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.
When folk say "My, your costume is ace!" I usually say two things. One "Ah, yes, I cheat - my wife is a costume designer and she tells me what to wear. And a Wardrobe Mistress, so she can point me at where to hire things I can't buy..."One of the things she says is... Continue Reading →
This is so I can always find it. Remember the other day I said "I thought it’d be OK. I’m glad it was. Thanks to Rachel Thomas and her amazing sheaf of spreadsheets which made it be."
Kelly Jane Poole and Charlie Holdway had this back and forth on confrontational characters the other day. There were some other folk saying good stuff too, but this I can see as filmed as a head to head somewhere. Or something. Anyway. Here it is. Confrontational characters... This is inspired by a conversation I've seen... Continue Reading →
I am really proud of All For One. Six years ago Rich Smith started a Facebook group called "H runs a musketeers game." 30 months ago, Bill Thomas signed up to do prop. build on game. (I'd cruelly deceived him by saying it was the Dogtanian version.) 2 years ago Ian and Rachel Thomas said... Continue Reading →
I was going to get round to writing a design post for All For One.Now Ian Thomas has, and I don't need to. It's ace, and it's here. I've since written something that covers the same journey, but brings learning from All For One and Wing And A Prayer together.It's over here.
You know the drill: saw something on Facebook, thought it was gold, asked permission, posted here. This is from Helly Bean of The Quota fame, now with Carcosa Dreams - who run Alba, Tenement 67, Forsaken, and Sisyphus.They've got some general advice as to what to do during an event if you're "feeling not engaged... Continue Reading →
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 →
Cinedrama is pulp film-style as larp practise. It comes straight out of the Crooked House playbook; notably Dick Britton and the Voice of the Seraph in 2005. As an attitude to play, it sits somewhere between a UK "LARP is just for fun" instinct I don't entirely subscribe to, the "Win by losing" playstyle I... Continue Reading →
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 →