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March 2017

events

Just outside of Moscow, Russia over one thousand participants came together to bring the world of Warhammer to life for four days. With over 20 different races, an extensive rule book that covers every mechanic conceivable and over a dozen different camps for players to bring to life this event sounds incredible.

 

We’ve gathered some of our favorite photos below, but you can find all of the images in all their glory in this gallery here. And all of the information for the larp itself can be found on their website: http://warhammerlarp.ru/ The website is in Russian, but with Chrome it translates well enough that you can get a general idea of the details.

Were you one of the amazing participants in this larp? We’d love to get your opinion of the game in the comments.

 

Lastly, if there was a Warhammer larp near you, would you go? If so, what would your character be like?

The Voyage North

We can't take you to Russia to play Warhammer, but we can take you to the most immersive larp experience you've ever had....

Sep 09, 2016

The Game

Lands of Exile truly represents the next generation of live action gaming in the U.S.. Check out this inspiration gallery to see what we mean. This southern U.S. LARP out of North Carolina has already drawn a loyal following of players and it’s easy to see why. Even though Lands of Exile has only been around since Spring of 2015, it is sure to see a burgeoning and loyal player base if it keeps up the level of immersion and quality it has established at such an early stage. All photographs by JC Mero.

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The Lore

Let’s take a look at a snippet from their lore section to get a sense for what this game is all about, just in case you were curious.

Life on our plane of existence started well before light ever touched its surface. In the beginning were the Eldest, which embodied various core characteristics of our particular plane. Sho’thar embodied shadow, while I’nil embodied light. Memnis embodied the elements, and together with all the other Eldest, the first life was known to spread across the planes. Descended from them were the Fae. Closely resembling their predecessors, the Fae were also near pure embodiments of their particular traits, but deviated slightly from their elder roots. Where Memnis embodied all earth, fire, wind, and water, the Fae of the forest chose to follow the paths of water, earth and life. Over time, these deviations finally led to the creation of man. The oldest of these roots lie in the Elven bloodlines. They are most widely believed to be the most direct decedents of the Fae. They still hold immortality in life, though these new peoples could be killed by blade or unnatural means. It is said all other life descended from the first Elves, adapting to their various life styles and habitats through the ages; Dwarves growing stout and hardy in their mountain top and subterranean dwellings, where the Orcs grew more muscular and powerful in their war like culture. Though, with the birth of man, that conflict began to arise.”

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The Logistics

Games are held in the Spring and Fall, which as you southern U.S. LARPers know, is the only real time the weather down there isn’t dangerous! Browsing the rulebook, the mechanics and skills seem to be quite the refreshing departure from other games of its ilk, abandoning complicated calls and caveats in favor of streamlined combat and magic systems that seem to borrow quite heavily from their European counterparts. Check out more of the pictures below and if you’re in the area, give them a try. I only wish I still lived in the area so I could!

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May 25, 2016

The forces of men stand in wait to protect their mighty city of Gondor. It is the third age in which their King, the mighty Eärnur has driven the vile Witch King out onto the field of battle and defeated him. Though, not forever, we, the forces of men, know that the Nazgul will return and we will be ready to defend our home and all of man from the darkness.

Bitva o Fort, roughly translated (thanks Google) as “The Battle of Fort” is a game in the Czech Republic that takes it’s theme, setting and story from Middle Earth. The setting dates well before the events of The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings, but is part of the pivotal history of those stories.

The Game takes place in the real world at Fort Radikov, hence the name of the event.

In the pictures below you will see shots of forest and the fort which give a stunning backdrop to the awe inspiring costuming and detail of these players efforts to become part of Tolkein’s universe. Their commitment to detail and excellence is fanatical in it’s execution.

But none of this is possible without the stunning work of Daniela Bogarová. Her view on the event is stunning and we commend her for her work. We’ve featured a lot of great larp photographers in the past and her work is one of the best. Do her a favor and like her Facebook page: Paní Danda fotí. Supporting artists like her in any way we can is super important if we want to encourage people to continue to produce great art surrounding larping.

As you scroll through the photos try not to think that these aren’t extras from the latest Hobbit movie…

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Here is the full storyline from the Bitva o Fort website. It is translated, via Google, from Czech to English so please forgive the grammar, but this will give you a better idea of the setting they are going for within the Tolkein universe:

The story takes place at the beginning of the second millennium of the Third Age during the reign of King of Gondor Eärnur, who as a young general led the army to fight that surprised in Fornost and the head of an army defeated the Witch King of Angmar. Eärnur himself caught mightiest of Nine at the northern hills before him but he managed to weave his horse to face the lord nazghúlů shied away and took him into the field. Despite the great victory at this insult will never forget …

The same applies on the Witch King himself, who in his halls in the north plotted a plan to Eärnur revenge.Before long, he gathered around him all the servants of darkness, who lived beneath the Misty Mountains and struck a hard blow to the king of Gondor. Unexpectedly emerged ahead of Minas Morgul, conquered the citadel, and penetrated the darkness of the valley. He knew that fighting Eärnur can not put this loss. Yet rather regularly sent its ambassadors to the White Tower to the king constantly remind his runaway escape after the Battle of Fornost.

Himself anxiously waited in the shadows Morgulské towers and stolen Palantir looking that his ruse worked.Forgiven a smirk when he finally saw the king Eärnur head of the military men, elves and dwarves, as the bridge crosses over Anduin and goes to Morgulskému valley. “It’s time to summon the rest of the Nine,” he thought, and went into the catacombs …

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The event takes place each August in the Czech Republic. If you’re interested in reading more about the rules, setting, or anything else about the game check out their website here: http://bitvaofort.eu/.

Or follow them on Facebook here.

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Have you attended this event? Sound off in the comments. We’d love to hear of your experience. Is it a magical Tolkein experience? It sure looks like it.

Here in the states, not many larps are based in existing fictional properties: Would you, North Americans, be interested in attending a larp set in the Tolkein universe?

Tell us why.

As always, send us your latest and greatest adventures, we want to show it off to the world: info@larping.org

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Want to go?

Every year we take people to the most immersive larp in North America for a week. All logistics are covered: food, tenting, bedding, adventure, camping, and epic battles featuring over 2,500 people.

Sep 30, 2015

Or maybe you will because your imagination is better than mine, but check out the stills below for some mindblowing Warhammer awesomeness.

The other day we brought you a very quick clip of a first person video from this larp which caught our attention. Today we stumbled upon a forum with these images.

Got something we should feature? Send it in! info@larping.org

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Sep 29, 2015