Video: We Tried a to Compare A PVC Bow Against a Wooden Bow

Video: We Tried a to Compare A PVC Bow Against a Wooden Bow

One of our targets for LARPBook has been to make more larp related videos over and above the regular monthly show.  We had the idea of comparing a rather nice redwood flatbow against a PVC Pipe Bow. Just to put out some pros and cons for people looking at getting into larp archery and wondering where to start.

After all budgets are not infinite and use of archery does set a certain tone for a character, and that’s regardless of genre. Be it fantasy, or for example post apoc; the archer is a very definite figure.  So is it best to make a get a cheap bow or should those pennies be saved for something a bit more expensive.

This is what happened

 

Ok so not what we had in mind. The pipe literally buckled part way through stringing it.

So Then We Captured Some Thoughts on that

 

And Finally

We never got to do our test. Simply because the structure of a PVC bow failed. I’m not saying the bow is bad as during the time I’ve used it I’ve got off some great shots (and some terrible ones), and had a great time. Immediately on posting the video on Facebook we had comments about the ills of this type of bow, and also remedies.

I’ve thought about those and I still the hollow tube that is the Pipe Bow I can see as a problem. However I stand by the idea that if I needed to quickly and cheaply equip a big team of archers – the budget option makes sense.

Will I get a another bow – almost certainly, and we may do more with archery in the future as it’s a great and fun skill to develop in larp

Addendum: The Rob-O-Meter

The bow vs bow video see’s the first outing of the Rob-O-Meter. We’ll be using this in the future to suggest how well made / strong things on a 1 to 10 scale. Where 1 is really easy to break and 10 is nigh on indestructible. So we’ll call 10’s – vibranium.

For those who are wondering why Rob-O-Meter. Well amongst the team, many friends, and family I have a reputation of destruction on a Kaiju like scale. Basically I have a medical condition that’s makes me a little unsteady on my feet. Couple that to an innate clumsiness and good upper body strength and we can see that this not a good combination. Accidental destructions include

  • Tables
  • Chairs
  • Stair Banisters
  • Walls
  • A long list of cooking implements
  • Various computer components
  • and most recently a larp bow

We’ll be developing the Rob-O-meter as we go on with our videos.

And yes – I do have some personal possessions made of titanium (Vibranium being hard to find)

Curious Pastimes – Warming Up to the 2018 Season.

Curious Pastimes – Warming Up to the 2018 Season.

The larping season pushes on and we’ll soon be at Curious Pastimes again. For the last two years we’ve covered the Renewal event and this has been so successful that the plan is to cover a minimum of two events (more if we can get away with it).

So I thought in order to honour this why not publish something that will warm up our coverage and give you a different view of this larp.

Which is why I’m offering up two videos from Slender Pictures for your enjoyment. These should give you another view of last years events. The first is for Event 1. The second covers the whole of the 2017 season.

If you want more Curious Pastimes. Don’t forget not only do we have coverage but you really should look up Oliver Facey and Steve Mitchell. Two ace photographers who do a fantastic job.

 

Event 1 – 2017 Season

The 2017 Season

So that’s what this big game is like. We’ll see you at Curious Pastimes in 2018

All images and video in this post are via Slender Pictures

I’m a bit of a fan of the work done by Slender Pictures. If you’d like to know more you can find them at:

https://www.facebook.com/slenderpictures/

 

 

If you want to know more about Curious Pastimes then please follow this link

https://curiouspastimes.co.uk/

Twilight Realms Larp: Shard

Twilight Realms Larp: Shard

Welcome to Shard. This event by Twilight Realms Larp was played om the weekend starting 6th April 2018. LARPBook was there and we covered it in a 3 pronged attack

  • Thomas: Was a Player
  • Rob: Was Crew (and took some photos)
  • Stuart: Walked around watching and taking a lot of video footage.

You’ll be seeing photos and videos. If you’d like to hear a discussion take a look at the LARPBook Show Episode 63, with audio here and video here.

Let’s Start with a Trailer

A Little More About Twilight Realms

Also known affectionately as TR by its players. Twilight Realms started at the turn of the century as a world building larp. All the initial players had a hand in developing nation states set in the World of Tempress. A world with a somewhat violent history where Priests and Sorcerers had fought for control and it had not worked out well. Nations were left separated by hard to heal rifts and trade had all but broken down. The story starts about 100 years after this apocalypse with an attempt to restore trade and trust between nations.

