Welcome to the design blog for the Starlight LARP, a new local linear system in Oxford, UK. This blog will follow the system’s development and may be a little chaotic, so bear with me if it looks a little disorganised.
The stuff I’ll be posting will be strictly game related, or at least game design related but relevant to this game in particular. If you’re interested in keeping up with that as development continues, it should be possible to subscribe to this blog through RSS or other methods.
EDIT 27/05: Everything essential for the first playtest is up. Expect to see some tweaks here and there before July, and I’ll be putting up the remaining sections in dribs and drabs in the meantime.
EDIT 14/07: The first playtest went well, you guys gave tons of great feedback, and people have requested more Starlight. Given this, I’m considering running a second playtest. Further details on that, and a detailed summary on the feedback and changes that have been made to the system after the first playtest will be posted soon.
EDIT 19/07: Took slightly longer than I thought it would, but here’s the debrief from the first playtest:
EDIT 30/08: We’re having a second playtest! Check out the details here:
EDIT 22/09: Everything essential for the second playtest has been added or incorporated. Hopefully more content will be going up as the week progresses, so keep checking back.
EDIT 14/12: Long time since the last update, but the second playtest was a success and again there was a lot of useful feedback. Due to organisational issues and conflicts with other systems I’m having difficulty establishing a date for a third, but watch this space since there may be an announcement at some point.
Details from the second playtest will hopefully be added in the near future.
EDIT 29/02: Added an update and a summary of the feedback from the second playtest.
EDIT 14/05: The third playtest is happening! Read about it here:
Things coming soon:
- Integrate the rules changes from the second playtest and establish a canonical ruleset.
- More detailed setting material
- GMing and Adventure Writing Guide
- Ritual Reffing Guide
So the Third Playtest went well. Expect to see a post dissecting that soon. For now, here’s a post outlining one of the approaches I used when developing Starlight’s combat system.
Dynamism, Dodges, and Design Decisions
Given nothing other than a set of larp swords and a bunch of body hits, larpers typically resort to forming up in two lines and stand apart at sword length, trying to get hits. It’s a fairly natural process, encouraged by the principle that if you can be flanked or surrounded you’re in trouble, and it’s easy to capitalise on anyone trying to break out of the line in order to get an attack in. It generally isn’t helped by narrow terrain or obstacles which allow the ends of the line to be more easily defended.
So what’s the big deal?
Line fights, as typically happen in games like White City, are dull. Two groups of people line up and try to flick at each others’ hands* in order to score enough hits to stop the other side fighting back as effectively. In a system where every fight has the same dynamic, it’s difficult for fights themselves to be interesting or memorable unless something weird happens or there’s a special rule involved that shakes things up.
And when every fight is static, there’s no room for thinking, no room for decision making. You take your place in the line where you can and you press your advantage and try to get your hits in, but you’re never really making any decisions. The static nature of the fights also typically means that combats are reduced to a straight test of hard-skill ability against your opposite number (assuming they’re well balanced – if they aren’t then the problem is only made worse because that usually removes the test of skill component).
What’s the alternative?
More dynamic combats, where combatants move around and aren’t glued to their place in the line, have the opportunity to be more memorable and take many different forms to the standard line-fight. They allow for fighters to make more decisions about who they fight and how, and require fighters to have an awareness of what is going on around them rather than a monomaniacal focus on their opposite number. They allow for greater use of tactics and co-operation in a fight, and allow for more types of skill to be used that isn’t just “how quickly and accurately can I tap that person’s hand”.
*This is in part a straw man, since it represents the combat style at its absolute worst, but it’s still a pervasive problem.
Dynamism and Anti-Dynamism
Combat styles are an emergent property of a system’s combat mechanics, including the degree of dynamism that combats exhibit. Decisions about mechanics can therefore be used to address this natural tendency towards line fighting (or indeed to promote something different altogether). Different game design decisions have different impacts on the combat style that eventually evolves; I like to frame these in terms of how they contribute or take away from a more dynamic combat style. Many design patterns can therefore be regarded as either dynamic or anti-dynamic (or neutral).
For our purposes, dynamic combats are those with movement and (potentially) separation between combatants. Where there is no dynamism, the combat is static – this is the ground state for many balanced line-fights. Dynamic mechanics serve to increase a fight’s movement and separation. Anti-dynamic mechanics serve to reduce it. For a combat to not be static, a degree of dynamism must exist to counter-balance the anti-dynamic pressure to hold a defensible line where you are protected by your friends.
