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February 2018

Drachenfest

Drachenfest Copper camp gate

The fourth banner is on the night watch in the Copper camp. The gate guards, who perform that job during the day, are resting while we take shifts. Mine is the first one, probably the busiest one, but the easiest one to stay awake on. People are on top of the gate, scouting, and I’m below with other soldiers guarding the entrance and helping to check the documents.

Night life seems to be busy. Once the soldiers are done fighting and the air chills to the more comfortable levels, everybody else comes out to mingle. Yet, this evening something is wrong; the order comes from above, and we’re on lockdown – nobody comes in or out. Priests come out in droves, searching for the cursed dolls around the camp and warning us not to touch them if we encounter any.

The new Copper Avatar

Some highly-positioned people can’t go in or out, and that’s a problem. We are under orders; we’re not letting them out. Lady Zoe tries to push through. Avatar was angry with her for some reason, and it’s probably not a good idea to inquire why. We stop her from passing through. Lady Iskierka is also angry that we’re not letting her through, but the order and the way of things protect us, as they should.

We get new orders. Regulations are a bit relaxed for some. Then we get an unexpected visit – a Black Avatar! We let her in and show her the way to our Avatar, a new one since the Great Copper Dragon chose to manifest itself in female form this year.

Eventually, the situation calms down and normal traffic is re-estabilished. The Black Avatar goes out. Soon, my shift is done. I wash up a bit and head to sleep…

…an alarm sounds, a battle before our gates. Black, our allies, are fighting an opposing force, and our Imperator is out! I storm out of the camp with a squad and reinforce their lines. We stand still, and with the help of Black mages who break their lines with their spells we push through, fighting our way through the night and pushing the Green back. I cut one down, but got wounded in my left arm. I’m close to the Imperator and we make a run for… something, I didn’t hear it well, but we’re passing next to the ritual circle. As we’re running, something cuts me down from behind and I fall down.

Two soldiers from my camp found me, barely conscious, and pulled me back to the camp to our Lazaret, the sickbay. My neck wound – too ugly for stitching – is cauterized by a hot iron and left unbandaged. My arm is stitched, placed into a splint and bandaged. I was helped to the bed and told to return in the morning for another look at these wounds…

Drachenfest Sickbay

Drachenfest. The second biggest and probably most well-known larp in Europe. It’s been held once a year by a company called Wyvern next to the small German town of Diemelstadt, in northern part of the state of Hesse next to the state border. There’s a large wooded hill surrounded by the river Diemel on two sides, and a large meadow divided into two parts – smaller to the south and bigger to the north – which is the terrain on which Drachenfest is played. It’s not just any larp – it has a huge festival atmosphere with many, many shops, taverns, food stalls, etc. – all of them decorated to fit in the medieval/fantasy look and feel as much as possible. Around 5,000 participants make Drachenfest feel a bit crowded, but very much alive and dynamic.

Going to such an event for the first time can be a frightening and confusing experience – like it was for me last year. The European larp scene is not unified – there are vast cultural differences, more across linguistical borders than across country borders, and coming to Drachenfest for the first time was a big culture shock for me. To help you better understand German larp culture, here are some of the general larp terms in Germany:

  • Outtime (OT) – off-game or out of character
  • Intime (IT) – in-game or in-character
  • Spielleitung (SL) – game master/reeve/referee
  • Orga – game staff
  • Stop – pronounced with “sh”. A call to stop a game immediately. Don’t say “stop” IT, use “halt” instead.
  • Heiler – an IT call for healer. Pronounced like “hi-ler”.
  • Sani – an OT call for medic, used for real injuries, usually in combination with stop. Pronounced like “sunny”, but with more of a Z sound.
  • Weiter – “onward”, game continues after “stop” or similar.
  • Time stop – like stop but for IT purposes, only SLs call it. Close your eyes and hum until you hear “weiter”, game continues from that point.
  • Vor! – Forward! Pronounced like “for”. The battle line which is yelling this is likely pushing into opponents.
  • SC, NSC – PC and NPC, respectively. Might have a different meaning than you’re used to.
  • Con – pretty much every German larper calls larp events “conventions” or “cons”.

