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CEO of Forge Publications: Angelic Leigh and Sinful Leigh Editors of Forge: Isabella DeAngelo Fyre DeAngelo Editor of After Dark: BelladonnaofDeath Editor of True You: Braun Shea Editor of Forge Kids: Keila Doll Editor of Promenade: TwistedlyFallenMep Relationship Columnist: NativeWolfDragon Rant Columnist: Nari Fy Forsaken Model: Sonia DeAngelo Zerilus Columnist for Forge Kids: Michael Hampton Alejandra Hampton Keyshawn Drummond Alijeana Ryan Furry Columnist: Kitarl

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Thank You Forge Publications celebrates a year of serving the artistic community.

Angelic Leigh / CEO

It is hard to find the right words at a moment like this. When the original idea came for Forge, I will be honest, I never thought it would take off the way it did. Starting with only three staff members, we came out with a magazine about 10 pages. It wasn’t much but the impact was the huge part of it. My hopes for Forge was to make a magazine that all types of creators, whether online or not, would have a home to share their work and also to have a bit of fun with it. For the past year, we have seen many artists, creators, writers, and musicians grace our pages. Each with their own style, these artists have reached certain heights that we are proud to say we were a part of. The staff, as well as myself, have been honored to work with many great people, many of which did not know their true impact on

the community really was. We wish to say thank you to all of you that made Forge a reality for everyone and kept the belief alive that this magazine could be truly great. It is all of you: readers, sponsors, and supporters; that made Forge what it is today. Here is to another year of wonderful artists, musicians, creators, and writers. Another year of having fun, giving information, and to be unique. Always remember that the impact each of you make is not always what it looks like at first glance. Each of you are someone and it only takes one to change something in the world.


Content

When IMVU turns blind eye 31

Meet the Staff of Forge Publications 36

5 Editorial

116 Messages from readers

8 Content

120 Past and Present: Artist of the Month

12

Static Content

142 Food Court

16

The Bard

152 lllGazalll

20

Gardening 101

160 Lord Dante

24

Hans Christian Anderson

168 A Year of Fun

32 Oftens

172 Toyz


Leonardo Da Vinci 177

196 Writers Block 199 April 2012

The “Unsinkable” Titanic 114


Static Content 01. The Bard Unleashed Facts about William Shakespeare that not many know. Learn about the personal life of the most famous writer in history. 02. Gardening 101 03. Hans Christian Anderson Not many know about the famous children’s author. Find out about Mr. Anderson’s life and what stories belong to him. You might be surprised of which ones. 04.  Oftens 05.  Messages from the readers 06.  Past and Present: Artists of the Month 07.  lllGazalll meet the creator lllGazalll from IMVU and find out what got him started creating, what he is up to, and what he listens to when he is working on his products 08. Lord Dante Meet the creator Lord Dante. Find out what his hopes are, why he started creating, who he thanks for teaching him and much much more. 09. A year of Fun


10. Phishing: What is it Find out what phishing is and how to prevent it. You never know, it might just help you in the end. 11. Toyz Meet the creator of the software that gives you the badge gifter and many others. Find out what he is working on and how he feels about cyberbullies. 12. Art Nook 13. Writers Block

14. Food Court 15. Back to the Edition


Shakespeare

The Bard: Shakespeare unleashed 1564-1616 “All the world is a stage, and all the men and women merely players” If this is the case, then Shakespeare was one of the most important players in our worlds artistic history.

Though no official records exist, William Shakespeare was baptized April 26th 1564, placing his date of birth, according to scholars, April 23rd. born the 3rd child out of 6 of John Shakespeare and Mary Arden, he had 2 older sisters and three younger bothers. His father was a leather merchant, who at one time held offices that would be the equivalent to our modern day mayor, his wife Mary an heiress. Sadly, records indicate that in the 1570’s johns fortunes failed him. again, though few records exist it is said that William attended King’s new school where he learned reading writing and the classics. Because so few records exist, it has at times been questioned whether he had any schooling, or for that matter, did William Shakespeare even exist? Of course we know he did, he brought so much to the art world with his literature and plays. At the age of 18 William had what these days would be called a shotgun wedding, on November 28th 1582 he married Anne Hathaway ,26,who was at the time they married pregnant with their first child , a daughter was born on May 26th 1583 , Susanna. Two years later on February 2nd 1585 twin’s Hamnet and Judith were born. 16 forge magazine

Hamnet died at the age of 11 from unknown causes.

noting that William was indeed rising above him, as well as many other playwrights.

There was a 7 year stretch after the birth of the twins where no record of William exists. scholars call this period “the lost years” there has been many speculations as to what happen in that time, some had speculated he went into hiding, accused of poaching from his landlord , some say he was thought to be an assistant school master in Lancashire. It is believed he later arrived in England in the mid to late 1580’s where he may have worked as a horse attendant for some of London’s finer theatres.

In the early 1590’s William was a managing partner of Lord Chamberlin’s Men, an acting company in London. The name was later changed to king’s men after the crowning of king James I. it was a popular company, Shakespeare had many works published and sold as popular literature. The culture itself was not highly admired, but William managed to attract some attention from people such as Henry Wriothesley, whom William named his first two published poems after, “Venus and Adonis” (1593) and “The Rape of Lucrece” (1594).

It wasn’t until 1592 that evidence shows William may have started earning his living as an actor and a playwright and possibly had several plays produced, her is a jab made at Shakespeare by another playwright, Robert Greene: “...There is an upstart Crow, beautified with our feathers, that with his Tiger’s heart wrapped in a Player’s hide, supposes he is as well able to bombast out a blank verse as the best of you: and being an absolute Johannes factotum, is in his own conceit the only Shake-scene in a country,” Greene wrote of Shakespeare. Many scholars very on their view of Greene’s jabs, but as a whole agreed that it was Greene’s way of showing his jealousy,

The early years of his career: With the exception of Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare’s first plays were mostly histories written in the early 1590s. Richard II, Henry VI (parts 1, 2 and 3) and Henry V dramatize the destructive results of weak or corrupt rulers, and have been interpreted by drama historians as Shakespeare’s way of justifying the origins of the Tudor Dynasty. Shakespeare also wrote several comedies during his early period: the witty romance A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the romantic Merchant of Venice, the wit and wordplay of Much Ado About Nothing, the charming As You Like It and Twelfth Night.


Shakespeare

“This above all: to thine own self be true”. - Hamlet (Act I, Scene III)

Other plays, possibly written before 1600, include Titus Andronicus, The Comedy of Errors, The Taming of the Shrew and The Two Gentlemen of Verona

se are Cymbeline, The Winter’s Tale and The Tempest. Though graver in tone than the comedies, they are not the dark tragedies of King Lear or Macbeth because they end with reconciliation and forgiveness.

The later years: It was in William Shakespeare’s later period, after 1600, that he wrote the tragedies Hamlet, King Lear, Othello and Macbeth. In these, Shakespeare’s characters present vivid impressions of human temperament that are timeless and universal. Possibly the best known of these plays is Hamlet, which explores betrayal, retribution, incest and moral failure. These moral failures often drive the twists and turns of Shakespeare’s plots, destroying the hero and those he loves. In William Shakespeare’s final period, he wrote several tragicomedies. Among the-

It is traditionally believed that William died on his birthday in 1616 but there are really no officially records, so his date of death is upheld by scholars who came in agreeance that this should be marked as his death. When he died he left very little to his wife, but there was no mention of them every having a bad marriage, but she was left only “my second best bed”, most of his estimate went to his eldest Susanna. “Some are born great , some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them”

I believe in this case, his own quote applied in all aspects to his life , for he truly was great . Many have accused that William didn’t write his own works, since little to no record exists of his learning’s and his life , some argue that such brilliance couldn’t have come from this man, but again, it is the scholars that uphold and agree that he did in fact write all his own works. So now, centuries later we still honor this man for brining to us the classics and brilliant works of art that many have tried to duplicate , many have written their own spin offs of his work , made plays, and movies alike from his life’s tail and his works of art . We celebrate and remember this man in the month of April, one of the world’s greatest poets and playwrights William Shakespeare.

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Gardening

Gardening 101 How to start your very own Garden Basic tools needed to get started: *Spade, gardening fork, soaking hose, hoe, hand weeder, soil and/or vegetation, mulch, and a basket for moving mulch and soil. Gardening supplies need to get started: *Veggies: Yellow squash, zucchini, potatoes, radishes, peppers, lettuce, onions, rhubarb, spinach, turnips, etc. *Fruits: Grapes, raspberry, strawberries, tomatoes, mulberries, blueberry, watermelon, canalope, honey dew, etc. *Herbs:Thyme, cumming, basil, sage, parsley, oregano, rosemary, cilantro, chives, bay leaves, dill, etc. Here are some how-to tips on how to get a start on your gardening for the upcoming spring season. 1. The best way to prepare for the spring is to get your soil ready in the fall. The best process is the trench system. It is suggested to dig linear trenches the depth of your spade. You then pat your leaves and vegetation into them. Then you want to dig a second trench, place the soil you’ve dug up into the first trench on top of the leaves and vegetation. Dig as many trenches as you need, and have space for. (You can also add fertilizer in with the leaves and vegetation before covering it with soil.)

Over the winter period, the mix of dirt, vegetation, and fertilizer should be a wonderful mix. In the spring, after the ground has thawed, test the soil, it should crumble in your hand. When this happens, the soil is ready for planting. 2. If spring is already here and you just decide to start a garden, start out with store bought plants and prepare ahead of time to plant your own seeds next year. And then follow the steps in #1. 3. Aside from the above, one of the most important steps is deciding on where it is that you want to place your garden. Some of the most popular areas are along side sidewalks, or near a door (usually the back door). This way you can keep an eye on your masterpiece from the house. Remember when choosing the plot not to place it near trees or big bushes. Try and place your plot in an area that has plenty of sun and shade. 4. After you have the 3 tips above completed and are satisfied with everything up to now, You can start drawing lines to section off where you are going to place each set of seeds. The string and stick method is used to keep everything separate and organized. Where root veggies grow nicely in rows, some other veggies, fruits and herbs grow better when placed in square spaces. 5. And last but not least, it is time to plant your veggies, fruits, and herbs. When they are planted you want to make sure that they are well watered, but not too much water. You don’t want to drown them. Make sure they are given the proper nutrients, which can be found at the nearest gardening shop. Just ask the

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store staff and they will advise you on what, when, and how often to apply what is needed during each stage of the growing process. And then sit back and relax, and watch your garden come to life. I don’t know about you but it is amazing to start from scratch the process of growing your own food. Watching as it all grows. Then when everything is done and ready to be picked, it is a wonderful feeling to pick out of your own garden, walking it into your house, to the kitchen, and knowing that you are truly using and getting the best quality food to feed your family. Because nothing, and I mean nothing, is better then good ole’ fashion home grown goodness. The best feeling in the world.


Hans Christian Anderson

Hans Christian Anderson 18051875 Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author and poet, who wrote , poems, stories, plays, and essays, but was best known for his fairy tales. He wrote over 150 tales, many of which are still in print today. His first publicized collection of “Fairy Tales, Told for Children” in 1835, which was full of idiom, irony, humor, and genuine new style inspired by the folklore he was read as a child, paved a new path for Danish literature. Even at the ripe age of 30, he showed the ability and sincerity to be able write his tales (many not ending in an happy ending), as if through the eyes of a child. Even though his tales were based off fantasy, they were full of many 24 forge magazine

moral lessons which became admired by children and adults alike through out the world. His work also included autobiographical details of himself. Hans was born April 2nd, 1805, in Odense, Denmark. He was born, the only child of Anna Maria Andersdatter, who was a washerwoman, and Hans Andersen, who was a shoemaker (who died in 1816).   Even though financially destitute, Hans encouraged his son’s creative side, by making his own toys and taking him to the local school house. Though he was tall and effeminate, he loved to sing and dance, and had a very vivid imagination.

