LARPBook Show Episode 53: The Orchestra Plays On

LARPBook Show Episode 53: The Orchestra Plays On

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Episode 53 and we cram more people into our chat room than ever before. That’s a grand total of 4 guests and 3 presenters. We start on two presenters as Rob arrived late due to travel getting in the way of getting online.

 

Our guests were

  • Alessandro Giovannucci
  • Oscar Biffi
  • Maria Guarneri
  • Chiara Locatelli

What they have in common is being part of the Italian Southern way of writing larps and membership to the same larping organisations. If you’d like to know more – take a look at these links

This turned the show into an exploration of the Southern Way of writing larps, an understanding of Cresceno Giocoso (The Book), and coverage of New Atlantis. We got to find out the state of Italian larp and a little about how the thoughts of Italian and UK larpers differ, We also strayed into “what is a chamber larp”. In the UK we have no rule larps; but chamber larp is less common  – so it was worthwhile to have a discussion about this.

There was a nice celebration when we heard that on the day of broadcast Crescendo Giocoso had made its KickStarter target.

After this we ran a segment on upcoming UK Larps. Before I list these I also need to mention that Larp Events is looking to list larps in countries beyond the UK.  So if you are not in the UK but want to be part of a growing larp resource then please contact: http://www.larpevents.co.uk/

June 2nd – June 4th 2017

Frail Realities
Location
Consall Scout Camp
Blakely Lane
Dilhorne
Stoke-on-Trent
Staffordshire
ST10 2PS
United Kingdom

June 17th 2017

Single Day Adventure
Neothera Saga
Location
Woodburry Common
Woodburry
Devon
EX9 7BS

June 2nd – June 4th 2017

Lost and Found E1: Road to Nowhere
Contact Info [email protected]

June 30th – Jul 2nd 2017

Chrysalis
Ascendancy LRP
Location
Candleston
Merthyr Mawr Road
Merthyr Mawr
Bridgend
CF32 0LS

June 2nd – June 4th 2017

Erda: Event II – Infestation Location Giants Seat Ringley Road West Radcliffe Manchester Greater Manchester M26 1EW

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LARPBook Show Episode 52: “Air Conditioning Ninjas”

LARPBook Show Episode 52: “Air Conditioning Ninjas”

In this episode we have Dennis from Larpforge as our special guest. We discover that Dennis isn’t just the maker of the Nuka Break’er hammer (that’s a personal favourite of mine so I had to give it a mention), but he also knows a lot about larp. In addition to our planned subjects we talk a lot about larp food, and its importance, larp drink and generally staying healthy during an event.

Our planned discussions for this episode were

From the Chat Rooms

For this episode the chat rooms were nice and active. One member was looking for a Game of Thrones Larp in the USA. This is what we found:

Game of Throne Larp
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1719515628/dragon-thrones-the-medieval-fantasy-weekend-experi

The chatter White Walker gave us the use our image for these show notes – take a look – it is a larp costume and not a cosplay. Thank You White Walker (never thought I get to say thank you to a White Walker!),

Stuart has been working with Larpages – and we hope to do more with Larpages in the future. If you haven’t heard of Larpages its a UK based site that acts as a directory for all thinks larp. We’re hoping to do more with them in the future.

If you know of other similar services outside of the UK let us know. We’d love to talk to them.

Events

Here are a selection of larp events for May 2017. These are all based in the UK.

May 12th to May 14th 2017

Diaspora LRP Event 1 – TBC
By: Flaming Efreeti Productions
Genre: Steam Punk
Near: South Yorkshire

May 19th to May 21st 2017

Frail Realities
By: Frail Realities
Genre: Steam Punk
Location: Kirkby Mallory, Leicestershire

May 20th to May 21st 2017

Four Rivers
By: Impossible Gears
Genre: Out of Character
Near: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

May 26th to May 29th 2017

Namahage
By: Ascendancy LRP
Genre: High Fantasy
Near: Cheadle, Staffordshire

May 27th to May 28th 2017

Revenant Evil: The aftermath II
By: Darkstar
Genre: Post Apocalyptic
Near: Shedfield, Hampshire

May 12th to May 14th 2017

Cataclysm Event 2: An Echo Rises
By:Hive Cataclysm
Gener: Post Apocalyptic
Near: Coventry, Warwickshire

May 19th to May 21st 2017

Forsaken 3
By: Broken Dreams
Genre: Modern Coventry
Near: West Midlands

May 26th to May 28th 2017

Dangermarket 1: The How Many Spies Affair
By: Aetherfield
Genre: Historical
Near: Buxton, Derbyshire