Drachenfest Copper camp speechReturning to Drachenfest this year was a very different feeling than visiting it for the first time. Now there was no overwhelming feeling of awe for an event a hundred times more populous than what I used to call big events in Croatia. Now there was no culture shock from larping with vastly different goals in mind than what I was used to. This time I knew what awaited me, and I knew a lot of people in my camp. I was excited, ready for the challenges that awaited me. Ready to give my blood for Copper – a camp of religious fanatics organized in a way similar to the Star Wars Empire or the Warhammer Empire. Copper is called NPC camp, but this might be very different to what you expect: Drachenfest is a PvP event, and Copper are still playing full characters of their own choosing and role-play. There are only a few limitations – we have to role-play loyal religious fanatics but if you’re OK with that and with the camp role-play direction, you’re in for an awesome experience.

In German larps, a knowledge of German comes in handy. Most people in the Copper camp have at least some command of English and they can give you a short summary of what was just said, but not everyone can engage in a longer dialogue, so some command of German is very useful if you want to catch what’s going on. I understand some German, so I can sometimes make out what it was about, but I’m sure my enjoyment of the larp would be greater with a better command of the language. Then again, I’m playing a soldier, so it’s not as difficult as it would be if I were playing a different sort of character. There are some English-speaking groups – The Grand Expedition (in Gold camp) is one such group: very nice people, and I have some friends there.

Drachenfest Gold Avatar and SendbottinOnce again I traveled with my wife, son, and a friend (not the same one as last year; this one is from Serbia) for two epic weeks in Germany – first Drachenfest, then Conquest a week after. After a long drive to the location of the larp terrain, we unloaded our stuff and went on to say hi to people we knew, though finding people you know in the huge city of tents can be challenging. Beside the Grand Expedition, there were other people I knew in other camps: Green camp had the Slovenian trio, the same ones as the last year, while Blue camp had four Hungarians from Chronicles of Demgard (who also play on Terra Nova). The Drachenfest’s motto is “Freunde treffen Freunde” – friends meet friends – and this year it rang much more true than my first time there.

One of the first differences we noted were the changes this year: Silver and Black camps switched places, there was only one Chaos camp, and the Orc camp was staffed by different people than the last year. Triumvirat split off the Gold Camp and lodged itself between Red and Blue, taking the old gate with them while Gold got a new, epic-looking gate.

There were more tiny changes: There was no Copper party at the start of the larp, but the Blue camp threw one instead. We also had a different avatar. Camp layout was slightly different, and our camp did not seem as fanatical as last year, screaming our shouts less often (and we changed a few of them). Thinking about it, some major changes would probably be easier to adapt to than this plethora of small changes.

Drachenfest Gold gate

Several things didn’t change, and one of them is weather. Most of the time at Drachenfest it’s either hot – the sun burns so much that you feel like you’re probably developing a cancer – or it’s a thunderstorm. It can change from one to another and then back again in a span of only a few minutes. We had several storms, and the ground of our camp was a field on which nothing had been planted this year. The ground was bare, incredibly sticky when wet, and dangerous to walk on fast, so we got some hay to put it on the ground of the central fighting place to make it safer.

Our camp politics changed. Last year Copper was alone against everyone, however this time we were in a huge alliance with Black, Red, Gold and Triumvirat against Blue, Green, Silver and Grey. Blue camp won the Drachenfest last year, so this was the year of the Blue dragon – they had their coins minted, their colors flying in the city, etc. Last year was the year of the Gold dragon (who won in 2011). This year, the Black dragon won – only one dragon egg ahead of the Silver one – winning this year’s Drachenfest, and making the next year the year of the Black dragon. The number of dragon eggs decide the winner in the end, and the dragon eggs are awarded for various deeds (attack, defense, rituals etc.), but I’m getting ahead of myself.

