LARPBook Show Episode 58: Viva

LARPBook Show Episode 58: Viva

 

 

In Episidoe 58

In this episode we have a long list of topics, To start with we wanted to place our thoughts with the people of Las Vegas. led this necessarily sombre opening for the show.

Topics of Discussion

  • PBM / Downtime
  • Stag Do – What happens when non larpers want to have a larp for stag party
  • Twilight Realms – event report from Tom
  • Increase in Followers for Podcast
  • Update to our show notes archive
  • Update to our Live Page
  • New Phone Case
  • Heathen LARP – Crewing.

Thank you the Matthews – In this episode Matthew Webb and Matthew Moorhouse were very active in our chat room and became a key part of the show. Thank you both very much, you were awesome.

We wanted to have a discussion about how people run downtime / PBM. It turns out that the larpbook team like playing between games but that all bar Tom have a dislike for email. This want long enough for Stuarts new toy (a cry of “I’m bored”) to come into play. I suspect that we haven’t seen the end of this discussion yet

The Stag discussed a special event where larp was requested as the entertainment for some non larpers. We discussed this on show and there is a longer article here.

Tom had recently come back from “White Gate”. The latest larp from Twilight Realms set in its mythic world of Tempress. It sounds like it was a tough game and that the campaign ante is upping..

Some good news was that we’ve had a an upswing in podcast subscriptions. Thank all of you very much for that

We also announced that the Show Notes Archive and Live Page have been spruced up. The Show Notes Archive is now all LARPBook shows – including the original pocast. Whilst the Live Page is now a direct link to Facebook from which we are launching all live shows from this point on.

We also plugged the new Phone Case we’ve designed for the iPhone 8 plus. Actually its available across the Apple Range.

Finally a quite note that Rob has signed up to crew for Heathen Larp next Summer so you can expect a full report from there.

Of course this wasn’t the only plug in this episode. There were lots of them, and at times it seemed as if we were all in competition to see who could get the most plugs in. I almost renamed this episode – “This Week in Plugs”. You’ll have to listen to the whole show to catch them all! (yes I know shameless!).

As mentioned at the top of show Matthew and Matthew (each actually thousands of miles from the other) were awesome. Perhaps my favourite comment from this dynamic due was “Post Mortem Motively Gifted”, when looking for words to describe the undead.

Events

Coming up between Ocotber 2oth and 22nd is the Curious Pastimes Teutonia Faction Event and Banquet.

Also in October between the 28th and 29th is the Brancepeth Castle Ren-enactment and Larp Market.

 

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LARPBook Show Episode 57: Feed the Baby to the Demon, What?

LARPBook Show Episode 57: Feed the Baby to the Demon, What?


Episode 57 and it’s our September show. As has become a tradition we chat about the major long larp events that we attended in August. We started with Thomas

Balrog Games

Thomas spent 4 days at the ongoing annual campaign that is run by Balrog Games every August. His is a good description. Giving plenty of insight into what kind of game this is. This year the organisers set up the plot in such a way that players would have to play their characters in an inverse manner. That is good became evil and vice versa. Thom talks about what happened, and how the players handled it  That’s worth listening to as it is a gambit that must become tempting from time to time for games writers. It ways should be weighed against “how would my players cope with this”. In Thoms case the results were mixed.

Curious Pastimes

Stuart and I visited Curious Pastimes and as you might expect we waxed lyrical over how much we enjoy this game, its atmosphere, players and crew. For a full review of our visit click here, Personally I’m impressed by how a large number of plots all run concurrently whilst giving players the option to pick the level of immersion they want.

Downtime

Then we moved onto what is likely to be the start of a bit of project for us. We want to turn our attention to the how different larps handle the period between events. Often called downtime.  Does  your larp allow for between event player actions? If it does do this how is it communicated between the ref team and other players. We would like to find out.

If you’d like to tell please send an email to [email protected]

Alternately we have a form for you here – please fill it in. We’ll also accept communication via Facebook.

The plan is a simple and very LARPBook one. We intend to collate information about Downtime. Publish case studies on how different larps do this and look for trends. We’ll also be bringing it into the discussion for a future show.

 

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LARPBook Show Episode 56: The Flem Paradox

LARPBook Show Episode 56: The Flem Paradox


A couple of things to note here – first of all we have a new audio streamer that will allow you to play not just this podcast but others as well. Enjoy the back catalogue!

