LARPBook Show Episode 68: The Musical

LARPBook Show Episode 68: The Musical

In this show Stuart and Luke (who mercilessly left Stuart to fend for himself with Ryan Hart initially…..) and then like in most stories involving the Americans, came in at the last minute and took all of the glory…..(guess who’s writing this up…)

Topics of Discussion

  • We talk to Ryan Hart about his immersive theatre show combining LARP and site-specific dance.
  • We talk to Issy and Luke regarding Curious Pastimes

Start of the Show

Ryan and Stuart starting by welcoming all the listeners and Stuart then persuaded Thomas with en -suite migraine to help out for a while. Eventually we all got on line!!

Stuart the asked Ryan about what’s going on with Sinking Ships (an immersive theatre show involving LARP and dance). Ryan then started by stating that they are using LARP as a medium and introducing dance too.
Ryan then went on to say that the immersive theatre show in New York is where the players go into a basement to investigate a scenario (murder mystery), from there the experience then takes a supernatural theme using dance as a medium. Ryan hope that this will appeal to both LARPers and Non larpers a like.

Although Stuart got the concept he didn’t quite get how dance fitted into the scenario. Ryan attempted to explain what he thinks a LARP is, taking into account an interactive experience and also some story line with a cross over into traditional show with the result being an unusual musical hybrid show utilising LARP scenario ideology.

Stuart summed this up by stating that this was basically a really good episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and also said that he was really interested in the concept and also admitted he would really love to do a musical type affair……Luke disagreed!!…..using the medium of song.

Ryan then said that he really wanted to try something different and was tired of the same stereotype LARP event.

All presenters and Ryan then went into Monty python……..and we lost the plot!!.

Ryan then stated he was starting a Kickstarter which will hopefully get interest from many different area and this will be available on the 19th September 2018 on :

Facebook – The Mortality Machine

or:

The Mortality Machine Website

Stuart then went on to say that he really liked the concept that LARP is being used for many different events and that he loves the ideas that he is hearing about.
Stuart then asked Ryan about what he is up to on other projects, these include:

  • An event that is based on the Warriors……. this went down well with Luke!!
  • Ryan sated about Pandemonium a Halloween LARP set in the 80s.

Stuart again summed this up by saying the events are kin to Ready Player One…

Ryan then stated that all the information can be found on the sinking ships creations webpage and sign up for their updates.

Sinking Ship Creations – Events

Curious Pastimes:

In the next part of the show Stuart, Luke and Issy start a conversation on the Curious Past times event to talk about their experience. Stuart then asked what their thoughts were on the event. Luke stated that the event is a big LARP and compared to the other events they have attended, the change was awe inspiring, Stuart then asked Issy what she felt?, Issy the said that having a lot of children of all ages was a bit scary and that it was overwhelming. Issy then went to say that the costumes were amazing and very realistic and commented her favourite was “Cat” (from Red Dwarf) and both agreed that you could just people watch for the whole weekend and not get bored as there was so much to see.

Stuart stated that at the children’s event it was hard to say if the organisers were the good guys or not and Issy said she just fought everyone to keep in with both sides!!

Luke said he loved doing the monstering but as a family there are still slight draw backs to Issys and Charlies ages and although there is plenty to do, Issy felt that some of the fights were geared too much for the children. Stuart commented that when filming he felt that some of the younger kids were hammering the crap out of the monsters which was very amusing when they fought.

Luke did say that he felt CP are inclusive and there are lots of things that can be done and as it was their first year it was always going to be fairly limiting but that if they continue to attend things will get better and all the family can do more as they all get known to the other players.

Luke then stated they had a great time and that although he would change a few things about what they did at the event, he felt they had a great time. Credit was given to the Wolves Faction as they felt they were very welcoming, refs and administration as all parties felt they were exceptional.

Issy and Luke stated that CP they are very focused and that the event is a very successful as a result.

More can be found on the LARPbook FaceBook page and website on the event with photographs and videos:

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This shows image shows Luke during his time Monstering at Curious Pastimes

LARPBook Show Episode 67: Dragon Thrones

LARPBook Show Episode 67: Dragon Thrones

In Episode 67

In this show Stuart and Luke (who typically supports Stuart by having technical issues) speak to Evan from the “Game Theatre Team”.

