Larp Diaries Summer 2018 – Part 1

Larp Diaries Summer 2018 – Part 1

It’s the start of August and we’re about halfway through our Summer larping schedule. You may have noticed that along the way we’ve been keeping video diaries. So I thought it might be a good idea to group them together in an attempt to give a flavour of the summer so far.

Let’s Start with what we have done

I have 3 larps to show you diaries from so lets put them into a order for you

  • Curious Pastimes Event 1 (2018): Ule No Rud Sam Bith
  • Fear of the Dark: A Fistful of Pesos 2 (AKA For a Few Pesos More)
  • Colony Wars:Nerfed Up Larp – Summer 2018 Event

That’s 3 distinct and cool genres – High Fantasy, Western, and Science Fiction

Curious Pastimes Event 1

Diary 1

Diary 2

Diary 3

Diary 4

At least two of these were shot quite late at night. It’s not that we’re vampires or anything. It’s more to do with the fact that our days are quite packed at Curious Pastimes now that we’re part of the media crew there. Also the night time entries give us a chance to sum up the day as a whole.

Do you want to know more?
Here’s a 9 video long play list for this event

Fear of The Dark: A Fistful of Pesos 2

Diary 1

Diary 2

Diary 3

A little look behind the scenes. There was a 4th diary set in the games bunk room. However we had a few technical difficulties with that one so we had to abandon it.

Do You Want to Know More? 
Here’s our review of the event

Colony Wars: Nerfed Up Larp

Diary 1

Diary 2

Only two diaries from the this larp – but there were plenty of other videos and photos that came out of it.

Do You Want to Know More? 
Here’s the Colony Wars: 2018 play list

 

Video: The Larp Safe Flintlock Pistol

Video: The Larp Safe Flintlock Pistol

We have a larp safe flintlock. First of all this is how we got it.

I backed the Kickstarter run by Wyvernstales Tales, it turned out to be very successful. The Kickstarter raised money to start a high street larp store. As I write this that store is in preparation

That was how we got our hands on the flintlock. It was a Kickstarter reward.

So a video had to be made.

Addendum

We’ve just learned that the pistol used in this video was actually made by Sean Maguire. Andy Rimmer was in the workshop actually making muskets at the time our flintlock was produced

So thank you Sean for such a bang up job!

3 How to Weather Videos from Dust Monkey

3 How to Weather Videos from Dust Monkey

Up next we have 3 videos on how to weather your kit from Dust Monkey. We all love getting nice new shiny costume and props. It doesn’t always fit in with the game world thought.  Sometimes to gain immersion we need what we’re wearing and carrying to look grungier. To look beat and and used. That’s what makes things look and feel convincing. Fresh from the factory (or maker) does not really work for most of the time. Worst case an gritty fantasy looks like something from colourful and ever so shiny 1950’s.

This is what these videos address. One is for fantasy costume and two are firly post apoc (since when was anything new in the wasteland?).

I’d like to thank Callum from Dust Monkey for making this post possible and letting us use his videos and image

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

 

 

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

 

Introducing LARPBookMedia.com

Introducing LARPBookMedia.com

The Explanation

I’d like to take a moment to talk to you about LARPBookMedia.com. What you say another LARPBook website. Well yes it is and that is why I need to talk about it.

When we launched the LARPBook Show (and it wasn’t called that then), the idea was simple run a bi-monthly podcast that people could download and listen to. That model perfectly suited the distribution service we picked for the job. That being podbean.com.

Things however have a tendency to get progressively complex. The show’s structure has shifted. We still have a roundtable discussion show. You can subscribe to it and get it on demand via audio download, or streaming, plus of course the LARPBook YouTube Channel. It’s the YouTube channel that is largely behind the move to LARPBookMedia. Our output became not just the podcast, it expanded to include  interviews, specials and video diaries

We really were not creating a podcast anymore. We weren’t really YouTubers in a typical sense either. We were sort of a hybrid.

That was a problem because putting our output into PodBean wasn’t really suitable and LARPBook.com is quite sprawly. Which means it contains everything but is perhaps not the best vehicle for an expanding multimedia library.

Eventually we came to a decision. Let’s build a home that makes it easy to explore the extended show related output.

So that’s what we’ve done.

We’ve built a place to explore the back catalogue, which also supports the feeds necessary to let people subscribe to the show.

 

State of the Project

I’m writing this March 19th 2018. This is where we are with the LARPBookMedia Project.

Our entire show catalogue has been loaded into the site and every episode can be streamed from the site

We have subscription feeds up and running. Depending on which service you use to subscribe to the show you may have to resubscribe. Also if you experience any difficulties with your subscription please let us know and we will do our best to fix it. In theory most subscribers should get continuity but please let us know if there are problems or if you had to resubscribe. This is a transition and such things can be tricky but we will help you out if we know about it.

At the moment all the show audio on LARPBook.com points to podbean. The plan is to change all these to point to the files on LARPBookMedia. At this point this has not been accomplished but it is part of the plan and we’ll get it done as soon as we can.

Although the show is uploaded and are various too video pieces that have not been added. We’ll be looking at that too.

 

The Future

LARPBook.com will continue to be the first port of call for all things LARPBook. Every article, show, photograph is here. We have plans for LARPBook.com that will make it easier to use, whilst adding on an improved feature set. LARPBook.com is the Book of LARP.

LARPBookMedia is the library of shows. It will become the best place to go if you want to explore these. An audio and video library. Go to LARPBookMedia, pour a drink, kick back and enjoy.

 

 

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