I'm restless, and I also stayed up for 36 hours earlier and had to consciously decide to go to sleep, I didn't feel tired until I laid down. Its unusual, because I ordinarily become tired about 2-3 hours after the last time I went to sleep. Oh, wait, no, it isn't at all unusual, actually, I was talking to some one who had woken up at the time I was deciding whether or not I wanted to go to sleep early. I forgot, I consume the energy of other people... which makes me stay up nigh-indefinitely it seems like.
anyway, point is, I'm rested, and now I want to do things, but I can't do everything all at once, chief among those things I want to do right now, is talk. There is no one around to talk to right now, so I decided to make a journal to just sort of empty thoughts into yet again. I don't feel bitter now, in case anyone was wondering, the last journal achieved its goal. But right now, I want to do several things, all of them combat related of course. I'm sort of saddened my training weights I got back in highschool are busted, they're just sandbag weights you can strap to your limbs or chest, but unfortunately, I punctured several of the bags, back in 2007 when I was playing Wii Boxing with them on my arms. they're 20 pound weights, each bag is 2 pounds, they're adjustable in that you can remove individual bags from the harnesses themselves. Anyway, I just got the great idea to train with my heavier swords, AND those on my arms. Sadly, I cannot. Even if I didn't do that, I could put them on my shoulders, to sort of simulate wearing armor. My actual armor for the game is going to be much lighter, since I'm just probably going to get leather, and metal shoulder plates for added defense in the only location that matters. My shoulders are exposed when I fight, because my shield is relatively small for my size, so its almost a 'small shield' but is sort of closer to medium. Its shaped though, like the emblem for the Raiders football team. My father made it, and is a fan of the Raiders. (works for me, my realm on WoW was Blackwater Raiders.) anyway, because of its size and shape, my shoulders are often exposed, but I'm able to maneuver the shield to protect the rest of me, save for my legs. Most opponents don't go for my legs, because hitting an opponent in the leg and then trying to fight them while they have a shield and are kneeling, is incredibly difficult.Against me, more so, because I'll roll, dive and chase you, even on my knees, and now you just made it easier for me to cover my entire body with the shield. Either way, some savvy fighters go for my shoulders, because if you get a direct shoulder shot on the top, beside the neck, it counts as body, and is an immediate kill. Only one fighter generally gets that hit on me, and I've learned to react to his shot, and cut his arm at the wrist when he swings. But it requires me to focus to get away with that, and if I'm fighting multiple enemies, if ONE of them is his level, I can't focus that counter attack, because my attention is too spread out. This is only a trouble for my offensive measures, defense, the only problem I have is archers, because if they're not in my immediate vicinity, I forget to guard myself from them. I can SEE them, but its the same thing that happens in video games when I see the sniper just before they kill me: my brain doesn't register 'immediate threat' with some one too far away to strike at, unless I was looking directly at them from the start. I need to rekindle my instinct to dodge the sniper at the last second, like I used to in my old Halo group, unfortunately, it will have to be a dodge, unless I craft a larger shield. You're not permitted to strike arrows out of the air... and catching them is not allowed either, unless you're a monk class in Amtgard (though I imagine that interpreting 'may stop with hands' as 'catching' will be chastised, so I'd better not actually catch them... even if I DO have the dexterity and timing to do so.)
Speaking of that... I found it vexing to find questions on the internet, concerning tales of Ninjas catching arrows. They treat the act as though it is impossible, but it seems relatively simple to me, and I cannot fathom why they see it as so hard. Granted, a large enough/powerful enough bow, would probably dramatically increase the difficulty of such a matter. I myself can catch pretty damn fast objects, but what vexes me, is that they treat it as impossible.. I suppose this is reasonable, seeing as I'm not in a perfectly sound state of mind: I don't imagine the instinct of most people, is to immediately bite some one's throat out, when they feel threatened. Literally. My guess, is that this is another one of the many disconnects I experience with people, in that their dexterity and ability is limited to a degree, that to them, the feat seems nigh unobtainable, because its just beyond their level of ability. Other people, have other skills, while my only skill really, is combat, and analyzing things for combat.. so to me, its a simple task, while to say, a manager or some such, of a business, probably couldn't fathom catching an arrow. They're not focused on controlling and manipulating their body, so their body is only a vague tool that they use to get around, rather than their greatest and most potent weapon. I'm by no means a master, but given that I've spent all of my life training and practicing in all things related to fighting that I could get my hands on, of course using my body is a simpler task, and I have greater coordination than some one who doesn't.
At least, that is my theory on their behavior on the topic. I tend to scoff when people state something is impossible in a specific manner, because I've come across 'impossible tasks' multiple times, and I've learned that people very badly exaggerate the difficulty of things, more often than not. Worse, is the ones whose immediate response is to declare it impossible, because they themselves couldn't do it, so their reaction is to make sure to tell everyone else that they couldn't either. I have wanted to understand this line of thinking, and one thought, is that its to protect their own ego. I'm willing to assume thats the case, only because its the unsavory answer, and I'm used to having to accept those.... its rarely an answer that doesn't suck... at least, in my experience. Chief among examples, is when some one tries to tell me that a certain opponent 'would destroy you'. That, more than anything, makes me laugh, and simultaneously feel utter disgust towards the person who stated it. I can't count the times I've been told some one or something is going to 'destroy me' and has failed, miserably. Its part of what got me in the habit of toying with my opponents, because they'd 'destroy me'. Clearly, they misunderstood their own power, and needed a demonstration of who was superior, and zero of the times it has happened, have they had anything further to say after I've made a fool of them. Most of those people, actually, refuse to talk to me at all, which is in itself, a satisfying reward... but I digress. My point is, I've heard the 'impossible' excuse so many times, I refuse to accept it until I myself have had a consistent failure rate. Rarely do I ever fail at these tasks... obviously, because none of them were impossible. Of course, it IS impossible, if you never attempt it.
Anyway, I got sidetracked I think, but really thats fine, I was just going to ramble anyway.. like I said, I felt like talking. Another thing I want to do, is craft some more amtgard weapons and shields. I don't have the materials for either, however. I need more plywood for the shield, and it must be larger this time, and mostly, I need alot more foam. The design I used for the shield my father made, works amazingly well. I haven't had to repair the shield yet, and its lasted through lots of hammering, my rolling, being used as a cushion, seat, battering ram, and being slung around recklessly. The design was durable, as I suspected, my dad did the measuring, cutting, gluing and drilling, to make it happen. I just told him what it needed to be made of, and its minimum size, and provided the foam. It worked precisely how I had hoped, and now I wish to make a larger shield using the same design, to try different styles of combat. Besides that, I discovered, using a friend's shield, that I work exceptionally well with a tower shield, because it doesn't hinder my reach, but ruins almost every offensive my opponent could take. Also, I can parry fucking greatswords and lances, so, losing the shield isn't going to be an issue unless they're stronger than me, or theres three of them attacking me at once trying to destroy it. Of course, that also means, I'll get 2 kills for free, lose the shield, then kill that person and will just have to carry a second weapon... which probably means 2 more deaths. 5 kills, for 1 death and a shield doesn't sound too bad to me.
Well, I'm going to stop typing here now, because I need to get up for a thing, and I wanted to design some stuff for D&D. So. uh.. yeah.
...does one normally say 'bye' to a journal?... *shrug*