Northern Kingdoms: A Witcher Larp Interview

Northern Kingdoms: A Witcher Larp Interview

We were lucky to get an interview with Simon Deacon. The creator of the new Northern Kingdoms Witcher Larp. There’s been some buzz on this one. It was nominated for a UK Larp Award; and we’ve had a bunch of people telling us how good it is.

This made me keen to find out more.

Sadly this particular interview was beset by technical issues. I can only issue my apologies for these.

To make up we’d like to offer an open invitation to Simon and Northern Kingdoms to come back at any time to talk more about the larp.

The Interview

To learn more about Northern Kingdoms. Here is their Facebook Group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/112839639069015/

The photo used for this post comes from the Larp Photographer Kren Cooper

UK Larp Awards 2019: The Results

UK Larp Awards 2019: The Results

The results of the UK Larp Awards were announced at a ceremony on the Saturday night of Larpcon 2019.

This listing shows all the winners and where applicable runners up for all categories. This year we’re making sure to include items that were part of larpcon itself such as the Poker tournament, and the Sword and Shield competition.

We were delighted to see the inclusion of the new category of Accessibility in Larp, our is that this makes more people think about how can their larps achieve this.

Here is the full listing:

Award for Accessibility in Larp NEW FOR 2019

  • Under the Stars – Winner
  • Marked: A school for heroes – Runner-Up

International Larp of the Year RETURNING FOR 2019

  • Raven Crew – Italy&on a pirate ship – Winner
  • Legion: Siberian Story – Czech Rep – Runner-Up

Venue of the Year

  • Huntley Wood – Winner
  • The Grange – Runner-Up

Small Larp of the Year

  • Paradigm Shift – Winner
  • Faded Glory – Runner-Up

Medium Larp of the Year

  • Wing and a Prayer – Winner
  • Orion’s Sphere – Runner-Up

Large Larp of the Year

  • Empire – Winner
  • Curious Pastimes – Runner-Up

Family Larp of the Year

  • Legacy – Winner
  • Empire – Runner-Up

Sanctioned Larp of the Year

  • Empire – Over the Edge – Winner
  • Curious Pastimes – College Event – Tempest Arcanem – Runner-Up

Club Larp of the Year

  • Fools and Heroes – Winner
  • Polaris – University of Nottingham – Runner-Up

Grassroots Larp of the Year

  • Empire – Winner
  • Fools and Heroes – Runner-Up

New Larp of the Year

  • Orion’s Sphere – Winner
  • Jacobite – Runner-Up

Producer of the Year in Foam/Latex

  • Andy Rimmer Offa Studios – Winner
  • Light Armouries – Runner-Up

Producer of the Year in Leather

  • The Goblin Workshop. – Winner
  • Darkblade – Runner-Up

Producer of the Year in Costume

  • Romany Robes – Winner
  • Craftigan – Runner-Up

Caterer of the Year

  • The Good Honest Food Co – Winner
  • Mhorish – Runner-Up

Creature Costume of the Year

  • “Massive 4 armed orc monstrosity thing” – Danielle Starkey – CP – Winner
  • Robo-Anubis – Olga Maksimenko and Eugene Griskov – Future’s End – Runner-Up

On-line Retailer of the Year

  • LarpInn – Winner
  • Gems Trading Co – Runner-Up

In-field Retailer of the Year

  • Having a Larp – Winner
  • Chow’s Emporium – Runner-Up

Player of the Year

  • Samuel Newton – Winner
  • Rosie Woolley – Runner-Up

Bard of the Year

  • Gabrielle Jones – Winner
  • Mark Chilvers – Runner-Up

NPC of the Year

  • Alexandra Preece – Queen of the Forest – Winner
  • Danny Lake – Wyndrake Winterheart, King of Albion – Runner-Up

Crew Member of the Year

  • Samuel Newton – Winner
  • Andy Raff – Runner-Up

Mainstream Event of the Year

  • Secret Cinema’s showing of “Bladerunner” – Winner
  • Star Wars VR Experience – Stratford – Runner-Up

Costume Photograph

  • One Life, One Nation, One Empire – Worn by Matt Kazmierczak – Winner
  • Lady Maria Eddington – Worn by Jaz Parry – Runner-Up

Photo – People’s choice – General

  • Oliver Facey Surrounded – Winner
  • Daniel Parry The Banshees of Bledbridge – Runner-Up

