Sunday, 11 March 2012

Carlisle event - 2nd week of April (Updated)

>>Updated March 16th - I have about 7 people registering interest in Carlisle alone, plus two other people I contacted directly through  That's enough to do something basic - let's see if I can't double this number!<<

I know a guy who knows some people (you'd be amazed how often a story starts like that), some of whom would definitely be up for a Fading Suns LARP.

I will be in Carlisle,Cumbria, for the 2nd week of April (the 9th to 15th, for those keeping count).  Weirdly, despite not being much of a place (it's like South Park with a rural British accent) it has a damn good gaming scene.  And a bunch of great people I've known for some time, many of whom I introduced to FS.

Guess who wants to experiment on/with them?  Guess which local LARP GM said they'd be interested?

I've got a location in mind (and it really suits).

I've got a Plan (the same plotline I've been talking about recently.  Hell, it needs using).

I just need a few more players.  (That's where you come in.)

If you can get over to Carlisle that week, email me at because I really want to get started.

I got props.  I got ideas for props I ain't even built yet.  I got a couple of outfits (priest and Battle Brother).

And I have guns.  Lots of guns.

Email me. Tell me you're available and that you believe the priests when they say Questing is the greatest virtue.

[Guns Redux] I said, the BEST toys...

This weekend the boys* came over.

I'd finished painting and varnishing my Simba Blasters (available here for about £12, or go to your local Toymaster).

You remember these babies?

(I've ordered some Imperial Eagles from ForgeWorld - I figure the black one looks enough like a bolt pistol to slap on some iconography and use it in the Death Unto Darkness LARP - assuming I remember to book in time!)

Either way, they're going well.  I need to take the undercoat off the cartridge shells and replace them with a single coat of bronze because I think it's actually causing jams, but beyond that it's all good.  The next step is to make some pins out of clay (I'm thinking the Imperial Phoenix and the Holy Jumpgate) - I can either wrap up the handles in leather or just use the small loops on the handles.  I bought some purple strips for that

Anyhow, back to the point.  The boys came over and they couldn't help but play with my weapons# .  I tell you, there is just something viscerally cool about firing off a shot, ejecting the cartridge and hearing it tinkle on the floor.

I really need to get a video of that at some point.

*Lovely couple; nice to see they're back together again


Thursday, 1 March 2012

Blurby Blurb

Well, I've picked up a decent amount of interest in the time (oddly, not from the Rule 7 LARP forums.  go figure) so here's the blurb.  In particular I think it needs a flowchart to help picking a faction, some advertising materials or somesuch.  

In the war of wars, final victory lies in the human heart...
The Empire rips itself apart as everyone tries to make the future in their name.  House Li-Halan seizes Rampart, vowing to end its crimes of mad science and heresy.  Victory is too swift, leaving all sides wondering who did it - and what price they will demand.

The Ten Edicts force the guilds to reject their values in return for peace,  But while the Li-Halan condemn technology and liberty, some fear that technology holds attractions too great to be denied...

If I get < 10 people, then I'm going for a more traditional 'questing' LARP, set around the basic FS group - a noble, with retinue.  The great thing about FS's social order is that each of the three factions (plus Those Who Differ) can have opportunities to lead the group.  I'll probably need to alter the system, make it more boffer based, but hey.  I tested my Simba dart guns last weekend and everything works fine.

Plotwise, that means exploring post-invasion Rampart, experiencing the conflicts that come with occupation and social change, but keeping it on a personal scale.  

If I get more, then I'm going for something more epic: power players throwing assets against each other in order to reshape the future.

Ideally I'd have the resources to do a little of both - power play stuff with section where characters determine actions and then a few (or their alts) go off to commit actions or sideplots. 

I'm also thinking of Con games, but right now there's not much on in the UK.  Also, I have no idea how to write for a con game]...