May 26th to May 29th 2017

Forest Argent – The Convergance
By: Wyvern’s Tales
Genre: High Fantasy
Near: Bridgend

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LARPBook Show Episode 51: The Silent Luke

LARPBook Show Episode 51: The Silent Luke

On Tuesday 7th of March we ran episode 51 of the LARPBook show. We were joined by Martin from Larpforge as our special guest.  We’d like to thank Martin very much for being a part of this episdoe

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This episode can be summed up into

  1. Talking to Martin about Larpforge, Horns, European Larp, The differences between British & Danish larpers and curry.
  2. Interacting with a very active audience, who were commenting on live show
  3. Luke desperately trying to get his microphone to work
  4. Learning how to prounounce Knutepunkt
  5. Luke still desperately trying to his microphone to work
  6. Danelaw (this always happens when a Dane comes on)
  7. Insulting cities, regions and countries (it all started with Copenhagen)
  8. Luke seeking out a laptop.
  9. Running through the larp awards
  10. Luke silently screaming obscenities at his computers
  11. A mention for Conscience larp.

The UK 2017 Larp Awards

We ran through the winners of the 2017 UK Larp awards in full. This year saw a few new faces winning awards. This is great as it makes the awards themselves feel a lot more dynamic and meaningful. We had previously published the full list of award winners and you can find it here.

Conscience Larp

Conscience is a larp inspired by tv-series Westworld, about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the moral implications of those innovations for all involved

Date: January 27th to 30th 2018.

Sign up will open on the 15th March 2017 at 21 CET and will close on the 31st of March 2017.

Learn more at: http://conscience.notonlylarp.com/

I think that we all agreed that a high status larp that –

  • Is a Western
  • Has the sensibilities of WestWorld
  • Contains moral dilemmas to over come

– Sounds good

Where to find Larpforge

Of course we need you to be able to find Larpforge. Here are the links

https://www.youtube.com/user/LazyLarper

https://www.facebook.com/LazyLarper/

http://larpforge.tumblr.com/

 

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LARPBook Show Episode 50: Hamster Laugh

LARPBook Show Episode 50: Hamster Laugh

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In this episode we talk to Reno from StatusLarp. The result is probably more laughter from both hosts and guests than any of other previous shows. If you listen – you’ll understand the term Hamster Laught. We also welcome Luke back as a regular member of the show team.

Most of the show is an extended interview with Reno. We learn about his larps, and the evolution of his YouTube channel. We also talk about his hilarious Random Character Generator.  Thanks to Reno we also get one of best interactions from the chat room. Even if they are mostly all about reminding him to mention things, or causing plenty of embarrassment.

For that I’d like to thank Reno for being such a good sport.

Here is the link for his YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ6lcOMRTRTkWO4xllwceGg

And here is the link to his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/StatusLARP/?fref=ts

Stuart and Rob also briefly talk about their recent visit to the excellent What’s Your Game larp kit fair. LARPBook will shortly be releasing videos about that trip. There is also more information here.

Two events get a mention in this episode:

Knutepunkt 2017

https://knutepunkt.org/
The annual Larp design conference in Oslo, Norway
February 23-26, 2017

Norseman Saga Pt 12 – Havard

https://www.facebook.com/events/912251495543439/
Run by Eyelarp

Story for Havard
Winter 886.
In only a few days of arriving at the abandoned camp of Eric the Red the Yawlung has begun to settle and good fortune fall upon them.

A ship of Rus has been re-united with the clan after being losts in the corssing. They have brought with them the promised oak planks traded for ransom.

Erik himself has come down from a mountain hideaway where supplies were being stored. They had gathered enough for the 400 in the 3 months of being here, but sickness and hostile forest folk slowly dwindled their numbers until only 30 remained. The night of the arrival of the Yawlung, his camp was finally overrun and only a handful now survives. The attack came after Gold jewelry on old bones thought abandoned was taken, it turned out to be burial mounds of the forest folk and a hostile attack on Eric’s camp wiped out the last of his strength. ..

 

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LARPBook Show Episode 49:Incontinentia Buttocks

LARPBook Show Episode 49:Incontinentia Buttocks

Welcome to the first show of 2017. The first show in our new format of one long, and several short. Episode 49 is pretty much an extended discussion about the use of technology in running a LARP. It’s fascinating and our special guest Matthew Webb is incredibly well informed.