Avatars and GMs in the ceremony

Opening and closing rituals were epic as always, with fire performance before the opening (as well as a performance by some dancers from the Blue camp and the scene when all Orcs got out of their camp with lit torches, which looked amazing). All dragon avatars are presented one by one in the Ritual Circle, and most players are there cheering for their dragon. They display affection, respect, hostility, or other stuff towards other avatars, and they make a nice show. The opening ritual is not really on the opening – it’s on Wednesday evening, while Copper starts role-playing Tuesday evening, and other camps start Wednesday morning. In this environment which repeats itself every year – dragon eggs, dragon camps, fighting to rule the world for the next year etc. – most things (apart from the avatars themselves) are player-organized and rather sandboxy.

Copper altar

Camp life is a large part of the Drachenfest experience, and that’s very visible in the busy central square. People doing things, soldiers resting in the soldier tent (where we could get some water and sometimes coffee or tea), and many places with specific functions (such as the sickbay, temple, library, etc.) nearby. We even had a store where you could buy symbols of your dedication to the Copper dragon for the in-game currency.

Store

Apart from that, there was fighting – and a lot of it, especially for me as a soldier. Drachenfest is a huge fighting place, and Copper fights often. We took parts in fights big and small, but one of my favorite ones was a night battle against Chaos in front of our camp. I just got back to tent and took my armor off when they yelled the alarm. I picked up the sword and ran for the gate. In front of the camp there was a group of Chaos attacking us – we ran out and gave them a good fight. I had a duel with a huge Chaos guy who missed me a couple of times with his huge warhammer while I hacked at him – and he hit me once, I flew away some distance and rolled in the ground, got up, jumped him, and slayed him with a dagger. Tried to do the same to an orc from the Chaos camp (as I was surrounded by that point) but they got me. Excellent duels, excellent role-play. I love fighting against these guys (even though we hate them in character) because they play nicely and take their shots (it’s similar with orcs too).

Orcs

I should elaborate the thing about Orcs a bit – they have the highest standards. Orc camp is called “Ork-Clan-Lager” (Orc clan camp), and though it looks the same and performs the similar function, it’s not the same one as the last year’s “Orkheerlager” (Orc army camp). I will not repeat the rumors I heard, but apparently GMs mishandled a situation and made some players from the Orkheerlager very angry, so the entire camp of some 200-ish people switched to Epic Empires instead (third largest larp in Germany, which was two weeks after Drachenfest – that’s a week after Mythodea – unfortunately I couldn’t get three weeks off to visit all three of them). Orkheerlager was simply amazing. Ork-Clan-Lager is also good, but it’s not the same, and they’re smaller. They’re still (from what I’ve seen) better orcs than any other on Drachenfest or Mythodea, though pretty much all orcs I’ve seen are great role-players. And yes, there are other orcs too – there are some in the Chaos camp, and there are some in several other camps as well.

This year, I managed to do more stuff than the last year when I could have done little more than playing soldier. I put in some time to train with the Fighter’s Guild in the town, at which point I got a very interesting experience – the Red Avatar came out of the temple, pissed at something there, he saw me train and actually came to us, pissed (apparently, that’s his natural state) and corrected my stance and strikes. Someone commented: “We still live… he’s in a good mood”.

Red Avatar

Copper camp alchemists and garden

I also did some quests in camp for our commander. During one of those I actually learned herbalism, and the entire new world of how things work there opened itself to me. I spent two mornings going to the forest to gather some herbs (which are represented with cocktail umbrellas, or paper tokens which are replaced for umbrellas by the GM if you encounter a herb colony). A walk in the forest was nice and refreshing compared to the heat of the field, and I was sort of surprised by the fact that nobody tried to attack me or rob me of my herbs. There was some other content in the forest – once I encountered a party of Copper and Black soldiers who just returned from disrupting some ritual. I gathered a number of herbs which surprised our alchemists – got myself some in-character cash and a healing potion, and delivered it all just in time to get ready for the big battle. There are other options for herbalists, such as building gardens – the actual garden is built with actual plants (and umbrellas are placed there as physreps of the active components), each plant has certain handling properties and requires certain type of soil to grow (I hear there are GMs going every night or morning to replant stuff and sprout new plants in gardens).