Not long after the death of his father, Hans pursued his career in acting at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen.   He attended many difficult years at Copenhagen University, studying under Jonas Collins. During his time at the University, Hans had to adjust to the change in lifestyle, which was extremely different from how he was raised. He soon grew a great fondness to Jonas’ daughter and son, Louise and Edvard, after which he wrote his first poem, of many poems, playes and stories, “The Dying Child”, published in the Copenhagen Post in 1827.


“The Improvisatore” published in 1835 by the University received such praise, it encouraged the set off of his literary career. The story, much like his own life, being introduced into a society very different then how he was raised, was based out of Italy. That was just the beginning. Some of the plays that followed were, to name a couple, “Love at St. Nicholas’ Tower” and “The Mulatto”, which were performed at the Royal Theatre. After extensive travel through Europe throughout his life and showing such an interest in their culture, Hans wrote a number of travel novels which include: “A Walking Tour from the Holmen Canal to the Eastern Point of the Amager”

published in 1829; “Shadow Pictures, published in 1831. Then after some travel in Germany he wrote”O.T.: Life in Denmark”, published in 1836, and “Pictures in Sweden” published in 1851. Some of the other illustrious figures he met in his day include but not limited to were: Bjornstjerne Bjornson, Honore de Balzac, Robert Browing, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Alexandre Dumas, Victor Hugo, Heinrich Heine, Henrik Ibsen, Johannes Brahms, Richard Wagner, Franz Liszt, and Bertel Thorvaldsen.   He also stayed with his friend Charles Dickens while in London, and was friends with Grand Duke

Carl Alexander of Saxony-Weimar-Eisenach.  In 1846 he received the Knighthood of the Red Eagle by King Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia and the Maximilian Order of Art and Science from King Maximilian II of Bavaria in 1859. In 1867 he was made an Honorary Citizen of Odense. Hans Christian Andersen passed away at the home of his friends the Melchiors, in Copenhagen, Denmark, on August 4th, 1875, after suffering from liver cancer. He was then buried at the Assistens Cemetery.

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When IMVU turns a blind eye Investing in anything is always a buyer beware situation. But how can anyone be wary of a situation if they do not know all the details? Well this reporter is here to give those details. IMVU was created in 2004 as an online platform to meet and chat with people all over the world. In the nine years that IMVU has been created the 3d client has advanced to include avatars and 3d rooms. With this advancement, the clients that own the avatars became Creators. In a nutshell, ordinary Joes and Janes can create 3d products for IMVU. Now, if the user is not what IMVU calls a “grandfathered” account (registered before a certain date), then the user has to pay for a VIP subscription in order to Create for IMVU. This subscription is 10 dollars a month and gives you the benefits such as name registration, a free room monthly, the ability to whisper and do special actions, 5000 in IMVU credits, and be able to open 10 rooms on the chat client. Of course, like all things, if the payments lapse then you lose everything including your name registration and virtual catalog (unless you purchase your name registration separate). So why invest if you could lose everything? Well, if you are among the elite Creators that are able to make the sales then you can make your money back and then some. But this is where the “buyer beware” situation comes into it. Unless you take the time to register your images, textures, and meshes under DMCA, any items you submit could be stolen by another user and in turn used on their products. So the credits bought, the VIP subscription, and anything else seems almost pointless when you realize that your items have been stolen along with your sales. One such creator going through this kind of hardship is Donatella. The owner of the account of Donatella also has a secondary creating account that is named VictoriaIV. The issue is that for Donatella, it is not one person stealing from her. She has four people. Thankfully, they are only targeting one account for now. Who are the accused? Donatella herself has identified either her images, textures, or meshes from four of her fellow creators: kenz0, kkaterina, phantomas, and Mortessia. * While Donatella has been filing DMCA’s for the past two to three years against these creators, IMVU has been denying the claims and doing nothing against the thieves. So how are the thieves stealing and why is IMVU turning their eyes the other way? The how is an IMVU mesh and texture extractor. This program allows any user to take the images, textures, and meshes from IMVU’s virtual goods without being detected. You can download a free trial from the website but after the trial you have to pay and the price varies depending on what you want to do. The free trial allows a person to edit 1 product, extract any textures and meshes, and allow you to resubmit the products as your own. After the trial, you can pay 50, 100, or 300 dollars depending on how far you want to go with extracting. The program can allow a person to also edit DMCA’d products and those hidden in the shop. Now the golden question. Why is IMVU turning a blind eye? Speculations are that IMVU programmers developed this software as a way to make even more money. Why could this be true? Look at some of the logos versus IMVU’s logo. Some coincidence. However, this would explain why the three years of DMCA’s from Donatella were ignored. Sadly,there are many programs designed to steal from IMVU users. So what do the thieves have to gain from this? Well, if the person’s products are good enough to be submitted to IMVU for the bundle vault.

*The evidence will be published in the follow up article of the accusations made by Donatella. Parties were contacted a month prior by an Editor to get their response to the accusations and were declined.


Oftens: Photography Extrodinare xXAngelicLeighXx: So editing pictures, what programs do you use to do these edits?

xXAngelicLeighXx: is there any advice you would give someone who would want to get into photo editing?

Oftens: photoshop cs6 and gimp

Oftens: not all editors edit the same so always do what you think is good. not try to edit like someone learn how to use the program and then you will be good.

xXAngelicLeighXx: which do you find easier to use? Oftens: they the same to me. I been using both for long time.

xXAngelicLeighXx: well thank you for your time hun. I will keep an eye out for your new edits.

xXAngelicLeighXx: how did you start getting into editing? Oftens: anytime Oftens: college. I’m a photographer in real. so everything that has art in it I like to do it. first I started to do pictures of my avi then people started inviting me telling me if I done my pictures. xXAngelicLeighXx: what college do you or did you attend? Oftens: technology college that has photography and more stuff in it. I still go college btw. xXAngelicLeighXx: ah. what year are you? Oftens: my first year. xXAngelicLeighXx: so are you looking forward to the things that you will learn? Oftens: yeah xXAngelicLeighXx: how long does it take you to usually do an edit? Oftens: depends. like usually i like to leave it and finish it next day. xXAngelicLeighXx: have you ever had the hard edit where you didn’t know where to start? Oftens: i just go with my mind.


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Angelic Leigh Angelic Leigh is what she is known as on IMVU. From avid role-player to the owner of one of the largest community magazines; Angelic has become one of the known people on IMVU. Originally starting on IMVU at the end of 2007, she didn’t start role-playing until September of 2010. She was recruited by her now husband, Sinful, under the name of Jenna Marie Sienna for the Demonic Empire; an offspring of the epic Sin Empire. After being trained by her Emperor, She opened her own home called Elemental Empire (which later turned into a Dynasty). Following the heartache of role-play, Angelic took several months off to get her life back into focus of what she wanted to do. Upon her return, she began Forge Magazine to help those in the creative community. In the real world, Angelic is known to her family as Dodie. To the artistic community she is simply known as D.L. Bartlett. Regardless of what she goes by, her character is never changing and continues to help those she can regardless of what her personal situation is. Angelic began writing when she was 13 years old to help her deal with her parent’s divorce. She has been published under many publications, including eXpressions magazine. She has four children that she adores, despite what she might say at a given moment when they act up. She holds an Associates degree in Criminal Justice and is continuing her education to gain her Bachelors in Graphic Design and Media. She has been married twice and is currently married to Sinful Leigh. Biologically she has one brother but has many adopted siblings as she loves to have a huge family and they all hold a special place in her heart. When Angelic originally started Forge, it was a concept that she didn’t think would take off the way it has. She was simply trying to help those people not face the same fate she did in either world. She has had the pleasure to watch her concept grow into Forge Publications with at least six magazines coming under her wing and one magazine sponsored. She has had the honor of working with such wonderful people as Univeicest, GeneralVanity, Geo, Epod, CNC radio, the DeAngeloZerilus family, and the epic staff members of Forge among others. She looks at each person’s relationship not only as business but an extension of her family. Regardless of her role, whether it be a mother, an aunt, a godmother, a sister, or a granddaughter; she is who she is and is doing something that she truly loves to do. She is telling the story of many people. Creating art in a way that no one else has before.


Sinful Leigh Sinful Leigh has been known by many names on IMVU. He was an avid role-player for six years, having the honor of being a part of many different families including the Sin Empire and working with GeneralVanity. Upon opening up his own Empire, he met his wife, Angelic Leigh. After watching his wife suffer during the last days of the role-play; he made the decision for both his wife and him to retire in order to save her from her own destruction of depression. He agreed to return to IMVU with her on the agreement that they would not role-play for a very long time. He assisted her in beginning Forge Magazine and later became owner of the AP magazine, After Dark. In the real world he is known as Jer to his friends. Ex-military, he works construction to support his wife and his four step-children that he claims as his own. In less than a month, he will be celebrating his 21st birthday. He enjoys drawing abstract art, watching anime flicks, and spending time with his family. He also is an avid gamer which drives his wife insane at times. Upon asking what his feelings are about Forge Magazine, Sinful has stated that he considers Forge as his and his wife’s “brain� child. While he is a man of little words, when it comes to Forge, he is just as protective of it as he is of his family.


Fyre DeAngelo My name is FyreDeAngelo, but everyone calls me Fyre on imvu. In real life I am a single mom with a 14-year-old son who keeps me very busy. I currently am the editor for Forge. I enjoy it very much. I am disabled so working with the magazine gives me something to do. I am also a creator on imvu. When I’m not creating on imvu or working on the magazine I spend time with my family on imvu. I have a boyfriend who I am very happy with and a huge family on imvu.


Izzy DeAngelo Isabella DeAngelo.. I am 26 yrs. old and Mother of one wonderful little one, I have always loved writing. My Mother always encouraged my being creative. I have written stories for as long as I can recall. I love writing fan fictions; I love reading as reading can take you places without leaving the comforts of home. I have been published at poetry.com and an E-zine called Low-tech, when I was very young. And in middle school I won an award for a short story called to the East.


Keila Doll Hey it’s Brat. Everyone calls me Brat now, my friend Bellz gave me the nickname when she was my Mistress. I’m about to be 21. I am interested in so many different activities and things, I can’t quite list them all. My faves however are: dancing, singing, graphic design, and writing. I am a creator on IMVU. I’m planning to go to college this fall and study to be a nurse. I want to be a Licensed Vocational Nurse. I have a puppy named Ty. He’s an adorable fox terrier. My goals in life are probably to become a nurse and professional graphic design artist. I hope to stay with Forge till the end. I am a crazy, outgoing, random, shy, spastic person. I enjoy making new friends and spending time with everyone I can.


Mep I am told you need to know who I am , well , to most I am known as Mep, I am also known by another name that can’t be used in GA setting :P , but that part of me only comes out when you try to hurt my family or friends. I love working here on IMVU as developer, but more than that, I love being a part of this epic Publishing Company known as Forge. These guys are my family and best friends all rolled into one. They support me and encourage me in everything I do. In the online world, aside from my Forge family, I have some wonderful Rp kids that have helped me through so much , I don’t think I would be here right now if it wasn’t for them and there constant love and support. IRL I have a wonderful family that supports me in all my endeavors and I couldn’t do what I do if not for them. The most important part of my life is my beautiful son, who brings a smile to my face on the darkest of days. Not much else I can tell you here, but if you want to know me, just ask!


Wolf While smoking his herb, Wolf is a free love who helps out with relationships. Using his past and present experience, along with his excellent perception skills, he has joined the staff of After Dark to help the readers with their own relationship issues or to give advice.


BraunShea The older sister to Angelic in real life. She has four kids with the oldest being 15 and the youngest being ten and in the same class as one of Angel’s kids. She enjoys music, movies, cooking, and writing. She is a free spirit and loves to share.


Sonia DeAngelo Sonia is the online model for Forge. Once a DJ for WKIP before going under new management, she joined Forge’s family in hopes of reaching out to a different crowd.


Starre Deathstar Stationed in Hawaii pending retirement from the military, Starr is the recent addition to the Forge family. Giving military history when needed, she enjoys hanging out with the staff and her family from CNC radio.


