Family Larp – The Conclusion

Family Larp – The Conclusion

A Family At Larp

Earlier on this year we took a family to a larp. The family concerned were the Pitts. We took them to Curious Pastimes – Renewal. It was the first time they’d been to a festival larp as a family.

We’ve already published a brief overview and a photograph gallery of their adventiures.

During the event we filmed their progress and also talked to them about how they felt about the event. You’ll find those videos collated in this post. First though a few thoughts

A Family Larp is…

I thought it might be an idea before we go further to define what a family larp is. It will help us figure things out later. In particular based on the family’s feelings did Curious Pastimes measure up as a family larp.

For me a family larp needs to

  • Be suitable for both children and adults to attend.
  • Have content for children and adults.

Family content – The Difficulty

Here’s where things get tricky. Writing a book, film, TV show, play etc that both children and adults can get something from is not easy. That said it is easier to do than writing a family larp.

In larp writing we have to consider physicality. The size and strength of our players.

We need to consider the psychological impact on something that is happening to them.

Adults and children are different in how a larp affects them,

Also children of different ages have different reactions. A 6 year old is very different from a 12 year old.

Why am I making these points

When you watch the videos or look at the photos it’s clear that Curious Pastimes is a family larp. It also doesn’t fully please our sample family.

Which means that there are opinions here to help writers of family larps. I also know that Curious Pastimes are looking at ways to offer a fuller family experience in the future.

Also that although making a family game is  a great aim. It shouldn’t be the only target. Something for everyone is generally not possible. As larpers we also need to understand and respect that.

I hope that means a future of larps for an increasing range of age and ineterst groups. While places that that cater for wider tastes or families also do well.

I am also sure that if we did this experiment again in the future we’d get a different result.

Why don’t I post a solution

Simply there’s not enough space in one post to do this. We have though been making childrens and family larp a quest for larpbook and I think you will see a future post where we take our findings and come up with more ideas.

For the moment, we have these tips.

The Videos

The Children’s LARP

Family Larp Interviews

 

 

 

Interview (the other one)

 

 

 

Curious Pastimes Renewal 2018 – The Family

Curious Pastimes Renewal 2018 – The Family

This year we did something a little different. We followed a family around Curious Pastimes. The idea was a simple one, be a fly on the wall to find out how a family gets on for their first time at a UK Fest Larp. In doing so we hoped to provide insight for other families hoping to try out larping.

In this first article we’re going to introduce you to our brave volunteers and give you an insight of what they got up to via photograph gallery.

Subsquently we’ll be releasing video interviews with them and also footage of their time in the game. You’ll be able to hear from the horses mouth as it were and also see for yourself.

Introducing the Pitt Family

You may well recognise Luke. He is one of the regular presenters of the LARPBook show and he pretty much volunteered his family for this adventure. For those of you who want a bit more detail they are

  • Luke (Aged 46 going on 12)
  • Bex (Officially not 44)
  • Charlie (Aged 9 and wants to fight everything)
  • Issy (Aged 11 and wants to get into everything)

Their Role in Renewal

In the event they each created a character at GOD, and decided that as a family they would joine the Wolves faction. This turned out to be a great idea as within 10 minutes of entering the Wolves camp they were talking to established players and starting to get involved. Thank you the Wolves for making the start of our little experiment so easy. Wolves members did this by the way with no prompting and only discovered themselves what was going on later.

About the Photos

These photographs are a picked to show the family, their chatacters, their reactions. We were looking for photos that help people see who they are and how they reacted to what was going on in the game. Some of the moodier pictures actually reflect emotional reactions from the larp itself. Which is awesome

Thank You to Curious Pastimes

Yes I’ll let you see the photos in a moment but first I want to say a big thank you to Curious Pastimes for letting us run with this idea. Especially to Emmylou and Kayleigh. Thank you!

 

The Photos

And Finally (AKA What Happens Next)

At risk of adding a spoiler to a future post I can say that a great time was had by all. They were also invited to Wolves Banquet. Being invited back is always a great sign of playing a great game.

Curious Pastimes Renewal 2018 Photographs

Curious Pastimes Renewal 2018 Photographs

Part 1

It’s part 1 as this is part 1 of our photograph and general coverage of this years Renewal event by Curious Pastimes. It’s part 1 because we wanted to do things a little differently. Mostly when we cover a larp there is a collection of photographs and videos. This time we set ourselves a goal. We wanted to document a family at a UK fest larp. Our thoughts on this were simple. Using fly on the wall techniques we wondered what it would be like to follow a family who have never larped as a family at an event.

This created a whole of material.

At this point of writing we are still working our way through all the material we’ve collected. At this point I can most definitely say that you will be getting some great photos; a insight into a childrens linear and some footage of the family talking that is both insightful and hilarious.

This Post Is Not About the Family

As I mentioned we are working on the family footage. This instead is a more of a traditional wandering camera’s eye view of Renewal 2018. It’s picture of other people and scenes at the event. It’s closer to one of our more traditional photo galleries.

Closer because this timne I’ve scattered more behind the scenes shots than I normally would. Although the larp in action style of photography is great, perhaps it is time to look behind the veil more often. So I think that starting with Renewal I’ll be looking to do more of this. Show the product and what happens to make it happen.

Thoughts on this years Renewal

I think this years game stood out on production standards. The physical build was immense this time around. A library complex, a senate building, pillars, statues. There were more items of architectural significance than I have seen in recent years. It felt as if someone just wanted to up the proudction standards. Of course games like this are not just about production standards. Its about the atmosphere and despite terrible weather on the Sunday I think Curious Pastimes pulled it off. The opening was original, and had everyone asking questions and wondering what was going on. This combined nicely with sets that had been built to create a fresh atmosphere.

So top marks on keeping the feeling of originality going.

Thanks

I’d just like to take a moment to say thank you to everyone we talked to at the event. You were all marvellous. Pleas give yourselves a clap on the back and thank you.

 

 

The Gallery

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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 Larp Kit Videos from Dust Monkey

3 How to Weather Larp Kit 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/

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