Copper war column marching to the end battle

The end battle is the high point of Drachenfest. A battle of thousands, it’s very impressive. We marched on the battlefield, and we were one of the last units to march there – which means we didn’t have to wait as much as we did last year. Three cannon blasts marked the start of the battle. We didn’t last as long this year as we did the last year but the fight was fun – against Orcs and Chaos, our traditional enemies whom we taunted in the passing. Plus someone attacked us from behind. Oh well, we had good deaths. At least we had the showers first, and our alliance won anyway.

Death isn’t a permanent state at Drachenfest – but instead of a concept of lives and respawns that some other larps have, Drachenfest has Limbus which is a place of its own. It’s a maze staffed by at least a dozen NPCs. Once you’re killed you have to wait to be signed into a Book of the Dead by the lady in the waiting room – then (after you bribe her or do something else for her) she lets you walk through a hellfire into a dark maze, staffed by NPCs whose job is to frighten you. Some of the stuff they might do is very effective, such as shaking the corridor. Layout of the Limbus might be different when you go in the next time, and there may be secret passages involved. Once you get out, you’re bruised and shaken by experience, and weakened for a while (you pass through Limbus physically, not spiritually). In some cases Limbus is skipped – such as if a person is killed in a ritual circle (that is permanent death), or at the end of the end battle (when everyone is resurrected at the end). Some characters might choose permanent death – it is said they did not find the way through Limbus. But it’s important to note – Limbus is not just a game mechanic, it’s a part of how the world of the Drachenfest works.

Me wearing Copper Imperator's crown

After that it was basically over, so it was time for some silly fun before the closing ceremony. Playing with props, eating, dancing, playing an interesting ninja game derived from the German larp phenomenon Tyren Nightfire, cracking jokes etc… Like last year, we stayed for an extra day before we left for ConQuest, watching everyone leave, saying goodbyes and hanging out with others who stayed.

Being a part of the Drachenfest 2013 in the Copper camp was unforgettable. This time I got my orientation around so I was able to do more than the last year. Seeing faces old and new, playing with them again in an experience which is similar, yet very different from the one I had last year. But one thing is certain: Drachenfest is an experience few others can match. If you can get the chance to go there, do it – you won’t regret it.поисковое продвижение эффективнораскрутка сайтасайтпрограмма для взлома вай фай андроидсанаторий аквалообыстрый займ на карту быстроbetsafe casinoindependent escort dubaiprestige online casinoTop gambling sitesкакие животные находятся в танзанииайкидо для детей текстильщики

Aug 12, 2013

Drachenfest_2013

Drachenfest and ConQuest of Mythodea. Most larpers keeping an eye out on the international larp scene will recognize two of the largest larps in Germany. While ConQuest is also the largest larp in the world. They are organized one week after another in northwestern Germany (with another large larp, Epic Empires following them). This made a perfect excuse to combine both of them in one huge larp holiday.

Our small group consisted of my wife and son, and a friend of ours who were able to afford the tickets and the trip. We started from Croatia, already tired because of Crolarp, the largest Croatian larp of the year, had just finished. Crolarp had 76 people, and we were completely unable to imagine how a multi-thousand person larp would look like…

We made a stop in Slovenia to meet another friend and his family, and we traveled together for the rest of our journey. We got a bit lost at the end of our journey, and after we found the right town and tiny directions to the event, we finally found ourselves inside, on the crowded ring-road going around the Drachenfest terrain, with exits for various camps every now and then.

Imagining the number of people and actually seeing them on the terrain are two entirely different things. Drachenfest was very crowded, with camps placed on edges of two connected meadows, with empty space in the middle.

I was in Copper camp with my family. It’s a NPC camp with a very organized structure. Not unlike Empire in Star Wars or Warhammer. In fact, those two Empires were obvious models for the camp organization. The society was divided in castes, all of them with strict duties – and we were a very religious camp, worshipping the Copper Avatar who was leading us. Most camps had a dragon avatar leading them, and these were the camps who could “win” Drachenfest. Which is story-wise organized as a combat between followers of each dragon, fighting for one year of that dragon’s world dominance.

