue-grey hair, but otherwise looks the same, though his eyes are never visible.”
This is take directly from the wiki.
His hair is three different colors.
Brown in the anime, red in the manga, blue-gray in the video game.
Hi! I am a weird person with likes and dislikes. This includes having opinions and interests.
To be more specific: TV shows - Doctor Who, Dirk Gently, Black Mirror Movies - Scott Pilgrim vs The World, Fight Club, The Lego Movies Video Games - Portal, weird indie titles, Bioshock Youtubers - Nerdcubed, Emma Blackery, Ashens, TomSka, Game Theory Books: The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, The Meaning of Liff and Dirk Gently’s Holistic defective Agency… basically anything by Douglas Adams
I should mention: I am reading Homestuck, and like other stuff like drawing, film and computing.
Preferences: If possible, please be 14-16… Thank you!
This is suuuuuuuuuuper stupid ~ But, it’s on my drafts and honestly, I said ‘fuck it’.
Klance Office Au where they are Blue and Red’s interns and keep fighting over mails and their bosses are trying to get them together.
Might even develop it in the future??? *Shrugs*
Rest of the 750 words are under the cut.
Disclaimer: Voltron doesn’t belong to me.
The young brunette sighs as she sees another mail pop up on her inbox quickly followed by another one. She purses her lips in half annoyance before she moves her head to the side only to facepalm herself when she sees her intern typing angrily on his own computer a few feet away from her, his tongue out in deep concentration and his eyebrows furrow together in fury.
She rolls her eyes before picking up her office phone and dialing a familiar extension number on it.
“Are you seeing what I’m seeing?” She asks as soon as the line opens, not bothering to even say hello.
“Keith looking seconds away from snapping his keyboard in half because he’s fighting your cub? Yes.” A dry voice answers her and Blue almost snorts.
“How long has this been going on again?” Blue questions as she places the phone on her shoulder to free her hands and clicks on the newest emails.