LARP can be a heavy, intensely emotional rollercoaster of a hobby that can have lasting effects long after time-out has been called and the game packed up. For some this is the reason they engage in their hobby, keen to throw their character to the wolves of plot and see what gets chewed up and spat out. But for some people the lingering after effects of games can become quite distressing, and it is this ‘bleed’ that I’d like to talk about today.
In light of the recent heatwave that has been affecting the UK, I feel that it is prudent to reiterate advice that I have previously given regarding LARPing in the summer. Most of us will be familiar with the advice of drinking plenty of water, keeping out of the sun and dressing appropriately, but with temperatures up into the mid to high 20s and into the 30s I think we all need to pay attention to how we’re dealing with the heat.
The seasons have turned once again and the woodlands are a riot of flame colours and autumnal bounty. At this time of year I find my thoughts turn towards misty atmospheric mornings, crisp days bright with frost, and chill nights filled with cold stars, and more excuses for hot chocolate! But they also turn towards preparing for larping over the winter, so I would like to share with you my thoughts on how to stay safe during these colder months and how to get the most out of your hobby!
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I’m a little stunned – we’ve hit the 3rd year mark and I still have umpteen things planned for the coming months; helped of course that we are in Fest season and I’ll be bringing you the continued adventures of Ithron’s heroes both near and far. Last year we celebrated hitting 100 posts, the continued ‘healthy’ LARP posts and the highlights of kit making – but I would like to focus on my personal favourites of the last 12 months. I hope that you’ll join me.
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.