It’s a simple concept, but it got amazingly detailed. This was the year of golden dragon, who won the last Drachenfest. The town in game was full of hanging banners of the golden dragon and triumvirat camp. Even the in-character money was minted with their symbol.

The camp was also heavily organized out of character. I had a modern tent, so I was given a camp place that would be surrounded by other, more period tents. There are smaller campsites in predetermined locations all around the camp, and roads and alleyways between them. Our camp was around 200 people and it felt huge, even though Copper is one of the smallest camps on Drachenfest.

General atmosphere on the event was very welcoming to new people. Germans are very flexible around the rules – something that we were not used to – and often ignore them in favor of freeform play. You can create a character on the spot – they were actually surprized when we showed up with already generated characters. And they were surprized by some choices we made. “You took an extra hit point?” the girl at the character check-in wondered. “Really, who’s still counting hit points these days?”. And that’s true – people often didn’t count hit points. But not to cheat – pretty much everything was done to emphasize the drama and the epic look and feel.

People were doing slow weapon strikes, as if the weapon is heavy. And when someone was hit by a heavy weapon, they would often fly away and drop on the floor, simulating getting hit by all that weight. Everyone involved was having fun. It was not the more “sporty” fighting style I was used to (fight to win). Simulated wrestling and barfight combat was also very common (and from what I’ve seen done in quite a safe way). They kept asking us to roleplay instead of fighting to win, making those two concepts opposing terms.

Being based around combat, Drachenfest has plenty. There’s some plot, but there’s very little of it. The event is practically a sandbox, depending on the players to provide most of the content and atmosphere. And it works. Camps are amazingly organized, there’s a great deal of battles, diplomacy, pure roleplaying, espionage and other things happening there.

With a huge number of people, it works excellently. We patrolled through the town, hunted down some orcs, brought them before the judge, found some witnesses to the assault they committed and guarded them until the end of their trial. It was amazing, and it could easily be the focal point of a, say, short local larp. But it was just one of the things popping out spontaneously. Wherever you’d go, there would be things like that just happening. Even in our own camp, it would be a pretty interesting experience if you just stood in the courtyard looking at what’s going on – priests walking around leading rituals and prayers, army standing under banners, barefoot water girls running around, inquisitor reaffirming someone’s faith by a whip, avatar, imperator and caste lords walking around, army master yelling at people, gate guard checking out passports that we were given and even announcing time, and an occasional visitor from another camp, or some troupe or peddler. It was a living, breathing, functioning larp in every way.

One of my favorite moments was when we were attacking the orc camp. It was impressive, all of the orc dressed up to the Lord of the Rings costume standard, with ugly (and really orc-looking) watchtower filled with orcs shooting arrows at us (at a very long range). They had a trebuchet in the back, shooting foam bricks at us – not precise, but powerful and impressive. The orc horde was a sight to be seen as well- they really looked and behaved like orcs, in fight they were slamming our lines in the unruly fashion and they provided some really great atmosphere. They might have been our enemy in game, but they were one of the best themed camps in game.

Landsknechte were also impressive – a camp of colourful mercenary pikemen, with their own flutists and drummers every time they’d go out in battle. Chaos camp was also there, looking like… well, Warhammer Chaos. Warhammer does seem to be a huge style model for a lot of German larps.

The town of Aldradach was a functional in-character town, housing pretty much everything, including school, kindergarden, library, temple, guilds, crafters, judge and a dungeon, taverns and restaurants, and plenty of larp shops.

People in camps proved to be great. Helpful, friendly, and excellent company. We had many memorable moments with our neighbors, Dark Lord Charlie, and many others in camp. Though us not knowing German was a bit of a problem to understand everything that’s going on, but people would usually translate the most important bits. Our friends who travelled with us didn’t go to Copper camp – instead they went to gold camp and joined the Grand Expedition.

The UK Grand Expedition to Drachenfest and Mythodea is the most famous English-speaking group on those two events. Led by the guy called Rick – an American guy living in the UK – it’s another great and friendly (and highly organized) group. We spent a lot of time with them, especially during downtime and between events. My friends who went with them had a very different experience than us, which is common in events as big as those.