Stormy Hey. I’m Storm. Creative Creature, mother of 2, nurse to those with special needs, Friend to many. If I am not doing or dealing with one of those things I am on IMVU or drawing up something new. I have been in the IMVU community since 2007. The experience had been both good and bad but all in all it has definately been an education. I have met some great people and look forward to the many more friends I have yet to meet.


Nari Fy Forsaken I’m pretty laid back and fun loving I get along with pretty much every one some words I live by are: “the only thing needed for evil to prevail is for good people to stand by and do nothing” “if a simple fraction of a glimpse into another’s life was a way of accurately judging others wed have no need for law enforcement “ you don’t like me that’s your problem not mine I have no fucks to give about it ^_^ have a nice day


Kitarl Kitarl is the adopted son of Angelic Leigh. He has been a part of her family now for over 10 years. While not busy working or bugging his mom, he loves to write and play games. He has been known to burn out playstations for his love of the Final Fantasy. He also enjoys role-playing games that are like DND where you can create characters within the games perameters and seeing how far he can level one up. He is originally from Denver, Colorado. He is now located in the midwest.


A moment in Time Some of IMVU’s greatest people gather just to have fun and talk before the end of the day.


The ship of dreams. The Unsinkable ship. That is what many that were aboard the Titanic called it. The ship really was a ship of dreams. Unfortunately, the tune changed April 15, 1912.

After receiving multiple warnings of icebergs and the warnings being ignored, the infamous ship struck an iceberg on her starboard side. This caused her hulls to buckle in and the chambers to fill. At 11:40 pm on April 14, the time the ship struck the iceberg, there were 2,224 passengers and crew aboard. Around 4:20 AM, two hours after the Titanic broke apart and foundered, the Carpathia was able to rescue 705 survivors.

The reasoning of why this magnificent ship sank has left many with even more questions than answers. Was it the craftsmanship? Was it an old Captain trying to finish out his career at the top? Whatever the reason, the loss of life had two answers. One was that there were not enough lifeboats aboard the Titanic for all the passengers. The lifeboats on board would only carry maybe half of the capacity that Titanic had. The other reason was the ignorance of another ship captain that should have tried other methods in which to contact the Titanic. The captain of the Californian saw Titanic and the ship was a lot closer than the Carpathia. They ignored the flares. If they had not, the lives of those on the Titanic that went down with the ship would possibly not have happened.

We shall always remember the brave souls that crossed on the Titanic and never made it home.


The Public Speaks

Sit down with Falariia ForgeMagazine: Being the first editor of Forge, how do you feel about the direction that the magazine has gone?

haps remove to add something else?

Falerii: I feel the magazine has expanded and even more informative than it was when it was first started. The fashion, kids corner, entertainment. I read it every month and I am very impressed.

Falerii: I woudn’t remove anything but perhaps go for the newer devs? I mean the more famous Devs get out there but there are many very talented creators out there that just need that one chance to become discovered.

ForgeMagazine: Noticing the changes, is there anything that you would personally add or per-

ForgeMagazine: With the upcoming anniversary for Forge, where would you like to see Forge say

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this time next year? Falerii: You always spoke of it being a real world reality. I know you had goals to do so. I would love to see the magazine on real world shelves. Online magazines are great, but not all have a computer. ForgeMagazine: I hear that you are with Geo’s Online Magazine. What do you think you have taken from your experience with Forge to Geo’s magazine?

Falerii: I think Forge has taught me how to deal with others in the professional manner and respect others deserve. ForgeMagazine: If you had one thing, say a piece of advice that you could give the entire creative community, what would it be? Falerii: Always keep your sense of humor. Everyone has bad days. A smile and kind words go a lot further than harsh ones. I have seen so many make this mistake.


A note from Lia DeAngelo I was recently asked to write a few words about Forge Magazine, at first I wondered what should I write. Forge Magazine, I have seen got through many changes as it has had its share growing pains like every other business. It has seen good, loyal and trust worthy employees as well as bad ones. As I sat here with pencil in hand, thinking of what can I say that sums up Forge Magazine. The word I came up with is Impressive. Forge Magazine started out as but a dream and Idea Angelic had, and she had the courage and the drive to make that dream happen, by staffing all the right people. I have been lucky to have been a part of all this. Nothing is without it ‘s ups and downs not to mention snags along the way. However through diligence and perseverance, and a bit of determination sprinkled in, the staff brought it forward into its first Year of production. I am proud to have been even a small part of this wonderful publication. I look forward toward the future and I can see many great things in store for Forge’s readers and subscribers. I say to you CONGRATULATIONS FORGE MAGAZINE, and let’s continue to move into the future.


Artist of the Month April 2012

We were unable to catch up with Uliana due to real life circumstances. We wish her the best and hope that she may return one day to IMVU to continue her creations.


Artist of the Month May 2012 Sinful and daring is the best way to describe May’s former artist of the month, xXSinfulLeighXx, formerly ErnilEruaran. Not only is Sin one of IMVU’s developers, he is also Co-Owner of Forge Publications. Tell me what it meant for you to be chosen as an artist of the month. xXSinfulLeighXx: for me it was like wow my wife feels like people need to know more about me and bring me to the people’s attention. Have you noticed any change in your sales and or recognition since being one of forge’s a.o.m’s? xXSinfulLeighXx: I did on my original account but then I lost it because according to IMVU they found “stolen Credits” from three years ago. So now I am starting from the beginning again. Have your goals changed since then? XxSinfulleighXx: Not really. Is there anything you would like to see forge focus on in the new coming year of forge? xXSinfulLeighXx: yes I would love to see Forge focus on the community TwistedlyFallenMep: how so? xXSinfulLeighXx: like help with the groups forming to stop harassment and bullying and help starting devs

with making stuff Is there anything off the top of your head you would like to say to our readers? xXSinfulLeighXx: read the magazine read the magazine READ THE DAMN MAGAZINE!

Well, there you have it folks, in the words of SinfulLeigh , read the magazine!!! And keep an eye out on Sin to see what sinful and daring things he will come up with next.


Artist of the Month June 2012

What did it mean to you to be selected as Forge’s artist of the month for June?

refore much more sales increases. Have your goals changed since then?

It was a great surprise and pleasure to have been selected as Forge’s artist of the month of June 2012. It is very rewarding and a great opportunity for others to know your work. Have you noticed a change in recognition or sales since being the artist of the month? Sure, opportunities like this increases the chances for new customer and that more people might know you as developer the-

The goals are always changing but all depends if you do it or not. I am someone who always tries to reach his goals and that is why my objectives are always changing. Since June 2012 my goals have changed a lot since I have expanded my knowledge of the programs used to derive on IMVU. Is there anything that you would like to see Forge focus on in the next year?

I think it is a very complete magazine where users can stay up to date on fashion, trends and new products coming out of great developers. Is there anything you would like to say to our readers? Nothing is impossible in this virtual world either as developer or as an active member of the IMVU community. Each goal can be achieved all depends on commitment and the desire to succeed. Have fun in a positive and healthy way to get the best that these social networks have to offer.


Artist of the Month July 2012 The princess of IMVU, the royalty of Creators, and dear friend; Geo has made the way for other creators to have their own voice when it comes to creating. Whether having fantasy, childrens, or any other creation; you are sure to find Geo in almost every aspect of the Creating world.

year of forge?

Tell me what it meant for you to be chosen as an artist of the month.

Geo: to all my supporters I would like to thank you very much for your ongoing support all these years... and to the others dont know me.. go buy stuff :D my tummy will thank you very much :) ps. I’m learning shameless self promotion... doin good hey?

Geo: oh it was a awesome thing to be chosen for artist of the month, it made me feel very special :)

Geo: ummm... Geo :P. oont... and Geoo and Geooo and GeoKidz and Gigi Is there anything off the top of your head you would like to say to our readers?

Have you noticed any change in your sales and or recognition since being one of forge’s a.o.m’s? Geo: I was artist of the month in July last year and since then sales went up for the next few months Have your goals changed since then? Geo: yes they have.. i am striving to get my products seen in all sections of imvu.. I started some new accounts to cater for the different genre’s. Is there anything you would like to see forge focus on in the new coming

To watch epicness in the making has been an honor. Seeing Geo grow as a Creator to include her own meshing has been exciting. Keep an eye out in future editions to see what she is up to.


Artist of the Month August 2012

Sugar and spice and a whole lot of cute! That’s what you get when you look at former artist of the month duo Cuppycake and Cakemonsta. Tell me what it meant for you to be chosen as an artist of the month. Cakemonsta: Oh wow, it’s such an accomplishment. I mean I am a very humble guy and very grateful of such success and recognition. I mean it does mean much, I feel rewarded of such hard work, n I shall continue with this what I do just knowin I am supported n even acknowledged ^.^. Cuppycake: it meant a great deal that ppl actually wanted to place me in there magazine for me. I enjoyed the responses I got after ppl reading it Have you noticed any change in your sales and or recognition since being one of forge’s a.o.m’s? Cake-: With the help of you guys publishing n promoting n just even day to day meeting n greeting such loyal supporters have made a growth in mi sales, yes. Again I’ve been so grateful of it all, truly. Cuppycake: hmm, u know honestly, I have no idea, rofll I should of paid more attention, I think it’s been pretty much the same Have your goals changed since then? Cakemonsta: well, yes, but not to greatly. I now just workin on becomin successful now not only with my regular works/productions, but with my meshing as well. I found meshing to b anotha item I enjoy doin and will soon focus more on it as well ^.^. Cuppycake:yes, I always have new goals set, right now I’ve been experiencing a new adventure on imvu.. Meshing Is there anything you would like to see forge focus on in the new coming year of forge? Cakemonsta: Yes, There will b tons of new ideas , mainly focusin on makin furni and accessories more accessible for rp kid avis, seperatin from the adult furni n etc, me n mi wife r targetin more furni meshed for kids on imvu. Bcuz there es a lack in there, n we plan on fixin that ^.^. Cuppycake: I actually think the magazine is put together very well one of the most professional ones I’ve seen, I can’t think of any atm lol Is there anything off the top of your head you would like to say to our readers? Cakemonsta: yes, I would like to thank each n every one of their support, and to expect much more to come. N join Forges if u haven’t yet! Cuppycake: yeah don’t be afraid to approach creators and meet ppl that inspire u because really we are normal just like you and most of us are actually very kind


Artist of the Month September 2012

Sexy…..Sensual…..Dark……and Decadent, those are the things that come to mind when you think of BelladonnaofDeath. We re-visited the dark lady of products to die for, for our yearly anniversary. This beauty was September’s artist of the month. Interview: Tell me, what did it mean for you to be chosen as one of Forge’s Artist of the Month? BelldonnaofDeath-: It was a huge honor for me to be chosen for Forge’s artist of the month, especially following behind Geo, who is notorious as a very talented artist. It was a big deal for me to be put into the same category of quality as her and other artists like her. Have you noticed any change in your sales and or recognition since being one of forge’s a.o.m’s? BelladonnaOfDeath: It’s hard to say. That was right around the same time that I became a sponsor. I’ve had a steady incline as far as sales go though, so it may have had something to do with artist of the month as well. Have your goals changed since then? BelladonnaofDeath-My goals have not changed really, since the time I started dev’ing, which was to make quality products that continue to improve over time. Is there anything you would like to see forge focus on in the new coming year of forge? BelladonnaofDeath-Hmmm. I suppose I would like to see the fashion shows come back. That was fun and it helps with sales, which is good for the sponsors and gains publicity for the mag. Is there anything off the top of your head you would like to say to our readers? BelladonnaOfDeath: Consider sponsorship. This is a symbiotic relationship between readers, sponsors and Forge staff. The more people that sponsor, the greater the rewards for the readers. The happier the readers are, the happier the staff is.

Forge is proud to have BelladonnaofDeath as one of our supporters and sponsors, as we are proud to represent for her as well. Keep watching Septembers’ Artist of the month to see all her new amazing products as they come out.