Holistic Combat Design
No single combat mechanic can be taken in isolation; it must be considered within the context of the rest of the ruleset. A particular mechanic may be dynamic when included in one ruleset, and anti-dynamic in another. Since combat styles are emergent properties of the game rules as a whole, it is important to recognise this variability and as part of the design process consider how game mechanics interact with each other (and, of course, with other design constraints).
One heuristic for judging the dynamism of combat as a whole is to sum across the dynamism of its mechanics; this isn’t going to give a 100% accurate picture of a combat (only testing with players will do that), but for design purposes it’s probably still useful. By judging each mechanic in terms of the others in the system, it’s possible to more accurately determine its utility in combat and also to draw out unintended consequences of combining certain mechanics in certain proportions (for example, is that once-per-adventure shot of Slay actually any good if it’s likely to be Dodged trivially)?
Importantly this also means that certain mechanics will reinforce the effects of other mechanics, and this needs to be taken into account for balancing purposes (for example, Paralyse becomes much better if the player can call Mass Fear immediately afterwards, as it opens up a greater opportunity to capitalise on the effects of the Paralyse).
While we consider the effects of all combat mechanics as a whole, evaluating the dynamism of non-call mechanics is probably best left to another post. For now, we are going to consider calls in particular.
Almost all combats include calls, as a method for varying combats beyond simply hitting each other a set number of times. There are two typical forms of these: damage calls (which relate to the number of hit points worth of damage a call deals) and effect calls (which have some other non-numeric effect).
Damage calls in and of themselves are neutral as far as dynamism is concerned; what matters is the magnitude of the difference between the numbers. Someone calling quads against a monster party calling singles is likely to be quite confident in their ability to cause damage, which may mean that they press the fight. Conversely, having an appreciably smaller damage call than their opponent tends to make combatants more cautious and defensive. However, where damage calls are approximately even (or where no opportunity exists to press the advantage the disparity gives), there is no dynamic impact.
Effect calls are far more likely to be either dynamic or anti-dynamic in nature. Their wide variety of effects can even extend to causing or ceasing movement directly.
Effect Calls in Starlight
STRIKEDOWN – Neutral. Strikedown on its own doesn’t exactly encourage movement, but in context is most effective when used in a combat in which there is lots of movement. Given that Starlight’s combat system tends towards movement, the major shifts it causes in the flow of combat are still effective at promoting dynamism.
STAGGER – Strictly dynamic, as it forces another combatant to move.
IMPALE – Anti-dynamic for targets, dynamic for archers. Impale is anti-dynamic for any potential target because the best position to stand when there are archers around is near to another combatant. When combatants clump together their mobility becomes more limited. Equally, it rewards archers who move into opportune firing positions by making archery effective in combat. This is the only primarily anti-dynamic call in the system; its inclusion is justified by the benefits it gives in other aspects of the game’s design.
SMASH – Neutral / slightly dynamic. If a weapon or shield gets smashed, the flow of combat is altered in a sudden way which often promotes movement. This can also disrupt shieldwalls effectively, reducing the tendency towards clumping. However, used defensively it can shut down an offensive press or even cause combatants to be removed from the fight temporarily.
HATRED – Strictly dynamic, as it compels another combatant to move and potentially change target.
FEAR – Dynamic, as it constrains another combatant’s movement based on a moving point, and will usually force them to choose a different target (which often involves movement).
In summary, Starlight’s effect calls are mostly designed to be dynamic and in conjunction, work to create combats which constantly flow and move. All three playtests have confirmed this result, which means that the game design decision to exclude anti-dynamic calls as far as possible and include as many dynamic calls as reasonable succeeded in its aim of producing more interesting and varied combats.
Other Common Effect Calls
DODGE/EVADE – Intrinsically anti-dynamic. Dodge calls encourage fighting styles which ignore hard-skill dodging and movement, in favour of counting off Dodge calls. It rewards clumping, since it multiplies defensive factors (for this reason, Dodge is a far better call in the hands of an experienced combatant than it is when used by a new player). Further, Dodge-style calls are frequently used to bypass or shut down powerful damage or effect calls, meaning that they encourage a “flatter” style of combat and even remove the dynamic effects of damage call disparities to a point. Worse, since both players and monsters tend to get stocks of Dodges, effects on fighting style are amplified.
