The Taylor’d Weapons Larp Dagger Review

The Taylor’d Weapons Larp Dagger Review

For Stuart’s full review of this LARP dagger, you should refer to our video on YouTube.

Here’s the review:

I agree with everything Stuart says. He nailed this review!

Here I want to add a few thoughts of my own and some pictures for you. Let’s start with photos of this dagger to go with the video

Photos of the Dagger

The Bone Handle

Unusually for a LARP Dagger, this one has a handle made of bone. Taylor’d Weapons aren’t the first people to do this. What I want to do is talk about what that handle does to the dagger.

The Immersion Bonus

Yes, it is the “I” word. Bone handles have been on knives for thousands for years and are still sold today. I’ve handled this dagger and that handle does something. It adds an air of realism to the weapon. I find this hard to define, but the weight, hardness and shape of it make this LARP dagger feel more real.

For me, this is an immersive design, and I like things that help immersion

Is it Safe?

The handle is hard. The pommel is soft latex and foam. I think the chance of it injuring you in a fall is low. Although, I can imagine an extreme worst-case scenario where the bone splinters into sharp edges. That’s going to be enough to get it banned in some larps.

But not all.

Larp safe is a set of common ideas but not an absolute standard.

What constitutes a LARP safe weapon varies between larps. That’s appropriate. We must always think about the style of play, the player base, the environment and local culture when defining what is LARP safe.

This means that LARP safe isn’t just about the weapon. It’s also about the context it is used in.

Thinking back to my own experience would I use it? In a smaller LARP that wasn’t hugely physical, absolutely yes. In the chaos of a mass battle in a fest LARP? Probably not.

If you buy one of these then be aware that it is novel. A LARP may ban it, but that does not mean that it is not a good dagger.

Skian Mhor Larp Belt Pouch Review

Skian Mhor Larp Belt Pouch Review

The belt pouch – one of the most useful and used items of Fantasy Larp kit (other genres do exist). Rob takes a look at the merits of one he purchased from Skian Mhorr in the first of our long term reviews.

The Long Term Review

Here’s the idea we are going to build up a library of reviews of items that we have used for a little while. The idea is simple. How does that shiny looking thing perform over time? We aim to answer that question.

The Leather Belt Pouch

The video contains the meat of the review. The quickie review is:
It looks great, it’s sturdy, holds plenty and is a very high-quality item.

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The Video Review

You’ll find the full review on our YouTube Channel. Here is the link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mc65DSKfdU4

Learn More About Skian Mhor

Take a look at their website: https://skianmhor.com/

Correction- Lamia Leather

I made a bit of mistake through all of this. I’ve mostly seen the guys working together and ended up saying Skian Mhor throughout at the review.

The pouch was of course made by Stephen of Lamia Leather.  So whilst I bought the pouch from a Skian Mhor stall – it is all Lamia Leather.

My apologies to everyone for this.

How Does LARPBook Work?

How Does LARPBook Work?

Larpbook has been around a number of years now and it’s been a while since we talked about the site. So it seems appropriate to talk about what it is now

You see in the beginning LARPBook was just a simple website. Nice and easy to read. Go to the site and read on. These days it has multiple components. Let’s chat about them.

LARPBook.com

This is where all of our longer-form articles are published. You’ll also links to every part of LARPBook. So think of this as the hub of the whole project. It’s also the main core some of out long term projects. Like listing information about LARP groups, or investigating hidden disabilities.

It doesn’t update as fast as we’d like but there is new material here every month.

Also if we go to a LARP this where you’ll find the best way to access or views, photographs and videos about it

We have our own notification system on this website. Whenever a new post is published a notification email goes out to subscribers.

YouTube

All of our videos are here. At the time of writing, we have nearly 240 videos on here. This includes the video version of our original LARPBook show podcast, video diaries recorded at events and a plethora of LARP related interviews. You should consider this our long term video store. Every video we make is in this library, just waiting for you to view it. If you subscribe to us on YouTube you’ll get notifications of all new videos we load.

