Ravenwood Castle - A GWJ Friendly Travel Destination

FeralMonkey wrote:

The entire navigation button on all the pages should be links to the relevant page, not just the text. As it is, the buttons light up when you mouse over them and pretend that clicking them will do something, but really they're just teasing.

I was going to say that was beyond my ability to fix, but then I mucked with it a bit and look at me, I got it! I can't post those right away though, as my developer is working on some of the pages. He gets miffed if I'm mucking with the live stuff while he's replacing it

Will definitely drop by with my daughters some day

Sparhawk wrote:

Will definitely drop by with my daughters some day :)

I look forward to it Spar! I unfortunately missed Rob Anybody this weekend, had to be back up North for the weekend. I did give instructions that he and his band get a round on the house in my stead, so I'm sure he wasn't too disappointed

By the way, anyone have any good suggestions for magazines, newsletters, or sites upon which to find local pen and paper gaming groups? I'm looking to put together a "Gaming Getaway" package, and want to find the right people to tell about it.

Teneman wrote:

By the way, anyone have any good suggestions for magazines, newsletters, or sites upon which to find local pen and paper gaming groups? I'm looking to put together a "Gaming Getaway" package, and want to find the right people to tell about it.

RPG.Net is pretty big and has looking-for-group sub-forums, IIRC.

Teneman wrote:

By the way, anyone have any good suggestions for magazines, newsletters, or sites upon which to find local pen and paper gaming groups? I'm looking to put together a "Gaming Getaway" package, and want to find the right people to tell about it.

www.Boardgamegeek.com and www.armchairgeneral.com are the first two that spring to mind.

Is Dragon magazine still enough of a thing to warrant attention? Also, I assume Teneman you've listed with AirBnB.com? Just saw their new site design and it's quite crisp.

If you're going to do gaming getaways, you need one of the Sultan gaming tables. Just saying.

As soon as our newborn can comprehend how awesome it is to stay in a castle, I'm bringing the family.

bighoppa wrote:

If you're going to do gaming getaways, you need one of the Sultan gaming tables.

I agree with this idea

bighoppa wrote:

If you're going to do gaming getaways, you need one of the Sultan gaming tables. Just saying.

As soon as our newborn can comprehend how awesome it is to stay in a castle, I'm bringing the family.

We've got a Hoplite coffee table preordered, but there are so many awesome options and we are in the middle of planning to move that we haven't actually put it in production yet.

If you haven't seen them in person yet, they are... like buttah.

First thought, "why the f**k would we spend so much on a coffee table?" Second thought, "Oh god I love it so much, this is the piece of furniture we build the living room around." =)

Ranger Rick wrote:
bighoppa wrote:

If you're going to do gaming getaways, you need one of the Sultan gaming tables. Just saying.

As soon as our newborn can comprehend how awesome it is to stay in a castle, I'm bringing the family.

We've got a Hoplite coffee table preordered, but there are so many awesome options and we are in the middle of planning to move that we haven't actually put it in production yet.

If you haven't seen them in person yet, they are... like buttah.

First thought, "why the f**k would we spend so much on a coffee table?" Second thought, "Oh god I love it so much, this is the piece of furniture we build the living room around." =)

I placed my emissary order back in March, and I'm on target to get it in September. And that's WITH an expedited order. But I am very, very, very excited. I did indeed build a room around it.

I have passes on this thread to a contact who writes a column at WotC.

mudbunny wrote:

I have passes on this thread to a contact who writes a column at WotC.

Awesome, thanks mudbunny!

And thanks hoppa. For the imminent divorce. You know, when I tell the queen that we have to postpone renovating the king room. So I can buy a table...

Teneman wrote:
mudbunny wrote:

I have passes on this thread to a contact who writes a column at WotC.

Awesome, thanks mudbunny!

And thanks hoppa. For the imminent divorce. You know, when I tell the queen that we have to postpone renovating the king room. So I can buy a table...

It's a business expense That's gotta be a great tax deduction, right?

Side note, but way back in the Great Big Tracts of Land thread some folks asked to be added to the mailing list. I didn't have one at the time, so I sent them all to Facebook.

Well I've got one now. Just sent out my first mass email this afternoon in fact. Facebook is still the best way to keep up on events as I don't plan on sending out these emails too often, but if you want to be on the list PM me your email address and I'll add you in.

I could see renovations/building out the wifi as higher priorities. But it should stay on the list of future investments. I would love to play a few games on that table.

Teneman wrote:

Well I've got one now. Just sent out my first mass email this afternoon in fact. Facebook is still the best way to keep up on events as I don't plan on sending out these emails too often, but if you want to be on the list PM me your email address and I'll add you in.

I got the e-mail. It looks good.

MonoCheli wrote:

I could see renovations/building out the wifi as higher priorities. But it should stay on the list of future investments. I would love to play a few games on that table.

No doubt. I think the wife would categorize this one in the Shiny Toy column rather than investment I am in the process of buying a table though, renovating the Library into more of a library/private meeting room/gaming room. If only the Sultan wasn't about four times as expensive as what I can get otherwise...