Drachenfest ended with a big battle, which Copper lost in a brave attempt to stand alone against everyone in the middle of the field. It’s difficult to describe in words, but the end battle of Drachenfest stands as the best and most impressive larp battle I’ve ever been to. Blue camp created a large alliance and won, so next year will be the year of the blue dragon.

We packed, stayed for an extra day, spent some quality time with people and then went on to Mythodea, which was some 2 hours away by car. ConQuest of Mythodea is played on a large horse property called “Rittergut Brokeloh” in a small German town of Brokeloh. Which is even smaller than Drachenfest’s Diemelstadt – the town pretty much gets enveloped by the event, which is on one side, and parking which is on the another.

ConQuest is even bigger than Drachenfest – it has around twice as many people. And it’s a whole different type of game. While most of the points considering game and style are different between Drachenfest and ConQuest, ConQuest is certainly a game looking in a different direction. Plot, mostly ignored on Drachenfest, is one of the main components of ConQuest, and the game is rich with lore and detail. Unlike mostly player-led Drachenfest, ConQuest has mostly NPC-led action.

I was one of the NPCs, a part of the Black Ice army. The combat here was very involved – unlike on Drachenfest where it’s more like voluntary, we’d attack random passerbys, and a lot of tactics employed, some of them in quite a creative manner. Yet Black Ice was not there simply to kill opponents, so we didn’t always attack. It’s more to make an impact and terrify, and provide for some memorable fighting.

Logistics of ConQuest were even more amazing than on Drachenfest. Toilets, trash containers, huge shower tents, and there was even an actual supermarket in a tent, all to provide for as comfortable experience as possible. Despite the terrain being a bit less open than Drachenfest – with some forested area around, as well as having more meadows and camps being more further apart – exposure can still be a problem (it was new to us since we’re used to larping in a forest), so every bit of comfort is welcome.

Apart from camps, game area was also full of plot locations – or APLs as they are called. Most of them are staffed by NPCs and interactive. Sometimes there’s a bit of waiting, as there can be some confusion among ConQuest GMs – there’s certainly a lot to keep track of on ConQuest.

My group of Black Ice – Swarm 1 – proved a group of very friendly, interesting and helpful people. Black Ice was working in shifts, and the time between was free so I spent some time roaming around as my regular character, when I finally managed to meet the Grand Expedition people in-character, which I didn’t do on Drachenfest (except for one short-lived assault from my camp on theirs) and spend some time hanging around with them.

Like Drachenfest, ConQuest also ended in a great battle, but in a different style. All the NPCs went out, it was colorful and very epic with key NPCs doing their part on the two battlefields that were formed. It ended, we had more fun roleplaying that evening, and then it was all over. All of us went home, feeling tired and having a case of a post-larp depression from having to return to our mundane life….

If you can get to Drachenfest or ConQuest, I fully recommend visiting them. There’s a large international community, apart from Germans I met and talked to players from Austria, Slovenia, Britain, Netherlands, USA, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Belgium, Russia, Italy, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, and probably some more that I don’t know of. I’ll certainly try to get back next year.

Here’s a short dictionary of some German larp terms:

  • Outtime (OT) – off-game or out of character
  • Intime (IT) – in-game or in-character
  • Spielleitung (SL) – game master/reeve/referee
  • Orga – game staff
  • Stop – pronounced with “sh”. A call to stop a game immediately. Don’t say “stop” IT, use “halt” instead.
  • Heiler – an IT call for healer. Pronounced like “hi-ler”.
  • Sani – an OT call for medic, used for real injuries, usually in combination with stop. Pronounced like “sunny”.
  • Weiter – “onward”, game continues after “stop” or similar.
  • Time stop – like stop but for IT purposes, only SLs call it. Close your eyes and hum until you hear “weiter”, game continues from that point.
  • Vor! – Forward! Pronounced like “for”. The battle line which is yelling this is likely pushing into opponents.

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Sep 21, 2012

Drachenfest!

If you haven’t heard of Drachenfest (or The Dragon Festival) now you have. From their website,

“Thanks to the active role play The Drachenfest has become a living and independent fantasy world. At the Drachenfest the single player can put himself really fast into the game. Similarly, groups may live their background concept in great detail.

