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.

 

 

UK LARP Awards Winners: 2018

UK LARP Awards Winners: 2018

Winners and Runners Up of the 2018 UK Larp Awards

Player Run/Sanctioned Event of the Year

  • Empire – No Return – Winner
  • Greencloaks – 98th – King’s Keep – Runner Up

Club System of the Year

(For Larp groups and clubs that meet regularly, rather than running 1-4 events a year)

  • Fools & Heroes – Winner
  • Cuckoos Nest LARP – Runner Up

Player of the Year

(to be awarded to someone who makes Larp better for everyone as a player, rather than as crew member/event organiser)

  • Jeanette Ng – Yael 1st Empress reborn – Winner
  • Mark Hulmes – Runner Up

Bard of the Year

  • Iain Sewell – Vollsanger – Winner
  • Golden Apple – Runner Up

Small Larp of the Year

(less than 30 players)

  • Hades – Winner
  • The World Went Dark – Runner Up

Medium Larp of the Year

(30-100 players)

  • ReGenesis – Winner
  • Heathen – Runner Up

Large Larp of the Year

(over 100 players)

  • Future’s End – Winner
  • Empire – Runner Up

Family Event of the Year

(involves under 16’s)

  • Empire – Winner
  • Outcast – Runner Up

Grassroots System of the Year

(bringing new players into the hobby)

  • Future’s End – Winner
  • Fools & Heroes – Runner Up

New Larp of the Year

(debut event run after the 1st of February 2017)

  • Strange Larp – Winner
  • Tenement 67 – Runner Up

Larp Producer of the Year – Foam/Latex

  • Offa Studio – Winner
  • Light Armouries – Runner Up

Larp Producer of the Year – Leather

  • White Rose -Winner
  • VeeLeather – Runner Up

Larp Producer of the Year – Costume

  • Mark Cordory – Winner
  • Chow’s Emporium – Runner Up

Larp Caterer of the Year

  • Mandala LRP @ Curious Pastimes Lions banquet – Winner
  • Caggles Catering Corps – Runner Up

Creature Costume of the Year

  • Lions Faction at Curious Pastimes – Mandala’s stone golem costume Logrin – Winner
  • Irregular Props – Drake Costume – Runner Up

On-line Retailer of the Year

  • Clutter-buys – Winner
  • Darkblade – Runner Up

In-field Retailer of the Year

  • Das shoppe – Winner
  • Having A Larp – Runner Up

Larp Site of the Year

(New for 2018)

  • Gunman Airsoft Eversley – Winner
  • Paccar – Runner Up

NPC of the Year

  • Al Bevan – Twigg Spitter – Lorien Trust – Bards – Winner
  • Mark Fitt – Isaac Hulce – Lorien Trust – Harts – Runner Up

Event Crew Member of the Year

  • Clare Evans – Empire – Winner
  • Katie (Bug) Rodgers – Empire, Hades, Jurassica + – Runner Up

Mainstream Event of the Year

(For things that aren’t actually Larp but have a lot of Larp crossovers, like escape rooms, horror events or Secret Cinema’s)

  • Grange Live Gaming / Heroblast Acadamy / Bravo One – Winner
  • LarpCon – Runner Up

Photograph – Judge’s choice – Unit

  • Clan Na Cladach — Winner
  • Clan McCaullich — Runner – up

Photograph – Judge’s choice – General

  • Holding the Gate — Winner
  • All alone — Winner Runner – up

Overall Larp of the Year

  • Hades — Winner
  • Future’s End — Runner – up

 

Larpcon Apology

Larpcon Apology

It is with a heavy and this point frozen heart that LARPBook will have to cancel its attendance at Larpcon. Unfortunately at this point all members of the team are snowed in. The chances a thaw before the end of the weekend are very unlikely.
We will miss you all and hope to see as many of you of as possible later this year.
In the hope of some good coming out of this we are willing to offer our promoters table to another larp or another website free of charge. If you are interested in making use of this please let us know as soon as possible.
Pittsburgh City Paper – “LARPing is more than a side hobby”

Pittsburgh City Paper – “LARPing is more than a side hobby”

This is more of a link than an article.

We’re putting it up as it shows that an increasing range of people aren’t just thinking about larp, they are in fact actively taking it more seriously. This article shows one of the reasons for this. Someone making a business from larp. It’s easy enough to laugh off something when its a enthusiasts doing something in their spare time you don’t get. It’s much harder to ignore a business that can be international in scope.

Please note the image used comes from the original article and is owned by its copyright holder.

