Starting a new System

Starting a new System

First of all, I’d like to point out that this is my first article for Larp Book as you normally see me videoing myself on my YouTube Channel.

So, as I start, please ignore the spelling mistakes and bad grammar as me did bad at English in school!

I’m going to be attending my first Curious Pastimes; Event 3 “The Forge of Norsca” at Huntley Woods between the 19th to 21st July. Now as an experienced larper you’d think that this should be a walk in the woods (pun intended) and that I should be excited, ready to go but in actually fact I’m nervous and anxious.

When it comes to debuting at a new system you have to remember that calls and actions for certain systems can and will be different from each other. I for one don’t want to mistaken a ‘Strikedown’ and pretend to bleed out but it’s actually you fall over and not bleed out (for example). On top of this I will be meeting a lot of new players in a system I’m not familiar with. I don’t have an IC tent so I will be camping separate from my friends in the OC area so my anxiety will be heightened getting from OC to my IC area during ‘Time In’ without being murdered IC (which I’ve heard this happens).

Thankfully going into Curious Pastimes Event 3 having been reading up the rules, know people who already attend and made a character to fit in with the players I know attend and help with their plots. If you’re completely new person to the game and you don’t know anyone then this can be very scary for you. If I were to give any advice for anyone starting a new system, veteran larper like me or completely new to larp, then read and learn the information the systems provide. I’ve linked the Curious Pastimes sites below but if you’re looking at attending another larp system that you’re not been to before then please do your research. You’ll never know you might know someone or a friend of a friend that attends who can help you as larp popularity is on the rise.

If it helps then why don’t you try monstering for an event, I did this down in Cornwall for Chaosgate and learnt the system pretty quickly and got to know players very well. Even have two-character concepts for my next event when I go back there next year.

By all means if you have and issues or questions about a system then please get in touch with those who run the events. Most systems get back to answering questions pretty quickly but obviously expect some delays around event times.

Hope you’ve got something from this article and if you’re as nervous as me going into Curious Pastimes Event 3 or any other Larp event you’re attending then please get in touch. I’ve also linked my ‘Like’ page below and would love to hear from you fellow larpers.

Curious Pastimes References:

Website – https://curiouspastimes.co.uk/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/curiouspastimes/

John Harding References:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/TheRockerJH

Chaosgate 10th Event I monstered – https://youtu.be/b40RdcflogY

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The image for this post comes from Robs Curious Pastimes Collection. If you’d like to see more of these then follow the link

Larp Day Event – Forest Argent

Larp Day Event – Forest Argent

This is my second one-day event of 2019.  Day events are something I wanted to cover more this year. They give that good larp kick, but over a shorter period. I’m not going to say more or less intense. That’s not true. Day events are just shorter than Weekend events.

Originally I had an incredible time at Tenement 67  and not again a different but also a fabulous time at Forest Argent.

Longtime readers or listeners might recognise that name. Forest Argent is a favourite that I haven’t visited in a while. Going back was wonderful.

At the end of this post, there is a video diary.  Recorded on the way home it really sums up my feeling for the day.

Post Event Thoughts

I’m writing this one week after processing some photographs. A couple of things come to mind.

First of all, I think meeting for breakfast is a genius idea. It gives everyone a chance to talk in person and get easier with each other. Which is really useful as it makes the day larp approachable. I like that as I think the one-day commitment makes day larps ideal for larping newcomers. Indeed there were newcomers to larping here and I believe this helped

Having a good solid meal before larping is also a great idea.

There was a delay in starting due to logistics. This happens. But the more experience members made it all work out. Kudos all. Delays are common in all larps. Organising larpers and gear is a bit like herding cats. Any group that manages a delay well is good.  Also its a good measure of a club – established members know how to help. That’s a good club.

I have to restress the point in the video that the game pivoted around the players really well. Early on the players had a problem Something went badly for them. Things needed adjusting. Fortunately, Gideon, who runs Forest Argent has a strong eye for character design. He always understands how motivations for NPCs and players work. That means he adjusts plot well on the fly. I cannot stress how great this is. Especially on a day game where there is little room for downtime.

One final point is that the site which in this case Woodbury Common. It’s open public land. There were people there walking their dogs, or just enjoying being outside. Gideon makes sure that respect for this people is maintained. It’s also reciprocated back. Its heartening to see.

Finally was it fun? I’ve always had blast at Forest Argent weekend events. This one day game was no different. If you want some larping fun I can recommend.

Photographs from the day

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Video Diary

3 Larp Traders Interviewed

3 Larp Traders Interviewed

Larp traders in a field means one thing.  Rob will try to interview them. Actually so would any other member of LARPBook.

Of course, traders being who they all have their own things to say. Which is good. That’s the whole point of interview.

So with Rob’s usual stuttery approach, we end with 3 very different conversations. After all, they are 3 very different larp traders.

These interviews were recorded on the Monday morning of ‘Curious Pastimes – The Siege of Ravenburg’. Pretty much one after the other.

Rob Interviewed

Ian Knope of Having A Larp. The talk went beyond larp trading as Ian also runs LarpCon and the UK Larp Awards. You’ll hear plenty about these.