As an international gathering the Drachenfest has a specially tailored system of rules. This allows both experienced and novice LARPers to be easily introduced to the game.

In order to give life to this fantasy world of dragons for six days, an experienced team of more than 100 Game masters, experienced LARPers, professional event specialists and support staff looks after a good and smooth game experience.”

Basically, it’s a HUGE larp that brings players from all over Europe (and the world) for six days of larp heaven. Epic costumes, games and experiences that will change your life. Or at least your larp life, forever. Below are my thoughts on the video “live blog” style. Or maybe just the random crap that jumped into my head. It might just seem like crazy ramblings, so next time, I think I’ll make some audio commentary instead. Leave your thoughts in the comments. And if you went to Drachenfest email us! info@larping.org

Live Blog of this larp video

  • Marching in order, I approve.
  • Feather plumes….do not approve…
  • English! Yes, there’s hope I can attend Drachenfest! Damn their armor is sweet.
  • I love seeing all different kinds of people attend a larp. Sometimes it’s great to see people wearing costumes that match, but it’s also awesome to see all different groups come together.
  • OMG Marching wall of awesome. HUGE BATTLE COMMENCE!
  • larp battle

    Not the shot in the scene. But epic Drachenfest, nonetheless.

  • Come on guy with the axe, do something with it!!!
  • Loving the battle commands!
  • Pikemen are destroying fools! The guy with nun-chucks is doing nothing… and sucks. Pikeman > nun-chucks in a larp, every time.
  • Super tall guy on stilts in the background. He’s kind of a giant, but his upper body is too small.
  • Battle drums and flute rule. The end. Only time a flute is allowed. Ever.
  • Goblins or Orcs, either way sure to be awesome.
  • Nasty looking orcs, this can’t be good for those fighting them. I love that orcs always kickass in larp. Instead of just being fodder like in most fantasy.
  • HUGE CASTLE! YES. Battle about to go down. Love the eyes on the castle it’s so foreboding.
  • Lined up for battle. Finally, the smart guys with shields.
  • Ok more marching. This time I see dwarves and flags. I love dwarves.
  • Charge the castle! Battering ram?
  • Surgery! Yes, so realistic! He should be roleplaying the lack of pain killers though….
  • The british are in this larp? WTF?….
  • Ok, these guys look serious. Looks like roman soldiers.
  • Can’t get over how big these battles are. And there everywhere. How do you keep track of what’s going on? This larp is so big it’s blowing my mind! There are tents and dozens of players everywhere.
  • More orcs. Someone’s going to die…
  • Plot team with headsets!
  • The orc castle/base/fortress is badass. So are there costumes. Why wouldn’t you be an orc? Love the dead soldier hanging as a warning. The pikeman taking on the orcs are like the first water buffalo to cross a river with crocodiles in the water. They know they’re going to die, but they will give courage to the rest of the crew…
  • More feather plumes. Really guys? Must be a european fashion thing.
  • I want to think Orcs must die, but I’m rooting for them.
  • Uh, oh, the knights have gathered, it’s about to go down. The leader is speaking english, Drachenfest 2013 here I come!
  • Film crew in the shot…Production fail?
  • Quick battering ram shot. They must have gotten hot oil poured on them. Ok, j/k they’re back. How do you role play breaking down a wall? Does it have HP?
  • Trebuchet!
  • Battle cries! Wall’s coming down soon. Orcs put your big boy pants on! (Someone should have been filming inside of the castle!)
  • And we’re in. MAYHEM! YES! So intense! Orcs on the front line didn’t stand a chance!
  • Ok, we’re in the fortress and there’s a slaughtering. Orcs terribly outnumbered. Hold called?
  • Guy that has too much armor walks by. What was that about?

Conclusion

Ok, anticlimactic scene to end on. People milling about. Either way, I loved it. I think we need some American coverage for Drachenfest 2013. I volunteer! Until then, I wonder if we could do something similar here in America? Unite larps for a week of ultimate larp awesomeness?

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