News and Clues
First and foremost, I have finished my master’s thesis. It has been accepted and approved and I will be working on publishing some material from it shortly. I have, as my friend Jon puts it, reached the light at the end of the tunnel. I hope to go more into that later. I figure if I write all my to-do posts here, I will invariably HAVE to do them and will succeed.
Second, the weather has turned to winter, our fog is rolling in and out and the sun shining through it in the morning is lovely. We took a lovely hike to the top of Mt. Tamalpais and watched the sunset as the fog rolled into the redwoods and hills below us. We’ve had a few drops of rain but not much, so this is a very lovely time of year.
Third, I have a kick-ass recipe for cock-a-leekie soup. It was my first time making it, and it was a hit. I think the prunes are key. Who said Scottish food can’t be good? The kitchen has been toasty from cooking.
Fourth, I will shortly post costume updates for my Adler pink bustle gown. The improvements were fantastic and it went over splendidly at the Dickens Fair!
Lastly, Halloween was a blast and my fiancé, myself, and two friends (another couple) went as the Three Musketeers + D’Artagnan. We brought our live steel and had a great time up at the castle drinking wine. We had so many photos taken of us that we felt like we should go again next year and choose another crowd pleasing winner. Our favorite idea so far (because thinking ahead is good) is to bring two more friends and be the suspects from the board game Clue (Cluedo to my non-American friends).
This has led to some humorous research on the many many iterations of the game, which is supposedly set in 1926 in a Tudor Mansion, sometimes called Tudor Manor or sometimes Boddy Mansion/Manor after the deceased host, who has occaisionally been called Mr. or Dr. or even Sir Boddy rather than his color,as in Dr. Black. Naturally, when thinking of a new costume, image searches are key for idea gathering, so I started with trying to pull up images from the box covers. I was also trying to look for who was seen holding what weapons, so that we could bring them to the party too.
Since we’ve been playing since childhood, we’ve seen a few versions of the game go by, each with different images. The ones prior to the 1970’s are all cartoon-y, and the ones directly from the ’70’s were not of good quality, so I’m starting in the mid ’80’s:
There’s been a few unique themed versions that have gone by, including one of my favorites, Hitchcock Clue, if only for the weapons:
This shot from the French Clue shows some of the other colors that have been used in later editions, video games, and expansions:
The search went down a geeky road of hilarity when I ran across the D&D version of Clue. Yup. D&D. I include it here so you can laugh and, if you are a gamer, you will immediately recognize the characters from the Core Rulebook, now done Clue style:
Now, clue has also traveled into the realm of video games, and this is one of the more recent ones, with nice clean animation, and some variation from the originals:
And, last but not least, the character cards from the most modern board game:
There are a couple of common threads throughout the images. For example, Scarlet is typically in a long strappy dress, showing a little skin. Though early versions set her as a blonde, she’s typically been dark haired, and in many versions, Asian. Mrs. White is usually older, buxom, and often a member of “the help.” Green has a nice sports jacket or suit, and Plum rocks glasses and, usually, a bow tie. Except for young French Mustard, Col. Mustard usually has some epic facial hair. Peacock has a lot of variation in age, shape, style, and hair, but if anyone is wearing a hat, she is – feather included.
We’ll see how our designs and ideas progress. We have agreed to keep the costumes period to the game (so circa 1926) but other than that, there hasn’t been much discussion. There’s plenty of time!