Nominations for the 2018 UK Larp Awards

Nominations for the 2018 UK Larp Awards

It’s almost time for the 2018 UK Larp awards. The nominations have been counted and here is the shortlist of nominees

Player Run/Sanctioned Event of the Year

  • Age of Aether – Consequences: The Cost of Pride
  • Empire – No Return
  • Greencloaks – 98th – King’s Keep
  • CP – Fir Cruthan – “IS FEARR DEARMADTA: The Mysteries of Ynys Moi”
  • Hidden Country – Beyond the Veil

Club System of the Year

(For Larp groups and clubs that meet regularly, rather than running 1-4 events a year)

  • Fools & Heroes
  • Forest Argent / Wyverntales
  • Cuckoos Nest LARP
  • Labyrinthe
  • Heroquest

Player of the Year

(to be awarded to someone who makes Larp better for everyone as a player, rather than as crew member/event organiser)

  • Mark Hulmes
  • Jeanette Ng – Yael 1st Empress reborn
  • Aaron Morrison
  • Stef Bow
  • Adam James Hurst

Bard of the Year

  • Iain Sewell – Vollsanger
  • Esmee Galea – Bessie the Bard
  • Jamie Wakefield
  • Gabrielle Falquero – Idwyn Splitroot
  • Golden Apple

Small Larp of the Year

(less than 30 players)

  • Faded Glory
  • Clans of Albion
  • Blood Red Roses
  • The World Went Dark
  • Hades

Medium Larp of the Year

(30-100 players)

  • Age of Aether
  • Heathen
  • Under the Stars
  • ReGenesis
  • Redwall

Large Larp of the Year

(over 100 players)

  • Empire
  • Curious Pastimes
  • Lorien Trust
  • Future’s End
  • Bothwell School of Witchcraft

Family Event of the Year

(involves under 16’s)

  • Empire
  • Curious Pastimes
  • Lorien Trust
  • Outcast
  • Fields of Illusion

Grassroots System of the Year

(bringing new players into the hobby)

  • Empire
  • Clans of Albion
  • Future’s End
  • Fools & Heroes
  • Blood Red Roses

New Larp of the Year

(debut event run after the 1st of February 2017)

  • Clans of Albion
  • Bothwell School of Witchcraft
  • Under the Stars – Class of ’87
  • Strange Larp
  • Tenement 67

Larp Producer of the Year – Foam/Latex

  • Light Armouries
  • Saxon Violence
  • Offa Studio
  • Medlock armouries
  • Foul Mouthed Fairy

Larp Producer of the Year – Leather

  • Darkblade
  • White Rose
  • Lamia Leathers
  • Locke and Lode
  • VeeLeather

Larp Producer of the Year – Costume

  • Chow’s Emporium
  • Dust monkey
  • Romany robes
  • Orton’s Originals
  • Mark Cordory

Larp Caterer of the Year

  • Caggles Catering Corps.
  • Mhorish Good Food
  • Right Wok Noodleman
  • Mandala LRP @ Curious Pastimes Lions banquet
  • The Rat Shakk

Creature Costume of the Year

  • Empire – War Rhino Mk 2
  • Lions Faction at Curious Pastimes – Mandala’s stone golem costume Logrin
  • Lorien Trust – Dragon
  • Irregular Props – Drake Costume
  • Age of Aether: Consequences – Power Armour

On-line Retailer of the Year

  • Larp Inn
  • Darkblade
  • Chow’s Emporium
  • Gem’s Trading Company
  • Clutter-buys

In-field Retailer of the Year

  • Having A Larp
  • Gems Trading
  • Chow’s Emporium
  • Skian Mhor
  • Das shoppe

Larp Site of the Year

(New for 2018)

  • Huntley Wood
  • Paccar
  • Locko park
  • Gunman Airsoft Eversley
  • Candleston camp

NPC of the Year

  • Mark Fitt – Isaac Hulce – Lorien Trust – Harts
  • Al Bevan – Twigg Spitter – Lorien Trust – Bards
  • Paul Taylor – Denathar – Clans of Albion
  • Darren Bartholomew – Great Khan & The Hierophant – The Vale
  • Emmy Allen – the Eternal Ylenrith – Empire

Event Crew Member of the Year

  • Clare Evans – Empire
  • Emmylou Laird – Curious Pastimes
  • Caroline Proctor
  • Lee Price – Vale, Age of Aether
  • Katie (Bug) Rodgers – Empire, Hades, Jurassica +

Mainstream Event of the Year

(For things that aren’t actually Larp but have a lot of Larp crossovers, like escape rooms, horror events or Secret Cinema’s)

  • Secret Cinema – Moulin Rouge
  • LarpCon
  • Trappd
  • Grange Live Gaming / Heroblast Acadamy / Bravo One
  • The Vaults – London

The image used in this post comes from the UK Larp Awards Facebook page.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

At this busy and festive time of year everyone here at LARPBook (plus Kermit), would like to take moment to say Merry Christmas.

