THIRTY PINK STONES

Hi. My name is Dana. I turned 30 in November of 2011. For my day of birth, my husband JCA puppeteered a massive real life video game / epic quest / scavenger hunt throughout our home town of Atlanta. This is the celebration of that day, his efforts, and the efforts of our friends in tumblform, as the Dungeon Master is oft underappreciated.
~ Saturday, December 31 ~
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An Epic Quest…

Hi. I’m Dana. I love video games. My husband JCA loves me. For my 30th birthday, the one who loves me decided to bring something I love into reality…he made me the central character of a real-life RPG. Through clever, hilarious, and heartfelt clues delivered by friends near and far, he made me navigate the streets of Atlanta in search of thirty pink stones. With the aid of my party members—Sneaky the Cat, Cabbage Man, and the Lashgician—I gathered all the tools necessary to thwart the evil Chicken Wizard and his underling Shavasana. How long did it take him to orchestrate this entire thing? Five weeks. Did I mention it ended in a giant dance party with DJ Homosexual, DJ and the Bear, and Cousin Dan? Now I have. Holy shit. I’m one lucky duck!

I took a long overdue break from playing Skyrim to commemorate his efforts and the efforts of the people we love. This blog is organized a little strangely. The “clues” are posted in the location in which I found them instead of the location they led to. Also, I tried to make everything as chronological as possible instead of traditional Tumblr reverse-chrono order. To follow along with each of the locations, click here.

To say hi, please find me on Tumblr or Twitter as @danaisagirl, on Instagram as @missladyflex, or to follow my fake NSFW band, please visit the Le Sexoflex Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook.

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VIDEO: Opening the package. Since I’ve been bleaching my hair, my vocabulary has dwindled to only include phrases like “Holy Sh*t!” and “Oh my god!”

Alright, so my real birthday is November 8th, 1981…but I’ve had weird and sometimes unfortunate luck celebrating my emanation into the world on that day. JCA who’s suffered through year after year of me bitching about this fact set the date for November 3rd…then November 12th…then November 11th. Yes, 11/11/11 for those of you who like numbers.

I was unaware of what I was about to encounter. All I knew was I needed to be off of work 11/11/11 and there would be dancing. That’s it.

On Thursday Nov. 10th, a package arrived at the door. It was wrapped in hot pink paper with a delicate vellum note on the top that read “Do Not Open Until 3pm November 11th 2011.”

(Why yes, that is an underutilized Roland 505.)

Can do, package!

Little did I know what shenanigans were about to ensue.

Friday afternoon rolls around. My boss was in on this whole shebang and yelled at me to go home and for even coming into work that day. Again, can do!

I waited anxiously for 3pm, applied some makeup, threw some unnecessary junk in a bag, and ripped open the box.

The note read:

The Legend of the Thirty Pink Stones

Your life has been under keen watch. From your first breath, Dana, we have waited for the right moment to allow our presence to be felt. (There was this one time, when you were showering, that we came oh so close, but wussed out.)

We are the Guardians of the Pink Stones, an invisible conglomerate owned in part by General Electric. We bring joy into the world by way of – you guessed it – cat videos. You have served us well with your ongoing Cat News initiative, and for that, we have silently kept you out of harm’s way. The Guardians derive our power from the mystical Thirty Pink Stones – precious rocks either fallen from space or bought online; we can’t remember.

Tragically, however, you are in peril. The stones have been stolen by an evil demon, The Chicken Wizard, who seeks to destroy you. He has scattered them across your realm. Without the stones, we are powerless to stop him from not only killing your dance party but also taking your life. It is up to you to find the stones and defeat The Chicken Wizard.

We have mustered up clues to help you on your quest. There will be items to collect, riddles to solve, and villains to face. Thirty years ago, we stowed away what is now an ancient tape playing machine. Bring it with you.

One last thing: We’ve already located one of the stones. Through a special portal, we placed it into your residence, where it is being protected by penguins. Study and place it into the pink container. Unfortunately, the portal sucked one of your possessions into it. We apologize for the inconvenience. Hopefully, it wasn’t something important.

Best of luck.

Thanks Legend!