Facebook

Is a busy place for us. This is why:

The Page

A Facebook public business page that we use to publish news and videos on. You’ll find that the bulk of our social media sharing goes on here. It’s a mixed bag of solid news and sharing of the just plain silly. Most our images from Instagram also end up here as well. In 2020 we’ve started putting all our videos directly into the page as well as YouTube. We find that video gets better short term distribution on Facebook, but is more readily found on YouTube in the long term. So we use both to maximise the output.

The Group

We also run a Facebook group. We post news of events and LARP humour here. In fact, we encourage everyone to do the same. We’d like to make this a place where people can discover larps and have a bit of fun. So go ahead – post and join in

Should we spot anything that looks like it should be on the Facebook page we will share directly from the Group to the Page

Instagram

The youngest of our Social Media platforms. It’s full of LARP photography, conventions, memes and comic strips. We send images from here to both Facebook and Twitter. We’re starting to run hashtag series to group collections of shots. Take a look at #facesoflarpers.

Twitter

Our Twitter has both a slightly different feel and also slightly different content to our Facebook page. Part of this comes from how we run our social media presences. Some of it comes from the practice of in-platform sharing. On Twitter we retweet tweets and on Facebook we tend to share Facebook posts. Our aim is to make sure that we don’t push you into a platform you are not on.

All of our articles and videos are listed on both platforms, so you’ll never miss out on our content.

And That is how LARPBook Works

Heathen Larp: A Profile

Heathen Larp: A Profile

Name of LARP Group

Heathen LRP

Country?

UK

LARP Genre

Historically based fantasy

Who Creates The Characters?

The Player

On Average how tailored is the plot to characters

A lot

What Makes Your Events Friendly to New Players?

Very simple rules and very basic character classes mean it’s quick and easy to pick up

How Frequently do you run events

Once a year, with about 50 players and 50 odd crew. We aim to try and make sure that we keep a kit standard up, but as this is the Dark Ages there’s really not a lot to it!

What are the facilities like?

Excellent! Hot showers, clean bogs, plenty of water and a massive site. All praise to Huntley Wood!

Tell us anything else you would like to about Your Game World, and How Your Events Work

Heathen LRP is set in Anglo-Saxon Britain, at the time of the great Heathen Army. This was, for those who haven’t read/seen Bernard Cornwell’s excellent Last Kingdom series, when a huge organised raid swept through the Kingdoms of East Anglia, Northumbria, Mercia and Wessex, forcing King Alfred to flee to Somerset.

But it’s also a world in which religion and magic are real – we’ve taken the scribes at their word so when they claim they saw a dragon, there really was a dragon. The Pagan beliefs haven’t died out, so there’s tension between God, the Saxon Gods under Woden and the Viking’s alien gods under Odin.

New players don’t need to know anything about the period at all, and kit is pretty easy – a tunic and trousers will get you 90% of the way there

Website / URL

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1113893321954569/

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Sharathon: Results #1

Sharathon: Results #1

We’ve had our first results back in the Larp Sharathon and they are good. I’m trying to give credit to everyone both sharing and creating the content. It is after all time to do good for everyone.

Tips Via The LARPBook FB Page

Luke (from Tank Larp) on Runnning a Larp

Have too much plot. It’s better to have lots written and not use it all than to have too little. Use side plots/one-shot/throwaway plot to fill gaps or lulls. Think about other ways of introducing plot than just NPCs and DT writeups. Newspapers, IC documents/dossiers and other forms of real life media are good ways of putting plot in that feel less force

Luke (from Tank Larp) on Leather Maintenance

Remember to regularly wax your leather wear. Leather is never water proof, only highly water resistant. Standing water WILL absorb. Always feel the inside surface when looking to buy a scabbard or baldrick, rough surfaces will damage latex over time

Links

These come via the Larp Haven Group on Facebook

Michael Sparks – Meeka The Elf – How to Videos on YouTube

Maxx Sterling – How to Make Hardtack Immersive Survial Food for larp Video

Callum Walker – Dust Monkey – Costuming and Costume Weathering Video Channel on YouTube

Added to The LARPBook FB Group

Magdelana Farrant – The Helpful Crafter – Craft skill sharing group on FB

Larp.Guide Help with starting free crafting classes

Events

We’ll be posting online events as we hear about the, in the LARPBook, Facebook Group. So keep and eye out there.

