Posts Tagged ‘Jerzy Hoffman’

Obsession

September 8, 2014

When does an interest or hobby cross over into obsession? And is it necessarily always a *bad* thing? I know you all know what I am talking about here. I’m sure we all have some sort of WoW memorabilia, many of you have gone to Blizzcon, you’ve had guild meetups, etc. Heck, my old guild all went to Disney World together.

So I’m probably preaching to the choir here, but … I want to talk about my With Fire and Sword obsession (again). And yes, I have reasons for why it’s a good thing instead of a bad thing. Hear me out.

My main point here is that it has actually gotten me *away* from the computer. Sounds crazy when you look at my Steam profile and see that I have spent 300 hours playing the game. Ok fine. But I’ve done several things other than play the game.

I’ve spent a lot of time on Wikipedia, learning about the Khmelnytsky Uprising, Cossacks, the Polish Commonwealth, the Ukraine, and vodka. Ok, maybe that wasn’t ‘away from the computer’ but it was learning! Give me a break here eh?

I’ve read the book With Fire and Sword by Henryk Sienkiewicz.

I’ve watched the Jerzy Hoffman movie, in Polish with subtitles. My mom hates subtitles and is annoyed that I always turn them on, but even in regular programming it’s easy to miss what someone says … not so much if I can read it at the same time. Plus, with this, it’s a great way to learn some of the pronunciations. Skrzetuski sounds NOTHING like it is spelled. I mean, the -tuski part does but the first part is not even close.

I bought some vodka. That could possibly go under the ‘bad’ category, but hey, it got me out of the house and to the liquor store, right?

Then, on Saturday as I was going to the grocery store, I saw a banner for a Ukrainian festival. As luck would have it, it was happening on Sunday (yesterday) at a nearby Ukrainian Catholic Church. You KNOW I had to go. HAD. TO. It was a perfect day for it, too … 70 and sunny. Just gorgeous. They had Ukrainian music playing and of course plenty of Ukrainian food. I ate pyrogys, kielbasa, cabbage rolls, and sauerkraut. I washed it down with Obolon, a brand of beer brewed in Kyiv.

They had all kinds of things for sale, too. Ethnic costumes, the little decorated eggs, beaded jewelry, decals for your car, scarves, hats, flasks, t-shirts … you name it, they had it, with a Ukrainian flag or symbol on it. I bought these colorful coasters because I’ve been moving the one that I had back and forth between the computer desk and the end table next to the easy chair, so I *needed* them.

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I bought this magnet for my fridge in the shape of modern-day Ukraine, in the colors of the flag and with all of the ‘states’ outlined. Except they don’t call them states there, I forgot the word, I think it starts with O …(brb wiki) … ah yes, oblasts.

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They also had CDs. Even better, they are in MP3 format so there are really 5 full CDs on each disk. Only problem was, well … I definitely can’t read Ukrainian. So I have no idea what’s actually on any of them. How am I going to pick one out? Well, in the end it was quite easy, because this one …

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has a picture of the statue of Khmelnytsky that stands in Kyiv, so I bought it as much for the photo as I did for the music.

So … obsessed? Yeah maybe. But is it really so bad to immerse myself in the history and culture of something REAL?

AFK, working on my winged hussar Halloween costume.

Lords in the Field 3

August 15, 2014

Yes, while everyone else is writing ’bout the WoD cinematic and release date, I’m here to bring you more stuff you don’t care about!

Wednesday night I didn’t get many followers. I think it was just Lukyan Mozyra and maybe Timofiy Nosach. I don’t remember for sure. But I was determined to take Kyzykerman that night, and even though we were just three, we did it. Even if it wasn’t Tim, here’s a shot of him anyway.

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Last night I got a bit more response and had anywhere from 2 to 5 other colonels following me at one time. They come and go. But it worked out great because we took Kilburun, Izmail, and Akkerman. Of course, we lost Akkerman soon after when the Muscovites came in full force to take it while we were running off the Crimeans who were trying to take the others back. But that’s ok, we’ll get it tonight.

With all the action around those others, they have left my Ladyzhyn alone, and the garrison is built up quite nicely now. I haven’t asked for any of the others as a reward. I’m quite happy to let Hmelnitski distribute the wealth amongst all of our comrades. Although I’m not sure that keeping Kilburun for himself counts as sharing. hehe. No matter. I may ask for one down the road if we take one that I especially want, but for now, my single fortress and village are enough to keep my finances secure.

I really like Vasil Zolotarenko’s black thoroughbred.

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In one of the battles, I followed him around and waited until he got knocked out, then I quickly swapped my horse for his so I could ride it for a bit. I later saw one for sale in Izmail after we captured it, but I don’t like the stats on it as much as on the bay one that I have. My big bay has the highest charge rating that I have seen (how much damage it does when you run over an enemy with your horse). I also have a heavy courser with the highest speed rating, and a spirited steppe horse with the highest maneuverability rating.

One other exciting thing happened yesterday. My DVDs of the Jerzy Hoffman films came. I watched the first half of With Fire and Sword (Ogniem i Mieczam in Polish) last night. It was so exciting seeing these characters come to life. And kind of fun hearing it all in Polish and learning how some of these names are actually pronounced. Skrzetuski had a beard in the book, but not in the game, but seeing him in the movie, now I see why he looks like he does in the game. And Pan Longin, oh my! The actor’s portrayal of him is so spot on! And Bohun (Ivan Bogun in game), poor cursed Bohun with the pretty eyes and beautiful voice (and terrible temper, count on me to fall for the bad boy amirite?). Come on, I dare you to tell me he’s not pretty.

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