Artist of the Month October 2012 Dark, mysterious, intriguing, former artist of the month UnholyRev, previously AllRevvedUp, remains a mystery to some, but as I once said, one of IMVU’s greatly hidden talents. This man is a diamond in the ruff in the dev. community of IMVU.

TwistedlyFallenMep: chuckles* well we all have our down times , hopefully yours continue to improve, we look for this to be a huge edition , so with any luck we can help you keep rising

Tell me what it meant for you to be chosen as an artist of the month.

UnholyRev: Nope. My goal for dev’ing is and will always be the same. Make a product that I am pleased with. If others like it, then great. If not... I didn’t make it for you, I made it for me.

Rev-: I’m like everyone else “my work isn’t good enough”. So to hear that my work IS good enough, it proved to me, that all the hard word I do, put into deving is worth it. It’s not just something wasting time. Have you noticed any change in your sales and or recognition since being one of forge’s a.o.m’s? UnholyRev: While I was artist of the month. My sales dropped through the floor... So I can’t say if it was a good thing or bad thing. Maybe it was just bad timing at the time. TwistedlyFallenMep: :/ that sucks, I certainly hope they are back up for you UnholyRev: I think through the whole month. I sold 3 things... UnholyRev: 2 in promo credits and 1 at normal credits. Lol UnholyRev: They’ve came back up... Not where I would like them... But they are back up.

Have your goals changed since then?

UnholyRev: me* Is there anything you would like to see forge focus on in the new coming year of forge? UnholyRev: I was monitored by BabyDollJenni. Not everyone is lucky enough to have someone ‘help’ them learn how to Dev. It would be nice if Forge could set up something where people can come together and help out everyone. Put differences aside and focus on what they are there for. Is there anything off the top of your head you would like to say to our readers? UnholyRev: Be yourself. Don’t change for ANYONE. You have a style you like to dev. in. Stay with it. Don’t worry about what others think of you, or your style. Being DIFFERENT from the mainstream. IS a good thing.


Artist of the Month November 2012

Matt and Lacey Song were unable to be reached due to their busy schedules. Hopefully we can catch them another time to see how they are doing and what is up for them next.


Artist of the Month December 2012

Not just a developer, but the owner of the one and only Forge publications, we take a look back at one of our own as she gracefully accepted her spot as one of our Artist of the Month. Tell me what it meant for you to be chosen as one of Forge’s artist of the month? xXAngelicLeighXx- To be chosen as artist of the month was shocking and a bit nerve racking. Mostly cause I was worried about what everyone thought about me owning the magazine and then being artist of the month. Have you noticed a change in sales and or recognition since becoming one of the a.o.m.’s? xXAngelicLeighXx - Recognition has changed. Whether it is because of being artist of the month or owner of Forge is yet to be determined. As for sales, well, I never made a lot of sales so I really didn’t notice a change. Have your goals changed since then? xXAngelicLeighXx - My goals have changed to where I focus more on Forge and helping other Devs. That, I believe, is more important to me. I think that is why I can say honestly that I can retire as a creator on IMVU without feeling bad. Because as one awesome Creator on IMVU told me, Forge is my ultimate creation that I could possibly never outdo. Is there anything you would like to see forge focus on in the new coming year of forge? xXAngelicLeighXx- I would like Forge to continue to expand to get in more creators on different platforms and include more real life artists as well. I would like to see Forge have the interaction with the readers and supporters of Forge. They are after all the reason why Forge has made it this far. Is there anything off the top of your head you would like to say to our readers? xXAngelicLeighXx- Keep dreaming. Your goals may change. They might not work out the way you saw them to in the beginning. But they always work out in the best ways possible. Just look to the stars and realize that is the limit. The stars are endless

Retiring from the world of developing to focus on her true love, Forge Magazines, the developing world will miss her sweet creations.


Artist of the Month January 2013

Classy and creative best describes January’s former artist of the month GHEDoveCorvinus. Tell me, what it meant for you to be chosen as one of Forge’s artist of the month? GHEDoveCorvinus: Wow, I was completely honored, until I’m still very honored that Forge gave me the opportunity of putting myself out there. Have you noticed in change in your sales and or recognition since becoming one of the artists of the months? GHEDoveCorvinus: Sales did go up and quite a few friend requests from other creators. Have your goals changed any since then? GHEDoveCorvinus: Not really, I’m just 1 point off becoming pro; it’s those promos that I need to get. Is there anything you would like to see forge focus on in the new coming year of forge? GHEDoveCorvinus: Well, maybe an article on bundles from various creators

Is there anything off the top of your head you would like to say to our readers? GHEDoveCorvinus: For those that love supporting the creators of IMVU, keep it going without you we wouldn’t be here and for the new creators, hang in there, don’t give up the more practice the more perfect you will become. GHEDoveCorvinus: I love supporting up and coming creators so if you are ever stuck, just give me a hoi and I’ll help out.

Only 1 point away from Pro Dev, keep an eye out on Dove , as she is surely to make pro in no time, but , with or without IMVU’s pro tag, she’s already a pro in our books!


Artist of the Month February 2013

As we reflect back on the year past , there are a couple of developers that really haven’t had time to reflect on their time with Forge , so stay tuned in the coming months to take a look back at creators such as Jakx and VNG .


Artist of the Month March 2013

As we reflect back on the year past , there are a couple of developers that really haven’t had time to reflect on their time with Forge , so stay tuned in the coming months to take a look back at creators such as Jakx and VNG .


DONATELLA

I am honored to introduce to you the Artist of the Month for April. She has been creating since 2009 on the VictoriaIV account and since 2010 on the Donatella account. You might know her better for the epic meshes that she develops and have yet to taste her elegance in clothing, rooms, and furniture. An elegant lady and good friend to those that know her, she definately deserves the honor of having her hard work and dedication recognized for the true artistry that it is.


Honey Apricot Pork Chops


4 boneless pork chops 
Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste 
1 tablespoon olive oil 
2 tablespoons honey 
4 fresh apricots, pitted and cut into wedges 
3 cloves garlic, minced, or to taste 
1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley

Directions Pat the pork chops dry with paper towels, and sprinkle both sides with salt and black pepper. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat, and brown the chops well on both sides, about 5 minutes per side. Stir in honey, apricots, and garlic; cover, and simmer until the pork is tender, about 8 minutes. An instant-read thermometer, inserted into the center of a chop, should read at least 145 degrees F (63 degrees C). Sprinkle with parsley, and serve chops topped with the apricots and pan juices.


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apparel. Is that easy? lllGazalll: I end up developing things that i have

need of something productive but fun to do with my free time.. i was kind of caught up with other ‘hobbies’ that didnt really do much for

sic?

in the present catalog :p

might even be listening to pavarotti :p

lllGazalll: I listen to a bit of hiphop, but my favo-

feels pretty easy. xXAngelicLeighXx : Are you planning to do more in Men’s or branch out to other areas? an upcoming Dev, what would it be? lllGazalll: I’m starting to develop furniture and i also plan on working on some female products

find it. lllGazalll: developing is quiet exciting when u kno ur going to be wearing ur own products

lllGazalll: Money should not be your primary motive. Money is just value that we can touch. If

creating? xXAngelicLeighXx: So what do you consider your style?

can ever imagine, even if ur making less than 1k a day.

was hacked and disabled. I hadn’t developed for half a year until just a month ago.

and vintage ware. but i dont limit myself to any borders or categories.

king the time to talk with me. It’s been a real honor. :)

get back into deving?

like to listen to music when they create. So

lllGazalll: I first started developing 3 years ago..

lllGazalll: it was my pleasure


Dante

Lord Dante DAlfieri Concrete looks hot xXAngelicLeighXx: So, being an IMVU developer, where do you get your inspiration? LordDanteDAlfieri: Becka QBL she has taught me and helped me out in a lot of places. Really got me into things and gave me the ideas. and plus Karmy she gave me a tool called the Catty Muse and it is the best thing I ever did . that tool has helped me out with my catty pages and everything Karmy gave me this link here I think all new devs and older should have the Catty Muse For take pics you have to type: *hiressnap ---> it is for take pics with avatars and furnitures For take pics you have to type: *hiresnobg ---> it’s for take pics with avatars without background you need the catalog muse to dowload for resize http://avatars.imvu.com/ musesoftware it is 100% safe I use it for pictures and everything. So I would say Becka and her husband D and Karmy , Also talking with Matron Geo and DRlZZT those i would say that hlped out a great deal and they ow the thanks I just do deving for fun after 21 yrs of strict rp it was time I got into something better. 160 forge magazine

xXAngelicLeighXx: Do you still rp or are you retired? LordDanteDAlfieri: I am Retired I got out of it because I lost my rp father in rl that really put a dent into everything he lived next door to me for 20 yrs on line he was Dominic Stracci Alfieri Ruler of Giovanni My rp father offline he was my nieghbor and best friendArnold Peterson. May 23 rd of 2012 he did not come online one morning. I went over to the house and found him laying on the kitchen floor. He died in my arms while I was trying to dial 911. Then I got Horriably sick after that about died and i decided in October that I give the entire Kingdom and everything to my sister Imperial Grand Empress Harllee Nightsong Alfieri Giovanni so she could take the kingdom and evcerything to higher grounds. xXAngelicLeighXx: Did your rp also to help inspire some of your creations?


LordDanteDAlfieri: Yes it did. When I found out that i could do better for myself to create an entire kingdom on my own. sure it was expensive but least it was made by me. and the one person who inspires me everyday is my wife Bella she gives me ideas and keep me going. Along family and friends. My mother I made the mistress collection because of her. Vixxen I have made some bars and clubs, My grand childrem they always have idea my daughters Mae,Jess, and Mia I miss her dearly also Danae,Dee,Stasia,Willow, Harlee and alot of others who say things in rooms and i just go to work and keep the dream going . xXAngelicLeighXx: If you could create anything, what would it be? LordDanteDAlfieri: Well I always wanted to Create a mansion in Ragusa Sicily of the coast of the Sicilian Channel. With really pretty Italian tapestries. and beautiful Olive trees. and black and Biege Marble with a nice lane to the country road I see this vision in my head all the time to have a nice Sicilian Villa with a nice Vinyard out back.

xXAngelicLeighXx: So what is stopping you from creating your dream world? LordDanteDAlfieri: Learning how to make Trees is an issue and doing opacity and making the right textures I am still learning and I ask these other Devs for help and 9 times out of 10 i usally get it because it is best to present your self in the best dress that way people will remember you from the first time around. and be yourself. xXAngelicLeighXx: I hear you have been officially been welcomed into the General’s family. How do you feel with this huge honor? LordDanteDAlfieri: It is quite a huge Shock and to really tell you the truth when i got asked of this I broke down and had to go out side for a bit to catch my wind and wipe the tears away from my face. One thing that is a bigger and better Honor is the amount of time I have know Vain. I met him when he was 15 yrs old. back in 1997 when i was role playing on a place called xat.com it was just a basic chat room and we had a place there called The Devils Dark Army I was called DarkLordWarrior I was the Head Council forge magazine 161