So started a campaign that ran for 10 years ( i know I was at the tenth anniversary party). This period created a vast amount of lore that today still informs and has an impact on the direction and content of the current game.

Then there was a hiatus for a few years

Then Twilight Realms the next generation started.

This time there was a central world referee and world plot controller. Set 10 years after the original campaign this new series of events follows a group of character caught in world shaking events that if not left unchecked may very well lead the world once again down a very dark path.

This reset is very much like a Fantasy RPG where players find themselves in a continuously evolving story that is played out in a rolling campaign. Each event follows on from the last. Many of the player characters are new and learning secrets not known to many. Some of the players bring characters from the first run. With all the baggage that can entail.

This is big scale heroic high fantasy.

 

Shard

Let’s talk about the event itself, Shard.

The name describes a Shard – a piece of a stone imbued with the powers of a God, It’s existence sends the players on a quest to gather more of its parts and in so doing create a weapon that will help them against a growing supernatural threat that is bringing war and terror to the world.

TR plays it’s games over a Friday and Saturday. Starting Friday evening. Playing all day Saturday with a social gathering at the end of the event. Sunday is breakfast, chat and clean up time. It’s a format that has worked well and creates a relaxed larping environment.

I’ve been thinking about how to best describe this game. I certainly had a very good time, with some excellent stand out scenes. I also firmly believe that everyone playing will remember their own set of scenes they loved. I’m also aware that parts of this game contain plot spoilers for the next event. I want to avoid those. So here is the plan. I’m going to describe my favourite moments and then show you a couple of photo galleries and video diaries that we shot during the game. This I hope will give you an idea.

Magic Moments

I was given the chance to bring back to life an old NPC. An Elven Priest and Alchemist determined to monitor and protect the purity of his race. He’s also a bit of a political animal and will sometimes do unexpected things if he see’s useful knowledge coming out of them.  Fortunately to the players he also follows orders from the King – which helped get around some problems. With this character I loved his chance to meet up with an old Player Character enemy that he really did not like or trust. That was fun, but not as much as roleplaying the blessing of a feast and letting  my inner evangelist came out to play. Hands were waved so hard in the air there was a chance of actually taking off.

Next up I was playing a freedom fighter who’s band had just captured some enemy soldiers on the retreat. We had a chance to warm up before the players found us. In this time we looked at ways to restrain our captives, we mocked up on how to look violent and created character roles. We wanted both sides of this exchange to have personalities. So we talked, joked and experimented. When the time came to interact with the players everything was established and things flowed beautifully.

Part of the prep involved menacing small talk about the weather as a foul means of torture.

The scene ended with a battle between a legionary shield wall and a small band of fighters. it was great stuff.

The Harem

This has to stand up as something exceptional. We ended up playing the butchest Harem in history. A keenness to wield swords had left us more than little low on female crew for a planned harem scene. No problem a mostly all male crew donned sari’s practiced sashaying, tried out seductive voices and put on our sexiest poses. If you watch the show that goes with this article you’ll hear the name Ambrose mentioned. Simply because he was not only an awesome woman, but a wonderful leader of  our harem. Thank you Ambrose. Also my apologies to both players and referees. We had a bit too much fun in our dresses. Some of those who encountered us may very well be in need of counselling.

Gallery 1 – Photographs from LARPBook

The Twilight Realms Gallery

The Video Diaries

The Credits

  • Article: Rob Davies
  • LARPBook Still Photography: Rob Davies
  • LARPBook Video: Stuart Edwards
  • Twilight Realms Still Photography: Charlotte Blakemen

 

 

Cyberpunk Larp: United We Stand

Cyberpunk Larp: United We Stand

United We Stand is a cyberpunk larp that ran on the 10th March 2018 at Bravo One in Birmingham (UK). This isn’t a review – its more of a gallery with event information. When Roberto from the event asked us if he could submit an event gallery; well  I jumped at the chance and we now have a great gallery and some more information for you. I’ll start with the visuals, before moving to the event background and news of another larp later this year.