How did this Start

Take a look at Sharathon. To learn what this project is all about. Remember we need your links

The Great Larp Sharathon

The Great Larp Sharathon

Help Others Learn Cool Thing

We wanr to help all stick in isolation learn a new skill. A skill that could help larping is once again possible.

So its time for Sharathon!

Here’s the idea you post links to resources that will help larpers. Help as in learn things, things that will allow time in lockdown or isolation to be productive. Things like

  • How to Create Characters
  • How to make weapons
  • How to do makeup
  • How to make costumem
  • How to camp
  • How to run a larp

Lets exchange knowlesdge on larp related skills!

Here’s How It Works

To contribute post a comment Either on this website Or on our Facebook Group.

We’ll make sure it gets shared on. Links will be published on the larpbook website, facebook page, Facebook group, twitter and also into a number of other Facebook groups

Feel free to also pass links on. What we want is knowledge shared.

Lets help everyone make the most of isolation!

Whilst I’d love to take credit for this; the idea comes from friend of LARPBook – Ram. Thank you Ram!

Larping in Self Isolation

Larping in Self Isolation

I’m writing this on the 22nd of March 2020. Social distancing is required as is self-isolation. Many of us are working from home whilst others have been laid off or are forced not to work. Some countries are in lockdown. The UK is trying to let people do the right thing. It remains to be seen if enough will. The Covid-19 pandemic is unlike anything any of us have ever seen.

Amidst this chaos, and the need for isolation the larping community are looking for ways for the hobby to continue to be an active and positive part of their lives. Larping is inherently a social activity. Depending on social contact with others. So what happens when we can no longer get together?

This is an attempt to look at both the technology and techniques that could be used to bring larpers together when events are not possible. Some of these ideas are recommendations are personal experience. Others stem from ideas I’ve seen online. I don’t believe it’s possible to correctly give credit to the people whose ideas I’ve seen. I would like to say thank you for putting them out there to be shared and distributed.

The Technology of Remote Larp

The good news here is that there are lots of options. This list is not exhaustive. I’m not sure it could be. These are however all good options. I’m also only focussing on those that are free to use. You’ll find that some of the items here are login in and use. A few require installation on a webserver. These are included as there is a lot of technical skill amongst larpers, and the resources to do this.

Discord

A free text and voice chat service specifically designed for communities and games

Facebook Groups

Almost needing no introduction. Long used by larps as an organisational tool, don’t discount it as a place for conversation

Mastodon

Mastodon enables are free and private social media. Think of it as being Twitter just for your group of people. Interestingly Mastodon can federate between individual Mastodon installations. Giving the possibility of opening up the conversation if desired.

Skype

An oldie but a goodie. Its ability to handle conversations is well known

WhatsApp

Used by a great many. This is another first-rate free group messenger

Google Drive

Not messaging but open documents. I’d imagine this as a great place for larp letter writing, or group planning

phpBB

phpBB is a venerable but great bulletin board. Allowing for varied group discussions. The actual list of available bulletin boards is vast. So we’ve just picked on one of the best here

Roll20

Designed to support remote tabletop RPG games. I see no reason for putting this into play for creating online larps

Ideas for Remote Larp

It’s ok having technology at your disposal, but how do you use it? So here are a few ideas

The Campfire

Agree a time to meet up online. Simulate that you’re character has been out doing things or travelling. Around the campfire talk about what would have happened. Regale each other with past glories and gossip about what may be happening.

The Mead Hall

Any bar setting will do but I’m calling it a Mead Hall as I’ve stolen the idea the Wolves Faction are Curious Pastimes who have built a Mead Hall in a Facebook group and at the time writing the role-play is building up. The idea is not unlike a The Camp Fire idea. Create a space for conversation exist and let the Role Play do the rest.

