Questions To Ask When Going To A LARP

Questions To Ask When Going To A LARP

If you’re going to your first larp this Summer, or perhaps trying out something new for the first time then there are certain questions that you may need to ask. This post is for the new larper or a the new to a larp player. Its a list of things that need to clarified before going to a larp event.

The amount of information that larp organisers publish about their events varies enormously. Everyone will tell you the time, the place, the cost and the genre. Some will publish a lot more, but if you feel you want to know more than is published, then here are some questions and tips that will help you prepare for the event.

Where Am I Sleeping?

Let’s kick off with a big one. You need to know where you will be laying your head. Typically (and I am UK biased here) accommodation will be along the lines of

  • Camping (You Provide the tent and camping gear)
  • Sleeping Rough in Character (You really need to ask what you need to be bring)
  • In a bedroom (You may need to ask about how many (if any) will be sharing)
  • In a dormitory (Definitely sharing)
  • Shared Space – Bring Your Own Bed

Camping can be in character ( tent style depends on genre) or out of character (anything goes). You need to know which as this affects your choice of tent.

Sleeping rough means makeshift shelters, and possibly outdoors. This means you really need to clarify what the expectations are from the organisers at your time of booking.

Bedroom is nice. It may even be ensuite. You may need to share and mixed sharing can also happen. So clarify this if you possibly feel uncomfortable with shared rooms or sharing with someone of the opposite sex. Also do you need bedding.

Dormitories – you’re talking about limited personal space and maybe mixed occupancy. So again check. Again you should check about bedding.

If its bring your own bed – do just that. Get a comfortable camp bed of some kind.

The Tip: When in doubt pack a sleeping bag.

 

Food – What am I eating?

At a larp eating is very important. Your routines are going to change. You may be a lot more physically active than usual. You may be getting less sleep than usual. You may be colder or warmer than usual. You will need to eat.

The amount of catering a larp provides will vary enormously. Some games do incredible in character catering. Others let you fend for yourself. You should confirm which meals will be provided. You should also find out if snacks are available on site.Its also worth finding out if meals are at the start and end of the day. If this is the case what happens in the middle?

Its never a bad move to pack some non-perishable snacks. Don’t go hungry. Assume you will need food.

The Tip: Putting snacks in your larp bag is rarely a bad move.

 

Drink – Avoid Dehydrating

Two parts to this one. Alcohol and hydration. Lets start with the booze.

Alcohol is really simple as it depends on knowing the what the attitude to alcohol is like at that larp. Is it normal to drink? Is drinking banned for safety reasons? Is a little alcohol OK and a lot not so? All of these can only be resolved by asking the organisers. Very often you’ll be able to guess as the attitude to alcohol in larps tends to reflect where you are. For example most UK larps allow for drinking as a normal part of the experience; but being falling over drunk is seen as being not desirable. However regardless of what’s permitted remember that you will be taking part in an emotional and possibly physical experience. How does alcohol affect you? Remember to be true to your limitations. If drinking in such circumstances is not a good idea for you then do not drink regardless of what others say.

The next part if simply hydration. You will need to most likely drink more than usual. Especially in an outdoors Summer larp. I’ve seen a lot people fall over from simply not drinking enough water. So if possible carry water. If possible take a moment and have drink of something. Being thirsty is a bad thing. It can become dangerous if you dehydrate.  There’s not much to ask here as just about all larpers are aware of this risk. But you may need to ask what is a suitable in character water container.

The Tip: Do not become dehydrated.

 

When Am I in Game?

If you are in game you are meant to be in costume and portraying your character. You’ll need to know what time of night you can stop playing? When in the morning you are in character? Or is the whole experience from start to finish in character? Are there areas of the site that are out game? Like out of character camping or a chill room if you need to step back for a moment. There’s nothing worse than going for an out of character breakfast and then finding that everyone is already in character.

So ask the question – when and where should I be playing my character?

The Tip: When in Doubt Assume in character

 

What Should My Costume be like?

Really important if this is your first larp and to be honest given the modern trend for high costume standards this question never goes away. Fortunately you may not have to ask a question at all. If the game is well established there is a good chance of there being plenty of photographs online that you can take a look. Avail yourself of the larps website and any Facebook groups they may have. You will learn a lot.

Some larps may have costume standards embedded in their rules / guide books. Take a look at these.

Finally ask the question of the organisers or other players. You will almost certainly get some good answers. Don’t buy or acquire costume before you know what you need. That way can lead to a lot of wasted money. If its your first larp also ask about borrowing or renting costume. Looking good will help you enjoy the larp but there is little fun in spending a lot of money and only then discovering that you do not like.

The Tip: Ask how to look cool – but don’t blow the budget until you are sure about it.

 

Finally

These are all practical questions common to anyone going to a larp. If you are new to larping you should try and get these cleared up. Never be afraid to ask questions of larpers. The larp community by and large is full of helpful, friendly and thoughtful people. The kind of people who want to work with someone to better take part in their game. Always ask questions. They will not be laughed at.

Interview with Danny Gomez from First Person Xperience

Interview with Danny Gomez from First Person Xperience

LARPBook interviews Danny Gomez of First Person Xperience. We talked about RED. A new post apocalypse experience that is launching on the 11th of May 2017.

