LARPBook is getting involved in Larp Production
Back in June Stu and I attended Colony Wars – it was our first time at a Colony Wars event, and we had a great time.
If Want to Know More about that event click here
And if you want to know more about an earlier iteration….
This led to a conversation between ourselves and Ram, the man behind Colony Wars Nerfed Up Larp. In short he was wondering if we would be interested in co-producing the next event?
Well that was an easy one to answer. It had to be a resounding yes!
We knew that we could get one well with Ram, and we believe that his use of classic SF movies is creating an incredibly rich backdrop to play against.
It also fitted into our plans. For a while now we’ve been talking in hushed tones about running a convention or maybe a game. This offer kicked us from how should we into “lets do this” mode. Gotta thank Ram for that.
What to expect from the game
Colony Wars draws its inspiration from the Colonial Marines from Aliens and then adds in other sources to create a rich universe. For the game we’re working on you expect inspirations drawn from
- The Aliens Franchise
- Space Above and Beyond
And no doubt others. But that’s enough for now
The plan is to take this background and create something that will be appealing to experienced larpers, but crucially very accessible to new players. For new players we’ll be putting together
- How to information
- Weapons and maybe prop rentals or purchases
- Assistance with getting costume on a budget
The aim to reduce the cost of a first larp – so as to encourage people to try.
When, Where and How Much
We’re looking for the game to run next June. The current favourite date is 21st – 23rd of June 2019
The Venue is very close to Stansted Airport
The price £35 per person although be aware that there may be some additional costs. We will detail all of these as the game develops. So that everyone will now what they are getting into.
How Do I Learn More
Right know there is an active Facebook group.
You should go there for the community and immediate information.
We’re building a website to support next years game. This will include online ticket sales. We’ll announce that sites address shortly
Also look to LARPBook itself for an ongoing development blog and special video features
2019 – is going to be a great year.
It’s the start of August and we’re about halfway through our Summer larping schedule. You may have noticed that along the way we’ve been keeping video diaries. So I thought it might be a good idea to group them together in an attempt to give a flavour of the summer so far.
Let’s Start with what we have done
I have 3 larps to show you diaries from so lets put them into a order for you
- Curious Pastimes Event 1 (2018): Ule No Rud Sam Bith
- Fear of the Dark: A Fistful of Pesos 2 (AKA For a Few Pesos More)
- Colony Wars:Nerfed Up Larp – Summer 2018 Event
That’s 3 distinct and cool genres – High Fantasy, Western, and Science Fiction
Curious Pastimes Event 1
At least two of these were shot quite late at night. It’s not that we’re vampires or anything. It’s more to do with the fact that our days are quite packed at Curious Pastimes now that we’re part of the media crew there. Also the night time entries give us a chance to sum up the day as a whole.
Do you want to know more?
Here’s a 9 video long play list for this event
Fear of The Dark: A Fistful of Pesos 2
A little look behind the scenes. There was a 4th diary set in the games bunk room. However we had a few technical difficulties with that one so we had to abandon it.
Do You Want to Know More?
Here’s our review of the event
Colony Wars: Nerfed Up Larp
Only two diaries from the this larp – but there were plenty of other videos and photos that came out of it.
Do You Want to Know More?
Here’s the Colony Wars: 2018 play list
You have noticed from the two badges that today have appeared on the site that we now have channels on Twitch.TV and YouTube.
I’ll just talk about these for a moment to let you know what is going on. Ever since we started the Podcast earlier this year our presenters have felt that video would add something to the presentation (apart from being able to see our faces). It would let us show and do more than we can on an audio only broadcast. That said the Podcast is staying and we aim to make sure that always works when you are listening to it. Listening offers much more flexibility than viewing. We also want to be true to our Podcast listeners.
So over the last couple of months we’ve been testing different ways of adding YouTube and Twitch. We’ve also had a good long look at live audio streaming too. Live audio hasn’t happened yet – but live video has.
Our first experiment was on Sunday May 31st – with one presenter limping in from a LARP event and another ducking into view whilst trying to avoid unpacking his car following a holiday. Despite this the show was fun and the format seemed to work. We will of course try to improve things in the future.
These channels will be used for the current podcast and any other Larping related shows we can come up with. There is also the possibility of one off videos on the YouTube channel – and this would allow us to add custom video more easily to the website.
So looking to the future lots of talking, writing and video to come your way.
It’s time to talk about the continuing developments in LARPBook, and I’ll start with the podcast.
The podcast seems to have a dedicated following and so we’ll be continuing to add episodes and to make it easier to download or stream.
We’ve just added Soundcloud on as a distribution point for the podcast. You can find us at:
At the moment we have 2 episodes available on Soundcloud and we’ll make sure that all new episodes are uploaded as and when they become available.
Now it’s time to talk about the LARPBook website. Regular readers may have noticed a decrease in the rate of posting recently. This has nothing to do with any lack of commitment in case you are worried. It is far more to do with the fact that I am looking to write longer and deeper articles for the site. The knock on effect of this is fewer articles. When I say trying to write bigger articles that does not mean to say that we’ll not be doing quick videos, comments or events. All of these things are very important to LARPBook. It just means that there will periods of low activity and periods of high activity. I hope the result if pleasing to you. If not please let me know via the feedback forms or Facebook page. One thing that myself or any or the editorial team will always do is listen to our readers and listeners views.
We are still hoping to encourage more writers. So if you’d like to write about LARP please get in touch. We have a section on the website about writing for us at: https://larpbook.com/contribute-to-larpbook/ if you’d like more information.
I’d also love to see more event information. If you have an event you’d like to plug please use our contact forms at:
https://larpbook.com/register-event-details/ to register a larp event with us
https://larpbook.com/crew-call/ – if you are running an event and looking for more crew