The Flem Paradox is not about weird things in Netherlands larp. Though we would like to try those. It is instead a light hearted take on the fact that Rob does this podcast trying to avoid talking due to persisting flu like symptoms. However the PP of Phelgm Paradox sounds far too like an entry in the Marvel Cinematic universe.  So we had to go with Flem.

Recorded on  August the 8th this show is just days after an illness aborted attempted to get to the Lorien Trust Summer Moot in the UK.  I think this may have to be a future topic to consider. “What happens when a larper is ill?”. Obviously play stops but will there be a knock on effect at the event in question. Is there is how should this be managed by the games organisers.

This being our August show we get into stride of talking does and don’ts for people going into the field for a large camping larp. We tend to do this every year and if you listen to the show you’ll get our views on such things as camping and essential equipment / kit to take.

Time was spend on another topic that we will have to look at in more detail. That is weapons safety checking. Once upon a time the a weapons safety check really asked the questions – is the weapon likely to break in use and become dangerous? And is it to solid – will hitting someone with this do harm?

Good measures and ones that all weapons checks should stand by. However we are currently seeing a rise in weapons inclusion or exclusion by brand or model. I’m thinking hear of items made by brands such as Calimacil and the new Epic Armoury Hybrid ranges. These employ moulded foam and tend to be harder than traditional construction methods. This means that a new sword may be considered safe by one group and not by another. Its a confusing situation that needs to be examined. In the show we highlight the differences in UK fest larps but we may be reaching a point where equipment buyers will need buy different equipment for use with different groups. Not in itself a massive problem in of itself but one that could trip up newcomers to the hobby and life more complex and expensive for all.

This episode also sees another test of going live on Facebook. It seems likely that broadcast live on Facebook will be medium of choice in the future.

Finally – one last thing we have a new email address it is [email protected]. Use this address and your message will be forwarded to the best person to deal with it. Usually this is Rob if it is to do with the web site and Stu if its all about the show.

 

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LARPBook Show Episode 55: The Flying Gimp

LARPBook Show Episode 55: The Flying Gimp

In the run up to this episode of the podcast I’d published an article about using physical force during a larp.  The response to us posting about this in a couple of Facebook groups was both immediate and interesting. As I’d suspect there are multiple points of view on this topic within the larping community.  At this he point of writing this I’m drawing to the conclusion that this is something with no absolute answer. That’s why I believe there will be other articles in the future.

But I digress the feedback gave us to devote this episode to the singular topic of physicality in larp. For a lot of the show it’s expressed as combat; but the principles remain the same in or out of a fighting context.

I have to apologise for the technical difficulties we faced in this episode regarding bringing Luke in. We’d been expecting him to join us from an undisclosed location in London via a good Internet connection, It turns out that terrible Internet was something that was not previously disclosed to Luke. As a result we’ll be reprieving the points in this show with Luke as he is our regular Health and Safety expert. Having talked to Luke at some length on this topic I feel that you may be surprised by some of the answers.

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LARPBook Show Episode 54: Wax Lyrical

LARPBook Show Episode 54: Wax Lyrical

 


This episode we did a little shift in format and returned to our four presenters talking to each other. As a result this very nearly became our gibberish episode.

We’d planned a considered discussion on the perils of playing a self isolating character that did not want to talk to anyone. Somehow this turned into a very Welsh Darth Vader (see excerpt below)

 

This pretty much did set the tone for the rest of tone.

However we managed to rant – don’t larp if you don’t want to talk. But then countered that with reasons why someone might want to be to quiet.

Rant number 2 was all about the overuse of magical healing

We frothed about the past considerably.

We talked about some of the differences between role playing at fest larps and smaller more intimate games. I think we all get a little bit more out of the roleplaying at smaller events but there is a lot to be said for the scale of a fest larp.

I’m keeping these notes short. This show quickly became a stream of consciousness and laughter. It doesn’t segment that well. I hope you enjoy it and let us know what you think.

 

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LARPBook Show Special – Women in LARP

LARPBook Show Special – Women in LARP

At a recent LARP (Fear of The DarkBeltane) a interesting question was asked by a very experienced larper. It was about the roles women play in larps.

That question  was – why do more women seem to play NPC roles in games as opposed to player roles?

It was a question based purely on personal experience but it raised an interesting point. Is there a difference in how women choose their roles in a larp as opposed to men?

So we decided the interview the originator of the question (Susan Hathaway), together with the writer and referee of Beltane (Emma-Leigh Knight).

It turned into an interesting conversation and of course we also wandered of topic a few times..

LARPBook Show Episode 53: The Orchestra Plays On

LARPBook Show Episode 53: The Orchestra Plays On

Or if you prefer audio…

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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