Here’s the link to RED

http://www.firstpersonxperience.com/red/

RED sounds like it’s a combination of theatre and larp. It’s built so that can enter it with no real preparation but still have an immersive and unique experience. It sounds like a lot of work has gone into making it self customising. Much in a same way that a larp adjusts to the actions of its players. Its also clear that its not an Escape Room. Escape Rooms are fundamentally puzzles, whilst this seems to more story based. So it has a start and an outcome. The outcome depends on player actions. So again more larp like than some other mainstream offerings.

It straddles the world between mainstream and larp. Great fun for a group of friends who know nothing about larp. Great fun for larpers who could really get into it. Possibly both playing at the same time. Each run has a 75 minute duration which makes incorporating into a day out quite easy.

If you’re interested in going – then book quick as we have a promo code

The code is

FPX

It’ll get you a free upgrade to next tier of ticket above the one your purchase. The code is limited to the first 100.

If you go – we’d love to hear of your experience in RED. LARPBook is very keen on hearing how this runs.

A Kickstarter for 12 Larps

A Kickstarter for 12 Larps

Welcome to Crescendo Giocoso, a Kickstarter project of 12 larps that exist as a play list. Why a play list? Well we have a good many styles of larp design – like Nordic, Freeform, Boffer and so on. Here’s a new one. a set of larps conceived of and put together by a team who’s method of working more resembles an orchestra than other traditional approaches. The result is that they call themselves the Larp Chamber Orchestra.

Lets look at this by playing their Kickstarer video

 

So you can see that this Kickstarter is designed to create a book of 12 larps. The number of players for these ranges from 2 to 30. Behind each of these larps is a common design mindset. That changes how the game is described to a group. Instead of one person explaining or running the larp, all players gain the understanding of how to play as a whole. A bit like a group of musicians learning to play a piece of music.

So instead of the idea of an author led larp (a bit like a novel), or director led larp (a bit like a film) to something that is more like a jam session. At least that’s the vibe I’m picking up on. I think the idea is that a group of people can just start to play the larp.

The 12 larps in this Kickstarter are arranged in a play list – starting with 2 players and then working up to 30 players. So if played in order the scale gets bigger and bigger. Just like a musical crescendo.

It’s a fascinating idea.

As I mentioned this is a Kickstarter so you can learn more about about this project by clicking here.

I really hope they reach their targets as its a cool concepts and the larps look good.

 

LARPBook Show Episode 52: “Air Conditioning Ninjas”

LARPBook Show Episode 52: “Air Conditioning Ninjas”

In this episode we have Dennis from Larpforge as our special guest. We discover that Dennis isn’t just the maker of the Nuka Break’er hammer (that’s a personal favourite of mine so I had to give it a mention), but he also knows a lot about larp. In addition to our planned subjects we talk a lot about larp food, and its importance, larp drink and generally staying healthy during an event.

Our planned discussions for this episode were

From the Chat Rooms

For this episode the chat rooms were nice and active. One member was looking for a Game of Thrones Larp in the USA. This is what we found:

Game of Throne Larp
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1719515628/dragon-thrones-the-medieval-fantasy-weekend-experi

The chatter White Walker gave us the use our image for these show notes – take a look – it is a larp costume and not a cosplay. Thank You White Walker (never thought I get to say thank you to a White Walker!),

Stuart has been working with Larpages – and we hope to do more with Larpages in the future. If you haven’t heard of Larpages its a UK based site that acts as a directory for all thinks larp. We’re hoping to do more with them in the future.

If you know of other similar services outside of the UK let us know. We’d love to talk to them.

Events

Here are a selection of larp events for May 2017. These are all based in the UK.

May 12th to May 14th 2017

Diaspora LRP Event 1 – TBC
By: Flaming Efreeti Productions
Genre: Steam Punk
Near: South Yorkshire

May 19th to May 21st 2017

Frail Realities
By: Frail Realities
Genre: Steam Punk
Location: Kirkby Mallory, Leicestershire

May 20th to May 21st 2017

Four Rivers
By: Impossible Gears
Genre: Out of Character
Near: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

May 26th to May 29th 2017

Namahage
By: Ascendancy LRP
Genre: High Fantasy
Near: Cheadle, Staffordshire

May 27th to May 28th 2017

Revenant Evil: The aftermath II
By: Darkstar
Genre: Post Apocalyptic
Near: Shedfield, Hampshire

May 12th to May 14th 2017

Cataclysm Event 2: An Echo Rises
By:Hive Cataclysm
Gener: Post Apocalyptic
Near: Coventry, Warwickshire

May 19th to May 21st 2017

Forsaken 3
By: Broken Dreams
Genre: Modern Coventry
Near: West Midlands

May 26th to May 28th 2017

Dangermarket 1: The How Many Spies Affair
By: Aetherfield
Genre: Historical
Near: Buxton, Derbyshire

May 26th to May 29th 2017

Forest Argent – The Convergance
By: Wyvern’s Tales
Genre: High Fantasy
Near: Bridgend

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