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LOCATION: JCA and Dana’s hobbit hole (Kirkwood, Atlanta)

ITEMS ACQUIRED: Legend of the Thirty Pink Stones, Boombox, Epic Quest tape, Stone

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AUDIO CLUE: Epic Quest (Nick Niespodziani)

Along with the Legend of the Thirty Pink Stones and the pink stone container, I received a super fun pink cassette player (complete with shoulder strap) and tape.

I popped it in to hear our friend Nick Niespodziani of Yacht Rock Revue and other such musical exploits explaining the quest and the next step in JT-style harmonies: find Sneaky the Cat!

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Soooooo JCA made a Twitter account for an airport trinket that I’d acquired this year: Sneaky the Cat. Yes, I am a crazy cat lady. I write about Cat News. I wrote to…my toy cat. I contacted Sneaky to figure out where she was. Java Monkey coffee shop in Decatur? How is Sneaky contacting me? She’s a sweet little Halloween cat!

Soooooo JCA made a Twitter account for an airport trinket that I’d acquired this year: Sneaky the Cat. Yes, I am a crazy cat lady. I write about Cat News. I wrote to…my toy cat. I contacted Sneaky to figure out where she was. Java Monkey coffee shop in Decatur? How is Sneaky contacting me? She’s a sweet little Halloween cat!

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STEALTH PHOTO: Sneaky the Cat and…Sneaky the Cat?!?
I ran into Java Monkey, wired on adrenaline and a new anti-anxiety medication that wasn’t doing its job, and spotted Sneaky the Cat (the toy) and Sneaky the Cat…the person! My friend Zoe flew in from Brooklyn to surprise me! Holy cat crap!
Dressed in a cat hat and a fur coat, human Sneaky handed me a few stones, which looked like this…

…and my next clue, which requested the acquisition of a brewed elixir from an Indian physician. Dr. Bombay!

She also had a bat with the letters “BB” printed on it.



(*ThinkGeek 8bit wreath not included)
"Why’s this bat say B-B?"
"Uh, I think it’s a club."
"Oh."
Of course! Club BiBi! Our friend Sarah calls her home slash karaoke bar Club BiBi, which shall be explained at another time. Were we going there at some point? Fall down the BiBi rabbit hole here.
Human Sneaky also informed me that she was coming on my quest! Hell yes! Party member acquired! Unfortunately, I was too jacked up on life to fully appreciate how awesome it was that she flew down to surprise me! WTFTW!
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LOCATION: Java Monkey (Downtown Decatur)
PARTY MEMBERS ACQUIRED: Sneaky the Cat
ITEMS ACQUIRED: Stones, Club BiBi club, clue to Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party

STEALTH PHOTO: Sneaky the Cat and…Sneaky the Cat?!?

I ran into Java Monkey, wired on adrenaline and a new anti-anxiety medication that wasn’t doing its job, and spotted Sneaky the Cat (the toy) and Sneaky the Cat…the person! My friend Zoe flew in from Brooklyn to surprise me! Holy cat crap!

Dressed in a cat hat and a fur coat, human Sneaky handed me a few stones, which looked like this…

…and my next clue, which requested the acquisition of a brewed elixir from an Indian physician. Dr. Bombay!

She also had a bat with the letters “BB” printed on it.

(*ThinkGeek 8bit wreath not included)

"Why’s this bat say B-B?"

"Uh, I think it’s a club."

"Oh."

Of course! Club BiBi! Our friend Sarah calls her home slash karaoke bar Club BiBi, which shall be explained at another time. Were we going there at some point? Fall down the BiBi rabbit hole here.

Human Sneaky also informed me that she was coming on my quest! Hell yes! Party member acquired! Unfortunately, I was too jacked up on life to fully appreciate how awesome it was that she flew down to surprise me! WTFTW!

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LOCATION: Java Monkey (Downtown Decatur)

PARTY MEMBERS ACQUIRED: Sneaky the Cat

ITEMS ACQUIRED: Stones, Club BiBi club, clue to Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party

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VIDEO CLUE: JP Birthday Song, featuring a picture of the Cabbage Man!

Racing down McLendon, we spotted a man meditating outside of Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party—a coffee/tea shop in Candler Park. He was dressed in bright green and sitting amongst cabbages and other foliage. It was my friend Drew who drove up from his shack in the field! Whoa!

We approached with caution.