Dante of the KCOF/UCOF Battle Arena we had a Tournament there one time and Vain was there sand told me his fights and how many he won. His english at that time was bad and nobody never took the time except myself and MadHatter. His Battle recrod of that day was unbelievable. He came to fight and he came to win. and that day he should of won but our High council VenomTaipen racist Mother fucker is what he was did not allow Vain to win the tourny because he was from Russia and all the other contestants there were from out countries and later after 2 yrs after i heard that they all got dropped out of the tounry because they were not american. Then I told myself I would look for this DroidKosmetico and one morning I was talking to Vain in a pvt room and i told him who i use to be and he remembered because he saved the chat logs from that day that is a long time to save info like that. So after a long time coming I talked to MadHatter and he is getting all the info for me now gave me a picture of the sword of what it looked like i sent it to the dev called MrSaton he made it look even better than what the picture was and i gave the sword to Vain 2 months ago. Now MadHattter is gettting some files and we decided to give Vain the full rights to the Devils Dark army and the KCOF/UCOF battle arena and all rights to the empires symbol because it was he that should of won. now me carring that info with me for this many years is an honro for him. because i will conduct this ceremony for him just like it should of been in 1997. and yes this is an honor for me . I am a people person and to see the community grow and we all learn together and be as one . I could not of been here for the love of my friends,Family and Bella the one lady I truly Love with all my heart. My daughters Jess and Mae have been there for me more than anything my sisters Harlee and Willow. xXAngelicLeighXxxXAngelicLeighXx : if you could give any advice to an upcoming Dev, what would it be? LordDanteDAlfieri: Get with these tutorials on imvu for devs askes questions get to know devs or try to have someone sponsor you as a new dev find the right people to hang around . and just practice plus it would not hurt to find some dev that will sale a starter texture pack just to help you get off the ground so you can learn to do paint shop or photo shop always ask questions there is no such thing as a dumb question. 9 times out of tem people will help you but be you and be creative and do your own designs dont copy off of anyone and dont steal from anyone and be yourself and have fun. xXAngelicLeighXxxXAngelicLeighXx : Well thank you so much for your time, Dante. It has been wonderful speaking with you. LordDanteDAlfieri: it has been wonderful speaking to you to and your welcome


Phishing

Phishing: what it is, and how to prevent it. phishing (fish’ing) (n.) The act of sending an e-mail to a user falsely claiming to be an established legitimate enterprise in an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information that will be used for identity theft. The e-mail directs the user to visit a Web site where they are asked to update personal information, such as passwords and credit card, social security, and bank account numbers, that the legitimate organization already has. The Web site, however, is bogus and set up only to steal the user’s information. 8 Ways To Avoid Phishing Scams

to update your account information as well. 3. Do not click on links, download files or open attachments in emails from unknown senders. It is best to open attachments only when you are expecting them and know what they contain, even if you know the sender. 4. Never email personal or financial information, even if you are close with recipient. You never know who may gain access to your email account, or to the person’s account to whom you are emailing. 5. Beware of links in emails that ask for persoal information, even if the email appears to come from an enterprise you do business with. Phishing web sites often copy the entire look of a legitimate web site, making it appear authentic. To be safe, call the legitimate enterprise first to see if they really sent that email to you. After all, businesses should not request personal information to be sent via email.

To help you protect yourself from phishing, we offer the following tips:

6. Beware of pop-ups and follow these tips:

1. Guard against spam. Be especially cautious of emails that:

*Never enter personal information in a popup screen.

*Come from unrecognized senders.

*Do not click on links in a pop-up screen.

*Ask you to confirm personal or financial information over the Internet and/or make urgent requests for this information.

*Do not copy web addresses into your browser from pop-ups.

*Aren’t personalized. *Try to upset you into acting quickly by threatening you with frightening information. 2. Communicate personal information only via phone or secure web sites. In fact: *When conducting online transactions, look for a sign that the site is secure such as a lock icon on the browser’s status bar or a “https:” URL whereby the “s” stands for “secure” rather than a “http:” *Also, beware of phone schemes. Do not divulge personal information over the phone unless you initiate the call. Be cautious of emails that ask you to call a phone number

*Legitimate enterprises should never ask you to submit personal information in popup screens, so don’t do it. 7. Protect your computer with a firewall, spam filters, anti-virus ans anti-spyware software. Do some research to ensure you are getting the most up-to-date software, and update them as regularly to ensure that you are blocking from new viruses and spyware. 8. Check your online accounts and bank statements regularly to ensure that no unauthorized transactions have been made. (This information can be found at www. identitytheftkiller.com) Always be careful where and who you give

your information to no matter who recommends the links or sites that come to your emails. Just because it looks like one that you, yourself, at one point went to on your own. Firewall and spyware are not always 100%, but they are very efficient, and help guard you when you may not be paying attention completely. As you know, Mothers especially, being distracted can be a big henderance when it comes to what you may be trying to do at the time. Another example could be, having children who have access and use to your computer. They are not as careful as we are when it comes to things that pop-up on the screen. They see something appealing and they click it, without thinking, and most forget to ask first. So always have anti-virus, -anti-spyware software and keep the firewall up at all times. Most computers these days come with parental commands, built in to the system. These should be set at all times as well. There is only one product that offers proactive Identity Theft Protection: Life Lock, which covers, fraud alert, Identity theft guarantee ( up to $1,000,000 ), free credit reports, 24/7 phone support, junk mail opt-out, lost wallet protecton, and covers children. The prices for this is reasonable, $9/ month for adults, and $2/ month for children. Remember that you may be targeted almost anywhere online, so always keep an eye out for those “phishy” schemes and never feel pressured to give your personal information, for any reason. If it don’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Always go with your gut feeling and don’t let anyone talk you into something you don’t feel comfortable doing, and know nothing about. Always investigate further, and if in doubt go to the web site address yourself. Don’t click any of their links, look for the web page yourself and go straight to the source. Remember you should always be careful about giving out your persoal information over the internet. Luckily companies have begun to employ tactics to fight phishers, but they cannot fully protect you on your own.


A year of fun Forge Publications has had many joys and sorrows that we have been a part of. From parties on IMVU (featured are the True Blood party, the charity auction, The medieval party, the biker party, the evil circus, and the fourth of july party), fashion shows, weddings, and the epic tragedy of Aurora, CO; Forge has reported on many different subjects to keep the readers involved not only in the immediate community but also in the surrounding communites.

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Toyz: Software for easy use on IMVU xXSinfulLeighXx: So Toyz you mentioned a software you made for the community what is it and what is its function. Toyz: There’s the Auto Ty for IMVU that lets devs send automatic thank you’s to members of hte community who buy there products. Theres a Badge grabber for IMVU that auto


searchs IMVus site for badges and attempts to grant you that badge. There’s a Texture Recovery software I wrote the uses validation and lets you recover your own textures from your IMVU products. There’s a Auto Pulse Ad’s that i am currently working on that lets users auto pulse advertisements on pulse it has a high grade spam filter I am making to keep it from being used for evil beings, it also had a limit of how many pulses it can send per minute. Then theres the Toyz Mobile app for IMVU that IMVU inc themselves have thanked me for making and have brought it up to let me make the official one for android but they are still looking on it. the first four are located on my store website http:// toyzstore.net the Mobile app is located on the google play store under TheAcidToy. xXSinfulLeighXx: so what is the biggest effect you think your software has had on the community? Toyz: Uhhh the fact that everyone uses it and I am the most trusted 3rd party in IMVU over resellers and the fact IMVU inc comes to me directly to help out with anti-hacking in the community. I have been slowly working with IMVU Inc directly to make the community safer and easier to use for all members. I also am one of the only third parties in IMVU to hold IMVUs copyrights as non-exclusives. So I can use there name and images on my apps without DCMA or copyright breakings. All my software I make for IMVU will always say for IMVU as I can legally do that. xXSinfulLeighXx: Do you have any plans for those cyber bullies out in imvu community like a flag button in the group chats or maybe a way to fully block them? Toyz: I have been discussing it with the VP of Business at IMVU. Just note that I am not staff I am a third party that does all my work for free. xXSinfulLeighXx: We understand but at least we know there is a voice talking to the VP of IMVU talking to them about one of the biggest problems on IMVU. Toyz: There is no real way to block anyone but there are ways we can prevent it all together. By simply reporting the offender, most the time cyberbullying reports are auto sorted to be high priority by their server. So they’re on the top of the CS stack for review. Everyone blames it on IMVU, when in fact it’s not IMVU’s fault. It’s the community’s fault. IMVU offers the tools to help but they neglect these tools and thinks IMVU can do something about it. It’s much like a user getting hacked. They blame it on IMVU. It is not their fault you were hacked. It was your own fault. There is no way to prevent Phishing, much like there is no way to prevent bullying. But we can all take steps to make it a safer place by flagging UFI items, flagging cyber bullying/harassment in chats. xXSinfulLeighXx: Well thank you Toyz for your time. We will look forward to many more software choices from you.


Leonardo DiVinci

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Life and Death by D. L. Bartlett My mom grabbed me and placed me under the table. I saw the fear in her eyes

room. This night that the Elven man came to see me, he brought a visitor. A silver

as we heard the screams outside of the hut. She looked at me with her pale blue

dragon. I looked at her quickly and then back to the night skies.

eyes and pleaded with me in silence to stay hidden. I fought her on it. My place was to protect the coven in any way that I could. She sat me back down under

“Jenna?” The silver dragon spoke to me. I looked again at her and saw the look

the table and this time used her voice.

on her face. I knew at that moment my mother was not going to return. A single silver tear fell down on my face and into my hand. I placed the tear on a dying

“Jenna, I need you to stay hidden. You will be no good to us if they find you,” she

plant and stared back into the sky. A star in the Draco constellation started shi-

said in her lilting voice that was stricken with fear. It wasn’t fear of her own death,

ning brightly.

I sensed, it was fear of mine. She kissed me upon my forehead and stroked my cheek and then got up. She looked back once, a silver tear streaking her face and

“I am sorry Jenna. Everyone in your village was killed. There were no survivors,”

then she left the hut, her dagger drawn.

The silver dragon continued, “It was your mother’s wish that you were brought here and taught by me. I hope that you will follow these wishes.”

I covered my ears to try and shut out the screams of my people. I sat there under that table like a coward. Someone came crashing through the side of the hut

All I could do was nod to the dragon. I didn’t want to think of continuing on right

and I could only look away. I was so scared that they were going to find me. I

now. I was the only survivor of my people. The High Priestess of the lost Wiccan

sensed a presence inching closer to the hut. A presence that was not anywhere

coven. Doomed to now walk the earth to try and find my way.

near good. That is when I heard the low growl that could not be denied as my mother. I heard the clinking of metal and then a bright light surrounded the hut

“Do you wish for us to leave?” The Elven man asked.

and it felt like I was engulfed in it. Where voices screamed that the light burned, I felt the light comforting and felt like it was one of those summer days that I use

I shook my head and looked up to the stars. Of course I didn’t want to be alone.

to play by the river chasing pixies. A pair of arms pulled me out of my reverie. I

I had been alone enough these past few weeks waiting for some kind of word

was carried briskly away from the hut after being hidden under a dark cloak to

on the fate of my mother and my people. Now that I know, I had to know what

match the color of the night sky. I was given to a rider who was told something

was to be expected of me now. I looked to the silver dragon and she smiled as

in a language that I could not understand. The rider rode for three days with the

warmly as she could.

other following us. “Your training will begin tomorrow. There is much that you do not know that you The destination, when I awoke from my slumber, was beautiful. It was covered in

will need to know.”

green fields, had a waterfall, and ancient ruins. The other rider took me from the arms of my companion and lowered their hood. I saw my beautiful mother’s face

I simply nodded. I had no words.

and she smiled upon me. She carried me into a building that I did not see. She handed me to an Elven creature and looked at me again.

“We will leave you Jenna,” The Elven man said, “Seek us when you wake in the morn.”

“I have to go back Jenna. There might have been survivors. I need to save them and bring them here.”

The pair turned to walk out and I noticed that the silver dragon hung back a little with a sad look upon her face. She then silently headed out the door. I laid my

“Momma, please, don’t go,” I sat there pleading with her in the Elven man’s arms.

arms on the window sill and rested my head upon them and stared at the stars. The star that shone so brightly seemed to be dancing in the sky. I couldn’t take

“I have to Jenna. If I do not return, then know I love you always. I will never be

my eyes off of it. I smiled thinking of my mother dancing around the bonfire

truly away from you. You will know where to look when it is time,” With those

during one of our story nights. Her radiant black hair flowing as she twirled in

words, she kissed my forehead and turned away from me. She got on her horse,

her white dress, her bare feet barely touching the ground as if she were floating

looked back to wave sadly, and kicked the horse to ride off in haste.

high above all the others. I could see the twinkle in her blue eyes as she danced.

