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

END SHOW

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Our thanks to Bell Tent Boutique for the picture of the Emperor Bell Tent

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

 

END SHOW

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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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What’s Your Game  – Interview with Myke Slater

What’s Your Game – Interview with Myke Slater

Myke Slater has been around UK larp for a very long time; there is a fair chance that if you have never me him in person that you know someone or know of someone who has known Mike for ages. He’s been around major larp systems and he’s also a cartoonist. When Luke noticed him at What’s Your Game then he just had to go for an interview.

One of Mykes trademarks is introducing images of goblins into pictures where you might not expect to find them.

Oh and that sword on his back. That’s not a katana – that’s just his umbrella.

 

Whats Your Game – Interview with Daniella and Steve

Whats Your Game – Interview with Daniella and Steve

Daniella and Steven thought that they were out for a quiet bit of shopping for larp gear in costume. That is until Luke spotted them and decided that it would be a great opportunity to talk to some larpers about how they were using What’s Your Game.

It turn out the both were players in Age of Aether. A steam punk larp set during a 2nd Martian invasion. We’ll put a link to it at the bottom of this page.

Interestingly they seemed to get that most British of accessories, a larp safe sausage roll.

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