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Post-LARP post: Dystopia Rising Camper, April 15, 2017

I had gone to DR games before, but only for a short bit of NPCing.  This time I finally went as a player.  That me with the bone crown and the crap on my face.


The folks at the game were amazing.  I played a hard-to-love character, and I did have a  handful of people that knew me from other games, so they were welcoming.  However, there were TONS of people I did not know before this game, and they quickly got into RP with me.

I was really impressed by the costuming.  In my previous forays, I didn’t get to see the really nice stuff, and I focused on the weapons/armor.   My initial impression was that the costuming was ugly and the weapons seemed low-quality home-made.

Getting to spend more time in the player base, my impression changed on the costuming. The theme takes some getting used to.  I’m used to pretty costuming, and that is not the ascetic here.  However, the effort and detail is obvious and awesome.   Look at the guy in the picture next to me. *

The local DR community seems to have a thing against store-bought weapons.   I don’t recall seeing a single store-bought weapon while there, which is

There’s no shortage of tradeskill/crafting actions to do, and it appears to consume a good portion of most folks larp-time.  I started in tard-mode with no trade-skills, but still had no problems filling my day with RP and meeting people.

It was also fun to be in fights where everything could one-shot me.   I had to bring my A-game to melee, and I still got dumped by point-effects.

*I have never met this guy in the photo.  I might play a whole year and never meet him.  The game has 150+ participants, and there’s probably dozens of new and returning players each game.

There’s a VERY interesting angle to think about here socially.  The other Socal LARPs are not this large, and I’ve been able to learn the majority of players after a few events.  I will probably never be able to do that at DR.  What does that mean for the character of a LARP?




Post-LARP post: Twin Mask Camper – December 11-13, 2015

Twin Mask once again sets the bar for LARP in Socal.  As usual, it had almost constant content.  Often there were two mods running simultaneously.  This amount of content could be a bucket of fail if the content was pointless.  However, this content is fresh, challenging, and fun for both sides of the fence.

I attended this game as a perma-NPC, like I have in the past.  The previous game had been a stick-jock nirvana, with constant combat in the short time I was there.

This game was less combat, but the fights were still fun and awesome.  I love the system, since it gives me enough screen time as a crunchy to feel like I was present.

However, I got two amazing non-combat RP opportunities in this game as well, and I’m really excited about slipping into these two NPC roles in future games.   I tend to be given the big-bad combat guys, whose interactions tend to be yelling and yelling.  These two new roles had plenty of hooks, and were frienemies of the players.  Perfect!

Last, but certainly not least, I’m learning more names and faces, and making more friends.

The only thing to knock about this game was the cold and the wind.  I was smart and got a bitchin’ reversible cloak.  It wasn’t as hard to fight in as I thought it would be.  In fact, there was one fight that the PCs simply couldn’t hit my arms, and kept hitting the cloak instead, much to their chagrin.

Post-LARP post: Dying Kingdoms Camper – November 13-15, 2015


This game had some great highs, and very little lows.


    • The above photo by Flip Cassidy.
    • The group my PC is with, the Stormcrows, had a tits-hot camp.  The tent, and all the decorum were just amazing, and very immersive.  Even better, I didn’t have to set it up 🙂  Even more betterer, the campsite was a 15 minute drive from home.
    • Mattos was able to further his personal plot-line a bit (fyi, I’m taking it slow, I’m in no rush).  Mattos’ allergy to elves was able to insult them quite deeply.  (OOG, I know it’s a confrontation of the internal story that somebody playing an elf has, i.e. I’m pretty).  Mattos as able to discover that he has some kind of fae blood, role-playing with Skaven (the ever-amazing DW).  He also discovered that the svaltafar (drow/dark elves) smell amazing to him.  (OOG, I’m interpreting that he has a fae-spirit aligned with the svaltafar.   That spirit hates all other elves, and is pretty evil itself.  Mattos doesn’t know this IG, however).
    • Starting about 2 on Saturday was when the game picked up for my character.  Mattos had a great moment liberating a slave that had been brainwashed by lizard-people.  I sent this slave (IG name Essen, OOG name David Pulcifer)  back to Maldava, and paid a pretty penny (a full gold solarum) to make sure he got there, paying for a caravan to keep him tied up and drunk the entire journey.  I predict my upcoming downtimes will be breaking the brainwashing on this slave.
    • The last battle was pretty gnarly (in the good way).  As usual, we NPC’d for this fight.  Also as usual, I skirmished rather than holding the line.  Par for the course, I got a lot of backs.  I’m glad that I was able to hurt/scare folks, but didn’t end up killing any PCs.
    • We Stormcrows got back into character after the big battle, and started cooking.  Ian/Bear had a murder non-vegetarian stew.  I brought murder-free stuffed acorn squash, which was uber-tasty.  Unbeknownst to us, there was a cooking competition set up for two characters that I assume have in-game cooking skill.  Turns out, my squash won the “unofficial” contest.  This makes me interested in the cooking skill, but I don’t think it fits Mattos’ background.
    • During the cooking and eating, we Storm crows performed a ritual to summon the Morrigan.  OOG, this was our “let’s get some content” plea to plot.  Boy howdy did they deliver.  Emily played the Morrigan, and was awesome.  I was genuinely afraid of her, and tried my best to not get her attention.
    • Barker (Johnny Bias) and I had a long conversation as a result of this summoning.  The Stormcrows had rescued his bodyguard earlier in the game, however, so we struck up a convo.  Barker let me know how troubling the summoning of the Morrigan was to the rest of the group (player base), and why her asking for the Black Mirror was a fail-grenade.  Mattos disclosed with Barker how everything wasn’t as it seemed, and asked for his help in stalling any efforts the Stormcrows made in the short term.


  • It was fucked cold.  Luckily, I was so close I just went home each night.  It did suck making the hike out to day parking at 2 am, however.
  • I lost my temper in the final battle.  Yes, I took shield bash in the lips, and it wasn’t an accident (i.e. the guy did the classic newb-scoop shield bash, and he should know better).  Nevertheless, I’m always more upset with myself when I snap like that, and that anger-poison lingers with me longer than it should.

Post-LARP post: Dying Kingdoms Day Game – October 10, 2015

This game was the first appearance of the first LARP PC I’ve played in 10 years.  I was really excited to bring Mattos, and this game was great for it.  I was very pleased with my costume and armor (pics later when they show up).  As I usually do with a new character, I didn’t have much about him developed, and let that evolve in-game.

There were several (6+) new people starting LARP for the first time, and I took the time to role-play with them (as well go OOC to explain stuff that needed it).  I always like doing this, and I made several new friends out there.

DK is the anti-Sizzler when it comes to LARP.  There isn’t a lot of plot-driven content, but the content (both Plot driven and player-created) that exists is good.  This game was no exception.  My character’s involuntary distaste of elves certainly got the attention of those characters, or at least their amusement.  I was actually pretty busy role-playing in the Stormcrows camp, and never got the chance to interact much with the “old-hands”.

We’re all looking forward to the camper in a month!

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