"If there's one word I'd use to describe this forsaken trip, it's delays. Delays, delays, delays. They told us we'd be headin' outta Omaha the day after that faire. Took 'em three weeks before they got their damn train up and runnin', which left us campin' out in that courtyard where they had the faire, with those guards and their rifles in those towers. That place reeked by the time we got a gittin'! Phew!
One day on that new fangled train of theirs and we done broke down in the middle of the desert! We were stuck there a couple of days in those oven cars, waitin' for this engineer or that one to fix some thingamajig. Lucky those Natives on the train done found water, or wed've been at each other's throats for a drop.
Y'figured that gettin' to Laramie woulda meant things would work finally, but that was hopin' too much. Train got to Laramie to an empty station! Sure, there were people there hootin' an' hollerin', but there wasn't a red hat in sight, not a Cardiff engineers anywhere! Some group of locals finally came about to cool off the engine and get us off the car, but not before they bungled it up and caused the locomitive to crack or somethin'. All I know is that there was a lot of steam, people had'a run for their lives and a couple of people didn't make it. Now Laramie an' Cardiff are at each other's throat about who's to blame, with the whole thing tied up in some court room somewhere.
In the meantime, we're all stuck here in Laramie. They got us shackin in several barns, makin' due with what we got. They let us wander around a little here and there, provided we got escorts and such. Some people taken to shackin' with families. One or two even found realtives they didn't even know they had! Now we all gotta sit and wait until the train's fixed and the nations're done pointin' the finger at each other. I swear, it's enough to cause a guy to snap...
They say we'll get underway with plenty of time before the first fall of snow, but I ain't so sure of that. I smell somethin' in the air, somethin' that tells me that things are gonna stay bad... and are only gonna get worse..."
"Wild" Jeb Townsend,
from Cooperstown, Virginia
Hung on November 14th, 1884
for the murder of Johny Lee Carter-Banks
over a poker dispute
Keystone Event 0.3: "The Long Dark Night"
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel
Unlike other events, we plan our hotel events as part LARP event, part social vacation. In other words, we encourage you to stay the weekend, play the game and spend time with your fellow players and cast. Here's how it works.
We expect to have much of our cast at the hotel by Friday evening. We will likely gather at the hotel's watering hole, chat, laugh, maybe even bring some board games with us. There will likely be some sort of trivia contest, where you can win fabulous prizes. At some point, cast will scamper off to handle last-minute preparations while the rest of you laugh the evening away.
Come Saturday, we run the event from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM. You know, that LARP thing we're here to do. After that, we will break for dinner and head out in different groups around the immediate area. Eat, laugh, take a shower, hit the hotel's pool and jacuzzi or take a break in your room, it's up to you. Later that evening, we'll meet again, likely in the same room we ran the event, where we'll give out awards in a lighthearted awards ceremony. Someone will invariably serve as bartender, we'll bring board games, laugh, chat and generally have a good time. Hit the sack whenever you feel like it.
Whenever we are up and about on Sunday morning, those of us who find each other will likely grab breakfast, hang out and have fun. Sooner or later, you'll have to head home after saying goodbye to your new friends.
Sounds fun, right? All you have to do to enjoy all this fun is sign up for the event and find a room in which to crash. You can reserve your room at the hotel at the very convenient rate of $105.00/night by going to the following link (We get our own reservation link!):
Thank you very much for joining us and becoming a part of the Keystone world. We look forward to seeing you in the Shattered West.
Player Registration is closed.