What can larp be like?

My goal here is to do something that probably won’t work too well. I am attempting to express what a certain style of larp can be like, in a first person story. Imagine yourself, armed and armored. Cell phone far away and forgotten, the trappings of the modern world left behind with it. You find yourself with your friends in an open field, tense but ready…

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Media

Here are links to Vlogs and Podcasts where I talk about larp. Boffer larps in the New England area are my primary experience, but whenever I speak on a podcast my goal is to make sure that lots of different styles of larp are discussed. Outside of the hobby most people don’t know there are many different kinds of larp. So here are some podcasts where you can catch me talking about the hobby.

LARPBook
LBPC Episode 16 via Youtube. Also available on iTunes.

Game Dev Radio
Game Dev Radio 206 Jeremy Springfield

What do you do when 75% of players call themselves a Lord?

The United States is a curious place. There is something about the culture here that makes people want to be ‘Special’. They want to be unique, and important. They want title and social status. You might assume that larp being a creative space where arc and storytelling are important players might not expect to climb social ranks. But unfortunately that is not the case.

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What is larp?

Most larp guidebooks include a section called “What is Larp”. Those sections bore me instantly. I, for one, am very tired of explaining what larp is. Other people do a much better job answering than I. Lizzie Stark explains very well in her wonderful book “Leaving Mundania” what forms larp takes, and shows the passion of larp from an outsiders perspective very well. There is a more important question answer which we often miss…

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A small collection of 2 page RPG’s.

With indie games on the rise, there are so many creative resources out there right now. Imagine playing a game which produces content for another game. Generating worlds was something that I always found to be wonderfully fun, capturing that feeling at the table is amazing. Microscope Explorer, Dawn of Worlds and a few other games do just that. Additionally 2 page games have been very inspiring. These rules sets are one to two pages long (sometimes three). They are usually short on rules and long on creative storytelling. They’ve given me all kinds of ideas and inspiration for larp. Here is a small collection of 2 page Table Top RPG‘s.

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Good News and personal stuff.

The Framingham Maker Space is very cool! The community there is small but packed with amazing people. The boffer swords were a hit with a good number of the attendees. We had five people, six if you count me, playing and learning by the end. I’ve been asked to put together three classes in August; Boffer Sword Construction, Shield Construction, and basic combat practice. As plans firm up, I’ll provide more details.

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New house = busy guy.

There are so many things that come up when you move from a house to a condo! Moving in is just the beginning! Tons of things to fix, prep and build. Practice is this Saturday, and that is super exciting. I’m learning more about the new area and getting out into the community! Wednesday Night is the Framingham Maker Space open house. There is some interest from the community to discuss the building and use of boffer swords. Wednesday nights are open to the public 7pm to 11pm, and I will be stopping by after work to see if anyone wants a demo of my current gear or has questions about boffer larp. If you’re in the area check out the Meetup page for info.

New House, new workshop!

My wife and I purchased a new house. This house comes with a finished basement, which I get to do with as I please. Instead of a ‘Man Cave’ with cars or bars or other mundane items I’m looking to build a game room with all kinds of nerdy things that will appeal to visitors as much as myself. Not a private refuge so much as a showcase for my hobbies and passions. That includes building a proper workshop in the unfinished portion of the basement.

01 Gaming Room

The finishes portion of the basement is perfect for a gaming room. The lighting will need an update. Something with a bit of medieval fantasy flair. A nice trestle table in the center of the room would provide both setting and theme. The hardest part of the room is going to be the drop ceiling. I am not sure what to do about that.

02 Workshop Door

The room is getting used for some junk storage at the moment. We used a lot of moving boxes! The door from the ‘game room’ into the workshop. If you were taking the first picture, spin around, and there’s the door.

03 Workbench 04 Spray Bench

The workshop is in the unfinished portion of the basement and needs some work. Tons of spiderwebs were swept up, lots of dirt and debris cleaned out. At the moment I intend to make two work benches. One for building boffer gear and the other to spray, paint, and glue. Each taped area is 60 inches wide (5 feet). I am super tall, so the table height is 35 inches (which comes up to the knuckle of my thumb when my hands are at my side). I want at least 30 inches of counter top space, just in case I want to add shelves to the back of the benches.

I found a great DIY guide to making a Classic Workbench over on FamilyHandyman.com. It looks like not only a great first project, but a very functional bench. I just have to figure out how to get the lumber to my house… A bit of a problem as I don’t have a truck.

The move has gone well, and we’re getting settled. I am super excited about getting the workshop up and running. I have tons of crafting ideas, and plans, that I want to start sharing. The bench will probably also get a stand for my GoPro. I might try my hand at making some instructional videos. There hasn’t been any feedback from anyone on The Hit Location Handbook, so that is probably on hold at the moment… Which probably means that I’ll be tired of writing for a week or two, then get the bug again. Any suggestions on how to format an ebook would be great.

Well, I hope you all are doing awesome things, and having a great time larping. What has your larping summer been like? Let me know if you’re up to anything cool. Send me a tweet @jspringfield211.