Sunday 24 December 2023

Happy Holidays friends!

Hello friends and fellows.

Here I am, amidst the warmth of my house, writing these final wishes of the year. I've always found it to be an extremely important section of my life, because it is a way to sum up what we have experienced throughout the year.

And what I am personally feeling, is an outpouring wave of joy and gratitude.

I cannot lie. Mentally speaking it has been a very difficult year, I have been challenged more than I though, but not more than I could handle. If I managed to get through these dark days it is also thanks to your constant support and patience, your being there, when I needed the most, to shine a light in the crawling darkness within my heart.

Some of you knew, many of you didn't, and yet without knowing, you've saved me.

It has been a year where I have been absent for quite a long periods of time, and I do apologize for it. There are plans, however, to make sure this incoming 2024 will be full of surprises.

Christmas, or Yule, for me, is not just a season of giving, but mostly a season of thanking. No help, no support, no friendhsip is ever taken for granted, and this is the perfect time of the year to be reminded of those around us. What a best way to wrap up the old and rusty year, if not by putting a smile on our faces.

It is a chance to remind ourself that, despite everything life puts in front of us, we're never alone. YOU are not alone, and I will fight with all my strength to make sure none of you will never slightly feel this way. If you're feeling alone or helpless, reach out to any of your friends, also reach out to me. As they say, no human is an island.

For me, one of those people was Janire. She's the shining star that never let me drift on the ocean, like a beacon guiding a shattered little boat. I cannot be thankful enough for all you've done to me mi amor. You truly are a blessing, and I feel so lucky to know our paths have crossed.

May this season bring the best of you, and may it be a solid foundation to build the fondest memories. I truly wish you will be filled with marvelous surprises, and that your days will be surrounded by laughs and tears of joy.

With a heart full of stars,

and a mind clearing up its mist.

Happy Holidays friends.


PS. Let's get ready. February 2024 marks Harshlands 10th Anniversary!

Tuesday 10 October 2023

Halloween 2023 events: Hunts and much more!

 Hello everyone!

Back again writing in this blog after summer craziness.

As soon as the warm temperatures begin to fade out, we all know what's coming: Halloween!

This season is fully packed with events of any type, let's begin with our traditional hunt:

The Cult of the Hallowed is a Hunt that is about the discovery of a dark Cult, who learned through an Ancient Tablet, everything about the forbidden arts of life control, and life theft.
The Cultists of the Hallowed don themselves with the bones of the dead, craft Voodoo dolls, and partake rituals. Thanks to this Hunt, you will have a glimpse of the mistery of their existence.

There are 10 exclusive prizes hidden around Dragonstone. This is a group hunt so, please make sure to activate your group tag.
If you're not part of Harshlands group, you can join it for free by landing zone.

In addition to the traditional hunt, the Vault of the Ages has opened. There are 5 chests in the region, not hidden, but rather placed in obvious and easy to spot areas. 
Each chest contains three prizes from past Halloween events.

Throughout the Hunt duration (Oct 10 - Nov 10), Dragonstone will have a different Windlight setting. I hope you'll like it!

Friday 21 April 2023

Fantasy Faire 2023 is open!

 Hello everyone,

after months, sleepless nights and countless of coffee cups, Fantasy Faire has opened, and the Fairelands are once again among us!

This year, Janire and me have been tasked again to build a region, and being placed amidst such talented and passionate Worldbuilders truly filled us with inspiration.

Our region is called Nysaris.

Trade harbor of a lush and prosperous peninsula, Nysaris has known peace but also a great deal of turmoil. Its story is written in songs, and it is for you to discover, thanks to the region hunt A Song of Nysaris:

Along with the region building, Janire and me are obviously sponsoring Nysaris, and right in front of the landing point, you will find our shared store, filled with exclusive releases, and many RFL products.
The majority of the buildings you see in the region is also being put for sale in our sponsor store!

Please, do consider stopping by in each of the many designers' stores, and give yourself the gift of love and care, by purchasing one of the amazing products they are offering through the dedicated Relay for Life vendors.

Each year we gather to fight a common cause. Let us be the light for those who are crawling in the darkness.

Happy Faire friends!

Sunday 29 January 2023

A small update

Hello everyone, I believe I owe you more than a simple message, but let's start with this one as a first step.

Before I begin: yes, everything is fine, and nothing is going to stop!

Yet a lot happened in my life in the past two months.

I found a new job in Real Life, as Night Time Hotel manager. It's fun and extremely interesting, however that came with a huge toll, that is, having to reschedule all of my time and availability, in both worlds.

During these two months I found myself unable to coordinate and tend to Harshlands as I would have loved to, and that also caused me to rarely access platforms like Discord, where many of  you messaged me.

In addition to that, the New Year brought me some seasonal sickness, that kept me in a sort of stand-by phase (aka in bed) so to rest enough to go to work.

Last but not least, I've developed what is called De Quervain Tenosynovitis, which is a very aggressive inflammation of the thumb tendon, which basically makes it impossible to have a functioning hand.

After undergoing a lot of treatment (still going) I have regained the use of my hand, although it still hurts to even do daily routine actions.

I am extremely sorry for not answering and being a stranger. I have been working hard behind the scenes, trying to catch up with the deadlines.

If I am writing this message, that's because I'm starting to finally find a balance, now that also my Real Life is starting to appear well, normal.

I hope you can accept my apologies, and in the following days I will make sure to be the friend I always wanted to be, to all of you.