I can still remember that day in 2012. It was a Tuesday and I was playing Dungeon & Dragons with my then regular group when my phone started pinging. News alerts, Facebook notifications, text messages and emails all proclaimed the same news. Disney had bought Lucasfilm. In those early days, there was a lot of […]Read more "Key Moments from the Disney era of Star Wars"
Image is from Lock Hill, located in Athens, Greece. Probably my first horror-themed room was Lethal Decision in Athens (only my 13th ever game!). You start the game hooded and chained up with an actor standing over you wreathed in smoke, a strobe going off behind him and also holding a revving petrol-powered chainsaw (without […]Read more "Escape Rooms: Are they scary?"
The cover picture is the outside of “Paradox Project 2 – The Bookstore”, a 3.5 hour room in Athens, Greece. A frequent topic on the main enthusiast page is room difficulty, how to gauge how easy/hard they really are. Some venues use a star rating to try and differentiate different rooms but really, how reliable […]Read more "How Difficult are Escape Rooms?"
Often considered the first science fiction film, Le Voyage dans la Lune created by Georges Melies in 1902 showed us the first fictional vehicle to leave the protection of our planet. Ever since then, ever more fantastical creations have been dreamt up and then realised onto the silver screen. People get emotional about artwork, architecture […]Read more "‘My’ Starship Cool Wall"
Warning: The following is probably only relavant if you are a fellow LARPer.. With the dawn of a new decade I’ve seen a few friends post about their last decade in both life and LARP, I posted my one about life a while ago on Facebook around New Year but my LARP one is a […]Read more "My decade in LARP, 2010 – 2019"
This is slightly tweaked version of the original post I put on Facebook on Sunday July 21st 2019, regarding my thoughts on the recent Finnish LARP, Odysseus that ran over July 4-6 2019 in Helsinki. “It’s not enough to survive, one has to be worthy of survival.” Commander Adama, Battlestar Galactica* * I’d already decided […]Read more "Odysseus / A Retrospective"
30 years ago a little-seen and mostly-forgotten tv series premiered on BBC2. It was an attempt at a telling stories within a realistic setting only 40 years in future. This is was “Star Cops”, the brainchild of Chris Boucher (writer of Doctor Who and script editor of Blakes 7 for the entire run). He would […]Read more "A View of the Future"
I’ve been wrestling with a touch writers block just recently in terms of my next couple of LRP events. It doesn’t matter the subject matter but there’s been a couple of plot points that I’ve been trying to rationalise with myself as I know my players would pick up on it. It took a couple […]Read more "Why do we run LRP events?"
Most people pick skills for their LRP characters that they would not normally be able to do in their normal lives, such as being a surgeon, flying a spaceship, wielding mystical energies and so on. But how to simulate these skills within a believable framework? Arguably one of the harder aspects of your system will be how […]Read more "Real World Skills vs Roleplay Skills"
Live Action Role-Play, Live Role-Play, LARP, LRP, whatever you call this hobby it is all ultimately the same thing. People engaging in fantasy worlds to resolve situations, this is what seperates us from those who produce fantastic costumes and then just stand around in them at conventions (not that there’s anything wrong with that). LARPers will […]Read more "Skill Design in your LARP Adventure"