Photo – Jugde’s choice – General

  • Oliver Facey Surrounded – Winner

Photo – People’s choice – Unit

  • Rob Selwood The Dalriadans – Winner
  • Beth Dooner Jachin’s Legacy – Runner-Up

Photo – Judge’s choice – Unit

  • Rob Selwood The Dalriadans – Winner

Photo – People’s choice – Tranquillity

  • Derek McAllister Halfling on Ice – Winner
  • Pete Guyan Time for tea – Runner-Up

Photo – Judge’s choice – Tranquillity

  • Beth Dooner The Sirens Call – Winner

Photo – People’s choice – Grief

  • Chiara Mac Brothers – Winner
  • Derek McAllister Burden of the Magos – Runner-Up

Photo – Judge’s choice – Grief

  • Chiara Mac Brothers – Winner

Photo – People’s choice – Rage

  • Oliver Facey I have no voice – Winner
  • Beth Dooner Dying Breath – Runner-Up

Photo – Judge’s choice – Rage

  • Oliver Facey I have no voice – Winner

Advanced Photography Award

  • Rob Selwood – “Weariness of the Long Time Larper”

Unsung Hero

  • Sean Maguire

Lifetime Achievement

  • Dave Oliver

Overall Larp

  • Paradigm Shift

Poker

  • Janice Hillman

Sword and Shield Combat Tournament

  • Matthew Guthrie

Northern Kingdoms. A Witcher Larp Profile

Northern Kingdoms. A Witcher Larp Profile

LARP Group

Northern Kingdoms – A Witcher Larp

Country

UK

LARP Genre

Dark Fantasy set in the world of the Witcher

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?

Our simple rules and emphasis on roleplay help is ensure that we can maximise our referees attention on the players not for rules but to develop roleplay. This goes double for new players who may need more assistance getting into the spirit of the game, our crew are friendly and approachable. Any complaints are dealt with there and then to promote a fun and safe environment, well not safe from the monsters anyway.

How Frequently do you run events

We have just ran our first event last November and have two events planned this year in July and October. We plan to run two events per year.

What are the facilities like?

Our first event had hot running water, power and hot drinks for free. we also hire caterers at additional cost to both crew and players.
We aim to have the same types of facilities at sites where we run our events.

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

Our players take on the role of mercenaries fighting a war which features in the Witcher 3 game, during events players will tackle the main plot and have the opportunity to take on additional contracts to gain more coin and also further advance their own personal plot(s). All plots and quests can have multiple outcomes which all depends on the players actions or inaction.

Website / URL

https://www.facebook.com/groups/112839639069015/

Contacts Email Address

[email protected]

 

The Gallery

All images are via the larp photographer Kren Cooper

Get in Touch with Northern Kingdoms

UK LARP Award Nominations 2019

UK LARP Award Nominations 2019

It is LARP Awards season. At least here in the UK, it is. Also when I say season I do mean the UK Larp Awards associated with Larpcon. These awards have been running now since 2011 – which is quite an achievement and I hope they continue for quite a while as each year we get a fascinating insight into what is going on in UK Larp. The award ceremony itself is on March 3rd 2019. So these are the nominations. Let’s see who is in the running this year.

The Nominess

Award for Accessibility in Larp. *** NEW FOR 2019 ***

  • Bothwell School of Witchcraft
  • Curious Pastimes
  • Empire
  • Marked: A school for heroes
  • Under the Stars

International Larp of the Year. *** RETURNING FOR 2019 ***

  • Academy of Eblana – Ireland
  • College of Wizardry – Poland
  • Conscience – Spain
  • Legion: Siberian Story – Czech Rep
  • Raven Crew – Italy & on a pirate ship

Larp Venue of the Year

  • Eversley
  • Herstmonceux Castle
  • Huntley Wood
  • Paccar Scout Camp
  • The Grange

Small Larp of the Year

  • Clans of Albion
  • Erda
  • Eyelarp – Norseman Saga
  • Faded Glory
  • Paradigm Shift

Medium Larp of the Year

  • Age of Aether
  • Exiled on the Shores of Carmoa
  • Guild of Darkness
  • Orion’s Sphere
  • Wing and a Prayer

Large Larp of the Year

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

Family Larp of the Year

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

Sanctioned Larp of the Year

  • Age of Aether – Consequences
  • CP College Event – Tempest Arcanem
  • Empire – Nemesis
  • Empire – Over the Edge
  • LT – Fey Fables 3