You can also download or stream the audio for this episode by clicking here

 

In this show

AR…..no not pirates, Augmented Reality – we talk to Matthew Webb of Incognita Limited. We include all of the talking points and generally have a great time looking at this topic

In February Rob and Stu are off to “Whats Your Game…… Kit Fair” more about this in the show notes.

Talking Points

Matthew Webb (Incognita Limited)

  • The Planetfall augmented reality game, how it started, how it works
  • World of Darkness Berlin and how they hired us for a new way of doing * widespread character creation for one-shot games *
  • What the future of LARP and technology is
  • How game organizers can leverage technology
  • Using livestreaming at games for promotional purposes

 

If you’d like to know more about Planetfall here is the website: http://www.prepareforplanetfall.com/

There are a number of videos to support the game. Here is a playlist of the material about the settings history: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBTcUVAqJRQqXrjfBhS9nivFVIQuNWhU5

The use of an App to accurately track resources has enabled Planetfall to have an actual running game economy. If you are interested in virtual or in game economies then this book comes highly recommended.
Virtual Economies: Design and Analysis (Information Policy): Design and Anaysis

Matthew is also working with World of Darkness: Berlin to support their larp Enlightenment in Blood with his technology.

Want to see the Dagorhir that was mentioned? Here it is:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1690797061135124/permalink/1831512907063538/

 

Events

Have you got an event coming up in 2017 then why not let us know by dropping an email to [email protected]

In the meantime Rob and Stu will be attending:

Whats Your Game Kit Fair 2015
Feb 4th – 5th
Blackfriars Lane
Gloucester

On February 4th. If you’re at the event please come over , say hi and have a chat. If you’d like to know more about this fair then here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/events/825019300931355/

This is the 5th year of a cool day of kit, cosplay, and combat

 

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The Podcast Plan for 2017

The Podcast Plan for 2017

Some of you may have noticed that it is January 10th and there has yet to be a podcast from us. Making this our longest Christmas break since the show started. The big question you may well have is why? The other question might be; is the show over?

Well let’s address the 2nd question – NO! The show is most definitely on. After all it must go on. We are however taking a week or two to adjust things a little.

Here is our updated plan.

We are intending to do at least 1 show a month that is an hour or more long. More or less in the familiar format.

This gives us the time to do the following:

  • Outdoor broadcasts from Larps and similar events
  • Short discussions on the news or topic of the moment
  • Personal Video blogs centred around or lives in larp
  • Product tests
  • How to Videos
  • Us taking on and trying things out.

In other words a whole lot of cool stuff that all being well will be more focused, fun and useful than the twice a month round table discussion.

We will be happy to take suggestions for the new series of shows. We’ll be happy to visit larps or try out kit.

If think this sounds interesting and want to talk about it relation to your larp, or what you do around larp then use the contact form, message us on Facebook or send an email to [email protected].

 

LARPBook Show Episode 48: LARP 2016

LARPBook Show Episode 48: LARP 2016

2016 – it may have felt like the year that the Earth was burning to an end. In larp though things were not so bad. In fact they were pretty good. The LARPBook podcast takes a look at 2016.

Our apologies for the technical issues on this episode. We hope the giggling helps.

If you’d like to stream or download the audio version of this show this is where you click.

IN TODAY’S SHOW

Special Note: We are rejoined in this episode by Lukas Pittimus Maxius Vulgaris Aurealius Humourius (etc etc etc etc).

  • 2016 a review
  • Total Awesome Viking Power!
  • LARP in 2016!
  • Claus and the Arabian Tails

NEWS

Facebook Followers up by 260 since January 1st 2016 and we are aiming to do more and be bigger and better in 2017.

Total Awesome Viking Power
Vikings & Pirates has released its first short film, Total Awesome Viking Power, on YouTube. Directed by Morten Forland, it’s about a Viking Larper who’s sentenced by his crew to the Land of the Dead for breaking the “cell phone code of conduct”. There, he comes across the Norse god Odin (who may or may not be the real deal), who teaches him the Ways of the Viking so he can fight, you guessed it, magical ninjas.
Total Awesome Link

Talking Points

  • Has larp taken a turn for the positive in 2016?
  • Will we see more blockbuster larps and what is blockbuster larp
  • The rise of production quality in larps

Response on Childrens Larps – we review the feedback on our project to highlight the larps that work hard to provide a good experience for children. So far we’ve covered the UK and USA, and Europe is up next (Health Warning Rob sings his “Denmark” song during this part of the Podcast).