The Elven man took me to the highest tower in the building, one where I could

I glanced at the plant before laying down on my bed. The plant had grown into

over look the lands and be closest to the stars. I looked around my surroundings

a radiant purple flower. I smiled softly and sadly as I faced a night full of night-

and felt truly alone. Not one person that I loved was there. Not one thing of our

mares.

people was there. Only me. The Elven man did not bother me too much for the next few days to come out of my room. I sat there on my little chair, next to the window, starring up at the stars. I knew that everything happened for a reason, but this was agony waiting for some word of my mother and my people. Why was I so important to save? It was two weeks before anyone came to see me in my room. I was like a zombie when I came down for meals. I ate in silence and quickly so I could return to my


Hans Christian Anderson

Character of the Month Dorean Dalmasca Dorean was born to Shiva and Kali, demon gods of destructon on the 14th day of the third lunar month, in the cycle of the Scorpion. He was one of 5 children born to the Emperor and Empress, the second youngest of them, but by far the favorite of his father. On the 2nd anniversary of his birth, his parents decided that from this point on, he would be enlisted into the army, to serve just like his father did. As he grew in age and strength over the next few years, something seemed off with the child, his mood grew darker, 200 forge magazine

and he went from being the happy loving child he was, to a tempermental, violent child, prone to fits of anger, and rage, over the simplest things. Soon after his 5th birthday he was wandering around his house, when a messenger came to visit his parents, advising them on the death of their oldest son, the one brother Reiji looked upto more than anything. He ran off into the darkest part of his parents castle, overcome with grief his sadness turns to anger, and then to rage. He starts to bla-

me everyone, from his parents down to the farmers providing food for the land. As his rage grows, he feels a strange energy and feeling building up inside him. The energy and feeling continues to build, as he keeps blaming everyone, innocents and soldiers alike for the loss of life the war had caused. The energy finaly reaches its cap and the only way for it to dissipate is to release it, as he continues crying and screaming in the dungeon of the house, his screams turn to a shockwave, vaporizing the buildings and all living

creatures, in a 50 miles radius of the house. After the shockwave ends, he stands up and looks around, his eyes wide as an apple core. He stands there yelling for his parents, with no answer, he yells one by one for his siblings, still no answer. He goes and walks around the now barren wasteland that was once the green lush lands that not but hours before he walked through. As he stands looking around, the grief and remorse of what has happens has hit him, and he knows it is his fault, he breaks down to the point where after hours of


crying and screaming he looks around and doesnt remember where he is, or anything other than his name. He goes off wandering, trying to find his home, not realising he has just left it . After weeks of wandering through deserts and jungles, and being attacked by all sorts of creatures, and getting battered and bruised, he comes to a new, verdant green lands. he stumbles up the stairs to the doors of a great hall, he

knocks on the door, and blacks out afterwards. The house belongs to a clan of wood elves. Normally the elves wouldnt take in a strange child, but seeing that the child was half dead, and obviously not human or elf, they decided to take him in. After a few long days, the child woke up, and slowly became accustomed to his new home, and a new style of living. Days turned to months, months turned to years, and soon the boy grew to manhood knowing he was

special, but also knowing he was elvish by family. On the occasion of his 25th birthday he leaves his family to set off to see the world. He stumbles across a village, and meets a a young woman named Imysa. The two of them, hit it off from the start, and not but a week later, they were engaged, with Imysa expecting the couples first 2 children. before the occasion of their wedding occurs, Dorean is busy building a home for him and his family to live in. Upon completion

of his home, a small diamond dragon appeared at his home, with a message, from the Empress, Destiny Diamond Dalmasca Hawk inviting the best warriors in the realm to come and test for the position of Knight. Upon completion of the tests and trials, Dorean was annointed as Personal Knight to the Grand Empress. Soon after the appointment he was adopted into the family, at the recommendation of the empress’s son Zeedus Jr.

forge magazine 201


T1 Fighting

first cannot state an attack. The second to post can if

that wooden box yourself and buying your character.

Learn how to battle in the written word

In your introduction you need to make sure you post

style of T1 you must fight in that style. So if you are cha

what your character looks like. This is not what your ava-

llenged to a no nothing fight, you better leave the un

tar might be wearing. You are to describe what their hair

realistic crap out.

they wish but it is highly advised not to. 5.

Remember if you are challenged in a certai

color is and how it is styled, what clothing are they wearing, the skin type and color, their eyes, any armor that

6.

For those new to the forum of T1, it is a common logic

they might be wearing, their height and weight, and

tion – or information your character does not have – i

Meta-gaming is when you use OOC informa

way of text fighting. Even though it is based off the ima-

if they are carrying any weapons. In your introduction

a fight, bestowing him that information. It can also b

gination, logic in life still exists within the T1. Respect,

you will be also describing the area that you and your

posting your character, after a duel is agreed on and

Honor, Trust are all key points needed communication is

opponent are going to fight in. Remember you cannot

random room made, somehow having placed explos

most important when dealing the starting posts in the

post for the other person. So do not worry about where

ves exactly where your adversary is standing after h

T1.

they are. Worry primarily what your character is doing at

posts. An auto, too, but it can very likewise fall under
th

that moment. You also need to make sure you list your

“meta-gaming” header.

T1 is a multi-style way of fighting that has been in rp lon-

character’s abilities, powers, weapons, traits, and any

ger then I have been around. First you have the different

other tidbits that might come in handy with the battle.

T1 posts in turns. So try to remember that if your op

types:

Again, I will state, if you do not list it in your introduction

ponent has not posted yet, do not take that as a disad

then you cannot use it later.

vantage on their part and try to post ahead of them. A

T1 RM=T1 Realistic Melee. This is

that does is make you look like a butthead and a go

the style that is human against human. With real-life li-

Now before we get to examples of how to do a T1 post,

modder. So just don’t do it. All attacks are attempted

mitations such as having human capabilities of running,

we need to go over the rules. Yeah, I know rules suck.

You cannot post attacking and connecting in the sam

jumping, reaction-time, body integrity, vision. ect. This

But those rules will help keep you in the fight and not

turn. It is up to your opponent whether your attac

type of fighting would be considered as street fighting.

disqualified. So here are the rules.

made a connection or not.

1.

Organization and character knowledge are the firs

T1 UM=T1 Unrealistic Melee. This

No God Moding. This usually tends to lead to

is Style that is an above average human against human

some issues. If you refuse to take a hit or try to control

steps of becoming a good T1er. Not only do you need

that are capable of using things such as magic, sor-

the other person’s character in such acts as forceable

good imagination, but a good memory also. As long a

cery, Vampirism, Werewolfism. Example of this type of

hits, then you might as well call in defeat and leave the

you can create an easy, but skillful character you won

fighting would be underworld.

arena. God Mods in the rp world are usually viewed as

have to rely on pre-written posts. The more you pract

spineless people that are afraid of losing and will do

ce with writing up an intro and attacks, the better you

T1 MP=T1 Moderate Powers. This

whatever it takes to land up on top. Well, news for you,

posts will get. This is the hardest part of getting starte

is the Style that is commonly used now as a more realis-

even Bill Gates came out with some crappy material that

with a developing character.

tic look towards T1 PC. The characters that have special

later had to be revised so it became awesome. So you’ll

powers, just not ones that have a power that is capable

just have to deal.

of destroying an entire planet. Powers such as elemen-

Now let’s get to the attacking parts of T1. Now that yo

have the intro stage pretty much mastered, now come

tal abilities are acceptable, but if there is a power that is

2.

No Auto-Attacks. You cannot assume your

the hard part. In attacking posts you are to state wha

capable of using all elements you must keep that power

opponent will take the hit. You have to assume one of

powers you will using and what skill you are creating

in a moderate use. Example of this would be shown in

two things: That either your opponent will take the hit

what combo it might turn into or what prep you will b

Bleach or in Naruto.

or they will try and dodge. So the only thing you can do

doing. Much like Intros, your attacks need to follow th

for the narrator of your character is try to post a realistic

same guidelines. Organization, clarity, direction, and ac

attack that might be able to prevent the dodge. Someti-

tions taking to do such things. Now, just like domino’

mes it’s harder than it looks.

the straighter your tokens are stacked the easier it w

T1 PC=T1 Power Characters This

style is the most difficult of them all to learn. The complexity of the characters abilities and powers are what

be to make them all fall down. Meaning, as long as yo

get them called “God Moders”. The depth put into one

3.

character, with the powers, abilities explanations of te-

nents attack post. I would suggest if you are not a no-

You must post equal lengths to your oppo-

rrain, dimension, sub-abilities, character background

vella fighter, then do not challenge one. It will suck for

and traits will lead an inexperienced opponent to belie-

you if you chose that route. Make sure that in your post

Your attacks are to be planned out, not in effects to you

ve there is invincibility about the character.

whether you be taking the hit or dodging, that you ex-

enemy, but with your own actions to make sure yo

plain in detail what is going on.

have a chance to abort any actions done just in cas

Those are the styles of T1. Now you have to build your T1

keep in a certain direction while attacking you will b fine.

Your attacks are to make sense in both real life and rol

entrance. Forgetting to put information that is needed

4.

Correct spelling, punctuation, and sentence

play. Taking real life into consideration means that if yo

in your introduction cannot be used later in the fight.

structure is needed in the post. Remember it’s the qua-

swing a 50lb sword around, the slashes after the firs

This is for grounds of disqualification under God Mo-

lity of the post that is counted above all else. If you use

one will be drastically slowed down because inertia w

ding. In posting your information into your introduction

run-on sentences and poor explanations about your

be pulling the sword to the left if your character trie

you need to remember that the person who is posting

character or their actions, you might as well just go buy

to swing it in the opposite direction after his enterin


attempt.

events occurs. He grips the sword’s handle tightly with

save a lot of energy and your stamina will not drop so

his left hand, rotating it slightly downward to make

swiftly.

in

Plan out your movements to make sure you can “dan-

the sheathe in a slightly horizontal position. He relea-

a-

ce” elegantly with you blade while attacking or make

ses the sword from its sheathe with a velocity of 450 to

Elemental Control and Manipulation: Elemental con-

n-

a move that gives you time to dodge a counter if nee-

500 mph. The sword’s path travel is about 150 degrees

trol and manipulation. The ability to control an ele-

ded. You will have to fully explain what type of power

to the right from its original draw point. The forces of

ment and the ability to manipulate an element are ac-

you will be using, what powers involve your combo if

the blow are about as 6,000 square inch of pressure.

tually two different concepts. Controlling an element

a-

you are using one. What it’s aimed at. How fast you,

The sword is extended to his left, bending the air as the

allows you to wield an element to your own needs.

in

yourself are going, and what is trying to be attemp-

nearby aerial element is absorbed towards the path of

Manipulation of an element is allowing an element to

be

ted in harming your foe. Keep in mind if you say your

the travel that the attack is taking, sucking what’s in

be created and roam freely as if it were its own being.

a

attack will slice their arm off if landed or anything of

front of it towards it during the attack in a heartbeat

Your body flows with the element, and you’re not just

si-

the sort, your enemy has the choice to actually choose

for as the slicing and crushing pressure will take care

using it to protect you or for attacks.

he

what the effect is from your attack.

of the opposition.=

You are to also tell the time span of how long actions

=The left foot slides about 100 degrees to the right as

may be occasionally very difficult to use, simply becau-

he

Combination Techniques: Combination techniques take to perform. Say your speed allows you to move

he twists his right foot to the right, as well. He grunts

se it is easy to power mind without consent of what

p-

quickly being able to close a 20ft gap in three seconds.

in a battle-related fashion as effort is being put within

you are combining together. Combining techniques

d-

Information like that will be needed in making actions

the attack. He takes it into account that his right arm

can lower energy exponentially, so using basic com-

All

that your foe will need time to perform their move,

will slightly suffer a strain from the quick draw attack

binations are requested to be used more often and it

od

may it be a dodge, counter, or block. Each movement

that he performed. Feeling the stress that was in his

will still be effective. But if in a dilemma, combining te-

d.

