I really enjoy food. I love larp. I am prone to showing off. In combination, this means that every now and then I put a load of effort into catering at larp. The genuine ability here is in the folk I persuade to help: notably Rupert Redington, who has actually been employed as a chef,... Continue Reading →
Another bit of self-indulgence: Odyssey this time.
It was the last event of the Odyssey system. I'd played King Minos, the MC of the arena since the first event. 7 years, 13 events, 500 or so arena combats witnessed. I'd never taken the floor in anger.
All for froth: guest post by many hands.
We got a lot of useful feedback after the event, some of which I'm using to comment on my own Design post and a Learning post elsewhere.This is really just the froth. I say "just", it's lovely to hear people praise something you've spent best part of 5 years working on on and off, so...... Continue Reading →
All for encryption
I can't recall the first time I used cryptography in a larp, but it was a good 20 years ago. Some players like the puzzle solving, some don't, no-one likes struggling with something that for plot reasons is actually impossible. Tricksy.Experience suggests the simplest cipher - the Caesar - is easily breakable in a field... Continue Reading →
Odyssey for Larpgeist
Follows an article written for larpgeist magazine in 2011... I can't find it on the Internet anywhere, so here it goes. Publish. It's a bit dated, but then it was 8 years ago.
More from the tombs…
Some more thinking about Odyssey from the files of the Wayback Machine, this time from Ian Andrews and myself. Apparently, we thought it was a game back then.
It was a time of myth and legend…
Back in the day, I was involved in the design of a fest lrp game called Odyssey. This is what Ian Andrews and Matt Pennington had to say about designing PvP play into that game...
William Monkey larp
Last year, I was part of a team that ran "Wing And A Prayer". I've been tying to write some words about it for ages. Unedited, here they are.
Crewing The Quota: guest post by Erin Marsh
Another crew experience.... "It is a Thursday afternoon, sunny, warm. I am not outside soaking it up, instead I’m elbows deep in a suitcase, rummaging through someone’s underwear looking for chocolate and hard drugs." "Fake drugs, just to put that out there - tic tacs or sugar in little baggies, usually. I am crewing an... Continue Reading →
Crewing The Quota: Guest post by Dani Mines.
Another view from the crew: Dani Mines this time. "A LRP set in a detention centre sat on the border between England and Wales for those trying to leave England. There were attendees from 12 countries, and 70 participants overall." "I'm going to ramble about my roles a bit. Starting from the more minor and... Continue Reading →