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June 2017

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Head over to the Kickstarter to get your ticket!

Yes! I want to be a Weekend Warrior!

A little bit of confession here: I’ve been drooling over Fell and Faire’s Instagram account for a LONG TIME. I’ve sat around with friends and dreamed about doing an event with them. When I heard about this event I was pumped that they are doing it on the kind of level that they were and everything in the Kickstarter points to this being an epic event you won’t want to miss!

 

I had a chance to get the low down on this epic event from Skip Lipman, legendary larper, and some of the information he graciously spilled is down below.

 

There are just five days left, as of this writing to get your tickets on the Kickstarter and you’re not going to want to miss out!

Who wouldn't want to be in this company of Rangers?

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The Team

Who’s behind this incredible effort? 

A little bit about the Weekend Warrior team, Zan Campbell of Fell and Fair, a growing garb and costume shop with a great Instagram following, Ron Newcomb with The Forge Studios an independent film company that focuses on fantasy and sci-fi, Samantha Swords, internationally known medieval swordsmanship specialistand WETA workshop craftsman, and me, Skip Lipman a documentarian of US LARP with his film Darkon, aspiring actor, and seasoned craftsman. Together they are working to create a next level event here in the US. Weekend Warrior!

Weekend Warrior's Inspiration

What were your inspirations for this event? 

What we want to do is take what is best about European LARP, the realistic and superbly crafted weapons, high level of costuming, roleplay, and story, and combine it with what is best about American LARP, the full contact competitive sport like fighting of Darkon, Dagorhir, Belegarth, and other high speed US based LARPS.

 

One thing that is very different from either Bicoline or Mythodea, that we do take inspiration from, is that we are the first to do this kind of large scale fully immersive event here in the United States.

The World

Tell me a little about the world you’re building. 

he world we are building is based on a cinematic universe that we are growing and will be supporting with narrative episodic videos. We are treating this event itself like a film to help create that immersive experience. Looking at the garb and gear as wardrobe selections that are specific to our realm. Making style choices to reinforce that world building.The idea is to have strong story backbone that will guide and enhance the roleplaying experience. From the moment you step onto the event grounds, you are in “Adrasil”. The story anchors the game play with NPC’s. The participants will create their own personas within this story. The wardrobe is controlled and all high-end – with recognizable factions, and loyalty tho the story and world (it’s going to look great). We currently have three storylines in development or production based on The Rangers concept.

(video below)

Cinematic Experience

You mentioned a cinematic experience, what’s your plan for how that will be used?  

We will be filming the entire event and preparations leading up to it, so participants will have a record of the event highlighting their experience, with eye towards creating a reality show developed for distribution about the event and the players. With our experience in fantasy film and documentaries like, Darkon, we believe that we will be able to produce a highly marketable product that will help promote, elevate, and change the way people think of LARP world wide.

What are you waiting for?

Yes! I want to be a Weekend Warrior!

Jun 16, 2017

Welcome to the Live Action Art Podcast!

Each week we’ll be talking to the movers, shakers and great minds in the larp community around the world. Our goal is to encourage, inspire and find the patterns behind what these folks do to produce incredible games, props, weapons, armor, etc. etc.

Today, I interviewed the Creative Director of Larping.org, Thomas Miller! We decided it’d be good to interview Tom first to get our feet wet and fumble through our words before we subject someone else to our questioning.

Big public thank you to Tom from me, Jordan, for his hard work, dedication and love of not only larp, but me, and being a damn good friend for years now. Much of what you see at Larping.org is due to his hard work and dedication to this fine community.

You can stalk Tom online on his Instagram: instagram.com/jawsoffenrir/

For those that don’t know Tom has been on our team here at Larping.org for the past three years starting out as what you might call an intern (we talk about his entrance onto the scene in the podcast) and is now our Creative Director who helps make our websites beautiful and is instrumental in pulling off our yearly trip to Bicolline called The Voyage North.

Sit back, listen and enjoy.

Next week we’ll be interviewing Fabian Geuss from Conquest, the world’s largest larp event, in Germany.

Who would you like us to interview next?

Tell us in the comments below!

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The Voyage North – www.thevoyagenorth.com

Our yearly trip to Bicolline to experience the largest larp in North America in one of the most immersive environments in the world. The Voyage North provides everything you need so all you have to do is larp for a week. All camp comforts are provided: matching authentic medeival tents, cots, tavern, lighting, firewood, benches, seating, mead hall meeting tent, you name it and the camp comforts are provided. Plus, transportation to and from the airport, two gourmet meals a day, organized guild activities, translators for speakign French and a home in an amazing medieval fantasy world.
Boswell’s Best – http://www.boswellpipes.com/tobaccoblends.html

I love this tobacco, it’s delicious and well priced. If you’re a pipe smoker I highly recommend Northwoods. It’s become my go to smoke.
Rick Wynne | Grand Expedition – https://www.facebook.com/The-Grand-Expedition-to-Drachenfest-Mythodea-since-2011-121329411259220/timeline/

“The Grand Expedition is a collection of live action role players from all over the world who went as a group to the big German LARP festivals of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. We will be going to the events again in the summer of 2016! The Expedition itself is the plot device used to help organize this project. By combining the resources, experiences and energy of so many people we hope to create a dynamic role playing “super-group”. We have members from several different LARP systems and even different countries. Rick Wynne, the Expedition organizer has been to both Drachenfest and Mythodea in 2010 on his own where he discovered the need for an organization like the Grand Expedition.”