Andy Rimmer of Offa Studio. Offa Studio is part of the Skian Mhor family and you’ll get to hear about that family of amazing makers. Rob’s wandered to the dead character discount. Which is perhaps one good thing that can come out of the worst thing.

Tristan Dowrick of Stardust Larpcraft. We’ve interviewed Tristan before – this is one from What’s Your Game. This time you’re going to see his Booth Babe dance and also some new products he’s been working on.

The Interviews

Ian Knope

Andy Rimmer

Tristan Dowrick

Thank You

We’d like to finish up by saying a big thank you to all three.

The Photo for this post

We couldn’t show a traders stand without showing favouritism. So instead we have a shrine at Curious Pastimes. If you’d like more photos from this event then take a look at Robs new photo page – starting at The Siege of Ravenburg

Fool & Heroes: Springfest 2019

Fool & Heroes: Springfest 2019

Fools & Heroes is a long running British Larp. In fact it is one of the longest running larps in the UK. It dates back to 1986! For a UK game it also has an unusual structure. Its federated into 21 branches. Making it a very easy game to find. You are never that far from a Fools & Heroes game.

Each branch also organises their own events. In the UK there is almost always someone playing Fools & Heroes on a weekend.

Fools & Heroes has two major national events. Springfest (at the start of May) and Sumerfest (at the end of August).

John Harding went to Springfest and recorded these videos for us. We get great insight into his journey and the game itself

Springfest Part 1: The Journey

Not all trips to a larp are straightforward. This one looks like an adventure that tested patience and endurance. I’d like to put forward the idea that the journey is important. A good trip helps us transition in and out the game. Although this one looks more like a test of the soul.

Springfest Part 2: The Event

Now we get to learn about and see Springfest. Starting with a look at his camping arrangements before moving on to the game itself. This video is part heartfelt diary and part a peek at the Springfest game play itself.

Thanks to John Harding

We’d like to thank John for creating these. [You can see more of his larp videos if you click here. ](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=em00RKc_5aw&

Interviews at Curious Pastimes 2019: Event 1

Interviews at Curious Pastimes 2019: Event 1

The Siege of Ravenburg was a busy event. A packed plot with some fantastic set piece battles.  It was also the start of a project to unveil more about this larp.

For this event the tool of choice was the interview. Here’s why.

I wanted to get a bit more behind the game. To gain a better understanding of both players and crew. Talking to people is a great way to to do that.

This is the first set of interviews. There is a second set coming in a later post. The second post will be coversation with traders at the event.

Lets get on with the interviews.

Matthew

A lot of people know Matthew. He’s a familiar face behind the bar of the of the Crimson Moon. Which pretty much makes him well known UK wide in LARP circles. This year (2019), see’s a change in both how the bar at Curious Pastimes works, and in the operation of the Crimson Moon.

Matthew takes place to explain this and also Duntabbin.

Oh and we froth (more than a little).

Pixie

Pixie has played with Curious Pastimes for most of his life. Starting as a junior and moving on to the adult game, He’s currently part of the games crew. This interview is a wonderful honest appraisel of what it is like to be both a player and a crew member. Part of this interview may involve time travel.

Stuart

Stuart is a game ref at Curious Pastimes. So we take the opportunity to find out how a referee actually performs their role.  Its a good insight into operations at CP.

Also a tip here on anyone who wants to get involved behind the scenes. One that holds up for most larps.

Vicky

She started as a player and later moved on to playing a specific character within the game. A change in health prompted her change in play. You’ll learn about it during the interview.

It’s good to know that even if you change then larp offers more than one way of playing.

Kim

Kim has played Curious Pastims over a quite a few years. This means she’s seen changes in game mechanics. In this interview we learn a lot about what changes in mechanics mean to the players.

This is also the only interview where immersion takes over and the players moves naturally to being in character.

Order of Interviews

The order of the interview is not the original filming order. What I’ve tried to is move from game support, into crew roles and then into character and player roles.  The aim being to make this a more interestin cross section for the reader.

DKWDDK Larp Rules PDF

DKWDDK Larp Rules PDF

We were sent this by Dennis Schwarz. It’s not the rules for a particular larp. What we have instead is the redistributable PDF for DKWDDk. Which is short for the German phrase ‘Du Kannst, Was Du Darstellen Kannst’. Translating to English it comes out as ‘You Can Do, What You Can Represent’ Dennis has provided us with some solid background :-

DKWDDK (Not a single LARP, but an “open” rule set)

DKWDDK is the set of rules used in the majority of German LARPs today. It is highly minimalistic, point- and mechanic-less, and strongly emphasizes player agency and self responsibility over organizer control or rulings. There are hundreds of events each year in Germany alone, while this set of rules – sometimes modified – is also used in Switzerland, Austria, and on occasion in a few other countries. The largest LARP currently using these rules is the “Epic Empires” LARP in Germany, which draws around 1500-2000 players each year. This ruleset is free to use and adapt by anyone.”  

Download the DKWDDK Rules

The rules can be downloaded and are free to use. If you do redistribute this PDF please keep the links /sources section intact.

