Larp Weekly Roundup for January 31, 2014

Every week we bring you the best in larp stories, information and a roundup of all the best goodies you can find around the web. If you’ve got a blog, story, event, pictures or anything else we haven’t even thought of yet shoot me an email: jordan@larping.org or comment below!

If you haven’t yet, make sure to check out our Inspiration Galleries we’ve got lots of great stuff in there including three great galleries from the Kingdom of Novitas, a larp in New York State. Also, if you didn’t check out the super adorable little larper, you must.

Awesome DIY Armor

Fabricated Geek posted this really great hand finished armor that she created. It was too awesome for the world not to see. Here’s what she had to say about it.

Here’s the finished armor I’ve been working on. Getting the marbled effect by hand (it’s been way too cold to use the airbrush!) and making the texture stand out at the same time was both fun and one of the most frustrating things I’ve attempted.

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Izgon Larp Gets Turned into a Board Game!

Usually inspiration for a larp comes from a sort of trickle down of various sources: culture, novels, movies, games, mythology, etc. It’s not very often that you hear about a larp inspiring works of art outside of the game. But, that’s just what has happened with Izgon, a larp in Croatia run by Ivan Zalac.

Ivan writes,

Created by the couple of Izgon 2 players who played the Amani – Ana Mangotić and Marko Brdar (who also runs the larp Bukulja in Serbia) – as well as two other designers, Zoran Marković and Sanja Marković. It was built during theGlobal Game Jam 2014 event in Belgrade, Serbia – it’s an event where you design a game with other participants in three days. The game simulates the players’ roles, traveling around, and various interesting events happening to them. The story has been adapted from the general Amani storyline from Izgon 2, however players start without a race, and during gameplay get “defined” as Amani or Kalesti. Melki, Prophets, Hunters and Draak also make an appearance in form of the event cards.

The game is written in English, with a hand-drawn board, and has been released for free under a Creative Commons licence. To play, you’ll need to print out the board and event cards. In addition, you will also need some dice (regular D6), a number of pawns (from any other board game) to represent players, and something to represent mana tokens (pieces of paper).

If you’re interested head on over and download the full game for free and try it out!

Race in Larp: Some Initial Musings

Lizzie Stark spent several years researching all kinds of larp and wrote a book called Leaving Mundania. Since then she has become one of the best minds in America surrounding Nordic Larp.

She regularly tackles big topics on her blog and today she’s tackling one of the bigger hot button topics in American culture (not American larp culture, American culture period).

I’m talking about the thorny topics of race, race relations, and cultural appropriation. These issues crop up often in my gaming circles in the US and abroad, and yet remain confined to private discussions on social media because participants fear Internet blowback. With this series, I’m hoping to help open up some public space for discussion. I don’t have all the answers; I’m learning too, and I expect to get some things wrong in the process.

The post itself is quite the wall of text, but don’t be daunted, read the whole thing, and get in on the conversation with larpers from around the world about race. Read the whole thing here.

The Making of Party King Thranduil

This next one falls a bit into the realms of Cosplay, but there is always room for learning how to make great costume pieces such as this crown:

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Check out the Cation Designs blog for a full DIY tutorial on how to make the most fabulous crown your character will ever wear.

First experiences of a LARP organization

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Part Time Hero is a German RPG (of all kinds, pen & paper, larp, etc.) Blog that is quickly becoming one of my favorites on the web. They do a great job covering a bunch of stuff and bring great perspective to big fantasy larps, which I’m a big fan of.

This time they sat down with a designer of a first time festival larp organizer to find out about his experience.

In the spring of 2013, I decided to organize a larger LARP-Con, which should be inspired by a beloved fantasy universe of me. Where “larger” here means a number of around 50 people. “How hard can it really not be,” I thought. Shortly before, on Easter, I had already organized a small internal con for our own group and this had gone relatively stress free vonstatten. Therefore, I trust myself to even now to organize something bigger.

If you’re a larp organizer or thinking about taking the plunge and creating a new larp this will give you some great perspective into what your’e getting yourself into. Read the full article here.

Larp Forum

The Larp Forum

Fairescape posts about attending The Larp Forum,  which is “an event that brings together people from the LARP community in the greater New England area to hang out, talk about our hobby and get to know each other. Our goal is to create a fun, annual get-together which will bring people who love this hobby closer together. Hang with your friends from your game, meet new players and staffers from other games, or even if you’ve never been to a LARP and you just want to check it out — come and have a great time!”

This is the first we’ve heard about the event and want to really applaud these groups for getting together and sharing experiences while promoting one another’s games. Too often in the history of American Larp there have been too few games working together and promoting one another. This is a great step in the right direction!

Here’s a brief synopsis of her thoughts below and you can read about her entire experience here:

The LARP Forum turned out to be a casual event hosted in the Hiberian Hall. (I think it is the headquarters of some sort of local club?) There was a cash bar in the back, plenty of round tables to sit at, snacks, and a handful of tables organized around one end of the room, each one manned by a different LARP (along with one independent business that sells LARP related items and a group of dedicated NPCs.) The tables bore informational flyers and other reading material, examples of props and costumes, and photos and artwork that either were taken at the event or chosen to represent the LARP’s genre and flavor. They ran a raffle. The prizes were all quite excellent — free memberships to events, priority from the Violence Committee for your event, and some beautiful tapestries from Xeph Ink, which I’ve seen hanging up in LARPs and on sale at various events. I got a chance to meet a lot of new faces,  talk to the LARPers behind all of the tables, and sort of ended up behind one of the tables trying to help represent one of the LARPs presented.

Read the rest of Fairescape’s thoughts on the event here.

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