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


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Horror Cowboy LARP: A Fistful of Pesos 2

Horror Cowboy LARP: A Fistful of Pesos 2

It’s cowboy horror larp time. Way back in the mists of 2012 I was lucky enough to play in the original Fistful of Pesos game. You can read that review here.  I had a very good time.

The resurgence of the Fear of the Dark has brought us to its sequel. A Fistful of Pesos 2.

Actually sequel isn’t strictly true as I learned that is is actually part 2 of what will be a trilogy of cowboy horror events. That’s the history. What about the event itself?

The event started at around 8pm on the Friday (June 1st 2018). The first evening really gave us a chance to settle into our characters. Yes there was some threat. But it was nothing terrifying. We got our cowboy on and got used to our sixguns, Importantly we grasped out place in the story. Up until this point we’d all received a number of mails detailing the backstory and know it all came together as we played it,.

It was 1850 and were all part of a Wagon Train that was heading out West. The journey had been arduous and now the train was in trouble. Key members had been poisoned and could not be moved. So a small party had set off to check out a shortcut to a Fort, where it was hoped that medical supplies and much needed food could be found. We were that party.

Early on in the game we reached a shack. The plan was that we’d overnight there and move. This is where larp and reality clashed. Most of the male players had decided to play U.S. macho. They’d fight, shoot, drink, ride and do all the rough stuff. Women though had to cook, and clean and be submissive. So the games sole female player found herself being pushed towards the kitchen. The cooking was her job.

This did not go down too well. Not in the slightest.

Now some of this was due to the kind of politically incorrect banter that goes on at these games. But some of it was a modern reaction to being put in situation where current norms don’t work. Now how her character should have reacted – I’m not qualified to say. But it felt that in addition to some teasing we had genuine reaction between modern feelings and the worst of 1850,

That is something that I’ve always liked about larp. The ability to let us feel things in a way that is outside of how we normally live.

The next morning saw my character suffer the consequences of over sleeping (a bit of a shouting at), and the consumption of beans (the side effects of which would be prevalent through the day). Then we were off. All we had to do was avoid being shot at by the locals and get through a short canyon that had some bad stories told about it.

This is where I’m going to stop the account. I’m getting into spoiler territory should this ever be rerun. Also what came next had to be seen, heard and experienced. Let’s just say that as the day progressed things got strange. Things got eerie, surreal and spooky. We felt the toll of death and were pushed by forces that we didn’t begin to understand onwards but not upwards.

The high point if you can call it that was the reading of a very authentic diary that told gruesome tale of a previous wagon train that tried to get through the canyon. It was listened to in hushed silence and set us all up for knowing that a bad end could not be far away.

It was very Fear of the Dark. Letting us grow into our characters. Have room for some fun and then over time reveal the situation we were in. I had a great time. I’m looking forward to the next one

Interesting this event was inspired / taken from an actual story of a group of travellers from 1846-1847. The Donner Party. I think that helped give this an edge of realism. If you’d like to know more about the Donner Party this is a link to the Wikipedia page.

Cowboy Photo Gallery

As is becoming usual we shot some off the cuff video diaries

Diary 1: Friday: just before we started


Diary 2: Saturday: Dressed As Cowboys


Diary 3: Sunday, It’s All Over and Time to say Thank You




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)

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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

Brixham Pirate Festival

Brotherhood of the black (BOB)

Oliver Facey Gallery

Steve Mitchell

Ric Crossley – Slender Pictures



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



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Curious Pastimes – ‘Erin: Uile no rud sam bith’ is over

Curious Pastimes – ‘Erin: Uile no rud sam bith’ is over

I’ve arrived home as event 1 for Curious Pastimes 2018 is now over. It’s a sad moment when a larping event comes to its end; but at least we have lots to show you from this one.

First  thought I have say some thank yous. Thanks to Curious Pastimes for letting us come in and do this. We really appreciate it. Also a special mention to the crew time for really making us welcome – you are larpy wonderfulness.  I also want to say a special mention to Oliver Facey, Ric Crossley and Steve Mitchell. A pleasure as always to work alongside you gentlemen.

Now onto the end of the game. It was a tough one for the players, that is to say their enemies were intelligent, crafty and strong. Personally these are always my favourites. Despite the frustration and annoyance of losses – I just feel that is more satisfying to get through the tough times. I’m not sure as I write this of the outcome of the Monday battle. I’ll explain why in a moment but even without that it was clear to see that this was a great event.