must be stated as to how long it takes to make is what

right arm, especially the upper part of it, Hanzo can’t

chniques that involve elements and abilities would be

I am getting at.

help to think but to know what the result of his attack

extremely helpful, but requested to only be used when

did to his opponent. The portions of seconds ended in

you are really into the battle.

me

ck Examples of attacking are:

a blink of an eye, as the attack ended its path of travel.= Two-post combination technique: Two-Post combina-

st

==Within the Battou Jutsu stance, Hanzo presses the

Some of you don’t understand the meaning of Attack

tion techniques is probably one of the very hardest to

a

front of his right foot down to the ground in an effort

Defense because you rather just attack and hope it

successfully obtain control of. It is where you post a te-

as

to push himself forward into a dash. Less than a second

lands. But in actuality when you attack, you attempt

chnique or an attack and you have a second post to go

n’t

after the foot press, the young warrior dashes using

your attack still before you say your character left the

along with it, but your opponent must first fall for the

ti-

the Flash Step technique, traveling in a single-crescent

attacks and is now in a different area. Your opponent

first post. You must have a creative mind to use such a

ur

path of travel to his left side. Reaching the front left

has the right to state their counter before you say you

powerful force and you must acknowledge what the

ed

side of his opponent, the Hanzo performs a sliding

jumped 30ft away in a matter of seconds after your

outcome may be. Obtaining this certain type of stren-

halt with both feet and his once leaned-forward upper

attack.

gth allows you to gain victory very easily.

body is now slightly straight up in posture. Both his

ou

sandals press to the ground, creating a scratching and

When you attack, you must keep in mind that as you’re

Once T1 is learned properly, it can be actual quite fun

es

crunching sound as the fine dirt and pebbles grinds

attacking your opponent still has to avoid/block/or

and help develop your character even better in other

at

with the outsoles of his footwear from the sliding halt.

dodge your attack. So you stating you have attacked

areas as well. Remember, every battle helps build a

g,

He is about 3 feet away from the enemy’s front-left side

with your blade then jumped back to a safe distance

character to where there is more of a story to tell in

when he stopped==

can’t be done until your foe has replied to your attack.

their history. So if you do it correctly, you will not be

be

he

So what you need to do is use an attack that will give

subjected to being ignored for invalid rp’ing and will

c-

==Already has his right hand on top of the sheathed

you a proper escape point from a counter-attack. This

be able to advance more.

o’s,

sword he has in his left side, Hanzo’s right foot is about

meaning if you attack with your blade, and you leave

will

1.5 feet in front and 5 inches to the right of his upper

an open spot, saying you full force swung your sword

For further information on how to role-play or just ge-

ou

body. He has the right knew bending about 2 inches

at the persons head, they can say they ducked it and

neral information, I would highly recommend joining

be

down. He has his left foot extended to his back and

thrust their blade at your exposed stomach, your con-

the group on IMVU called The Official Roleplay Rules.

slightly to the left, bending his left knee about 1.5

tinuing post won’t hold up with that actually happe-

to 1.8 inches down and pointed to the direction of

ning.

ur

his right foot. The upper body is once again leaning

ou

forward about 2 to 2.5 inches. The look on his face

Other things that need to be taken into consideration

se.

expresses a slight glare yet shows a focus in his dark

are:

le

better your posts will get. This is the hardest part of

green eyes==

ou

you practice with writing up an intro and attacks, the getting started with a developing character. Now let’s get to the attacking parts of T1. Now that

Energy Conservation: Energy conservation can be ea-

you have the intro stage pretty much mastered, now

st

= Hanzo reaches for the handle as he gently slams

sily taught by using the surroundings to your advanta-

comes the hard part. In attacking posts you are to sta-

will

his palm towards the clothing fabrics of the handle.

ge. Spotting trees and using the direction of the wind

te what powers you will using and what skill you are

es

Within 0.20 to 0.70 seconds after lightly touching the

can help out a lot and even change the outcome of

creating, what combo it might turn into or what prep

ng

sword’s handle with his right palm, the next set of

a battle. Using the area as part of your technique will

you will be doing. Much like Intros, your attacks need


to follow the same guidelines. Organization, clarity, di-

sword he has in his left side, Hanzo’s right foot is about

thrust their blade at your exposed stomach, your conti

rection, and actions taking to do such things. Now, just

1.5 feet in front and 5 inches to the right of his upper

nuing post won’t hold up with that actually happening

like domino’s, the straighter your tokens are stacked the

body. He has the right knew bending about 2 inches

easier it will be to make them all fall down. Meaning, as

down. He has his left foot extended to his back and

Other things that need to be taken into consideration

long as you keep in a certain direction while attacking

slightly to the left, bending his left knee about 1.5 to 1.8

are:

you will be fine.

inches down and pointed to the direction of his right foot. The upper body is once again leaning forward

Energy Conservation: Energy conservation can be easil

Your attacks are to be planned out, not in effects to your

about 2 to 2.5 inches. The look on his face expresses a

taught by using the surroundings to your advantage

enemy, but with your own actions to make sure you

slight glare yet shows a focus in his dark green eyes==

Spotting trees and using the direction of the wind can

have a chance to abort any actions done just in case.

help out a lot and even change the outcome of a battle

Your attacks are to make sense in both real life and role

= Hanzo reaches for the handle as he gently slams his

Using the area as part of your technique will save a lot o

play. Taking real life into consideration means that if you

palm towards the clothing fabrics of the handle. Within

energy and your stamina will not drop so swiftly.

swing a 50lb sword around, the slashes after the first

0.20 to 0.70 seconds after lightly touching the sword’s

one will be drastically slowed down because inertia will

handle with his right palm, the next set of events occurs.

be pulling the sword to the left if your character tries

He grips the sword’s handle tightly with his left hand,

lation: Elemental control and manipulation. The abilit

to swing it in the opposite direction after his entering

rotating it slightly downward to make the sheathe in

to control an element and the ability to manipulate an

attempt.

a slightly horizontal position. He releases the sword

element are actually two different concepts. Controlling

Elemental Control and Manipu

from its sheathe with a velocity of 450 to 500 mph. The

an element allows you to wield an element to your own

Plan out your movements to make sure you can “dan-

sword’s path travel is about 150 degrees to the right

needs. Manipulation of an element is allowing an ele

ce” elegantly with you blade while attacking or make a

from its original draw point. The forces of the blow are

ment to be created and roam freely as if it were its own

move that gives you time to dodge a counter if needed.

about as 6,000 square inch of pressure. The sword is ex-

being. Your body flows with the element, and you’re no

You will have to fully explain what type of power you

tended to his left, bending the air as the nearby aerial

just using it to protect you or for attacks.

will be using, what powers involve your combo if you

element is absorbed towards the path of the travel that

are using one. What it’s aimed at. How fast you, yourself

the attack is taking, sucking what’s in front of it towards

Combination Techniques: Combi

are going, and what is trying to be attempted in har-

it during the attack in a heartbeat for as the slicing and

nation techniques may be occasionally very difficult to

ming your foe. Keep in mind if you say your attack will

crushing pressure will take care of the opposition.=

use, simply because it is easy to power mind withou

slice their arm off if landed or anything of the sort, your

consent of what you are combining together. Combi

enemy has the choice to actually choose what the effect

=The left foot slides about 100 degrees to the right as

ning techniques can lower energy exponentially, so

is from your attack.

he twists his right foot to the right, as well. He grunts in

using basic combinations are requested to be used

a battle-related fashion as effort is being put within the

more often and it will still be effective. But if in a dilem

You are to also tell the time span of how long actions

attack. He takes it into account that his right arm will

ma, combining techniques that involve elements and

take to perform. Say your speed allows you to move

slightly suffer a strain from the quick draw attack that he

abilities would be extremely helpful, but requested to

quickly being able to close a 20ft gap in three seconds.

performed. Feeling the stress that was in his right arm,

only be used when you are really into the battle.

Information like that will be needed in making actions

especially the upper part of it, Hanzo can’t help to think

that your foe will need time to perform their move, may

but to know what the result of his attack did to his op-

Two-post combination technique: Two-Post combi

it be a dodge, counter, or block. Each movement must

ponent. The portions of seconds ended in a blink of an

nation techniques is probably one of the very hardes

be stated as to how long it takes to make is what I am

eye, as the attack ended its path of travel.=

to successfully obtain control of. It is where you post

getting at.

technique or an attack and you have a second post to Some of you don’t understand the meaning of Attack

go along with it, but your opponent must first fall fo

Defense because you rather just attack and hope it

the first post. You must have a creative mind to use such

lands. But in actuality when you attack, you attempt

a powerful force and you must acknowledge what th

==Within the Battou Jutsu stance, Hanzo presses the

your attack still before you say your character left the

outcome may be. Obtaining this certain type of stren

front of his right foot down to the ground in an effort

attacks and is now in a different area. Your opponent

gth allows you to gain victory very easily.

to push himself forward into a dash. Less than a second

has the right to state their counter before you say you

after the foot press, the young warrior dashes using the

jumped 30ft away in a matter of seconds after your

Once T1 is learned properly, it can be actual quite fun

Flash Step technique, traveling in a single-crescent path

attack.

and help develop your character even better in othe

Examples of attacking are:

of travel to his left side. Reaching the front left side of

areas as well. Remember, every battle helps build a cha

his opponent, the Hanzo performs a sliding halt with

When you attack, you must keep in mind that as you’re

racter to where there is more of a story to tell in thei

both feet and his once leaned-forward upper body is

attacking your opponent still has to avoid/block/or

history. So if you do it correctly, you will not be subjec

now slightly straight up in posture. Both his sandals

dodge your attack. So you stating you have attacked

ted to being ignored for invalid rp’ing and will be abl

press to the ground, creating a scratching and crun-

with your blade then jumped back to a safe distance

to advance more.

ching sound as the fine dirt and pebbles grinds with

can’t be done until your foe has replied to your attack.

the outsoles of his footwear from the sliding halt. He is

So what you need to do is use an attack that will give

For further information on how to role-play or just ge

about 3 feet away from the enemy’s front-left side when

you a proper escape point from a counter-attack. This

neral information, I would highly recommend joining

he stopped==

meaning if you attack with your blade, and you leave

the group on IMVU called The Official Roleplay Rules.

an open spot, saying you full force swung your sword ==Already has his right hand on top of the sheathed

at the persons head, they can say they ducked it and


Basic Weaponry

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g.

Introduction

Tojutsu encompasses all types of swords.

enough to lay comfortably on the palm with the

n

A character is only as good as their weapons when

The Short Sword is A single-handed, double-edged

ground. Weight balance should be more to the outer

it comes to fighting. Just like a warrior, a role-play

sword that has a blade 50-70cm in length. Blade de-

edges for better control.

character also needs to be decently equipped in case

sign can vary. Some short swords have a leaf-shaped

ly

of any “fights” or what we would consider challenges

blade that is widest around two-thirds the length

The rods are generally cylindrical, though octagonal

e.

arise that require them. So in following, found listed

from the hilt and ends in a long point, and are gene-

cross-section allowing more damage on strikes.

n

will be some options of basic weaponry for any role-

rally referred to as a Gladius. A variation of this type

e.

play character to be able to use.

has a less pronounced leaf-shape with no guard.

The Sansetsukon, or Three Section Staff, is a flail de-

Other designs use straight blades that taper into a

sign wherein three wooden or metal rods are con-

Fist Weaponry

point.

nected by chains or rope. Best fit for a combatant

u-

Brass knuckles are a metal design that also spreads

The Long Sword is Also known as the bastard sword,

a combined diameter that easily fits in a hand. The

ty

out the counterforce across the hand. These wea-

greatsword, and hand-and-a-half sword. These

connecting chains are around 127mm in length. In

connected sections hanging perpendicular to the

of

has each section as the length of the user’s arm and

n

pons are made out of heavy metals and are desig-

swords are double-edged straight blades, usually

close range combat, the outer two sections are held

g

ned to cover part of the front of the fist when slipped

1.0-1.2m (40-48in) in length, and commonly used

and used and this is where the Sansetsukon works best.

n

onto those four fingers while including a palm grip

with both hands. The blades are generally thinner

e-

to help distribute counterforce. Unlike Caestus, brass

than the broadsword in addition to being signifi-

n

knuckles do not include any wrist support.

cantly longer.