Been meaning to touch base about my stay at Ravenwood, but I've been just too bloody exhausted to do anything after work this week.
So, first off, a big huge manly bear hug thank you to Teneman for hooking a brother up for the weekend. Kinda bummed we didn't run into each other at some point, but the free round was much appreciated. Hopefully we didn't make too much trouble while we were there.
Friday evening we rolled up around 9:30 pm, which was way later than I was intending, but we got there. Side note: the "Please Ring Bell" sign is really hard to see. It just blends right in with everything else unless you know it's there. I suggest a pull rope, Adams Family style
The roads leading up to the castle are not motorcycle friendly, especially at night when you're tired, especially the wicked little switchback on the exit road to the cabin. Also, a clearer map wouldn't hurt. We got turned around and someone passing through had to tell us where to go.
Anyways, we got our key (the girl working the desk was very nice by the way,) and made it to the cabin, got all our stuff unloaded into the big purple house by about 10:30'ish, popped a couple beers and settled in for the night. Now, as I mentioned before, I think we were not really the target demographic for this particular arrangement. There seemed to be a lot of couples about, and we got a couple peeks out the windows from neighbors. Whether they were just curious about the 5 rough looking chaps in the purple house, or we were interrupting their weekend I don't know. We weren't being loud, but I hope there weren't any complaints.
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I got to sleep on the single bed, blessedly away from our two snorers.
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If I may be so bold as to make a suggestion here, I think it might be cool to have a guy friendly area similar to the cabins. We liked being separate from the castle, but the... girlyness, was not really working. Maybe like a Viking Longhouse, or something with a fire pit where you can stay up till 1 am and not feel like BS'ing outside is keeping the neighbors up. I guess the Gypsy Wagons kinda fill that, but electricity and AC are nice. Dunno if you even want to accommodate those kind of guests, or just keep it a romantic getaway sort of thing, so feel free to ignore that is so.
In the morning we were up early for breakfast. Pancake sausage bake? Brilliant. Never even thought to do something like that. I must make my own.
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Played some giant chess after breakfast, which was really fun, then we headed off to Columbus to hit the Motorcycle Hall of Fame, ate some White Castle, and Steak and Shake later, then got back to Zer Castle around 9 that night. The bar downstairs was cool, but we were the only ones really making use of it. A couple people wandered down to check it out, but we were the only ones chilling out.
All in all, it was a really fun weekend and I can see really great things coming from Goodgerhold, I mean Ravenwood. I wouldn't mind trying one of the other cabins in the medieval village next time.

And just for fun:
Some say he has a tattoo that reads "Fairy Princess" on his lower back.
And that he's never said a swearword, but instead yells "Certis is Awesome!" when he's angry.
All we know is... He's called Rob_Anybody.
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Nice Rob!

We are off to see the castle tomorrow morning! We look forward to reporting back after the visit.

The couples weren't staring at you for the motorcycles. I think it was the ass-less chaps that caused them to look.

Edit:
Btw, for everyone that visits, post some things to check out in the surrounding area. Teneman did a great job of listing the various nature sights to see nearby, but I'm curious as to what might be available in the Columbus area as well. My wife and I will be staying at Ravenwood in early October.

Rob, awesome write-up!

Take a screenshot, make a PNG out of it, and then you can embed it.

P.S. "Laundry" is the worst fairy tale ever. ;>

Rob_Anybody wrote:

Also, a clearer map wouldn't hurt. We got turned around and someone passing through had to tell us where to go.

Clearer map. Check. How's this one (click for full size)?

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Had it in development, but didn't get a chance to get it out before you arrived, sorry.

Rob_Anybody wrote:

We liked being separate from the castle, but the... girlyness, was not really working.

Well to be fair, you did knowingly book a cabin named "Sleeping Beauty"....

Glad you had a good time Rob, sorry I couldn't be there in person. I'll catch you next time!

Are you kidding Hypatian? "Laundry" was an amazing fairy tale! The twists, the turns, the drama.... just amazing. Of course the upcoming Disney adaptation will be even better I'm sure...

Rob_Anybody wrote:
Teneman wrote:
Rob_Anybody wrote:

We liked being separate from the castle, but the... girlyness, was not really working.

Well to be fair, you did knowingly book a cabin named "Sleeping Beauty"....

Appreciated, but that was referring to that whole area, and I believe there wasn't anything else available that would fit the 5 of us except for the two Gypsy wagons, and as I said AC and electricity are nice. If it had been just me I would have done the wagon, since I'm A) Cheap and B) actually like camping, but some of the guys wanted AC, cell phone charging, and indoor plumbing, so Sleeping Beauty fit the bill. It was pretty hot though, so probably a good thing we got something with AC.

Like I said, I would like to try the places in the medieval village next time. Though who knows when that would even be.

Yeah, the wagons have electricity (and microwaves and heaters), but no AC. My girls wanted to camp in them recently, but we couldn't as it was so damned hot. We're going to probably expand those down the road to fit groups like you're saying, although I like the Viking longhouse idea too...

Teneman wrote:
Rob_Anybody wrote:

We liked being separate from the castle, but the... girlyness, was not really working.

Well to be fair, you did knowingly book a cabin named "Sleeping Beauty"....

Appreciated, but that was referring to that whole area, and I believe there wasn't anything else available that would fit the 5 of us except for the two Gypsy wagons, and as I said AC and electricity are nice. If it had been just me I would have done the wagon, since I'm A) Cheap and B) actually like camping, but some of the guys wanted AC, cell phone charging, and indoor plumbing, so Sleeping Beauty fit the bill. It was pretty hot though, so probably a good thing we got something with AC.

Like I said, I would like to try the places in the medieval village next time. Though who knows when that would even be.

Edit: Don't mind me. I'm just bitching because I chose the wrong cabin.

Ah, my mistake. Didn't realize they had electricity. Thought they were total bare bones rustic cabins. Stayed in those kind of cabins before, and they're great if you're staying disconnected, but if you need a charge for cell, not so much.

Hypatian wrote:

Take a screenshot, make a PNG out of it, and then you can embed it.

P.S. "Laundry" is the worst fairy tale ever. ;>