Colony Wars Nerfed Up Larp 2019 and LARPBook

Colony Wars Nerfed Up Larp 2019 and LARPBook

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
  • Terminator
  • Predator
  • Outland
  • 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.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/104981539567868/

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.

Larp Diaries Summer 2018 – Part 1

Larp Diaries Summer 2018 – Part 1

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

Diary 1

Diary 2

Diary 3

Diary 4

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

Diary 1

Diary 2

Diary 3

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

Diary 1

Diary 2

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

 

Curious Pastimes – ‘Erin: Uile no rud sam bith’ is over

Curious Pastimes – ‘Erin: Uile no rud sam bith’ is over

I’ve arrived home as event 1 for Curious Pastimes 2018 is now over. It’s a sad moment when a larping event comes to its end; but at least we have lots to show you from this one.

First  thought I have say some thank yous. Thanks to Curious Pastimes for letting us come in and do this. We really appreciate it. Also a special mention to the crew time for really making us welcome – you are larpy wonderfulness.  I also want to say a special mention to Oliver Facey, Ric Crossley and Steve Mitchell. A pleasure as always to work alongside you gentlemen.

Now onto the end of the game. It was a tough one for the players, that is to say their enemies were intelligent, crafty and strong. Personally these are always my favourites. Despite the frustration and annoyance of losses – I just feel that is more satisfying to get through the tough times. I’m not sure as I write this of the outcome of the Monday battle. I’ll explain why in a moment but even without that it was clear to see that this was a great event.

This was my first time at a start of season event for Curious Pastimes. It’s smaller in terms of numbers than renewal, but not in atmosphere. Spending time in the bar (the Crimson Moon of course), hanging around camps or following skirmishes it all felt that the smaller numbers did not take away from anything. It felt like a calmer place but in that calm before the storm kind of way. Really nice

I’ve become a sucker for Paccar scout camp. It’s easily becoming a favourite larping venue for me; it is a gorgeous location. And it seems to accommodate Curious Pastimes just right.

There were highlights – like watching the start of Beltane. That was special. The action in the skirmishes were great and I thought the healers did a wonderful job of roleplaying bringing people back from the brink. There was one particularly splendid piece of demonic bad-guy monologging – I really hope we have that on video. Vollsanger did a wonderful job of building up atmosphere, and Moxy the lammie carrying wench had real fun with punters.

Great fun. It was a weekend I loved it.

For a taster here is the first set of photos from this event as we have lots to show you

Curious Pastimes – Halfway Through –  Erin: Uile no rud sam bith

Curious Pastimes – Halfway Through – Erin: Uile no rud sam bith

We’re at Curious Pastimes Event 1 2018, “Erin: Uile no rud sam bith”. This is a halftime report so to speak. It’s Sunday morning. The event started on Friday and ends on Monday.

We’re recording event diaries and at the moment the place to find these is our Facebook page. There will be a post that collates all of these and they will eventually go to YouTube. Right now the live stuff is on Facebook. This is turning out to be a good way of working for us. So expect instant on Facebook, and everything following on here and on YouTube

I haven’t forgotten about Instagram and I’m coming to that. When we photograph an event we try and stay out of peoples faces, so the phone camera doesn’t work so well at distance. This event I’m experimenting with new lenses and a new camera. We’ve had some amazing shots and so that are purely experimental. Either way expect a slew of updates on Instagram as the photos process.

Saturday we met up with a lot of old friends.  There was planning for events coming up. Also I’m getting some special prop work done – I will explain that when it happens (sorry for the tease). It will probably take a few months to complete

Coming up today we are planning to look at some more of the play and we have a plot to make a blacksmithing video.

There’s going to be a battle

And we will be recording some more diaries

It’s been a glorious event so far. I think that’s going to continue

 

Introducing LARPBookMedia.com

Introducing LARPBookMedia.com

The Explanation

I’d like to take a moment to talk to you about LARPBookMedia.com. What you say another LARPBook website. Well yes it is and that is why I need to talk about it.

When we launched the LARPBook Show (and it wasn’t called that then), the idea was simple run a bi-monthly podcast that people could download and listen to. That model perfectly suited the distribution service we picked for the job. That being podbean.com.

Things however have a tendency to get progressively complex. The show’s structure has shifted. We still have a roundtable discussion show. You can subscribe to it and get it on demand via audio download, or streaming, plus of course the LARPBook YouTube Channel. It’s the YouTube channel that is largely behind the move to LARPBookMedia. Our output became not just the podcast, it expanded to include  interviews, specials and video diaries

We really were not creating a podcast anymore. We weren’t really YouTubers in a typical sense either. We were sort of a hybrid.

That was a problem because putting our output into PodBean wasn’t really suitable and LARPBook.com is quite sprawly. Which means it contains everything but is perhaps not the best vehicle for an expanding multimedia library.

Eventually we came to a decision. Let’s build a home that makes it easy to explore the extended show related output.

So that’s what we’ve done.

We’ve built a place to explore the back catalogue, which also supports the feeds necessary to let people subscribe to the show.

 

State of the Project

I’m writing this March 19th 2018. This is where we are with the LARPBookMedia Project.

Our entire show catalogue has been loaded into the site and every episode can be streamed from the site

We have subscription feeds up and running. Depending on which service you use to subscribe to the show you may have to resubscribe. Also if you experience any difficulties with your subscription please let us know and we will do our best to fix it. In theory most subscribers should get continuity but please let us know if there are problems or if you had to resubscribe. This is a transition and such things can be tricky but we will help you out if we know about it.

At the moment all the show audio on LARPBook.com points to podbean. The plan is to change all these to point to the files on LARPBookMedia. At this point this has not been accomplished but it is part of the plan and we’ll get it done as soon as we can.

Although the show is uploaded and are various too video pieces that have not been added. We’ll be looking at that too.

 

The Future

LARPBook.com will continue to be the first port of call for all things LARPBook. Every article, show, photograph is here. We have plans for LARPBook.com that will make it easier to use, whilst adding on an improved feature set. LARPBook.com is the Book of LARP.

LARPBookMedia is the library of shows. It will become the best place to go if you want to explore these. An audio and video library. Go to LARPBookMedia, pour a drink, kick back and enjoy.

 

 

Larpcon Apology

Larpcon Apology

It is with a heavy and this point frozen heart that LARPBook will have to cancel its attendance at Larpcon. Unfortunately at this point all members of the team are snowed in. The chances a thaw before the end of the weekend are very unlikely.
We will miss you all and hope to see as many of you of as possible later this year.
In the hope of some good coming out of this we are willing to offer our promoters table to another larp or another website free of charge. If you are interested in making use of this please let us know as soon as possible.
LARPBook Expands to Video

LARPBook Expands to Video

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.

LARPBook on Soundcloud and some development notes

LARPBook on Soundcloud and some development notes

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:

https://soundcloud.com/larp-book

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

or

https://larpbook.com/crew-call/  – if you are running an event and looking for more crew

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