Those of you who follow me on twitter or facebook already know this, but I’ve joined a local L.A.R.P. group. It’s a wonderful little community that goes by the name Larp Adventures, and sweet baby jesus am I already hooked. I’ve chosen to play a character on the Wizard’s path, which will be a whole lot of fun once I get access to some higher level spells.
But more on that another day. I’m here to go through my first impressions and three tips for newbies from newbies.
I’m not a big combatant, I’m not physically ready for that yet. And I did have my reservations at first, but I’m glad I jumped in. There are definitely some things I wish I’d known before my first game, though.
The biggest draw I found to this particular game came simply from the fact that two close friends, as well as my fiancé, are players in it. The three of them are in a Mercenary company in-game which actually makes for some interesting entertainment watching them decide which side to battle for on a day-to-day basis. Originally, they had wanted me to join their team. The leader wanted to expand his ranks, but I wanted to feel it out for myself first.
What would have benefited me was reading people’s in-character journals and posts on the forum before the event. I had read up on all of the rules, but I felt that I was missing some lore introduction in my first session. The folks running it were very accommodating though. They answered questions that I had, explained some minor backstory to me, and even included me in a plot-based event during the day. That really helped to make me feel more open and included in the game.
I learned that I have to talk louder. I wasn’t loud enough during most things because we were outside and I’m used to speaking for microphones rather than fields. It will take a little practice, but It shouldn’t be hard.
The venue was absolutely fantastic. It was a camp-out event at Mountain Run Winery. The wine was fabulous, the food was great, and the atmosphere really had that fantasy tavern vibe. There are only a few camp-out events a year. Most of the year, ther are monthly battle days at a park much closer to me than the winery is. I haven’t been to one of those yet, but I look forward to it.
Story-wise, I can’t tell you much. Not yet anyway. It is set in a world called Osterra, where portals to other worlds open and close with surprising regularity. Not much is known this early on so I still have to figure out more of it myself, but what I can say is that I am fairly certain who I am going to align myself with, and I am so excited to see that play out. So, friends, before I cut you lose today I’ll leave you with my three pieces of advice. From one newbie to another.
- Study the lore for the game you want to join before you get there. It will help you insert yourself easier, or even just follow along. Deciding on a character name is included in this tip!!
- Take a deep breath and just introduce yourself. Everyone is here for the same reason, so you at least have three things in common. Make a friend and plot with them.
- YOUR. SUNSCREEN. I applied mine before I left home, I’m glad I did. But I got pink because I FORGOT THE BOTTLE at home and couldn’t reapply. Turns out, a lot of people did this. You will be a god if you remember your sunscreen.
I’ll be posting about my costuming for this event this Friday! So keep an eye out for pictures then!