This Year in LARPBook

We took some time to talk about some of the posts that have come up on Larpbook.com in 2016. This is the list of posts we went through – which are accurate at the time this podcast aired. Please note that all Podcast show notes are removed from this list for brevity.

Jan
Is Character Death a Good Thing?
Profile ForWyvernstales Larp
UK Pirate Festivals – 2016
The World Went Dark – Photo Gallery

Feb
UK LARP Awards 2016 – The Nominations
A Beginners Diary to LARP
UK LARP Awards 2016 – The Results

March
Two Sets of LARP Rules
Review of The Sword Falls
LARPCON 2016 Report

April
Larp Safe Walking Sticks
Legion: A Siberian Story
Interview with Dave from the Wilderness Centre
Childrens Larp: A Wilderness Adventure
Twilight Realms: Domination Photo Gallery
20 Minute College of Wizardry Video

May
Spindle – A LARP Writing Tool – A First Look
LARP Profile: Lichwood Grove
LARP Walking Sticks – Feedback 1

June
Forest Argent Weekend Event: Caddihoe
Is Adam Savages Tested a Good Place for LARPers?
LARP – Tips for in case of Crew disaster

July
20 Years of Curious Pastimes
Event: Heathen LRP Event 1
Event: Twilight Realms – Second Son
LARP Profile: Altered Reality
LARP Profile: Balrog Games
LARP Profile: Gisido Larp
Swordcraft in Action
This is about Fiction. But what is LARP but Enacted Fiction?
The Larp Safe Walking Stick
The Larp Safe Walking Stick – Redux

August
Actual Medieval Techniques as a LARP Combat Inspiration
Event: Forest Argent – The Convergence
Huzzah! -The Punk Rock LARP Anthem!
Interview – Disability and LARP
Kickstarter: Change Blade
LARP Profile: Legends of the Stars

September
Children in LARP
Curious Pastimes – Renewal 2016 Photo Gallery
LARP Profile: Twilight Realms
Taking a Look at Ork LARP

October
LARP Profile: Futures End
Ref Chat from Altered Reality Larp
Reflections Caused By Renewal
The Lost Podcast
The Morning After A First LARP

November
Fairweather Manor – Larp On
Entering Fairweather Manor
Day 1 in the big Fairweather Manor House
Travelling to Fairweather Manor
Childrens LARPs – UK

December
Writing a World Building Style Guide — Quintessential Editor
Childrens LARPs – USA.

Note that December ends at the date of this podcast – there will be other posts.

Events

Have you got an event coming up in 2017 then why not let us know by dropping an email to [email protected] or by registering your event on the website at our register event details page  we’ll gladly add your event to LARPBook.

THANK YOU

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iTunes Reviews

  • OneDirectionButNot: 5 stars, laughed my socks off
  • Nexus7056: 5 stars, Blummin British, very informative, very funny

 

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LARPBook Show Episode 47: Mo Smokin!

LARPBook Show Episode 47: Mo Smokin!

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Special guest for this episode is Mo Holkar, one of the organizers of The Smoke. An international larping festival that is being held in London between January 6th 2017 and January 8th 2017.

You can learn more about this event on

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/682604841897562/

Or on the Web: https://the-smoke.org/

As you can imagine we were very interested to hear about an international event in London. We spent time talking to Mo about his plan to cause a cross pollination of larping ideas between countries. One of the ways he’s doing this is to give attendees the opportunities to try out a number of Larps. Since there are going to 20 larps played at the event in total we believe that if you go then there is a good chance of finding something that is both new and interesting to you.

Of course going could be difficult as we also learned that the event is now fully booked.

The good news is that a second festival next year seems likely.

We had a really good interview with Mo. So thank you Mo.

The best places to find Mo Holker on the internet are either
on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/mo.holkar or his blog http://blog.ukg.co.uk

News

We had an update on the fantastic feedback we are getting on the start of our Children in LARP series. This post looks at child friendly larps in the UK.

Taling Point

Rob, Thom and Stu spend some time about International Larp. The benefits of attending such events and why we think they are going to be an increasing trend for the future.

Events

Gulag Pt 3 The Others
Last years first Gulag event is now moving onto its third part. The write up on the Facebook Event page gives you a great insight into the events plot and background. Meanwhile over on the Gulag player group we are very impressed by how the players are all working to hard to show the development of costume and props. Love this as when you go to this event you know what to expect in look and feel from other players. It also makes you aware of kit fashions and standards. This kind of player community is something I’m seeing more and more of – and I love it. Learn more at:

https://www.facebook.com/events/713991188735367/
Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1475052149422955/?fref=nf

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