Post LARP Blues ~ it’s ok to feel low after LARP

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We’ve all been there – the excitement building, the preparation and packing taking over everything, the loss of all available space in the living room being taken up with tents and gear, playing car tetris, the long car trip (or what feels like a long trip) in the car, erecting tents and putting up props, then slipping into the skin of your character and getting out there. Out there – where battling evil beings or solving puzzles or standing in the shield wall shoulder to shoulder with your brothers and sisters in battle becomes the every day; where the office job, home worries or daily routine has become the dream.

And then reality comes crashing back – you’ve packed up the tent, the site has emptied and the skip has filled with black bin bags and wrecked tents. The car journey home feels to take so much longer than it did a mere three days earlier. You return to a home that seems too small and the realisation that the weekend is over and you have work / school the next morning … And then the low hits and you feel wrecked.

Post LARP Blues doesn’t just affect those who have gone to the weekend-long events, but also affects those who’ve been on long intense missions or been through some pretty rough emotional stuff. I write this post to offer help on easing this painful experience, from my own experiences and from reading stuff from various blogs online.

I also include links to previous summer fest preparation blog entries to help with gearing up for your big gatherings.

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Ithronian Adventures #171 – From dust thou art and unto dust shalt thou return

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Mr Niehls, an Oluthen merchant with deep pockets and dark intentions, has been a growing menace in Berwickshire for nigh on a year. Initially a great admirer of the work of the adventuring community, he sought to do “good” and at the behest of his colleague Kyra came to the county to help her investigations into a source of power that lay hidden in the land.  But the promise of power is corrupting, and soon Niehls became a pestilence upon the county and a danger to the common folk.

He must be stopped. Whatever the cost.

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Ithronian Adventures #170 – The Gateway and the Garden

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Summer is in full swing, with blissfully warm days, clear blue skies and radiant sunshine. Alas evil does not shun these days when (let’s be honest here) most adventurers would rather find a shady tree to nap under or find a sunny patch to laze in. And with evil afoot, adventurers must be afoot too. Come rain, or shine.

Thanks Tees Valley for a grand day out for the annual tourney, even with the odd downpour. We had a good laugh and lots of interesting stuff to follow up on!

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Ithronian Adventures #169 – The Cups and the Curse of the Herberts

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It’s summer and the season for weddings, and what is more delightful for a wedding than choice gifts that will bless a union? A group of adventurers are sent out to locate and retrieve a pair of silver goblets that may hold the key to lifting a long standing curse upon the bride’s family, whilst Brigit and Tungdil go looking for a pair of shipwrights and uncover a dangerous “cult” following a blended God of olden days.

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Ithronian Adventures #168 – The wolves and the monster

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The Primate of Krygan – head of the Church of Corruption; priest of the Mother of Monsters; strongest of the strong. He has been prowling the county of Eborshire for several years, investigating ways of making creations of his Goddess better – stronger – at the cost of the innocents around him. Catching the attentions of the local adventurers a long campaign has been waged against him and his creations, culminating in a final assault upon the forest in which lay his stronghold. Along the way people have lost much to this monster. And now the adventurers of Ithron intend to destroy him.

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Thank you to the referees, organisers, props makers, player and monsters who came to Leedsfest ’16. I thoroughly enjoyed myself seeing the conclusion to this long running plot, and am amazed at how everything fit together and played its part – even the scattered document located on mission 1!

I cannot name all those who attended, and can only give the story from my perspective, but I will tell you the tale of the hunt and the defeat of the Primate of Krygan and his nasty little horde of monsters!

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