Applied Role Play: Making Your Own Fun

Blogger’s Note: After the ICA=ICC post that I wrote a while back I got a blog idea from a person who asked to remain Anonymous. They asked if I wanted blog ideas, and I told them “yes”. It ultimately turned into them writing the story relating to the topic they believed should be talked about: Making your own fun in game. I’ve decided to take this concept, illustrating an idea through telling an in character story or two, and cover it under a heading called “Applied Role Play”. If you feel like you have an Applied Role Play story that … Continue Reading…

Project: Onsallas Outpost Laws Calligraphy

Since coordinating the editing of the upcoming Guest post by a super-awesome incognito guest blogger has proved harder than originally anticipated, I figured I would share a quick project I’m working on for Last Hope Larp. It was decided fairly recently that Pack Longfang would implement a set of laws for Onsallas Outpost and Longfang Territory.

They were discussed with a small committee of Pack Members, then I wrote a draft. From there they were subjected to a discussion by the full Pack (and a few changes were made, and the relationships between the various clauses were tested, in between a few jokes). By this point I already have a mental vision for how to display them. In accordance, I’m the one who ended up spending three and a half hours hand writing the entire thing in Chancery Hand calligraphy.

The fact that it’s my first calligraphy project does show, but on the whole, I think the imperfections add to the job suiting itself to being on Longfang territory. The final mounting and finishing will accomplish the rest of the look (it’s going to be pretty rustic looking when it’s finished, but be more readable than posting it on leather or fabric, and be a longer lasting piece all told). I’ll post about it again once the project is finished (I plan to debut the prop at the May 3 day event that is upcoming.

Quick update for 16 April 2015

I realized that I should give some sort of heads up about what’s up with me this week. I’m preparing for an event on the 18th! It’s an Ulven based Political dinner and I’m pretty excited, as the location is at Devil’s Lake State Park (which is completely lovely). I was planning to start with some sort of regular Monday based update thing after the last article, but I realize that when I’m planning to go to an event, I might have to declare it a “by” week…

Surviving LARP – Actions, Consequences, and Choices

I’ve RPed online for many years. In fact, since I was in my teens. I then branched into tabletop and eventually LARP. Because of this I have nearly 2 decades of experience figuring out the consequences of actions. Time and time again in Role Play I’ve been astounded by the lack of thought people have towards reaction to the actions they take, and the indignation some people experience when a negative consequence comes as a direct response to actions they’ve taken. That’s why I’m writing this. We’re going to discuss the choices you make, the actions you take, and the … Continue Reading…

Surviving LARP – How Not to Starve

Food is something that you should give careful consideration to, but something that I haven’t seen talked about much for LARP in general. Specific advice of great value has also not been frequently offered up where Last Hope has been specifically involved. In accordance I have decided that I am going to speak about it at great length. At the time I’m writing this I’ve been LARPing around 8 months. I’ve been to a variety of events, including multi-day affairs. I think I’ve finally gathered enough data to know what works best, at least for Last Hope.   Things You … Continue Reading…

Event – April 2014 – Ulven Spring Celebration

Leading Up Prior to this event, following the previous one, Reyna and Thorvald left Nightriver and headed back to Onsallas Village. From there, they met with various people and proceeded to rejoin Stanrick and Selena in Spiritclaw territory. Once there Stanrick joined the group (through Selena stayed behind to assist with Spiritclaw celebrations of the Spring Rites). They then proceeded back to Nightriver Territory, picked up Echo and joined with a caravan heading to the feasthall for the final leg of the journey. Ulven Spring Celebration 12 April 2014 – The group traveled in the company of a Lorespeaker, a group … Continue Reading…

Event – February 2014 – Political & War Planning Dinner

Political & War Planning Dinner 8 February 2014 – Reyna traveled from Spiritclaw to Nightriver Territory to accompany Stanrick and Selena (joined by a Hunter named Torvald Ravenflight) to the meeting of the Clan Delegates and speakers for various Human and Syndar groups to discuss the ongoing conflict. Some headway was made, but the far reaching effects of the talks are yet to be seen.

Reyna’s Minifigure & Shawl

One of my role play buddies, a fellow northwoods Longfang (and player of Reyna’s cousin), has little Lego Minifigures for each of the characters. Based on my descriptions of Reyna and my personal tendencies he designed a figure to be Reyna, before I’d even completed any Garb. Pretty cool, isn’t it? It gave me a pretty good starting point, and I decided that I would based my initial garb (loosely) on it. It’ll have a little bit less of the extreme color variations shown here, but I like what’s there to start with. So, this means that I’ve got yards … Continue Reading…

Are you mature enough to play “dress up”?

A guest article by Brian Pekarske, aka Gnarlug DewClaw, Morowa Broken Ear, Raskolf Vakr, and LZ129 So I watched a brief documentary about a long-running LARP that is based in the UK. A lot of it is just basic introduction to the hobby, but some of the interviews that they have with the veteran LARPers of 7-10 years are quite interesting. Two of the interviews, in particular, stand out because they deal with immersion and levity. One of the players interviewed talks about the difference between being a funny character, and being funny IN character. I agree with him completely. … Continue Reading…