We’ll post more a look back and look forward closer to the New Year, Right now thought we’d just like to say thank you for your support have yourselves a wonderful Christmas

WORLD OF DARKNESS: Documentary World Premiere

WORLD OF DARKNESS: Documentary World Premiere

WORLD OF DARKNESS

SUGGESTED DRESS CODE: ELYSIUM FORMAL


PROMOTED BY DANIEL DI CICCO

Date: Fri, Dec 8, 2017 11:10 PM

Where: ODEON London Tottenham Court Road
30 Tottenham Court Road, London, London, W1T 1BX, United Kingdom

YOU ARE INVITED TO THE UK PREMIERE OF WORLD OF DARKNESS

Tickets:

  • Adult: £11.50

’World of Darkness: The Documentary’ profiles the cult role-playing games ’World of Darkness’ and ’Vampire: The Masquerade’ that created a phenomenon in the 1990s – a zeitgeist that helped shape and define film, literature, fashion and club culture. They influenced everything from the TV series ’True Blood’ and the ’Underworld’ film franchise to club fashions and storytellling but perhaps their biggest impact was on the fans, whose lives they changed forever. Entertaining and enlightening, this film features exclusive archive of the early days and development of vampire culture. Also includes in-depth interviews with the founders, creators and artists, as well as the fans and notable stars – all of whom helped evolve the franchise into a worldwide phenomenon that continues to this day.

Here’s the Trailer

Curious Pastimes Renewal 2017. Event Diary – Day 3: Sunday

Curious Pastimes Renewal 2017. Event Diary – Day 3: Sunday

It’s Sunday and by this point I can’t get over how busy the ritual circle has been. Rituals are an important part of this event; after all it’s full title is not Renewal. It is Renewal of Magic. Where the peoples of the world seek to perpetuate the continuation of magic in their world. Apparently there was a period when this was not done and the plot shifted to reflect that a balance had left the world.

The rituals are brilliantly done. There is a theatrical sound and lighting setup built around it and a control cabin. This runs the light and sound effects that enhance the immersion of rituals. Its also where the referee sits to judge how successful the ritual has been. This stage management makes turns the rituals into small stage performances in their own right and they are well worth watching.

I also kind of feel sorry for the ritual crew as the players are so into making these happen that there is a constant stream of them coming to the ritual circle from about 11am through to 2am.

Its also been a day for meeting people and conversation. The players at Renewal don’t just play Curious Pastimes events. They do other larps and some run somewhat systems of their own. We got the meet the creator of Green Cloaks. We’ve been talking about covering the Green Cloaks and this meeting also affirmed this and we’ll be attending events as soon as we can. He’s also a fascinating larp thinker so I am hoping that we can do an interview at this point. We were introduced by Curious Pastimes official photographer and as the conversation between all of us spun out we discussed a interesting idea regarding bringing people into larp. That is showing the social skills and benefits and larp brings. I’m not going to say more know but there is hope to turn this idea into a project and you can bet that we aim to be part of it.

There’s also a fledgling idea to build a Curious Pastimes media group. There is now quite a big media team made up of enthusiastic larpers and larp supporters. There is a hope to combine forces to be more effective.

In fact that’s not a bad idea for all larps. Do we need to rely on mainstream media when we are now fully capable of reaching out into the world with our own.

Back to the game.

There was loads of character chat going on but the main focus of the day was a major battle. The focus of Sunday and Monday are large scale battles that can easily last several hours.

This one did not go for well for the players. They lost their main objectives early on and were pretty much in trouble from that point on.

For me its nice to see a game that follows the plot and the outcomes. If things go well there are benefits, if not consequences. Bravo is what I say for following the story.

Time was spent also in the bar. So much roleplaying and conversations going on here. Its also on the main route through the site so you can see the hustle and bustle of players passing by. Its not just a place for drink and roleplaying. You can be here and be aware of that you are in place where there is a lot going on.

More than anything Sunday was a day that showed there is a lot going on.

The Photos

 

The Video Diary

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