The Art of Perfect Kindness

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21125635_503365196678528_7130700963297465069_o-e1513268037295Photograph taken by Kirsten Barrett, August 2017

For me LARP is about character interactions and role-play, but a lot of cues can be gained from costumes. As you can tell, costume making has developed into an interest and forms an integral part of my hobby (ask my OH about my fabric haul …). You look for insignia, you take in whether the kit is rough and ready or fine and fancy. We are a visual people, a social people, and costume forms part of that unspoken language. If you see insignia from your unit you’re more likely to interact with them over the “others” who aren’t part of your unit, or Church, or group – almost unconsciously.

Costume is great! It helps with our immersion as a group and it’s always wonderful to see someone go from being a 21st Century citizen to being a scout or wizard or futuristic warrior (depending on your system) by putting on some different clothes and doing something with their hair or make up. Isn’t the whole point of this game to be something other than ourselves?

So why is there an unspoken snarkiness about kit? What gives us the right to judge people for the costume they put together, that they have spent time thinking over and developing and working hard on preparing?

The short answer is – none. None what so ever.

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The reward of role-play

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Sometimes I am asked what it is about LARP that I enjoy – which is usually followed by an outpouring rush about costumes and kit and the society and the stories. But it’s the stories, usually embellished with a few tales of past characters or a particular event that stands out in memory. Rather than a simple “he said, she said” retelling, the tale becomes more like a blog write up and I get a thrill from the reaction of some of our newer players when I tell them of things other characters have done. But this has got me thinking – what is it about LARP that I enjoy? The role-play or the rewards? In this blog I hope to try and summarise my answer to that question.

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Ithronian Adventures #218 – The would-be Baronet

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Ithronian Adventures

With the death of a Baronet without an obvious steward to stand in their stead, unrest is common. But when an upstart plants his banner without the Baron’s say so, trouble follows. Lady Judith and Aidan set out into the neighbouring Baronetcy to investigate on the orders of Earl Berwick-Farron – trouble they expected and trouble they found.

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Judith’s Winter Tunic

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With winter well and truly bearing down on us – who else had to scrape the car these last few weeks? – the woods have been beautifully atmospheric and begging to be photographed during LARP days. My thoughts have been turning towards winter too, and I’ve been reviewing my kit, especially after writing the winter LARP guide for the blog.

Let me show you a couple of new items that I’ve made to flesh out my kit for winter.

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