Larry Brucia has by no means shied away from a enjoyable journey. As a passion, the San Anselmo resident has written and created journey video games related to historical past that drove him and his pals to journey in quest of buried treasure and misplaced historical cities.
Now he’s letting others get in on the motion. Brucia, 71, is launching the Masks Trilogy journey sport, centered round discovering the placement of the demise masks of Saint Francis of Assisi by utilizing clues and different issues present in his historic fiction novel, “Secrets and techniques of the Carsarians,” poetry e-book, “The Anthology and Poetic Musings,” and reimagined photographic scenes out of the lifetime of Francesco Bernardone — all performed beneath his creative identify, Lorenzo. The pictures part of the trilogy will likely be proven in future exhibits in Italy. Go to themasktrilogy.com.
Q Did you develop up with creative passions?
A I’ve liked pictures my complete life. My first digicam was somewhat field digicam my mother gave me once I was 8 years previous. In school, I used to be learning to be a physician, and within the library I discovered an previous e-book of work of Rembrandt. They virtually seem like images however he took a spiritual topic and introduced in human beings and painted them. It impressed me at that second that’s what I needed to do in pictures and began working at that. Alongside the way in which I fell in love, bought married, had two youngsters and felt like being an artist was going to be an actual problem and didn’t know if I’d make it. So I went into enterprise.
Q What modified?
A My youngsters grew up and I offered off quite a lot of my companies. After I was 64, I needed to do some pictures. I occurred to be in Europe. My sister took me to La Verna, Italy, a Franciscan monastery. I stroll into this constructing and there’s this fresco of a person, Francesco Bernardone, a younger man from Assisi, Italy. He was a typical younger man, and he and his pals go off to struggle. He sees the horrors of struggle, will get captured and when he was coming again, he heard the bells of a leper. As a substitute of him transferring away, he hugged the person and it was an epiphany for him — serving to different folks was extra necessary than the rest. He did that for 22 years till he died and two years after his demise, he was cannoned St. Francis of Assisi. I used to be interested by this man: How did he go from what he was in his youthful years to who he ended up turning into? He stored true to it, and that’s the exceptional a part of it.
Q How did it change into the sport?
A Whereas studying about him, my thoughts — I’ve an energetic creativeness — began creating scenes out of this man’s life. The entire concept is with the world so pressed upon us, it’s great to have one thing enjoyable to do. You’ll be able to keep at dwelling and play the sport and see the place it’s positioned, or you’ll be able to bodily go to attempt to discover the masks.
Q How does it really feel to launch this?
A I held off on creative pursuits as a result of I had obligations that I felt like have been extra necessary than my very own private creative expressions. However now that I’ve the flexibility to specific them, it actually has opened a a lot bigger scope of creativeness and concepts than I ever thought I had. Getting older didn’t essentially damper my ardour on this stuff; it appeared prefer it made it better as a result of I had extra life experiences to put in writing about, which I really feel like enriches what I’ve performed.
Q Does your Italian heritage play a component on this?
A My father is Sicilian and my mother is Swiss Italian and my father grew to become an Italian citizen about two years earlier than he died and when he grew to become one, my two sisters and I grew to become one, and our kids. I feel subliminally I needed to in all probability create one thing primarily based on Italian historical past or Italian tales. I went to Assisi whereas I used to be writing the e-book and I’d cease and ask folks, why are you right here? Most of them mentioned they needed to be the place this man lived, as a result of they revered the truth that he didn’t put a lot worth on materials issues and gave them away to others who wanted it greater than him. All of us perceive the worth of that.