I’m a bit of a stationery addict. I can’t help it – I used to snaffle the word stationary catalogue for hours when I had an office job, deciding exactly which post it notes we were going to order. I’m equally as bad with notebooks too – I have dozens. Most of them are barely even written in because I buy one, try it, and then decide that they’re not [amazon text=Moleskine Reporters&asin=8883705513] so I can’t possibly use it. I have three notebooks already for my Empire LRP Highguard character, and she’s only been out on the field a handful of times.
Having unique accessories for your character helps to add authenticity to your costume. A notebook picked up in a foreign country while traveling can tell as much of a story as a simple leather bound folio that your character made themselves. Plus it helps to keep a list of things to remember between events, so that you can pick up your roleplaying right where you left off.
1. A tiny tree notebook
This little notebook measures in at a pocket sized 8.5cm x 11cm and comes with a brass clasp to keep your thoughts secure. Perfect for those characters that feel more in touch with nature than the humans around them.
2. This travellers journal
Does your character yearn for the rise and fall of the sea? This leather bound journal has a smart ringbinder mechanism so that you can keep replacing the pages when you’ve filled it up. Ideal for those traders who have lots of deals to keep track of, no?
3. An Indian inspired Sari sketchbook
Playing a character from the Indian subcontinent and everything else just isn’t quite right? How about this beautiful sari fabric covered sketchbook that even allows you to sketch with watercolours?
4. Some Hand-tooled Leather
Spent a fortune on some flashy leather armour and need some accessories for match? These notebooks are handmade in India and feature embossing and stitching to create texture on the surface of the book.
5. The Religious Influence
Sometimes you just need a veritable tome of a book that says ‘I’m holy and I’m in charge’. Paperblanks brand notebooks are based on historical book covers, and this one reproduces a 1688 religious binding.
Of course if you want to guarantee that your character has a treasured notebook that absolutely nobody else in the game has, you could get in touch with Linette at Anachronalia to commission something unique. You’ve probably already seen Linette’s work around at LARP games in the UK, her hand bound books are wonderful and can be made with all kinds of beautiful covers – even wooden ones!