Other Melee

“Modern” Caestus, usually referred to as weighted-

The blade cross section can vary by maker and

A Kama is Similar to a sickle or small scythe, the Kama

knuckles gloves or sap gloves, are generally gloves

affects whether the primary purpose of the sword is

consists of a short shaft with a blade perpendicular

thrusting or cutting.

to the shaft attached at one end of the shaft. The bla-

ot

i-

with powdered metal or the like sown into pouches

o

on the knuckles (and often backs of the fingers as

ut

well). These gloves distribute the force of the blow

i-

over a larger area than brass knuckles, and also serve

o

de has a sharp inner edge along with a point with Staff

a blunt outer edge. It can be used singly or in pairs.

to protect the hand from injuries incurred by pun-

The Bo is A wooden staff 1.82m in length. The Bo is

A hybrid between Kama and chain weapons is found

d

ching someone. Some Caestus gloves include the

typically 2-3cm thick, may be tapered so the end are

with the Kusarigama. This weapon is a Kama atta-

m-

pouches on the back of the hand as well, though

thinner than the center, and come in a variety of ty-

ched to a metal weight or spike by a length of chain.

some have a metal plate attached there instead.

pes. The typical Bo has a circular shaft, though some

d

o

may be square, hexagonal, or octagonal. Some are

Sai is a dagger shaped baton with curved prongs

Trench knife is A mix of fist weaponry and dagger, the

inlaid or banded with metal for extra strength. Bo

projecting from the handle designed for striking and

trench knife is at its core a knife. It includes a guard

can be found in a variety of weights and flexibilities.

bludgeoning. They are typically wielded in pairs. Va-

i-

that covers the front side of the fist when held. Not

st

originally designed to benefit punching with the

The Naginata generally has a shaft the length of the

rations include the manji sai — in which one prong is faced opposite the other to resemble the manji sym-

a

design, the trench knife eventually received several

user’s height (1.5 to 2.1m) with a 60-90cm blade at

bol — and the jitte, which only has a single prong.

o

variations. Trench knives made for shinobi are fre-

the end. The blade is curved and forged the same

These weapons can range from 30 to 45cm in length.

or

quently made with chakra conducive metal to in-

way as kenjutsu blades. Naginata come with a metal

h

crease their lethality, and can be used to great effect

end cap to as a counterweight to the blade.

he

by those with Fuuton elemental affinity.

n-

n

The tonfa is a baton with a handle perpendicular to the shaft offset just over a hand’s width down from

The Yari is Straight-headed spear that ranged in

one end of the shaft. It can be held on the main shaft

The original style is rather plain and designed more

length from 1 meter to 6 meters. The shorter yari are

or the handle, and are used in pairs. Defensive use of

for dagger work and guarding the hand from enemy

called Mochi Yari or Tae Yari, while the longer ver-

the tonfa allows the main shaft to protect hand and

weapons.

sions are called Omi no Yari. The spearheads of yari

forearm.

er

can be from a few centimeters in length up to over

a-

A “brass knuckles” guard variant was created to im-

a meter long. There are at least 11 distinct variations

The tessen are Folding fans that typically have heavy

ir

prove strike power and make it more difficult to grab

for the yari’s spearhead design.

plates of iron for the outer spokes. Another popular

c-

the wielding hand.

le

version, known as mu puche, is made of wood that Rope and Chain Weapons

The third and perhaps most popular variant for shi-

has been tempered sufficiently to resist edged weaponry. Other modifications to tessen include additio-

nobi, is an improved version of the brass knuckles

Nunchaku is Simply two rods of wood or metal con-

nal metal reinforcement on the inner spokes, flexible

e-

design. This version has the guard actually designed

nected by rope or chain, Nunchaku are a close range

metal ribbons along the outer edge for cutting, razor

g

for punching and not just guarding.

weapon. Ideal length of a nunchaku section is long

blades on spoke ends, launch-able hidden weapon-

enough to cover the forearm when gripped near the

ry, poisons, and other changes to make it more com-

chain, and the connecting chain is ideally just long

bat capable.

Tojutsu


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the season of spring is near

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and one can see spring is already here

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Spring Carol Robert Louis Stevenson When loud by landside streamlets gush,

Sits my heart at ease,

And clear in the greenwood quires the thrush,

Hearing the song of the leas,

With sun on the meadows

Singing the songs of the meadows.

And songs in the shadows Comes again to me The gift of the tongues of the lea, The gift of the tongues of meadows. Straightway my olden heart returns And dances with the dancing burns; It sings with the sparrows; To the rain and the (grimy) barrows Sings my heart aloud— To the silver-bellied cloud, To the silver rainy arrows. It bears the song of the skylark down, And it hears the singing of the town; And youth on the highways And lovers in byways Follows and sees: And hearkens the song of the leas And sings the songs of the highways. So when the earth is alive with gods, And the lusty ploughman breaks the sod, And the grass sings in the meadows, And the flowers smile in the shadows,


A Dream Within A Dream Edgar Allen Poe Take this kiss upon the brow! And, in parting from you now, Thus much let me avowYou are not wrong, who deem That my days have been a dream; Yet if Hope has flown away In a night, or in a day, In a vision, or in none, Is it therefore the less gone? All that we see or seem Is but a dream within a dream. I stand amid the roar Of a surf-tormented shore; And I hold within my hand Grains of the golden sandHow few! yet how they creep Through my fingers to the deep, While I weep-while I weep! O god! can I not grasp Them with a tighter clasp? O God! can I not save One from the pitiless wave? Is all that we see or seem But a dream within a dream?


Happy Ever After Dodie Bartlett Another year has gone by

She might not have a prince

More tears have been shed

That can be claimed in sight

As the clock strikes twelve

But four hearts that beat with one

Cinderella must say goodbye

Give her the joy

To that life she once had

And let her know she has won

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Edible Chick Art

Step 1: Print out a chick template. Save the template onto your computer (Right-click the link). You can make it smaller or bigger. Here is a template 1 and a template 2. If you print out a template on a thin piece of paper, you will need to glue it to a sheet of cardboard for support. After attaching all of the candy, the project will be heavy. Step 2: Let the kids color the beak and the legs of the chick with red or brown felt-tip pens or pencils. Next, have the kids trace the contour of the chick with a yellow felt-tip pen or pencil. Step 3: Prepare the candy in yellow wrappers, double-sided tape, and scissors. Supervise little kids when they work with scissors.
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Horoscopes

Slowly but surely in April, you’ll enjoy considerable more clarity and confidence, dear Aries. Your drive is returning full force, and friends will enjoy that you’re more interested in socializing this month. Personal revelations can come around the Full Moon on the 6th. Some of you will be pursuing relationships more heartily now. Certainly, you have some admirers this month. After the 15th, when setbacks can discourage, you begin to see the rewards for your work efforts in the past few months. The 22-23 can bring a new friendship or alliance. Finances are strong.


You’re likely working very hard this month to make extra cash, dear Taurus. The desire for beautiful and comfortable objects is strong. You’re building up your resources and your “nest” in April, while for the most part keeping a low profile by choice. The 21st, however, brings a blast of personal energy and increased confidence. You’re ready to pursue your desires. A love relationship may be revived and moving forward in the last week of the month. Nevertheless, there are a few lingering problems to iron out, and you’ll need to be patient.


Horoscopes

This month, you’re enjoying extra attention and appreciation for the very qualities that come most naturally to you, dear Gemini. This is due to Venus, the goddess of love, moving through your sign from the 3rd forward. Increased social, romantic, and creative activity is likely, especially around the 6-8 and 22nd. New friendships can be formed this month. More clarity comes to your career this month, as projects that were previously stalled push forward, and to your life with family and domestic matters in the last week of April.


Career goals are in focus this month, dear Cancer. Daily affairs become less muddled and overwhelming, and this frees you up to tend to more worldly goals. Your original ideas can capture the attention of higher-ups. Don’t be afraid to express them. Unexpected professional opportunities pop up. Be sure to reconnect and stay in touch with acquaintances and relatives in April. Make up for lost time. Friendships enliven from the 21st forward. Love has a private feel to it this month. You’re not yet ready to share your feelings with the world.


Horoscopes

People you meet this month are likely to be a source of inspiration, dear Leo. You’re being exposed to different ways of thinking and you especially enjoy exchanging ideas with others. Unexpected opportunities to travel or expand your education can emerge. Love is enhanced through shared goals and visions. Single Leos may find romance with or through a friend or group association. Mid-month, you begin to see progress with finances and money-making endeavors. Career matters push forward suddenly from the 21st. You’re taking charge and others are following your lead.


Recent relationship challenges and personal frustrations will begin to dissipate this month, dear Virgo, and you can more confidently move your plans forward. Finances are a big focus and possibly a concern, as you face problems and find ways to improve your spending and borrowing habits. You might receive good advice or come up with novel new ideas on how to do so. The 22-23 can bring a pleasant surprise or bonus. Career prospects and your reputation improve considerably after the first week of April, due in part to a more inviting and amenable manner.


Horoscopes

April is a relationship-centered month, dear Libra. A Full Moon in your sign heightens your emotions and could bring a partnership matter to light around the 6th. Relationships become clearer, both with a partner and in your work, after mid-month. You feel you have more information with which to make good decisions. As well, you are more willing to broaden your perceptions of the people in your life. Cultural events and other forms of learning and experience appeal this month. The 2123 brings good energy for money matters.


Work takes center stage in April, dear Scorpio, and there are some surprises in store. Be prepared to rearrange your schedule at a moment’s notice. It’s a strong month for solving problems, reorganizing, and tending to the practical details of your daily existence. Both physical and mental resistance are on the increase this month. Friendships begin to straighten out mid-month after a period of some confusion of boundaries. You’re learning who is truly in your corner. Strong energy for attracting or enhancing a partnership is with you from the 21st forward.


Horoscopes

Excitement on romantic and creative levels is in store for you this month, dear Sagittarius. Love matters may be laced with a touch of drama, and certainly bring surprise to your life. More clarity in your love life begins to show itself from mid-month forward. People you meet are especially helpful and appealing. While pastimes, hobbies, and entertainment are in strong focus in the first few weeks of the month, it’s back to business by the 21st. Career picks up pace, and it becomes easier to get straight answers from bosses and co-workers.


Considerable progress can be made around the home, with family, and at work in April, dear Capricorn. However, when it comes to work, it’s more about your working environment and the social aspect of your job that are set to improve significantly. This could be a time when you pursue a bit of a home “makeover�. You take pleasure in lending a hand to others and organizing your work space. The 21st forward is a period that brings a more outgoing, playful, and creative energy to your life and, for some, budding romance.


April is a strong month Horoscopes for social, creative, and learning endeavors, dear Aquarius. Love is simpler, and attraction is easy and natural. You are expressing yourself with extra charm. Your eagerness, flexibility, and willingness to tag along with others just for the company endear you to friends and family. Financial complexities begin to unravel this month. Dealings with a partner and with financial institutions become more straightforward after a feeling of treading water. Even so, it’s not yet the time for quick settlements or bold moves. Be patient.


Dealing with others in a straightforward manner has been difficult recently, dear Pisces. Support for your personal endeavors hasn’t been very forthcoming, but by mid-April, relationship dynamics smooth over and you feel that you can move forward. Home life should be especially pleasant. Focus is on beautifying your surroundings and bringing harmony to family relationships. Familiarity rather than excitement is sought in love. Financial surprises are likely in April. You may have to rework a money-making idea or your budget, but the improvements will take you further in the long run.



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