The Game(ing) Show needs you!

Let's face it, Moss Robot is a diverse universe. Just when you think you know what it is that we do, we throw something new at you. Falling into this realm of "who knew?" endeavors-is the hand we played in a recent, spunky production called 'The Game(ing) Show' by Urban Gardens Performing Arts.




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UGPA came up with an innovative concept that combines staged acting, improv, games, puzzles and "free beer" tokens with a fully, interactive audience. Bystanders draw cards to choose characters and plot devices, enter into competition and take on their hero's adventures and challenges, ultimately deciding their hero's fate by the way they play each game.


Our hideous dragon in piece.

 

Think 'Zelda' meets 'Who's Line Is It Anyway' and then goes on to meet "So I Survived a Japanese Game Show' and they all somehow combine to make a super love child, and you're getting warm... 


 Super love child?



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Anyways,
UGPA approached us about making some very "homemade looking" props and costumes that leaned toward minimalistic and the absurd. We were told the more ridiculous the better. We know ridiculous. (see above photos) They came to the right place.

 Game cards in-progess.



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Our involvement did not stop with the twenty-some props and official game-play cards they commissioned us to make. Oh no, kind friends, it gets better. We got this crazy idea that we would like to do LIVE sound effects for the show-just to add an extra level of absurdity. Even more crazy, UGPA let us do it!

NASA-esque command center.



Basically, we raided our six year old son's gear. We have his old water bottle for splashing, his trusty electronic toys for transition music and "Horribozo the clown" sounds. We used his kid instruments and harmonica to play interim music and to eventually play "taps." for one of the death scenes. Most of the time we made vocal sounds, and beat-boxed the mike. Very close to how we spend our evenings at home, mucking around, trying to make the other one laugh.


 Clown poison warnings... (non)Lethal spears... Wizard bits.



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Fun was had by all, the show was a rousing success, and well, they want to do it again. But in order to continue to do it around the Triangle here in NC, "The Game(ing) Show" needs a little backing.  They have a Kickstarter campaign to fund this possibility, so if you want to get behind some talented folk, and have a future opportunity to partake in the games, here's your chance.


Heinous Beasts... Tetris... Sweet abandon.



And while we are talking about support for the arts, let's give mention to the one venue in town that does this consistently. The Game(ing) Show was held at one of our favorite places in Raleigh, Kings Barcade. Kings not only houses excellent bands and music of all genres, but it opens it's doors to every kind of creative, cultural and community-enhancing event that it can place. Again and again the fantastic owners of Kings have donated or discounted their space for a charitable function, or a fledgling troop of performers, testing their wings.

Hats off to Kings and let's throw our coin to the coffers of these traveling players.



Lisa and Matt



Beans and the Dinosaur


two for one

Born one day, two families and hundreds of miles apart, our two nephews, Crosby and Brandon, were embarking on their first birthdays.  

We set out to create a gift design so delightful and ingenious that it would soften even the hardest of baby hearts, bringing countless hours of joy and laughter to all...


Instead, we came up with: 


BEAN BAGS!!!

Okay, a little off target, but come on. We're talkin' funky, homemade, Moss Robot bean bags! 





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the usual prerequisites:

So, let's back up. Knowing the entertainment needs of every one-year-old across the globe and their parents reasonable desire to maintain their wellness, we aimed for a present with these essential elements:
*safe and organic materials
*able to produce noise
*lightweight – for easy handling and damage control (babies like to throw)
*fun, soft (remember the throwing) shapes
*learning-aid device


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the true genius of the family

Our 6 year old son, Graham, who will no doubt surpass us in every creative and intelligent way possible, decided to spearhead the project. He chose a palette and drew on the first five bean bags using kid-safe, fabric markers.

...Just left the grunt work of sewing and assembly to yours truly.


 

Pretty sure Graham will be running our company and making six figures before he's a teenager. 



Let's hope he keeps us on the payroll.




After the "circle dudes" were finished for Crosby, we made dinosaur versions for Brandon because his new bedroom has brontosaurs painted on it's walls.






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Just the facts

Keeping with our list of wants, the bean bags were made with organic cotton canvas (bodies), scrap cotton and wool materials (feet), and loosely filled with organic black beans (noise) and organic lavender (dirty diaper combat!). 

Colored stars with corresponding number symbols and names ranging from one through five were written on each set (high-tech learning device). All inks were non-toxic kid-safe fabric markers.









Hope this inspires you to make your own fun, family projects.

As always, you can reach us here, follow our twitter link over to the right or leave us a comment below.
Matt and Lisa