Club Larp of the Year

  • General Larp Society (DUGL) – Durham University
  • Fools & Heroes
  • Hokfell – Leeds University
  • Labyrinthe
  • Polaris – University of Nottingham

Grassroots Larp of the Year

  • Bothwell School of Witchcraft
  • Empire
  • Erda
  • Fools & Heroes
  • Northern Kingdoms

New Larp of the Year

  • Exiled on the Shores of Carmoa
  • Jacobite
  • Legacy
  • Northern Kingdoms
  • Orion’s Sphere

Producer of the Year – Foam/latex

  • AJ Preece LARP Supplies
  • Offa Studios
  • Cræftigan
  • Light Armouries
  • Medlock Armoury

Producer of the Year – Leather

  • Darkblade
  • Lock’s Leather
  • The Goblin Workshop.
  • Lamia Leather
  • The Thornless Rose

Producer of the Year – Costume

  • Chows
  • Cræftigan
  • Romany Robes
  • Sewn By Dragons
  • Whitestar Clothing

Caterer of the Year

  • Caggles Catering
  • Mhorish
  • The Good Honest Food Co
  • The RattShakk
  • The Wooden Spoon

Creature Costume of the Year

  • Bruce the Drop bear – Sewn By Dragons – Age of Aether
  • Jalkur – Gareth Shaw – Orion Sphere
  • ‘Massive four armed orc monstrosity thing’ – Danielle Starkey – CP
  • Noonwraith/Nekkers – Dog Bane SFX – Northern Kingdoms
  • Robo-Anubis – Olga Maksimenko and Eugene Griskov – Future’s End

On-line retailer of the Year

  • Chow’s Emporium
  • Clutter Buys
  • Darkblade
  • Gems Trading Co
  • LarpInn

In-field retailer of the Year

  • Chow’s Emporium
  • Das Shoppe
  • Gem’s Trading Co
  • Having a Larp
  • LarpInn

Player of the Year

  • Jack Smallpage
  • Leanna Longo
  • Rosie Woolley
  • Samuel Newton
  • Stacy Stokes

Bard of the Year

  • Gabrielle Jones
  • Granny and the boon
  • Mark Chilvers
  • Michelle Cleland
  • Volksanger

NPC of the Year

  • Alexandra Preece – Queen of the Forest – CP
  • Andrew Forrest – Ishtar – LT
  • Danny Lake – Wyndrake Winterheart, King of Albion – LT
  • Pixie Noir (aka Robert Smith) – Ethen Herald– Age of Aether
  • Vickey Eyles – gnome – Bothwell School of Witchcraft

Crew Member of the Year

  • Andy Raff
  • Baby John Lee Pellett
  • Graeme Jamieson
  • Kayleigh Whybrow
  • Woody J Bevan

Mainstream Event of the Year

  • Immersive Gatsby
  • Inkwell Investigations – London
  • Quasar – Hemel Hempstead
  • Secret Cinema (Bladerunner)
  • Star Wars V.R. Experience – Stratford

Good Luck to all the Nominees

The image for this post is from the Larpspotting poster. This was created for Larpcon by Jamie Blakeman of Larp Inn
Tank Larp – The Interview

Tank Larp – The Interview

Tank Larp is a recent addition to our larp profiling section. It’s something I’ve been fascinated by and was delighted when we had a chance to run a video and learn more about it.

It’s a fascinating sounding game. A true mashup of genres. And of course, it features armoured vehicles and tank battles. 

I think its made the child in every larper I know squeal. 

The Video

Tank Larp Links

If after this you want to know more then here are the links you need.

https://tanklarp.wixsite.com/main

https://www.facebook.com/groups/159042898152733/

 

Twin Mask – Fantasy LARP Rules with Character

Twin Mask – Fantasy LARP Rules with Character

It’s setting is Adelrune, a fantasy world in decline. Dragons are extinct and puritanical humans hunt down anything magical or non-human.

Its rulebook is available as a downloadable PDF.

About The RuleBook

Taking a look it is interesting. It goes straight into defining a character based on race, culture of origin and religion. Straight up no rules.  Instead, we are looking at the source material you need to create a character that is part of a society in the game.

I like putting roleplay aspects up front like this.

After that, it is the rules. Character creation is points first. 

We start with the possibility to fairly fine-tune background details. Such a being a noble or having a poor memory.  It’s an opportunity to balance not abilities but what kind of person your character is.

Personal skills get the same treatment. The rule book has an extensive list that players can purchase. Each race also gets a set of specific ‘Default’ skills.