Curious Pastimes 2019 Event 1 Diaries

Curious Pastimes 2019 Event 1 Diaries

This Years Objectives at Curious Pastimes

LARPBook spends quite a lot of time at Curious Pastimes. We’re there for at least two events. Staying for about 4 nights each time. This is fantastic as it offers us the time to do more with our coverage. In 2018 we put a focus on a family that larps. In 2019 its going to be more about the unseen heroes of larp. All those people that work to make the event great. A good larp is a bit like a Swan or an Iceberg. You only see the face that the game shows its players. Underneath there is a vast body of people supporting it. Often pedalling like crazy to make sure the right things happen at the right time in the right place. This means that in our diaries you’ll get a bit more of a mention for the people behind the game. They’ll also be popping up in photographs and videos as well. The aim – to make 2019 we celebrate the year of the people who make larps work.

Event 1

These diaries cover Curious Pastimes Event 1 – The Siege of Ravenburg. This ran on the 3rd – 6th May 2019.

The Extra Diary

We try to publish diaries during a long event. This one was held back. Partially so that I could raise the point that the people who run larps are great. Also it mentions the great surprise of this event. In game Trebuchet.

LARP Refs in Sync

Before I put the videos up as I want a special mention for th Trebuchet. These were a great example of larp referees working as a team. The very simple description for how this worked is. A referee monitoring the Trebuchet would determine where a shot would land in game. Then by radio contact the appropriate ref for that in game area. This would lead to the area ref applying the results of the hit in game. Sounds simple, but it worked. In the main battles this was combined with pyrotechnics. So now you actually felt those big Trebuchet hits landing. That was spectacular.

The Extra Diary – Video

 

Robs Videos Diaries (in Order)

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Is of one of the LARP Trebuchet used in this event.
Xadune: A Steampunk Larp Profile

Xadune: A Steampunk Larp Profile

Name of LARP Group

Xadune

Country

United States of America

LARP Genre

Victorian Gaslamp/Steampunk

Who Creates The Characters?

A Combination of both – player and referee / organiser

On Average how tailored is the plot to characters

It Varies

What Makes Your Events Friendly to New Players?

We have modules specifically tailored to teaching new players and integrating them into the veteran player base. We also have a team dedicates to New Player Relations.

How Frequently do you run events

10 events per year.

What are the facilities like?

Xadune is played at several Georgia State Park Group Camps. All have a central mess hall with full kitchen, bath houses with showers, and 4 to 8 bunk cabins. Our winter site is heated.

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

Xadune is a Victorian Gaslamp Fantasy LARP with Steampunk and Sci-Fi elements. Xadune centers around a mysterious island city called XA0024, which is home to an infinite number of portals to an infinite number of places in the Multiverse. There are 21 playable races, dozens of cultural varieties, and a pantheon of 26 gods. Xadune is a classless system, and allows for nigh complete customization of characters. Combat is lightest touch, and the game focuses on roleplay.

Website / URL

https://xadune.com/

Other Web Address

https://facebook.com/Xadune

Gallery

Trailer

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Larp Tankard Review

Larp Tankard Review

Tankards are essential immersive drinking vessel for a good many larps. The good news is that we’ve found a great tankard.

The video has all the information you need to know about these. The quick version is:

  1. They are stainless steel and dishwasher proof
  2. These tankards are double walled and insulated.
  3. Because they are double walled that means they are well suited to both hot and cold drinks
  4. The cover is custom and made of leather. It pops off when the tankard needs cleaning.

The Tankard Review Video

A little tankard history

I bought one of these at Curious Pastimes Renewal last year. I have a long history of buying, losing and even disintegrating tankards. I did have a need for a drinking vessel, but my bad track record was holding me back.

Eventually need overcame nervous and I bought one with a nice fleur-de-lys design. It was the last one at Stardust Larpcraft

We went to the bar and it did its job well.

Later that event the heavens opened. It rained and rained. Feeling as if the event was at the wrong end of a dragons urinal.

So we headed for a tent to record a video and have a cuppa. I only had the tankard on me, so I used it and it worked as promised. No lips burning on hot metal and my coffee stayed warm.

We met up with Stardust Larpcraft again. This time at What’s Your Game in Gloucester. Saw the tankards again and this time decided that they would be great as a team tankard.

The Making of our Tankards

This all happened through Facebook Messenger. We’d ask a question. Stardust would answer it. They’d ask for something and we’d answer.
It was all very easy and amiable.

There were no nasty surprises.

Making it easy to recommend both Stardust Larpcraft, and our shiny new tankards.

The John Harding Interview

The John Harding Interview

John Harding works in media. He’s a pro-wrestler and he has a larp YouTube Channel. We’re also going to be working with John collaboratively on promoting and creating videos. It’s going to be an exciting time for us. This Interview ran live on 24th April 2019 at approx 15:30 UK time. Just so you can put some context into when it came out. I had a great time talking to John. He’s got some interesting plans for this season and I can’t wait to see them come to fruition.
We had a few quality problems on this one, My apologies for that.  

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