Topics of Discussion

  • We talk to Evan from the Game Theatre team
  • We talk about BOB and the perils of running an event
  • We also let you know where we are going to be soon
  • Colony Wars

Evan Speaking to us from the USA) re: The Game Theatre and his own events:

Evan who was sporting his traditional roleplay head band bandanna and en-suite red hunky shirt wanted to talk about Dragon Thrones LARP (Not to be confused with the wrestling!!) and Stuart started with the compliment that Evans company amalgamate three types of LARP . Evan went on to say that he sees what they do as like three circles, the first he stated that there is the traditional Nordic type LARP rule light etc, in the second he says Mega Gaming (interactive) and the third is Game Theatre, improv’. He thinks that the mix of the three brings something new and as a result there is more inclusion. He quoted Derek Anderson who wrote about what Dragon Thrones do.

Stuart also stated that he was fascinated that the Game Theatre also include table top in on their events too which really sounded interesting.

Evan went on to say that they establish real external and character relationships to ensure inclusion and this really works and motivates them. The game then is run in real time with support in many ways to ensure the personal story and the main game becomes immersive in many ways and levels.

http://dragonthronesgame.com/

Unfortunately Stuarts Geography gotten all messed up as initially when he read Bryn Mawr he thought it was a lot more local than it was….but we set him straight on that!! Evans Bryn Mawr Castle is in the beautiful suburbs of Philadelphia.

Other Games

Evan also runs other games as well as Dragon Thrones and went on to say about Off Broadway Interactive shows for new players which have been very successful. One he mentioned was “aces and operatives” a 007 style event. At this stage he also mentions “Bothwell School of Witchcraft” and his director Christopher Batarlis.

https://www.bothwellschoolofwitchcraft.com/

He then went to say about “ Midnight Millions” based on the “Brewster’s Millions” film which is party LARP. Here you are interacting with actors and is a murder mystery type LARP.

https://www.theatermania.com/shows/new-york-city-theater/off-off-broadway/midnight-millions_317754

Evan also do one offs and all are available on their website And talked about:

https://www.cursedcastlegame.com/

Evan stated that if anyone has an idea or want to run an event he is ready to go! And he will provide a first class immersive LARP. Contact Game Theatre NOW!!. Evan then quoted Everything Epic:

https://www.everythingepic.us/

Evans plans for the next six months:

First player go convention inspired by 80’s arcade games in December 2018:

https://www.firstplayergo.com/

Cursed castle in January 2019

https://www.cursedcastlegame.com/

With summer events in 2019 tbc.

Evan also talks about Primera Air (his favourite airline….NOT)

https://primeraair.co.uk/

and he also gave more websites:

http://gametheater.com/

Stuart and Luke then discuss the Brotherhood of the Black at Llancaiach Fawr:

http://your.caerphilly.gov.uk/llancaiachfawr/content/welcome-llancaiach-fawr

https://www.brotherhood-of-the-black.co.uk/

Both discussed that for the first event it went very well reaching out to the local area and introducing LARPing, medieval enactment and cosplay are all together.

Luke then discussed Bell End and the new flag it flys:

http://www.sleewee.com/require-tug-signal-flag.php

The crimson moon pub:

http://www.crimson-moon.co.uk/

Luke and Stuart really enjoyed the event and are looking forward to next year.

Where we (LARPbook team) are going to be in the next few months:

https://curiouspastimes.co.uk/
August event “Renewal”.

The team will publish all events they are attending as there are so many!!

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This Post was Written by Luke Pitt. All hail Lukious Pittious Maximous

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

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

You can stream, download or subscribe to this show at: LARPBook Media

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 these  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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LARPBook Show Episode 65: Lukes Bell End

LARPBook Show Episode 65: Lukes Bell End

Of Time Zones

In this episode we were due to be joined by Ryan Hart and Josh Knox of Sinking Ship Creations. Which would have been very appropriate as episode 65 was to see the completion of our latest prize draw. A ticket to the One Big Larp, Six Studios conference later this year. It turned out Ryan was an hour late so we talked and ran the prize draw regardless.

Now a guest from the USA being 1 hour late has happened before. In fact its happened more than once so I looked into why does Google give people the wrong time. I think you may like the answer. So I’ll take a moment to talk about it.

