Let’s see… September sees the end of the fest events in the UK, but here at LARP.GUIDE it saw us rebrand our logo and start to make over the layout of the site. It’s a slow process but hopefully we’re getting somewhere, and the site is becoming cleaner and easier to find your way around.
We’ve got quite a few posts now on this site – this month we hit over 100 published pieces of writing about LARP. And we hit 60,000 page views too! That’s pretty good going for a relatively small community, but hopefully we’ll keep growing and reaching out to more people – and hoping to grow the hobby both here in the UK and abroad! So to help you find your way around the posts that we’ve been putting out, here’s a few of the posts that you might have missed from September:
Kiera and Bill Thomas helped Empire LRP finish off their season in dramatic style. Their incredible drake reared it’s head on the battlefield, challenging the Heroes of the Empire to a scrap – but unfortunately it also saw the death of a few characters as they became lunch…
Leah talked about how dressing sets can make a huge impact on the way that players think and act. In addition to dressing sets, Leah also wrote about how creating a coherent look for both monsters and players is essential to enhancing the experience of being at an event.
Lastly I demonstrated how you can use layers of reasonably generic costume to create a warrior outfit – this one was put together for a Carthaginian at Odyssey LRP, but you could apply the ideas to lots of other systems too.
If you want to run a LARP event, it’s always worth bending Leah’s ear about it. She writes regularly on the subject of running games and she has an awful lot of experience to tap into.
This month Leah talked about getting feedback from your players, an essential step in making a better game for next time.
More importantly though, Leah wrote about how you should never run a LARP event by yourself. There can be tough times – and it’s good to have support. And your support-crew means that you have great friends to celebrate with too when it all goes right.
Leah also had a few thoughts about catering events – something that is becoming more and more common now at games is for organisers to provide food for their players. It can help with the immersion, but it can also bring a whole load of new challenges.
Everyone loves to see photographs of LARP events, right? Hopefully seeing events you knew nothing about will inspire you to perhaps book at place the next time it runs!
Beth shot The Good, The Bad, and The Dead this month, it’s an action-packed Cowboy game set in a re-imagined Wild West. Go play a legendary gun for hire and see what kind of trouble finds you.
Of course it wouldn’t be September without a gallery of images from Empire LRP. It wasn’t all about the drake – I promise you.
I talked alot this month about something that is close to my heart – equality in LARP and the wider roleplaying community. I considered how LARP can be an incredible platform for change and then followed it up with my own experiences of being a woman at a big airsoft event.
It wasn’t all bad though – I figured we should also make the effort to think about the good things that we do as a community too, and especially those people who go the extra mile to make events utterly brilliant.