Letter Writing

Once upon a time, all remote communication was accomplished with letters. Imagine if you will that your character needs to converse with another character further afield a letter needs to be written. So write your letter. Of course, we shouldn’t be posting physical letters in isolation. Send your letter by email etc. Keep the letters as separate files so that they can only be read as "letters". Use them in future events

Play a Larp

Using a scenario. Get online and talk you through playing an actual game. Talk in character. Do video – and wear your character’s costume. Use a referee from your larp and keep things in line with the main plot. See where a few hours online can take you. Someone should document this session so that what happens online stands a chance of being integrated into the main larp.

Crafting In Character

Lots of games have rules for crafting items. Allowing for special in-game items to be made and maybe traded. Extend the crafting rules online and let players role-play their following of the crafting process online. Players get a chance to better learn an aspect of the game. Items can be made ready for the next event. Just one thought – not too many special items. Care must be taken to maintain game balance here. Don’t be silly with is.

Learning to Craft for real

If you can’t larp why not learn to make things. Try your hand at leatherwork, weapon making, sewing, carving, 3d printing etc. Setup a self-help group with some friends and learn a new skill and make costumes, props and weapons for your next larp.

Create a Shared Story

Start a shared story. Put of the broad theme, location and starting conditions of the story. Then open it up to let others add a little at a time. As each person tells part of the tale it develops. Each new segment adds something unique to what has come before. It is surprisingly like larping. Very organic and stemming from the creativity of its contributors. Try using it to tell side stories from your larp.

Develop and Share Character Backstories

Larpers are generally good at backstories. So take the time to better develop those of characters you have or have intended to play. Don’t stop there though. If can come up with any more put them out there for your larp community to take a look at. It might help develop the larps world a little, and help new larpers when play resumes.

Thoughts around online

A few things to think about when you are engaged in online play. These particularly apply to video or audio calls and come from experience with recording our shows and interviews.

Don’t Monologue

You need to get an idea out and talking at length feels like the right idea. This isn’t true, it just seems like it. Put out your idea in smaller bite-sized chunks. Develop it in conversation with others. One person talking at length can be boring. It stops discourse and often puts too much out in one go for a reasonable conclusion. So keep things short.

Don’t talk over each other

When a lot of people talk at once online the conversation can collapse into babble. Let one each person complete what they are saying and work from there. Consider assigning the role of the referee or moderator to someone. Just to make sure everything is fair and even.

Assign a record keeper

Key outcomes may need to be written down for later reference. Don’t rely on everyone’s shared memory. Make someone a dedicated keeper of the notes. Make those notes available to everyone after the session so that corrections and extensions can be made. Also shared to the larps organiser if needed.

Consider recording the session

Only d0this with everyone’s permission! Record the session and share it out to other players of your larp. In fact, why not put it out on Youtube for other larpers to watch. We should all be helping to entertain each other in these dark days

Consider Using Facebook Live or YouTube Live

If you’re doing an online event let people know and think about broadcasting it live. This could be a real boon to everyone

Finally

Self-isolation is not a natural larper state of affairs. Do what you can to stat in touch, have fun and keep things going. If you are running something online don’t to publicise it on Social Media. If you let LARPBook know we’ll do what we can to help get the word out.

The important thing is to stay safe, stay well but also to stay in touch and keep the larp fires burning.

If there is anything you’d like LARPBook to know please use of Contact Page.

Sovereign Scrolls – LARP Profile

Sovereign Scrolls – LARP Profile

Name of LARP Group

Sovereign Scrolls

Country?

United States

LARP Genre

Fantasy, mild steampunk

Who Creates The Characters?

A Combination of both

On Average how tailored is the plot to characters

A lot

What Makes Your Events Friendly to New Players?

We help every new player integrate themselves into our game by collaborative building a backstory with them. Those back stories are used to create new plot for the player.

How Frequently do you run events

We have three chapters of the game and run at least two of three of them monthly.

What are the facilities like?

We run at a variety of sites. In Austin our site is a camping site with a castle, our Woodville game has a full-service kitchen and screened cabins, and our Springfield Louisiana site has a pool house, camping facilities, and a pool.

Website / URL

http://www.sovereignscrolls.com

Other Web Address

http://www.facebook.com/groups/sovereignscrolls

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Profile of Haven Larp

Profile of Haven Larp

Name of LARP Group

Haven

Country?