I’ve always liked the idea of having something based on who you are where you come from. We all gain things from the place we live in.

This vein continues into extensive lists of abilities for different types of character.

It’s clear some thought has gone into these. As has those for the magic system.

Then we get to information about your character’s history and there is a twist here.

All characters are living after a sort of second chance. They have all died.  They have all returned from the dead. These deaths, must also be ’emotionally climatic’. No slipping off whilst sleeping then.

Something about this suggests to me that we are looking at a game with a heavy emphasis on roleplay.

After this, the book describes standardised calls and effect durations. The aim is simplicity. There’s a lot in the rulebook and this cuts down on having to remember a lot of details.

That’s another trademark of a roleplay first system.

Finally, we get to game policies and information about being in and out of character. Good that these are all in the rule book.

Twin Mask Rules – First Impression

I’ve never seen this game played. I am on the wrong continent. Yet I get the feeling that the writing isn’t just making rules. They are building a framework that people can run characters through.

That’s different to a lot of fantasy rules I see. Many feel like an attempt to recreate Dungeons and Dragons. Sure there are fantasy tropes here. The feeling though is that this is more about creating a place to build characters and tell stories.

My first thought on the page count was – this is too long. Know though I see why and it makes sense.

I rarely say that about long rulebooks.

How to Learn More About Twin Masks

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LARPBook, is looking to feature more sets of larp rules.

If you would like yours featured then fill in the form on this link.

Cyberpunk 2020 Larp Interview

Cyberpunk 2020 Larp Interview

Jackalope  Live Studios are doing a big licensed blockbuster larp. This time they’re taking on the Cyberpunk Genre and they’re doing by using the setting for Cyberpunk 2020 from R Talsorian Games.

The Talsorian Cyberpunk game is the granddaddy of Cyberpunk RPGs and of the very best ever written. We were fascinated to learn more about its translation larp.

We caught up with Steve E Metze the project leader for this larp and had this first rate conversation with him.

 

Contacting Jackalope Live Action Studios

If you’d like to know more about this larp then you can find full details at:

http://jackalope-larp.com/our-events/cyberpunk-2020-night-city/

They can also be contacted via: [email protected]

Article Image

The image used is the cover art for cyberpunk 2020 and is the copyright of R Talsorian Games.  

Used here to set the scene.

 

What’s Your Game 2019

What’s Your Game 2019

On Saturday 2nd of February, the LARPBook team assembled. Not in an awesome, “Avengers Assemble!” kind of way. More like an, it’s early and cold; get me a coffee kind of way. We were off to Gloucester for our annual pilgrimage to the What’s Your Game Kit Fair. As a group, we like this event. There are always old friends to meet there and lots of cool gear to look at. The sandwiches are also very good. You’ll quite a few photos and more video interviews than usual. This was a good year for us to do media.  I’m hoping that is the pattern for 2019.

What’s Your Game Itself

The event meanders through Blackfriars Priory. It’s an awesome location. A 13th medieval priory filled with atmosphere, nooks and crannies. You could easily write a larp that involved exploring this place. The What’s Your Game plant plenty of signs around the site. A good idea. Wouldn’t want any larpers to get lost in here. It might sound labyrinthine but that means plenty of space for vendors to display their ware. For me, one of the standouts of What’s Your Game is the generosity of space. It means there is space to try on and try out in a way that doesn’t feel cramped or restricted.  The result is a friendly atmosphere. As even when full it does not feel overbearing. The complex handles people very well. Also a shout out to the What’s Your Game staff. I had to rely on a walking stick this weekend and they made sure I knew about all the easy ways to get around. Thank You!

The Mead

For the last couple of years, I’ve run into new mead makers at What’s Your Game. Last year it was Magic Mead. This year it was Wye Valley Meadery who make an excellent sparkling session mead. Also, Sam of the Crimson Moon was talking about their new enterprise Duntabbin. A specialist mead shop. Is it all about the mead?

The Larp Kit

It’s not all about the mead as there was a great range of larp kit. For the first time, I didn’t come away with more costume. That’s only because I didn’t have a plan for what I needed.  Had that been on my mind it would have been a very different outcome. A good sign is always new traders. They were here. Quite a few were doing their first bit of con or field trading. It happens every year. I for one am very glad that What’s Your Game attracts both established and new artisans.  

