Empire (Third thoughts…)

So another year, another try of PD’s Empire, the general upshot of which is this time I left feeling a lot more positive about the game and the system than I have before – this is the first time I’ve left wishing I was going to the next event rather than thinking “I’ll wait till next year…” (I can’t – I’m cycling a stupid distance for charity within two weeks and will be deep in last minute training & panic mode).

As before I’m going to go through the issues I raised previously, although pretty much all of them have been resolved. The game seems to have matured quite quickly; it no longer feels like a placeholder game but something else, more distinct and with a definite flavour.

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Empire: First Thoughts

So, last weekend I attended my first event of Empire, Profound Decision’s new “Not Maelstrom” game. I’ve written previously about what was my growing disillusionment with LARP – something I put down to occasionally needing to take a break from the hobby. I kept my hand in with smaller scale LARP, but in all honesty I took a break from the hobby of about eighteen months, cleared my head a bit, so this was going to be a fresh start in many ways.

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We’ll start with a catch up…

This morning I logged into WordPress to realise that it’s been well over a month since I last sat down and wrote anything (even trivial) in my blog, and that really that isn’t on. When I first started a blog some six or so years ago it was as a means of ensuring that I remained writing something other than the inevitable tranche of legal letters, emails & specifications that my job entails – but the truth is I know I’ve been lax in this department of late. The last time I tried to jump start the process the small matter of moving in with Sj got in the way of me finishing it (I still intend to), but I’m not complaining about that. I do keep intending to write something, but inevitably other things get in the way.

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Shitting: A LARP’ers Guide

The subtle art of defecation is one that is often overlooked in the LARP environment, but those that wish to take their play experience to the next level then the why’s and the where fore’s of how to take a dump can sometimes offer a fresh perspective on the roleplay
experience. Whilst the casual player will find it sufficient merely to determine the true origin of their fathers sword, the real method roleplayer will tailor each extrusion to reveal subtle insights into their delicate creation.

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LARP Fatigue?

Next week see’s the first of this years Maelstrom’s, and as per usual there’s mad scramble to get everything done in time ahead of the event. The problem this time is I’m finding it more difficult to drum up the enthusiasm than usual – I’ll no doubt enjoy it when I get there and see everyone – work schedules and the like seem to be taking up all of my time and energy. I’ll enjoy it because of the people, rather than the event itself I fear (although this is in no way a bad thing).

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You can never have too much costume…

Following an afternoon visit to the dentist for yet another broken tooth I popped into Manchester to grab some costume for a Birthday / LARP event this weekend. This one being more Steampunk than others I’ve attended (and with a definite character being gifted to me for it) I couldn’t just use stuff I’d already got – plus you know, chance to buy more stuff.

After half an hours aimless wandering I managed to come across a real find – a leather sappers coat / waistcoat. It’s heavy enough to almost be leather armour (which in some ways it could be). This, along with some old military style trousers seem to have sorted things out. I didn’t intend to spend as much as I did (do you ever) but it seems that it’s inevitable whenever you going for this sort of thing.