DREW: Cabbages, cabbages, cabbages! I am the Cabbage Man, sent by the Chicken Wizard with a riddle for you. Standing tall on the wings—

ME: PERFECT STRANGERS!!!

(Sidebar: I am obsessed with the Perfect Strangers theme song. I look for it every time I sing karaoke in hopes that one day someone will have an arrangement. I also enjoy a good Mark Linn-Baker joke.)

CABBAGE MAN (continuing after being rudely interrupted): …on the wings of my dreams. Rise. And Fall. On the wings. Of my dreams. You have solved the riddle. I have this for you.

He handed me a framed portrait of Mark Linn-Baker and our next audio clue.

Mark Linn Baker photo:

It’s JP Hasson of JP Inc / Pleaseeasaur! I love that guy! Sounds like we’re off to Inman Perk…with another party member!

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LOCATION: Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party (Candler Park)

VILLAINS FOUGHT: The Cabbage Man (*option to acquire as party member)

PARTY MEMBERS ACQUIRED: The Cabbage Man

CHALLENGES: Perfect Strangers Theme Song Riddle

ITEMS ACQUIRED: Mark Linn Baker head shot, Inman Perk clue from JP

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SIDE QUEST: Drink a margarita.
Sneaky needed a margarita. The man behind the curtain needed her to stall.
Fun Fact: Cabbage Man and Sneaky the Cat kept their costumes on the whole time. Yes, this means Cabbage Man kept cabbage on his head throughout our adventure. That’s commitment to a cause, people.

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LOCATION: La Fonda Latina (Candler Park)
ITEMS ACQUIRED: Chips, Guacamole, Tipsiness

SIDE QUEST: Drink a margarita.

Sneaky needed a margarita. The man behind the curtain needed her to stall.

Fun Fact: Cabbage Man and Sneaky the Cat kept their costumes on the whole time. Yes, this means Cabbage Man kept cabbage on his head throughout our adventure. That’s commitment to a cause, people.

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LOCATION: La Fonda Latina (Candler Park)

ITEMS ACQUIRED: Chips, Guacamole, Tipsiness

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VIDEO CLUE AT INMAN PERK: Noblemen!

Our margarita side quest took longer than expected, as did parking for Inman Perk. We located the box of scrambled letters…

Inside, more stones and the first video clue!

The video slips looked like this…

It led to Mack Williams and Ed Mundy with the first video clue! Funny, that looks like Frisky Dingo. Hmm. Off to the Majestic Diner in the Poncey-Highlands!

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LOCATION: Inman Perk Coffee - Scrabble box (Inman Park)

CHALLENGES: Parking

ITEMS ACQUIRED: Stones, Noblemen video clue to the Majestic

BONUS NPC’s: Russ and Katie, who had no idea what was going on

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AUDIO CLUE: Le Sexoflex - “King of Pops”

Sneaky the Cat, Cabbage Man, and myself arrive at the Majestic where we see the owner of Club BiBi, Sarah, waiting at one of the booths. Uh oh. She looks like she’s been stuck there for a while. Way too long, in fact. Her tea cup was long empty and her phone battery was well-drained. Oh no! How could we do that to this lovely gal?

She handed us another audio clue—this time, a jam from my Le Sexoflex bandmates Princess Genius and Peep Peep! Dirty song getting blasted in front of families at the Majestic? Check.

Go to the King of Pops. Alright!

We were able to trade the Club BiBi club to Sarah for a Rollerrink-style wristlet with a number on it. Interesting.

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LOCATION: The Majestic Diner (Poncey-Highlands)

CHALLENGES: Rescue Sarah!

PARTY MEMBERS ACQUIRED: Sarah, the Lashgician

ITEMS ACQUIRED: Stones, Audio Clue - Le Sexoflex “King of Pops”, Wristlet

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VIDEO CLUE: The Late BP Helium “Young Blood”

The King of Pops, a rainbow-umbrella’d Atlantan Popsicle staple, had wheeled away in his magical cart a hair too early, but we found our stones case and video clue lying by his sign. Bryan Poole from of Montreal singing in front of a pumpkin and a penguin? Yes. Off to Young Blood Gallery!

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LOCATION: King of Pops in the Buddy’s Parking lot (Poncey-Highlands)

ITEMS ACQUIRED: Stones, Video clue - BPH - “Young Blood”

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