The Gallery

About United We Stand

This is a Broken Dream Larp. Broken Dreams have been assembling some powerful and interesting larps. Right one The Quota is has broken into mainstream press coverage in the UK. Look to the end of this article for a links section. United We Stand is the first Tenement 67 game from this group. Tenement 67 are cyperpunk games. Here’s an official description of the setting for this event.

It’s December 2039, the general strike against corporate employment is now in full effect. In Tower One the intra block media network pushes the corporate agenda, these strikers are criminals who have taken over and over again but refuse to give back by simply doing their jobs. The board rooms have been left with no choice but to authorise the deployment of Heinreiter mediators to resolve the dispute by any means necessary.

 

If it was not for the daily rallies and support meet ups you’d think nothing was going on in the Tenements, gangs still via for control of ever smaller territory, the stim still flows and the beats keep on pounding.

 

Ever vigilant the Humanitarian Workers Union are watching the shadows for Fixers, Heinreiter filth and the worst of all scabs and turncoats. With tensions high there have been instances of violence against the wrong parties and backlashes by threatened Fixers. It isn’t the revolution they wanted but it’s the one the Union is getting.

 

As a Union rally gathers for days protest unseen enemies circle in the crowd amongst those on the periphery just trying to get through the day. These are certainly uncertain times in the tenements and you don’t need to be one of the wise to notice things feel like they are about to kick off.

Learn More

If this whetted your appetite or you are just a little curious these are the links you need

Tenement 67: Tales from the Tenements Website

https://rob8153.wixsite.com/t67-tales

Broken Dreams Larp  – Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/Broken-Dreams-larp-794510067350647/

Web Page for The Quota

https://www.quota.cymru/

Tenement 67 Event 3

If this has given you some enthusiasm for entering a cyberpunk world then you don’t have to wait too long for the next one. Event 3 – The Price we pay is scheduled for November 10th 2018. Bookings Open in April 2018 and the cost of the event is £45.

 

All photographs used in this article are copyright Ara McBay

The Larp Adventure Program

The Larp Adventure Program

We’re big fans of larp gallerries. We’re also very into publishing information about larps for children or youths.

So when the Larp Adventure Program contacted us with some of their photographs; a gallery and some links just had to be done.

Before the photographs here is some information about the larp adventure program

The larp adventure program runs larp events for Youth at various camps in the United States. These are full immersion larps for 10 – 18 year olds. The goals are great so I’m going to quote these.

We promote and preserve the value of imagination and play through nurturing community that encourages self expression. We are committed to fostering the joy of life.  We do this by the methodologies of multiple intelligences, multiple literacies, 21st century skills, immersive storytelling and transformational experiences. Our goal is to create global community spaces that offer world class experiences.

Its use of larp to promote thinking, living, imagination and literacy in more ways than one.

Photographs from the Larp Adventure Program

 

UK LARP Awards Winners: 2018

UK LARP Awards Winners: 2018

Winners and Runners Up of the 2018 UK Larp Awards

Player Run/Sanctioned Event of the Year

  • Empire – No Return – Winner
  • Greencloaks – 98th – King’s Keep – Runner Up

Club System of the Year

(For Larp groups and clubs that meet regularly, rather than running 1-4 events a year)

  • Fools & Heroes – Winner
  • Cuckoos Nest LARP – Runner Up

Player of the Year

(to be awarded to someone who makes Larp better for everyone as a player, rather than as crew member/event organiser)

  • Jeanette Ng – Yael 1st Empress reborn – Winner
  • Mark Hulmes – Runner Up

Bard of the Year

  • Iain Sewell – Vollsanger – Winner
  • Golden Apple – Runner Up

Small Larp of the Year

(less than 30 players)

  • Hades – Winner
  • The World Went Dark – Runner Up

Medium Larp of the Year

(30-100 players)

  • ReGenesis – Winner
  • Heathen – Runner Up

Large Larp of the Year

(over 100 players)

  • Future’s End – Winner
  • Empire – Runner Up

Family Event of the Year

(involves under 16’s)

  • Empire – Winner
  • Outcast – Runner Up

Grassroots System of the Year

(bringing new players into the hobby)

  • Future’s End – Winner
  • Fools & Heroes – Runner Up

New Larp of the Year

(debut event run after the 1st of February 2017)