Dodge calls are a particularly egregious offender in terms of anti-dynamism, primarily because they get worse the more you add, so while one may not adversely affect a combat overly much, eight or nine certainly will (especially when this is large relative to the number of dynamic calls that are used in the combat).
DISARM – Neutral. Like Strikedown, Disarm represents “creating an opening in which to strike”. The primary difference is that disarm does not restrict movement – however this means it is harder to capitalise on effectively, and when combat is already static it reinforces that.
STUN – Neutral. Again, Stun represents “creating an opening in which to strike”. Typically stun calls allow the person taking them to continue to defend themselves or to step away from combat temporarily. Its dynamism or otherwise is largely determined by the context.
ENTANGLING/PARALYSING – Neutral / Anti-dynamic, as they encourage less movement and indirectly punish separation from others.
REPEL – Strictly dynamic, as it forces another combatant to move.
Developing a LARP game successfully will usually require the designer to pay attention to the combat style that they want to promote. Through judicious combination of mechanics and other design patterns, combats can be made more or less dynamic as desired. Overcoming the tendency towards line fights is difficult, but certainly possible.
Consider carefully the full implications of any given game mechanic – while its presence may be justified for one reason, it’s important to consider the unintended consequences of its effects elsewhere, as part of a holistic view of the game design. Equally, there may be justifiable reasons to compromise in some areas – provided these points of compromise are noted, the designer should still be able to develop a solution which best fits their goals.
Okay, so it’s time for the third playtest!
This is going to be more of an evaluation game, as it’s one of the trio of playtests being run by OURPGSoc with a view to potentially replacing White City. Hopefully things will run smoothly – I think we’ve ironed out most of the kinks already so it should be a matter of just finding edge cases. As last time, we’re going to be running two linears. This has become the standard format for Starlight, so hopefully most people will get to play.
The when: Saturday May 19th, meeting up between 11-12 and continuing until 5-6ish, with an optional pub visit afterwards.
The who: As before, anyone is welcome, though this playtest is primarily geared at potential regulars to the OURPGSoc linear – whether you’re a White City regular or if you’ve lapsed and want to try something different, this is for you!
The what: If you have shields and/or bows, please bring them along as they’re more heavily featured in this system than in White City; the club may not be able to supply a large number. Setting appropriate kit is not required but would be welcomed. Since it’s Shotover and it’s likely to be raining this week, you’ll want solid and comfortable footwear, and maybe a couple of layers if it’s cold/wet.
If you’ve got any questions, please contact me and I’ll do my best to answer them.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted an update, but with a recent AGM at OURPGSoc electing Oliver, who ran on the platform of exploring new systems, it looks like Starlight is back on a front burner for a while with a potential view to a candidacy for the replacement to White City. It’s quite likely that we’ll have another playtest during Trinity Term and/or over the summer.
Feedback on the second playtest was generally positive again, which I’m very happy with – and, more importantly, it appears that the system has stabilised to the point where very few changes or tweaks need to be made. More on those later. As for the results of the second playtest, many of the notes from the first hold true – the following are points of particular note.
Key points of positive feedback:
- The system remains both accessible and easy to pick up and play.
- The rules in general are very solid and mesh together well, requiring few changes since the last playtest.
- Ritual magic worked, meaning that its prior success wasn’t just a fluke (though it is now obvious that it is challenging to GM).
- The system doesn’t fall over when you try to run very different types of plot.
- Combat against multiple weak enemies feels awesome, and combat against single huge opponents feels like the struggle it should be. In particular the latter are easier to stat than White City.
Key points of criticism:
- The game remains GM intensive. Plans to combat this essentially revolve around having a core GM team who are available for other GMs to call upon if they need help, as noted in the notes from the first playtest.
- Starlight is very different to White City in terms of how statting and pacing works, which means that GMs will need to put aside their expectations.
- More setting detail is required for players to connect with the game.
Other points to note:
- We’ve still not effectively explored mechanics surrounding the afterlife. This is a key point to consider for the next playtest.
- Combat is very different to White City, both in terms of its dynamics and in terms of its mechanics. The Oxford Style of larp fighting which has developed in response to White City’s particular mechanical quirks doesn’t necessarily cope well with some of the differences. This may be a good or bad thing, depending on perspective.
- There were still a few weapons that we didn’t get to test. Again, a point to consider for the next playtest.
- Radios for GMs are a good plan.