Patrick Pennig | Epic Armoury Canada – http://www.epicarmourycanada.com/

We have a large debt of gratitude for Patrick’s help in our first year on The Voyage North to Bicolline. He was instrumental in helping us get situated on site, getting our tents the first year and all around helping us navigate everything for the trip the first year. Thank you Patrick!

Duche de Bicolline – http://www.bicolline.org/v2/
All things Bicolline can be found here. If you don’t speak French, open the website in Chrome and it should translate most of the text.

Demitri Zaitsev | Nuclear Snails Studios – https://www.facebook.com/nuclear.snail
Amazing artist all around and incredible costuming designer of

Ian Forand | Atliers Nemesis – https://www.ateliers-nemesis.com/?language=en
Creator of incredible larp weapons and props.

Fitz Carlson | Props – https://www.facebook.com/lancerb/photos
Plastidip and Costume Artist

Fabian Geuss | Conquest – http://www.live-adventure.de/ConQuest_english/start.php
Largest larp game in the world. Held every August in Germany and has over 8,000 participants.


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Dec 16, 2016

We covered this larp a few months ago and it exploded in popularity! So much so that we have literally been asked by a lot of people if we’d be planning a trip to go this larp, in Russia, in a similar fashion that we take people to Bicolline on The Voyage North.

We’re considering it… For this August. If you’d like to go simply put your email in the form above and we’ll get you special pricing as an early bird!

Otherwise – drool over 30 minutes of gorgeous Warhammer brought to life goodness.

Dec 15, 2016

BrokenTale is a duo that creates cool music for all kinds of genres:

“BrokenTale has been created by 2 composers, Jad & Erawan de Villeneuve. We compose for video games, movies, documentaries, ads and also for the BrokenTale band. BrokenTale’s music is wide ranging, from world music to symphonic, cinematic and even heavy rock.”watch Underworld: Blood Wars film now

You can read more about their music and check out their other work at brokentale.com.

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A little about the French Larp, Kandorya,  featured in the video:

Whether you are a beginner or experienced player you can participate in CHRONIC of KANDORYA. This role LARP game can sometimes seem complex by the wealth of the world or game rules expanded.Rest assured ! Once there, it is easily carried away by the stories, we understand pretty quickly the principles and codes of the game “Mass-Larp”. The Kandorya Chronicles are an excellent springboard to start in very varied activity games Grandeur Nature (GN)

There is no minimum age to participate Amount Required and that GN is “Child Friendly” children are welcome! Beware however, because they are the sole responsibility of their parents and no specific animation is dedicated to them.

What would be the soundtrack to a larp you’ve attended recently?

Oct 07, 2015

Editor’s note: The below post was written by Matthew Oostman and Ron Leota. What they give you is a succinct description of their game, the world they created and the creative process involved in implementing the game.

What they only hint at is how quickly this game, that only runs twice a year, is blowing up, selling out months in advance and breaking nearly all of the expectations of it’s participants. I expect to see big things coming out of this game in the months ahead!

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Spite: A Science-Fiction LARP is a twice per year high-immersion/low-rules live action game. Our events center around factions working within a humans vs. aliens scenario set in a near future Earth shortly after a full-scale invasion.

When we began writing Spite about 3 years ago we wanted to bring a unique LARPing experience to the Pacific Northwest. We are both avid LARPers and enjoy many types of games but there were some genres and styles we had not seen locally or at least hadn’t seen combined into a single game.

We were inspired by a number of local LARPs. LAST Games’ Zombie and an assortment of “European” LARPs were a big influence with their simplistic rules and once per year models. High-immersion games like World of Oz and Shadow Accord influenced our decision to make a fully WYSIWYG game. Alliance and Devia were also big influences on our combat intensity and economy.

One of the things we wanted to build when creating Spite was a supportive LARPing community. We celebrate our role as many of our players’ second or third LARP. It’s our hope that we can encourage players from all over our area to try out other games and share their knowledge, skills, and props as much as possible.

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Our model for Spite has always been to run a limited number of events per year in an underrepresented genre. Initially we considered a zombie survival game with a sci-fi twist, however Dystopia Rising, a nationwide franchise zombie LARP, established a local chapter and filled that niche. Rather than compete with another local game, and keeping true to our desire to run something unique, we decided to continue developing the rules and reworking the story.

After some brainstorming we came up with a game about humanities struggle versus a race of intelligent humanoid insect aliens: the Dromanae. Things fell into place quickly as we wrote the world and finished the rules. We really found the genre we were looking for that would provide exactly what we wanted: a game with a low entry-barrier but with a ton of room for elaborate costuming.

Roughly six months ago we ran our first game and we were blown away by the support of over a hundred attendees at the event and the level of immersion they brought with their game play and their own stories. We just ran our second game at a sold out Camp Kirby. This has pushed us to look at much larger sites for future events. We both look forward to the future of Spite and appreciate the amazing staff and players who make it all possible.

-Ron Leota and Matt Oostman Spite Game Runners / Creators

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You can read more about Spite, and interact with the community, in their public Facebook group or you can read all about the game, it’s rules, themes and everything else on their website: www.spitelarp.com.

All photos courtesy of William Myers.

Have you been to Spite? Chime in down on the comments and tell us about your experience.

 

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