Belgium

LARP Genre

Adventure Fantasy

Who Creates The Characters?

The Player

On Average how tailored is the plot to characters

It Varies

What Makes Your Events Friendly to New Players?

A huge array of races to tailor your character to, and all of them are heroes: no massive character progression, but focus on roleplay and light expansion of special trade skills

How Frequently do you run events

2 weekends a month, several mini-events player-driven

What are the facilities like?

Youth camp style, all necessary amenities such as separate beds, hot showers, toilets

Tell us anything else you would like to about Your Game World, and How Your Events Work

New players arrive from their home planet, all in different ways, not realising what they will find.

Indigenous tribes, unfamiliar fauna and flora, wrathful demigods playing tricks on them – if they survive this ordeal, they may bump into more familiar groups from their home planet, or total strangers. Powerful allies or fearsome foes.

Their fate is the same, however – surviving this unwelcoming world. Either together or alone.

The existing players have been discovering this planet for a while, and scour it in one semi-coherent group. What will they think of the newcomers?

Website / URL

http://www.haven-larp.be

Other Web Address

https://www.facebook.com/LARPHaven/

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UK Larp Awards 2020 – The Winners

UK Larp Awards 2020 – The Winners

Before getting into the listings I’d just like to say thank you to everyone who nominated or voted for LARPBook. We won the inaugural Larp Media of the Year of the year and it really means a lot to us.

Thank you

Here are all the winners of the 2020 UK Larp Awards

NEW Larp Media of the Year

  • LARPBook

NEW Prop of the year

  • The Bridge of the Obsidian Cygnus – Star Wars Larp

Award for Accessibility in Larp

  • Making It

International Larp of the year

  • Odysseus

Larp venue of the year

  • Huntley Wood

Small Larp of the year

  • MVEX

Medium Larp of the year

  • Fairyland

Large Larp of the year

  • Empire

Family Event of the Year

  • Legacy

Player Run or Sanctioned Event of the year

  • Nemesis 2 – Empire

Club System of the Year

  • Fools & Heroes

Grassroots System of the Year

  • Empire

New Larp of the year

  • The Jade Throne

Larp producer of the year- foam/latex

  • Goblin Workshop

Larp producer of the year – leather

  • McSkelley Leathers

Larp producer of the year – costume

  • Golden Mochi Costumes & Commissions – Scarlett Hayler-King

Larp Caterer of the year

  • The Wooden Spoon

Creature Costume or Puppet of the year

  • Drowners – Northern Kingdoms

Online Larp retailer of the year

  • Gem’s Trading Co

In field Larp retailer of the year

  • Chow’s Emporium

Bard of the year

  • D J Wild – Fairyland – John Newton

NPC of the year

  • Rob Hopper – D’Artagnan – All For One

Event Crew Member of the year

  • Kat Quatermass

Unsung Hero

  • Cordelia Lowe

Life Time Achievement

  • Caroline "Caggles" Proctor

Overall Larp

  • Fairyland

Poker Tournament

  • Nathan McDonald

Combat Tournament

  • Grace Currah

Photography Categories

Bravery

Title: So Many Saved Judges’ Choice

Where: Obsidian Cygnus

Photographer: Oliver Facey

Honesty

Title: Before the Ancestors Judges’ Choice

Where: Empire

Photographer: Oliver Facey

Portrait

Title: AX-3000 Judges’ Choice

Where: Tenement 67

Photographer: Rob Davies (LARPBook)

Mobile

Title: The Bluebells of Murder Alley Judges’ Choice

Where: Empire

Photographer: Tom Llewellyn

General

Title: Don’t Byte Off More than You Can Chew Judges’ Choice

Where: From Shadows

Photographer: Tony Berzins

Unit

Title: Disney Crew Judges’ Choice

Where: From Shadows

Photographer: Tony Berzins

Advanced

Title: You got the Password? Judges’ Choice

Where: No Rest for the Wicked

Photographer: Ben Smith

That’s it for the UK Larp Awards in 2020. See you in 2021

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