This was my first time at a start of season event for Curious Pastimes. It’s smaller in terms of numbers than renewal, but not in atmosphere. Spending time in the bar (the Crimson Moon of course), hanging around camps or following skirmishes it all felt that the smaller numbers did not take away from anything. It felt like a calmer place but in that calm before the storm kind of way. Really nice

I’ve become a sucker for Paccar scout camp. It’s easily becoming a favourite larping venue for me; it is a gorgeous location. And it seems to accommodate Curious Pastimes just right.

There were highlights – like watching the start of Beltane. That was special. The action in the skirmishes were great and I thought the healers did a wonderful job of roleplaying bringing people back from the brink. There was one particularly splendid piece of demonic bad-guy monologging – I really hope we have that on video. Vollsanger did a wonderful job of building up atmosphere, and Moxy the lammie carrying wench had real fun with punters.

Great fun. It was a weekend I loved it.

For a taster here is the first set of photos from this event as we have lots to show you

Curious Pastimes – Halfway Through –  Erin: Uile no rud sam bith

Curious Pastimes – Halfway Through – Erin: Uile no rud sam bith

We’re at Curious Pastimes Event 1 2018, “Erin: Uile no rud sam bith”. This is a halftime report so to speak. It’s Sunday morning. The event started on Friday and ends on Monday.

We’re recording event diaries and at the moment the place to find these is our Facebook page. There will be a post that collates all of these and they will eventually go to YouTube. Right now the live stuff is on Facebook. This is turning out to be a good way of working for us. So expect instant on Facebook, and everything following on here and on YouTube

I haven’t forgotten about Instagram and I’m coming to that. When we photograph an event we try and stay out of peoples faces, so the phone camera doesn’t work so well at distance. This event I’m experimenting with new lenses and a new camera. We’ve had some amazing shots and so that are purely experimental. Either way expect a slew of updates on Instagram as the photos process.

Saturday we met up with a lot of old friends.  There was planning for events coming up. Also I’m getting some special prop work done – I will explain that when it happens (sorry for the tease). It will probably take a few months to complete

Coming up today we are planning to look at some more of the play and we have a plot to make a blacksmithing video.

There’s going to be a battle

And we will be recording some more diaries

It’s been a glorious event so far. I think that’s going to continue


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.


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!

LARP Profile: Aurum LARP

LARP Profile: Aurum LARP

We are currently a small (20-30 players) game with a small rulebook (<100 pages) that is easy to pick up. Because we are new, everyone is around the same level amd working together to survive and ‘win’ the weekend. We have a great range of players from veterans to brand new as well.

Group Name: Aurum LARP

Web Page:

Other Web Page:

Describe Your Game Genre:    Steampunk

Who Creates Characters: The Player

How Much Plot is Tailored to individual Characters? It Varies

How Long Has the Group Been Running For?  Less than one year

How Frequently do you run events and for a players what is the commitment level to attend all events like?  
Once a month. There is very little obligation to attend consecutive events, though we hope to entertain you enough that you’ll Want to do so.

Typically What Are the Facilities Like at your Game Sites?  

We typically use scout camps and camps with accessibility features when we can. We always make sure camps have cabins with beds and some sort of mattress, indoor plumbing, showers, and a kitchen.

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

Aurum is a Gaslight Fantasy, “Steampunk” themed combat (boffer) LARP located in New Jersey (NJ) centered around exploration, discovery and teamwork. Join as a freelance worker, or come in as a subcontracted company, to help establish the framework of civilization in the wilderness of Antioch during the spring, summer and fall. Or come and enjoy gatherings in the old world during the winter months, where science fairs, holiday balls, and other events could help you establish connections and/or give you the edge you need to thrive and survive in Antioch.

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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)

LARP Profile: Criminal Contact

LARP Profile: Criminal Contact

Group Name:  Criminal Contact

Web Page:

Describe Your Game Genre:   Frontier town interactive economic environment

Who Creates Characters: The Player

How Much Plot is Tailored to individual Characters?  It Varies

How Long Has the Group Been Running For?    7 years

How Frequently do you run events and for a players what is the commitment level to attend all events like?  

Events usually occur twice a year around April and September. Each event stands alone, with running themes being propagated from one to the next. Participants may adopt different characters at each event with only the fictional setting and game format remaining the same. This allows for players to vary their experiences and miss events without penalty.

Typically What Are the Facilities Like at your Game Sites?  The regular site is woodland with a covered ‘out of game’ area. Facilities include a site shop, toilets and lunch options if required.

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

Criminal Contact is a unique open world roleplay event based around a functioning economy, where characters supply and demand various items for players to trade, transport, smuggle or steal. While players may ‘unlock’ airsoft firearms to use at these events, it is important to note that firefights have consequences! In short, this is NOT a regular airsoft skirmish disguised with a theme.


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