GNU Terry Pratchett

To remember a great man, his fans came up with a way to seed his memory in the internet in the same way that the fallen operators of his “Clacks” system in the Discworld books were remembered – through the use of a never logged code that flew through the system unnoticed.

In the modern version of the clacks (the internet), this has been achieved through cunning use of response headers on websites and emails. I can’t add the header to my emails yet, but every website I manage (outside of my day job) now has the header secretly being passed along unnoticed by anyone except the people looking for it with keen eyes (and cunning browser extensions).

Four things that will improve your LARP experiences

We were having a discussion last night about the aspects of a person that are “OP” (over-powered) when it comes to LARP. We’ve been talking about one of them for a while, but as we went through our post-event debrief, a few more things came to light.

Without further ago, I present the 4 C’s of LARP:

  1. Cardio. Cardiovascular fitness is OP. The fitter people, those who are better able to run and keep going in a fight will do better in physical situations. Not having to stop halfway through a fight to catch your brief means you’re less likely to fall over IC as well.
  2. Charisma. The long and short of it is that people with charisma will get more out of a LARP, whether that’s from persuading people to join them or convincing people to stay out of the way – the charismatic people have an edge that wallflowers don’t.
  3. Confidence. Going with charisma is confidence. If you have the confidence to step up and put yourself out there, you’ll get more out of an event than the people who wait to be called upon.
  4. Cleverness. Devious, clever people who can take a little thing and make it into a much bigger thing, possibly selling it on for far more than its projected worth will also get a lot out of a LARP and quite probably find things that weren’t intended or were quite subtle.

So there we have it: four things that if you have them will improve your LARP experience. Gaining them can be a much harder journey though.

No Rest for the Wicked – When Angels Fall

Last weekend I ran my first “solo” event for No Rest for the Wicked – When Angels Fall. Solo, because I did the writing, set-up, organisation, bookings, and everything else myself with support from a few wonderful individuals. It was also the first event run without the support of our lead storyteller, Rob Collins.

It was not the best event in the world, but neither was it the worst. There were a few places where things fell through the cracks, and we’ve noted those and next time it’ll be better, and we won’t have those problems (as much). We were a little ambitious in what we could achieve, and didn’t account for how much work was needed once we were on site, but we pulled things off and the event (as a whole) was a success, even if certain aspects were sorely lacking. For a political/social event, the political aspects could definitely have used some work.

We held the event in Featherstone Castle, a gorgeous (if cold and draughty) private estate in Northumberland, and while the internal layout was quite confusing to some and we didn’t get to use the outside areas as much as we’d have liked (due to high winds), we ran a lot of great scenes; possibly a few too many for a “low combat” event.

Hopefully we’ll soon have some pictures from the event (though not as many as I’d like) that we can share so that everyone can see some of the highlights of the event.

What I can say now is that there is little more satisfying than the lead storyteller of a system (who was there as a player) turning around and going “I didn’t expect those plots, I wouldn’t have run those plots, but they were excellent”.

I can also say that I wouldn’t have been able to pull it off without the amazing efforts of my crew who went to staggering lengths to represent the stupendous costume and roleplay indicated in my NPC briefs. I am happy to recommend any of them to any LARP looking for seasoned crew. Having Skian Mhor providing props and catering didn’t hurt either.

Our next event will hopefully be in late June, with the third event this year in October.

Be seeing you,


Cross-posted from the No Rest for the Wicked blog: