This is both a review and thoughts on the 2nd run of the “Mission Together” LARP in Aviles, Spain, held from August 11-14 2022. All photos are by the author unless otherwise specified. Introduction It all feels like such a long time ago now. Three years ago I was coming off the high from the […]Read more "Mission Together / A Retrospective"
Please note that the below article is based on a combination of talking to people, my own memories (I joined the hobby back in 1992) and reading back issues of the ‘Firefight’ fanzine. If you think I’ve got anything factually wrong then please get in touch. I had written the majority of this post prior […]Read more "Lazer-Tag LARP : A Brief History about the Sport of the Future"
From the beginnings when it adapted an 80’s toy, Laser-Tag LARP has always used technology as a fundamental part of the overall game experience. Other technology has been used as part of games from PSION II’s to today’s microcontroller controlled devices. “The Goodman Protocol” was a LARP that ran recently and features both RFID and […]Read more "Tech in Laser-Tag LARP"
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"