We live in the U.K. and as such we always think of ourselves as being on GMT. It’s the native Brits timezone of choice. Greenwich Mean Time – the start of all timezone calculations. That as it turns out is the problem. In the Summer we move clocks forward one hour for British Summer Time. In the UK we think of British Summer TIme as marking the start and end of Summer. However it turns out it does more.

That’s because since 1984 the standard for measuring time has been UTC (Universal Coordinated Time). That’s the standard Internet time beats too. Under UTC both GMT and BST are separate time zones. GMT is still the start of timezone calculations (UTC+0). BST however is UTC+1. It is one hour ahead of GMT.

So if you ask Google to show the time for GMT. You’ll only get the right time for half the year. For the other half you’ll be one hour behind.

So it looks like we need to apologise to our guests for saying we are on GMT. We should say we are on London time or UTC+0 or perhaps GMT in Winter and BST in summer.

Hopefully that explains all.

Sorry to our International guests

Our Competition Winner

The winner of our prize draw to win a ticket for  One Big Larp, Six Studios. Is  Gill Edgar. Gill we will be in touch shortly to arrange your ticket.

The Hour Long Conversation

Not counting the prize draw we had a good hour long conversation. This was massively aided by our wonderful chat room, Here is what we talked about

Thom needs Rico – Thom was unable to attend to a mysterious message about having a problem with a bug. We immediately thought of Starship Troopers and that perhaps Thom needed the Roughnecks to help him out.

Lukes purchase of an Emperor (8m) Bell Tent. A massive erection that looks more capable of housing a few tents (or zeppelins) inside it. Yes we made some fun but we also had a chance to talk tents and that was good

Brotherhood of the Black. This is a pirate festival that Luke is involved in the running in Nelson, South Wales this August. He gives a good accounting of what is planned

There was also a good bit of chat about our early Role Playing experiences.

All the rambling changed when Ryan came on

Ryan Hart

Ryan is from Sinking Ship Creations. He’s well known in Larp and an excellent thinker on the subject. We pretty much gave Ryan a platform to say what we wanted and what he had to say was fascinating. There was talk about how Larps interact in the US and also interactively. I was personally enthused as he came back with an idea that could actually save and international larp idea of my own that has been stuck in development hell. Thank you Ryan.

I’d recommend you watch Ryans segment if nothing else. Its well worth it

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LARPBook  Show 64: All Moxy All The Time

LARPBook Show 64: All Moxy All The Time

First of I’d like to say a big thank you to our new sponsor. Episode 64 of the show introduces Larp Inn as a sponsor; and we welcome this move as it will make running LARPBook easier as we receive more income. Easier translates to more larps so that can only be a good thing.

Of course that means I can now say – and here is a word from our sponsor (always wanted to say that)

Are you looking for top quality larping gear? Then look no further than larpinn, Larp Inn is one of the UK’s largest online shops for the Live Action Roleplaying hobby. their Telford based warehouse ships Larp Costume, Larp Armour, Larp Weapons and Larp Accessories all over the UK and abroad. They also operate a showroom where you can drop by and pick up an order, try out a costume or feel the weight of a new larp weapon they also frequently trade at events, so go and take a look at what they have to offer over at www.larpinn.co.uk and say that LARPBook sent you!

This episode is all about the the weekend that started on Friday May 4th. In the UK that’s a bank holiday – to everyone outside of the Uk that means most people get the following Monday off work. Making it a great weekend to Larp on.  Not just larps as lots of other things also go on so…

Talking About Curious Pastimes and Brixham Pirate Festival

Rob and Stu spent the weekend at Curious Pastimes Event 1

Luke went to the Brixham Pirate Festival.

This show is really us talking about these two events in detail. That and we make fun of each other as well. Especially over Lukes Bar Tab at the Crimson Moon Larp bar. Much was said about how much we may or may not have spent on Lukes behalf.

As befits such a weekend we have lots of links to the events and other people who covered them..