  • Strange Larp – Winner
  • Tenement 67 – Runner Up

Larp Producer of the Year – Foam/Latex

  • Offa Studio – Winner
  • Light Armouries – Runner Up

Larp Producer of the Year – Leather

  • White Rose -Winner
  • VeeLeather – Runner Up

Larp Producer of the Year – Costume

  • Mark Cordory – Winner
  • Chow’s Emporium – Runner Up

Larp Caterer of the Year

  • Mandala LRP @ Curious Pastimes Lions banquet – Winner
  • Caggles Catering Corps – Runner Up

Creature Costume of the Year

  • Lions Faction at Curious Pastimes – Mandala’s stone golem costume Logrin – Winner
  • Irregular Props – Drake Costume – Runner Up

On-line Retailer of the Year

  • Clutter-buys – Winner
  • Darkblade – Runner Up

In-field Retailer of the Year

  • Das shoppe – Winner
  • Having A Larp – Runner Up

Larp Site of the Year

(New for 2018)

  • Gunman Airsoft Eversley – Winner
  • Paccar – Runner Up

NPC of the Year

  • Al Bevan – Twigg Spitter – Lorien Trust – Bards – Winner
  • Mark Fitt – Isaac Hulce – Lorien Trust – Harts – Runner Up

Event Crew Member of the Year

  • Clare Evans – Empire – Winner
  • Katie (Bug) Rodgers – Empire, Hades, Jurassica + – Runner Up

Mainstream Event of the Year

(For things that aren’t actually Larp but have a lot of Larp crossovers, like escape rooms, horror events or Secret Cinema’s)

  • Grange Live Gaming / Heroblast Acadamy / Bravo One – Winner
  • LarpCon – Runner Up

Photograph – Judge’s choice – Unit

  • Clan Na Cladach — Winner
  • Clan McCaullich — Runner – up

Photograph – Judge’s choice – General

  • Holding the Gate — Winner
  • All alone — Winner Runner – up

Overall Larp of the Year

  • Hades — Winner
  • Future’s End — Runner – up

 

Project Ascension – An Immersive Cyberpunk Larp

Project Ascension – An Immersive Cyberpunk Larp

Project Ascension got in touch with us back at the start of February and I was instantly excited. Not because it was going to be all about a big budget high immersion larp. No because this was going to be all of those things and Cyberpunk.

And there’s me the 80’s throwback who remembers drinking in a bar were William Gibson was holding court and receiving gifts of really bad ties. I am an old school fan of the genre.

Taking a look a look was not a hard thing to do. So I did and promised that we would cover Project Ascension. Then my progress got slowed down by a busy day job and a bad dose of the flu. But an old school cyberpunk is never stopped. Just slowed down a little.

It turned out that Project Ascension would have no problems with ticket sales. At the time of writing they appear to be sold out.

However its still important that we take a look, and here is why.

First of all they have a very good design document and a lot of visual references for players. To me its really important that a larp projects its identity before it is run. That’s the best way to ensure that all the players make the right kind of preparations.

The design document says a lot about the environment of the game and 360 immersion (basically everything is in game), that to me is sound. It has clarity.

Also despite being a genre game Project Ascension has a clear set of identities. Few things annoy me more than (for example), when someone pulls the concept of ‘An Elf’ from one fictional universe to other.

They are a goodly number of tropes in Cyberpunk but I think Project Ascension has set out its stall  solidly enough to prevent concept bleed from one universe to another.

This feels like a solidly planned game.

I’ll put links to the Project Ascension website and also the Facebook page for Sinking Ship Creations – the wonderful people behind this.

But first some photos…

Pittsburgh City Paper – “LARPing is more than a side hobby”

Pittsburgh City Paper – “LARPing is more than a side hobby”

This is more of a link than an article.

We’re putting it up as it shows that an increasing range of people aren’t just thinking about larp, they are in fact actively taking it more seriously. This article shows one of the reasons for this. Someone making a business from larp. It’s easy enough to laugh off something when its a enthusiasts doing something in their spare time you don’t get. It’s much harder to ignore a business that can be international in scope.

Please note the image used comes from the original article and is owned by its copyright holder.

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