The Lost Star Chronicles

The Lost Star Chronicles

Group Name: The Lost Star Chronicles

Country: UK

Website: http://www.loststarchronicles.co.uk/

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheLostStarChronicles/about/

Describe Your Game Genre: Action adventure fantasy

Who Creates Characters: The Player

How Much Plot is Tailored to individual Characters: It Varies

How Long Has the Group Been Running For: 3 years (as of July 2018)

How Frequently do you run events and for a players what is the commitment level to attend all events like

We run events twice a month on a sunday, well we have our core players who show up almost every event however it is entirely down to the individual how quickly they want a character to advance

Typically What Are the Facilities Like at your Game Sites:

Well we don’t really have facilities as we only run day events though our regular does have a nice pub and we always meet for breakfast before the event

Finally Tell us anything else you would like to about Your Game World, and How Your Events Work:

Each of the world’s are very different there is A steampunk world void of magic but overencumbered with strange technologies A world set in the 15th century a blend of old world magics and new world religion A world based on a celtic interpretation of the arthurian legend mixed with the fey wilds A desert world ruled by lizard kings with human slaves A world based around an interpretation of the norse mythos and realms A world of evil overlords bloody tyrants and tortured slaves though there is a light on the horizon.

 

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LARPBook Show Episode 66: “Merican Wasteland Y’all”

LARPBook Show Episode 66: “Merican Wasteland Y’all”

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In This Show

Two big things in this show. We have a special guest and new theme music.

The Guest

Our guest is James Snyder from Good Enough Films. He’s looking to create the pilot for a TV show (called Merican Wasteland) via Kickstarter. Interestingly though the show is inspired by the characters from a larp and the planned writing process is to harvest the ideas that flow from role=playing. It’s a fascinating idea – using the cooperative creativity that stems from role-playing.

I’d also like to add that James was a fantastic guest. He gave us a lot of information about his Kickstarter, the creative process he’s planning to harness and we had a fantastic chat about larp in general.

The live audience chimed in with some great questions and theseĀ  led us down the rabbit hole of larp moments and the differences between US and UK larp.

Links for Good Enough Films

Our New Music

We’ve had an upgrade in our music. It’s been composed for LARPBook by Bradley Parsons. Who is an independant musician.I think the work he’s done is absolutely first class and personally I’m looking forward to hearing what he’s written for us on our shows and videos.

If you you’d like to know more about Bradley you can get hold of him via Fiverr – fiverr.com/bradleyparsons

Upcoming Events

There’s quite a bit happening for us between now and the next show so here we go.

Luke is helping to organise the B.O.B. pirate festival. The plan is for a hearty and swashbuckling weekend of Pirate re-eactment, cosplay and to an extent larp.
It’s being held between 10th – 12th August 2018 at Llancaiach Fawr, in South Wales
There is also a Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BOBpirates/

Next are Rob’s next events to cover

The first is 80’s Post Apoc Madness. It’s after the apocalypse. 1980’s style. Look out for a blending of 80’s fashion, 2000AD, Mad Max and Neverwhere all wrapped up in a party. The event is being held at Fort Widley in Portsmouth. So that’s mad, nuked 80’s apocalypse all wrapped in a Napoleonic Fort. I’m looking forward to it

You can find out more at the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1383023841794325/

Then its time to put on the combats and zoom over to Green Cloaks event 4. We have heard so much good about Green Cloaks that I am delighted to actually be going to an event. At this point it looks as if I am going to be playing a reporter (armed with a trusty blaster) and seeing what I can make of things.

Green Cloaks Event 4 is being held at August 10th – 12th at Broadstone Warren
You can learn more about Green Cloaks at: http://www.greencloaks.co.uk/

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Nerf Resources for LARP – Summer 2018

Nerf Resources for LARP – Summer 2018

Nerf Resource in LARPBook – The Backstory

Our first Nerf article was a short listing of resources regarding how to modify a nerf weapon for use in larp. That was quite a few years ago and its now time to update it.

In case you’re wondering, yes this revisit was inspired by our recent visit to Colony Wars – Nerfed Up Larp.

This time round I also decided to do things a little differently. I thought it might be a good idea to ask the great larp hive for idea.

This question was asked on a number of groups in Facebook:

Hi all, I’m doing some research on Nerf modifications for a future article. What I’m looking for are recommendations for websites on Nerf Modifications. All mods acceptable – can you help?

The resources are all as credited. The descriptive follows a check of each one by myself. Credits exist where we permission to publish the name of the person who has helped us.

The answers came in,

and we know have this updated list of Nerf resources for larp – 2018

Facebook Group: UK Nerf War

Uk Facebook group dedicated to all things nerf. You’ll on going discussions, mods, photos and videos. Note that his is the Facebook feed of UKNERFWAR.COM. More about which in a moment

Credit: Kevin Bullard

Website: UKNERFWAR.COM

The intention is to be one stop site for Nerf onformation and modifications and parts. This site doesn’t actaull have that much on it. Instead it links out to other parts of the UK Nerf War / BritNerf empire which has information on suppliers, events and also a forum. UK Nerf War will also take commisions for Nerf Modification.

Credit: Kevin Bullard

Website: BRITNERF

Linked to from UK Nerf War, Britnerf is straight into a forum that is chokc full of advice and discussions. It also noticed serious attentioon to the subekjct of the law in respect to replica firearms. You won’t just learn about modification. There is a lot here about the whole Nerf hobby.

Credit: Tim Jones

Website: Nerf Haven

A for member website with Nerf game information, forums and discussions. It looks like plenty is going on and anyone time.