I’ve still not played or crewed, having GMed every game so far. Maybe this situation can be corrected in the next playtest. I’m especially interested to try out several builds which use different skills to the ones that people have typically picked so far – there seems to be a lot of experimentation with skills, and a few clear favourites, but the feedback suggests this is just a matter of preference rather than poor balancing.
One point worth noting is that a lot of the feedback was fairly similar despite the playtest group having a number of different people in it; this is useful because it means that the feedback is revealing truths about the system.
One thing I am particularly happy about is the growing tendency for parties to actually make meaningful decisions about how they interact with the various elements of the linear and even the adventure as a whole. Admittedly this has in some cases been forced by mistakes in statting (which I’m certain GMs will be able to get a handle on for the future), but primarily the characters feel like they have real agency and are making decisions commensurate with that. Something I want to encourage for GMs in future is to write more alinear plots, in order to support this sort of behaviour.
The playtest was also quite helpful for discovering some of the answers to questions posed by the last playtest; obviously at this stage a lot of this sort of plot and encounter design has been deliberately experimental in order to test the limits of the system, so I’m confident that we’re starting to get a better handle on how it’s more likely to work in practice. What remains for the next playtest is to try out a few last things – especially the post-death experience, which I’ve been keeping quite close to my chest so far because I haven’t finalised the mechanics. Expect to see an update on that in the future.
Because it’s been a while since the last playtest, my memory is somewhat hazy. I think I’ve caught everything of note, but if you were at the playtest and have any particular comments, let me know and I’ll update this post.
- The Heroes and the things they left behind are strongly inspired by classical-era civilisations. Greek, Roman, Persian, Egyptian; all these and more are encouraged as starting points for Heroic culture.
- The Spirits and things associated with them are strongly inspired by mesoamerican civilisations. The cultural tropes surrounding the Aztec, Mayan, Olmec and Inca peoples are a good starting point.
- The people of the world are caught between the two – some take inspiration from one or the other but many take from both. Players should feel free to interpret these with a fair degree of freedom – after all there are a lot of villages in the forest.
Culture In The Valley
There are as many variations in culture in the Valley of the Twin Rivers as there are villages, which themselves are countless. There are some common threads which bind them all together, however:
Veneration or Fear of the Spirits
The Spirits of Place are powerful, often capricious, sometimes outright hostile. And they cannot be avoided; every place has its own governing spirit. If you want to stay anywhere for any length of time, it must be placated – often worshipped. Most demand that the people that live on their land live in harmony with it; since the spirits derive their very selves from the place they represent and occupy, it is rare to find any that will allow disrespect or disregard for the land.
Hunting and Gathering
It is hard to grow crops when everything is choked by trees, vines, and various undergrowth. However, hunting the beasts of the forest is possible as is gathering fruits and edible plants. This means many small tribes are nomadic, and larger ones tend only to gather in places where food is especially abundant.
If the hunters are lucky they might have metal tools and weapons, perhaps made of bronze or iron and handed down like treasured heirlooms. If they are even more lucky they might live near one of the few towns where metalworking traditions are kept alive, or near a poorly-protected and long forgotten temple or tomb where grave goods from the World That Was provide an incredible bounty.
Absence of “Heroism”
This is not universally true, because the presence of the Stars is starting to allow a select few to feel the Heroism of ages past once again. However for the majority of the Valley’s inhabitants, daily life is a struggle to subsist. Innovation and progress is all but non-existent, and ambition to improve one’s lot is often swamped by more immediate needs. History too has been lost and whilst there do exist folk tales of the World That Was, it is relegated now to mere myth.
The world is very small when the next village is a few days’ uncertain trek through dangerous forest. Many villages and tribes are aware of things which are nearby, but anything further abroad may as well be lifetimes away. Even those who have lived in an area their whole lives might discover something new not a day or two’s walk away, hidden by the forest. Travel between villages is not common and deliberate long distance travel is often regarded as plain crazy, even in nomadic tribes. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Heroic Characters often find themselves driven to travel when they attune to the stars, whether they are seeking betterment for their family or village, personal power or glory, or just looking for adventure.
What is known of the world lies in what was once a colossal flood plain, carved from the surrounding mountain ranges by the Twin Rivers. Their exact source is a mystery, though a myriad tributaries wind down from the mountainsides, and the rivers themselves wind for a thousand miles amongst the forests to the sea. The mountains themselves grow like fangs in the jaw of some immense monster, capped with snow and nightmarishly treacherous.