The Links

Curious Pastimes the Gaelic one
https://curiouspastimes.co.uk/

Brixham Pirate Festival
http://brixhampirates.com/

Brotherhood of the black (BOB)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/BOBpirates/

Oliver Facey Gallery
http://gallery.oliverfacey.co.uk/

Steve Mitchell
https://www.facebook.com/steve.mitchell3/photos_albums

Ric Crossley – Slender Pictures
https://www.facebook.com/slenderpictures/

 

Events

There are now events coming in thick and fast so here are two in the UK for your consideration

Green Cloaks Event 1
May 11, Friday – May 13, Sunday
Broadstone Warren Scout Camp and Activity Centre

Convergence Wyverns Tales – annual big event
May 25, Friday – May 27, Sunday
Huntley Wood, Cheadle, Stoke-on-Trent

 

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LARPBook Show Episode 63: Ambrose……Mmmmm

LARPBook Show Episode 63: Ambrose……Mmmmm

Twilight Realms

This is very much a Twilight Realms show. On the preceding weekend Stuart, Thom and Rob went to the Twilight Realms event Shard. We were Videographer, Player and Crew, respectively. The first part of this show covers our experience of this event. If you’d like to know more we also have an article that covers that game in some detail.

Thanks were given out to Kelly – who not only provided sumptuous catering but also the Saris used by the Harem. Expect to learn more about her in a future post.

Reality Bleed Through

We then went into the subject of modern day morales bleeding into a game. We had the feeling that perhaps we often see modern ideas of fair play and ways of addressing people in larp (particularly Fantasy or Historical), that don’t make sense in the context of the setting. As a group we really feel it does happen. The good news is that the chat room confirmed that they try and avoid this in their games. We also had the feeling that there is some inevitability in that during larp we rarely truly leave who we are behind.

The revelation from Rob that he is offended by not being offended by modern music came in the form of a rant.

Events

Brotherhood of the Black

Pirate Festival 10/08/2018 to 12/08/2018 – https://www.brotherhood-of-the-black.co.uk
At Llanciach Fawr 16th Century Manor – There is camping but MUST CONTACT FIRST.

Balrog Gaming – Deliverance

23rd – 27th of August, at Barnswood Scout Camp. £100 to play or monster. Bunks and Camping
http://www.balrog.co.uk/

Arcardia Larp

24th – 27th of August at Caddihoe Scout Camp – Devon
http://www.arcadialarp.com/

 

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Jackalope Live Action Studios: A Night in Question – AMA

Jackalope Live Action Studios: A Night in Question – AMA

We’ve run interviews before. This one with Jackalope Studios Matthew Webb and Steve Metze was a little different in that it was setup as a response to an AMA. Jackalope already had setup an AMA event, but unfortunately due to the difference in timezone. That meant that the LARPBook team couldn’t attend. From that it also follows that we probably weren’t the only people on this side of the pond who missed it.

So asked and wonderfully they said yes to doing one with us.

It turned out to have been a great idea. We got a chance to talk about larp meta techniques, the Sabbat, Vampire, White Wolf and what was planned for A Night in Question.

Of course since our guests were Texan it would have been rude not to talk about guns…

It wasn’t all plain sailing. Luke gave the Texans a true feeling of Britishness. That is he truly reminded them that they are a bunch of raggedy colonials. Please never ever vote in Luke as Prime Minister!

That’s enough preamble. Enjoy our Vampire Interview.

LARPBook Show Episode 61: Tooth Out

LARPBook Show Episode 61: Tooth Out

In this episode I’m absent following a tooth extraction. Of course the team take some time out of the show to have plenty fun with the idea of a mouth numbed Rob unable to talk or drink. (the swines!).

The team take quite a bit of time talking about their findings and experiences at this years What’s Your Game Kit Fair. Luke is having his eyes opened to larp beyond fantasy. There is  a lot of reminiscing about the fair, and the main thrust is that it is incredible and very highly recommended.

A larping group in the US have bought some new property. Do you want to know more: http://www.wiscnews.com/juneaucountystartimes/news/local/article_bfe7389d-f09b-5d80-8ae8-b8f82734bcf8.html. The team love stories about larping groups gaining property. It’s a great sign of the hobby maturing and growing that many larpers are now buying and running their own.

We also learn that Luke allegedly thinks that Gary Gygax is an incarnation of pure evil (sounds legit).

Which allows for a neat little segue into the terrors that guys have faced at the hands of D&D DM’s over the years.

And then

We also take a look at an article in Wired which looks at some ‘Hardcore’ ie – very well equipped larpers. If you’d like to know more take a look at this gallery: https://www.wired.com/story/photo-gallery-larping/

A special mention must go to the chat room who were just great for this episode. Thank you.

 

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