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Enjoy an episode about Winter LARPing. Stay tuned for future episodes where the platypus is discussed!

-Mickey and Bill

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  • Noah

    You briefly touched on this at the end, but I’d like to reiterate how important it is to have 100% of everything ready when you’re running modules at winter events. Normally you can send a “hook” into town and send the NPCs for setup simultaneously in the hopes that both groups meet up at the same time. (If not exactly this, then often times the hook will get sent out when the NPCs are nearly done with setup.) Quite often, the hook will gather the PCs faster than expected and they’ll have to sit around outside the module site for a few minutes. In the winter, every second of those few minutes drains morale and energy like a sieve. Players start to actually get personally offended as the minutes pass and will eventually mutter things like, “Why would they bring us out here if they knew they weren’t ready? This is bullshit.” And they’re pretty much correct.

    As long as the staff stays pretty good about this, the PCs should also strive to keep this up in the other direction. Normally people hem and haw a bit before deciding to go on a module. They pick out their ideal group composition, sort through their items, grab one last cup of coffee and maybe touch up their makeup. None of that shit works in the winter. Once that hook goes out, the clock is ticking. If it takes 20 extra minutes to gather the PCs, the NPCs will be 20 minutes worth of cold grumpier. Nothing good can come from that.

    Feb 2, 2012 at 7:18 pm
  • Jeremy Reel

    Water sucks, Drink Brawndo - The Thirst Mutilator.

    Feb 7, 2012 at 11:24 am
  • BradG

    UnderArmor vs. thermal underwear: when I was shopping for gear to keep me warm at a winter LARP event I asked the clerk what the difference was. They said that underarm or is what you wear to keep warm if you are out hiking or moving around outdoors for large periods of time. Thermal underwear is what you wear if you are going to sit around in the cold for long periods of time such as a fan going to a football game.

    Latex vs. boffer: laxtex hurts a lot more in the winter time than boffer weapon. Both freeze up somewhat but laxtex is a more painful winter choice in my experience.

    Another hidden advantage of winter larping is the lower level of PC attendance. You typically get more attention from plot as a result. At the January event I attended I was able to go on a ton of mods (it was a one day event) because there were only a dozen pcs at most. We all went on the mods together, no group specific mods. The only reason someone did not go on a mod is if they didn’t want to.

    Feb 11, 2012 at 9:45 pm