I've seen larp organisers bemoan their drop outs before, but never such a lovely piece about that and the implications. Sally is a UK larp organiser, so some of the terminology here is UK-specific, but I suspect the generalities might apply more widely. All these words are hers. Something I've been noticing, to a moderately... Continue Reading →
CoW25: Before I forget.
A few months back, I was asked to be the Head of School at Czocha College of Witchcraft and Wizardry. I'm just back, and this a few thoughts before I forget it all... Czocha college of witchcraft and wizardry It's one hell of a ride. I've been responsible for players' enjoyment of a game before... Continue Reading →
After action report: Dead Air
Dead Air was an Ars Magica larp set in the Alps tribunal, written by the old hands of the "Greater Alps Knitting Circle", and produced by Carcosa Dreams. One of two objectives from my character brief. Written for me by a 6yr old, so I wouldn't forget. Characters were mages of the Order of Hermes... Continue Reading →
After action report: Eyelarp’s Second Breakfast.
Another year, another UK LARP awards, and to my mind there was one totally new standout larp in 2022. I normally blog the larps I've been to, so heaven knows how I didn't manage to write about Second Breakfast. Here I am putting that right. Second Breakfast was brilliant Second Breakfast was a larp about... Continue Reading →
I've played staff once at CoW, and I absolutely loved it. It's precisely my style of play: play to lift, I suspect it's called now. You're helping make other folks’ experience magical, as much as you are making your own, and it's glorious. When I played staff at CoW18, I was inspired by the BBC... Continue Reading →
CoW25 is inspired by the kind of play Seniors have always brought to Czocha. There’s always been an undercurrent of “This is our last year”. (I say “always”, I’ve only been twice. Both times, though, Seniors were bringing their ‘A’ game to themes like “Time to move on”, “Are you the one for me?” and... Continue Reading →
Cow 25: Sophomores
Faust at CoW12: I mean, look at these people. Photo by Defy Gravity Photography I’ve never been a Sophomore at a College of Wizardry, but I’ve felt their game lacked a bit of structure from the organisers. Of course, they go to lessons, just like everyone, might play a bit of Fireball Dragon, and maybe get... Continue Reading →
Game of Roses 2022
I'm decompressing from Game of Roses 2022 right now. Thinking started back in 2016, and the first run was in a field in 2018. Since then, it's run twice in St Martin's in Norwich, thanks to Norwich Historic Churches Trust. Seems it's possible not only to get lightning back in a bottle, but back out... Continue Reading →
Monica’s spicy roasts volume 6: What If Larps Were People? A guest post by Monica
Another gem from prised from the maw of Zuckerberg. Not meant with malice; it casts shade on events and traditions I love and used to love alike. It's a Friday lunchtime, and what are Friday lunchtimes for if not sharing stuff that makes you smile?
After action report: Secret Cinema’s Guardians of the Galaxy
I've written about Secret Cinema before: Bridgerton and Moulin Rouge and mentions of others. It's fair to say I'm a fan. Guardians of the Galaxy improves on their world-running, but the viewing experience is so-so. Is that important? Not to me - the Secret World was a blast. "Secret Cinema do “immersive experiences” based on... Continue Reading →