From the Mouth of the Members
This month is a very special month for RPA, with the RPALandia kicking into full gear. I wanted to take this month's article and interview members of the new roleplay. In particular, I wanted to ask them why they joined the group they did, whether it was for a closer attachment to the name or for the fun of it. The responses given were fascinating, and shed a new light on some of these members.
x Kiki x- The Squeamish Bandaid-Sticker
I chose to be a part of the Squeamish Bandaid Stickers based on the description given. I am currently in my last year of my Master's in Social Work, and as the class of the description states, their goal is to "attended the ailments and illnesses of the people of RPALandia, hoping to heal the population" - this reflects a lot of my values as a practicing social worker, so it spoke to my real life. I love helping people, and I wanted my character to reflect that, as my character is a version of me.
Craze- The Petty Prankster
Primarily, I chose the 'Petty Prankster' class because of my own 'identity' on RPA. The Joker is without doubt one of my favorite villains, if not my favorite. Most of the time I am just me on RPA, but sometimes I take joy in a little Joker-like roleplay. Showing that crazy side of me that I don't want to show in public. My title on RPA is also Clown Prince of Clime as a tribute to the Joker himself - but also to someone else.
Another reason, probably a bigger reason, is that the character is in fact a tribute to Danijel. Most of you will know who he is, some of you may not. Danijel was a guy from the 'good ol' RPA days', and I've been told he was a founding member as well. I have only known him for a short amount of time, but long enough to become friends rather quickly. We shared a similar interest or fascination for the Joker, something that immediately caught my attention towards Danijel.
But Danijel left RPA before I even got the chance to get to know him better. His departure made me sad, and I'm sure that it made many others sad as well. So, in a way, my character in RPALandia is a tribute and dedication to the original Clown Prince of RPA... Danijel.
Long story short, my character 'Craze' in RPALandia is a mixture of my own crazy side, my broad imagination and an honorable dedication to the RPA's former resident Clown Prince.
ZanNight- The Drunken Stumbler
Well, as a writer who's on a "growth kick", I specifically like to challenge myself into trying new things, such as characters that I've never played before. I looked through the OOC and saw that almost everybody else was choosing "Sad Hangmen" or "Wand Twirlers" and that absolutely nobody had yet chosen the "Drunken Stumbler" class yet.
I think situations like this one are typically wasted. You can come into a story with a character in mind, and I think that's not as creative as looking at the world already presented and making a character to fill a gap where one exists. It gave me the opportunity to be something different than everybody else, and I think that's always fun. It also makes my character stand out from the others.
Plus the "patron saint" of Drunken Stumblers appears to be Preach, who I think is tops. Maybe she'll smile down upon my character a little more since I'm one of her only disciples.
Cooking for Fun
Presented to you by Ruse
Over the past few years I have gotten much more open-minded about my food. Before, I would never even look at an onion in my food. A pepper? No. I wouldn't have any vegetables, except for the occasional very finely diced carrots in my salad. Then, slowly but surely, through the help of my college courses, I began to experiment with my food and I have developed a...passion for cooking. I love to create my own recipes as, more often than not, I am far too picky for those in books. I love to read recipes and to modify them to my liking, but more often than not I will simply create a new recipe with a select few ingredients.
With that being said, all of the recipes featured here will be 100% original. I like for cooking to be fun. It may be time consuming in some recipes, but...the end result is worth it.
Without further adieux, I present to you my first recipe for the Tribune!
Servings: For two you can usually make it last two-three meals.
Preparation time: Ten minutes
Cook time: Roughly 20-25
Total time: 30-35
1. 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2. ½ orange bell pepper
3. ½ yellow bell pepper
4. ½ large onion
5. 2 garlic cloves
6. ½ cup cherry tomatoes (red, dark red, orange, yellow)
6. extra virgin olive oil
7. monterrey jack cheese
- ground black pepper
10. butter cooking spray
1. Prepare your peppers and onions. Dice your peppers, dice your onions. Cut the tomatoes in half. Add some olive oil into a pan; cook your veggies until they begin to soften. Add the garlic; let it cook for another two or three minutes. Add the tomatoes, you want them to soften so only cook for another minute or two.
2. Cut up your chicken into small pieces, about ¼ inch pieces each. Throw into the same pot as the veggies, add your seasonings. Use your judgment on the seasoning, less paprika and more black pepper to avoid over-seasoning it. Remember, you can always add more, but you can’t take back.
3. When the chicken is fully cooked (all white on the inside), turn the skillet off and let sit for a few minutes. Grab another skillet, preferably flat, and spray with butter cooking spray. Heat it up, grab a tortilla. Sprinkle some cheese on the bottom part of the tortilla, add a little chicken and veggies, sprinkle some more cheese on top and fold the tortilla in half.
4. Place the quesadilla on the heated skillet; use a spatula to press the quesadilla together. Let cook on one side for about two-three minutes, flip it (Don’t hesitate! Just flip!) and let it cook on the other side.
Southern Potato Bake
Prep-Time: Ten Minutes
Cook Time: Thirty Minutes
Total Time: Forty Minutes
1. 3 Large Yukon gold potatoes
2. 2 Strips of lean bacon
3. 1/4 Onion
4. 1/2 Roma tomato
5. 1/4 red, orange, and yellow bell pepper
6. 1 Stick of melted butter
7. 1/4 Block of Velveeta Cheese
8. Milk- about 1/4 Cup
9. 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
10. Olive oil
- Black Pepper
- Basil (dried)
- Parsley (dried)
1. Wash the potatoes, fork holes into them randomly. Stick the potatoes in the microwave for about 8-10 minutes, until they are super soft. Place them in a bowl, use a potato masher to mash them up- skin on. Set aside.
2. Coat a skillet with a little olive oil, heat the oil. Add in the diced onions (you don't need much), let cook for about two minutes. Julienne the peppers, then dice them finely and add those. Cut your bacon into small pieces and throw into the skillet with the veggies. Let cook until the bacon is nice and crisp, and the veggies are soft.
3. Add in the veggie/ bacon mixture with the mashed potatoes. At this point, add milk until the potato mixture is smoother. Add seasonings. Add 1/2 of your butter, stir everything together.
4. Cut your cheese into small cubes and scatter about 3/4ths of it into the bowl. Place it back in the microwave and heat until the cheese is melted. Take it out, stir it in with everything. Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
5. Take a large casserole dish, spread the mixture around smoothly. Add the rest of your cheese scattered atop the dish, along with your diced Roma tomatoes. Heat in the oven until the cheese is melted and the tomatoes are slightly wilted.
~Recipe note: As you can see, this is an all out comfort food. It makes for a WONDERFUL side to any protein, minus perhaps ground beef. It even goes really, really well with lobster- feel free to add some inside before baking if you catch them on sale.
Be mindful of any ingredients you may be allergic too. Remember to substitute where you can if you see any ingredients that you may be allergic too.