Medieval Combat

Between the priory buildings, there is a small green. Every year something happens here. This year we had demonstrations of from civil war re-enactors and also medieval combat. Expect to hear more about medieval combat in LARPBook.  

The Photograph Gallery

The Video Interviews

We interviewed a number of traders at What’s Your Game and this is what we learned. We’ve loaded the videos as a playlist.  Or you could just watch on YouTube.    
Tank Larp – Larping with Armoured Vehicles

Tank Larp – Larping with Armoured Vehicles

LARP Group

Tanklarp live action roleplay

Country

United Kingdom

LARP Genre

Low-fantasy Darkage/Dieselpunk, Larp involving live Military vehicles

Who Creates The Characters?

The Player

On Average how tailored is the plot to characters

A little

What Makes Your Events Friendly to New Players?

We are Low rules, no calls and roleplay rewarding. We have simple and easy/affordable to aquire kit levels that still look the part. Strong emphasis on group play means individual players wont be left out of plot.

How Frequently do you run events

For our first year, we are running one event (5th to 7th July) with the aim to do 2 events a year from 2020 if all goes well

What are the facilities like?

Some plumbed in toilets in farm building near entrance. Catering available through Skian Mhor

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

TankLARP is the first larp in the UK to have use of Military vehicles as part of the game.

 

As a Tanker, learn to drive, shoot and load a machine of war and take it into combat against enemy Tank Aces. As a Trooper, join the fight on the front lines. Troopers will either fight on the front lines against enemy forces or load up into a 10-man APC to be driven to far reaching engagements

 

A Lone continent, seeded with early humans as a work force for a powerful race of ancient beings. After the exodus, humans were left to their own devices. Their Dark Age resulted in a Magic-industrial revolution involving the element they were brought to mine. Then, the Mechanical Horde arrived. They almost succeeded in ridding the continent of all life until Centra, the human inhabitants of the only functioning Ancient city stood up to stop them. The ensuing calamity resulted in the Mechanical Horde and the Centrans Blinking out of existence, leaving vacant homes, resources and, more importantly, their machines, the only machines usable by humans in the continent.

 

The Unified Kingdoms of Gulldahn and the Revaaran Empire were the nations that got their hands on the technology first. A meeting of all the nations rulers put down an Accord for war on the continent to help them prepare for more threats like the mechanical horde, meaning war stays away from civilian populaces and more chivalrous than it has been.
Now it is an arms race, the ones to conquer the City of Centra can rule the continent, but other nations, and other forces at work, have their own plans

 

Website

https://tanklarp.wixsite.com/main?fbclid=IwAR1fAkAgR4Uscvr20hcIMNTCEouu0gz46v0GVi7ehRCf590JwNFTvcCXfY8

https://www.facebook.com/groups/159042898152733/?ref=bookmarks

Contact Email Address

[email protected]

 

Photograph Gallery

Get in touch with TankLarp

Interview with Steinnarr from Schism Larp

Interview with Steinnarr from Schism Larp

The Interview

It was great to meet up with Steinnarr as we’ve been passing messages for a little while. He has a small larp in Canada that is moving from test plays to full events this year and I was fascinated by the sound of it. If that sounds like a bit of a tease – well it is. However, this link will explain more as it takes you to a full profile that explains Schism Larp.

 

During the course of the interview talks about the development period and also the structure of the game itself. So we learned a lot about how characters gain faction allegiances and also what the factions mean.

This was good as the game was billed as merging fantasy, SF and horror and it certainly looks like it does that. 

 

It also piqued something in Luke. Recently we’ve been chatting about larps that don’t hand victories out to players but where loss and consequences are a vital part of the story. From the sounds of it, Schism is in that category. It’s wartime conditions and you need to do what you need to do to survive.

 

Winter Larping

We also ended up talking about the differences in Winter Larping between Canada. In particular Ontario and the UK. It boiled down you can frostbite and loose bits of your body in Ontario. In the UK a stiff drink helps warm you up.

 

Steaming Again

We had a few technical hiccups going into this interview. It represents our return to steaming with a new setup. The lack of experience in the new gear shows in this Interview and I’d like to thank Steinnarr for being so patient. We’ve asked if he’ll come back. That’s due to a genuine interest in this game. Also I’d like the chance to do a better job of the video recording.

Also to the viewer. Apologies for issues at the start of this video. However, it is worth it for the content that follows.

 

Find Out More

If you’d like to find out more about Schism larp there is a Facebook group. The address is:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1421205691477140/

 

 

 

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