Credit: Dazz Jones

Website: Thingiverse

There’s no doubt that 3D printing has come a long way in the last few years. It’s now cheaper and easier to do that ever before. The Nerf modders have been quick off the mark to see the potetial in designing and printing your own Nerf mods. This is were Thingiverse comes in. It holds a enormous catalogue of uploaded 3D models. A quick search for Nerf found an almost enending list of items to designed to make your nerf just the way you want it.

Credit: Tom Bestow

Website: BlasterParts.com

Loved the first impression and design of this Internationally focussed site that provides and absolutely enourmous range of parts, modifications and acessories for blaster. Not just Nerf. Quite a range of alternative brands are also catered for. They also seem very aware to the range of uses that people put nerf too (casual games, office games, larp etc).

Website: RPF

This is primarily a costumes, props and models website. So don’t go expecting wall to wall nerf mods. What there are though are plent of discussion about props that will help your nerf modding. There are also examples of Nerf being turned into something else.

Credit: Krissy Martin

Facebook Group: Australian Nerf Modders

This one is exactly what is says on the tin. An active community with plenty of ideas, photos, links and videos

Facebook Group: Nerf Modders Welcome

A large and highly active group for all things nerf. There are over 11000 members which means you are in for an almost unending stream of infomration and discussion.

Facebook Group: Nerfholics Anonymous

Want another place to talk Nerf – I think you’ve just found it.

Website: Monkee Mods

A Malaysian based shop that ships all over the world. Initial impressions here are that there are a lot of options for the nerf modder.

Website: 1738th Red Wolves

U.S. based shop for Nerf parts, modifications and blasters. It looks like they also take on custom work as well.

Website: Jet Blaster

If you kit blasters and kit parts this could be the site for you. Thre are some really nice looking proudcts here. The main focus seems to be on kits for high end blasters that you can build and modify to your hearts delight. The site is U.S. based but does ship internationally.

Website Nerf SubReddit

There is a goodly sized nerf community on Reddit. If you like Reddit then this could be a good place for you

Website: BlasterSmiths UK

Blastersmiths have been around in the UK for about 5 years. They sell a good range of parts and supplies and also do club items (for exampele I noticed support for both Green Cloaks and Futures End). Custom commisions are also taken and it looks as if this is run via their Facebook Page. I also found the entries on this site useful

Facebook Page: Blastersmiths UK

The Facebook arm of BlasterSmith. Nice posts and also the place to go for commissions.

YouTube

We’ve a had quite few YouTube recommendations, and it’s clear that there is a lot here. So stand by – as I see a Nerf YouTube special coming up in the not too distant future

Source Credits

A number of people have helped by giving me links for this aricle. The ones I know I have permission to use the names for are listed next to credits. If sent me a link and would your name added please let me know. Also if you want your name removed, that is no problem. Please just let me know.

Image Credit

The image used in this post comnes from McHenry Arts. You can find full details of this image and it’s licence here

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Larp in the Aliens Universe at Colony Wars

Larp in the Aliens Universe at Colony Wars

We were invited to Colony Wars Larp, to join up with a band of colonial marines. So Stuart and I travelled to a venue running alongside Stansted airport runway to find out more. What we encountered were colonial marines, morally ambiguous synthetics, apes and giant spiders. It was a good larp.

Of course a good larp, doesn’t say much. So what do I mean.

The Setting

Aliens hints a large number if surveyed worlds, terraforming projects and drops by marines. Couple this with the strong 80’s vibe that permeates the Aliens universe, the existence of the Engineers, and Predators and we have a rich mythos that is lightly explored on screen. This is what Colony Wars tapped into – quite successfully.

Of course one universe is never enough. So for this event the feel and attitude of the Apes from Planet of the Apes is also added. Interestingly the more thoughtful Apes and gung-ho marines made an interesting combination. Also when I say Planet of the Apes this is not a literal taking from the movie. The humanoid apes are there. This variation saw a shamanistic religion being developed by the Ape players. Which is great – just the sort of thing Weyland-Yutani likes exploiting.

Ok so that’s the vibe –

What about the game itself ?

First of all – I loved the Ape masks. These were all specially created for this event and were very comfortable to wear. Instead of having latex in contact with skin, we had the inside of a motorcycle balaclava. Great idea as this a fair more breathable and friendly material. It meant that the masks could be worn all day, which definitely aided immersion.

Next up I’ve got to shout out the guys playing marines. Great combat gear and also a superb level of Nerf modification. My favourite had to be the M41A Pulse Rifle, Made from 3D printed parts mounted over a nerf chassis this really looked and felt the part.

Also the marines and Weyland-Yutani (insert expletive here) staff, put together a great camp with cooking on an open fire. There was a kind of Vietnam feel here and that to me that hit the mark.

The rules themselves were minimal. There were safety considerations and it the outcomes of combat and technology use were quickly apparent. The device of having one of the game refs play a synthetic really helped glue things together.

The Puppets

An aspect to this game that really stood outĀ  was the use puppeteering. It worked like this. In game there were creatures (face huggers and giant spiders) that the players encountered. The actions of these were controlled by a puppeteer who wore black. The idea was that players would focus on the beastie and not on the crew member. This worked supremely well. The players role-played keeping their focus on the creatures and ignored the crew. Speaking to them later it looks as if they were genuinely only observing the puppets.

Oddly during my time playing a spider I found myself remembering and channelling the amazing spiders from Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Children of Time. Brilliant book and seriously recommended.

Colony Wars is a great example of what a small larp can achieve. Good plot, well organised but above all run with the players very much in mind. This was a first class event.

My final view is that of the players and organisers. Fantastic people. Very friendly and I can’t thank them enough for asking us in.

The Photos

Will there be more?

At the end of the game the organisers said no more. This was the last. I later saw the words never say never crop up online. So this is why no link to the organisers. At least no until they say they want to more. Should that happen I’ll be more than happy to report back to you.

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