The forests of the valley extend far up the sides of the mountains, until they meet the frigid air and howling winds that whip across their tops. From the distance the mountainsides are verdant at the bottom, but stark and snow-covered at their tops.
Before them lie a mixture of foothills, cliffs and crags, carved out by the waters and home to complex and dangerous cave networks which descend far underground into deep fissures. The spirits of these places are treacherous and complex, and do not tend to welcome explorers. Ruins of times long past are easier to find here, yet to be completely overgrown, but tricky to reach and dangerous to trek to.
A careful observer on a clear day might spy wisps of smoke rising from the mountainside, or the tiny glimmer of a camp fire faltering in the night. The mountainsides are indeed inhabited, but not by many, and those who hail from there eke out a meagre existence indeed. The rocky slopes make it difficult to keep animals, and all but impossible to grow crops. More people are to be found in the lower regions; small villages living off what they can hunt in the hillsides and what they can scrounge from the edges of the sprawling forest.
No sane person ventures far up the mountainsides, which at their easiest are an arduous climb fraught with the danger of rockslides, avalanches and savage beasts. The nature of the spirits of the peaks is unknown, as is the answer to what lies beyond; to most people the mountaintops are simply the edge of the world.
What was once a flood plain filled with farmland has become overgrown with choking forests, thick and verdant. There is much now that is lost to the forest, some of which may never be reclaimed. Ancient tombs, lost temples to forgotten gods, abandoned overgrown towns and much more lie deep within. What now survives of civilisation are villages dotted along the banks of the river, where people eke out an existence from what bounty they can scavenge from the dangerous forest around them.
Below the mountains, the rivers wind through a vast valley carved by the sheer inevitability of time. Stretching out for many miles on either side, the entirety of it is filled with forest capable of swallowing cities in its midst. Though it is more hospitable to travellers than the mountainsides, the valley is still filled with dangerous creatures, chaotic and unpredictable spirits of place, and is thick and large enough that hunting parties and explorers could find themselves rapidly and completely lost.
However it is the valley itself which contains the clearest signs of what went before. It is not uncommon to find entire ruined towns, even small cities, overgrown and abandoned to the overgrowth where they slowly crumble to dust as they are broken by root, branch, vine and spore. These towns are almost never inhabited, however, for the spirits which rule them are jealous and angry indeed – remembering a time long since past when they were depressed and ground beneath the heel of the people that once lived in them.
There are people who live out in the deep forest, isolating though it can be. They survive there through hunting, if they are lucky, or by scavenging if they are not. It’s rare to see anyone keeping animals or growing crops in the deep forest because clearing land for any length of time is very difficult. Sometimes villages grow on a forest trail, or on the land of a particularly benevolent spirit.
The forest fills the entire valley even out to the sea, but the coastline is not much more habitable than the interior. There are a few villages dotted along, but the art of sailing anything more than a canoe is long lost – and itself made dangerous by the beasts of the sea and the raging storms which batter the coastline. Sharp and treacherous reefs are inhabited by vicious sharks, poisonous fish and predatory salt-water crocodiles, amongst other creatures. What lurks further out is entirely unknown, for no-one dares look any more.
The twin rivers have, like most things, lost their names over time. It is probable that their ancient names are still recorded somewhere waiting to be rediscovered, but to the people who live on or near them, each one is “the river”; the other is usually too far away to be worth considering as anything but “the other river”.
The rivers no longer flood (or at least they haven’t in living memory), but that they once did is evident to anyone who looks – the rich soil which covers the bottom of the flat valley was deposited there by them in times past, carried from the broken peaks far above.
It is this richness which makes the river banks the last place where it is easy to find anything resembling civilisation. Villages are dotted up and down the banks, occasionally even rising to the size of small towns in some places where the river is bountiful. There is fishing to be had on the rivers in places, and abundant fresh water. Occasionally there is even enough space to grow crops of various kinds, or keep animals. Travel between these villages is often by canoe if the waters are calm and the travellers willing to risk the perils.
The rivers are of course not as placid as they might initially seem. They have their own fair share of predatory animals, in places they turn into raging torrents which rush through rapids and down falls, and they have a tendency to creep over the years as they wend new paths through the alluvium so that entire villages are forced to uproot and move. The spirits of the river are often hasty, powerful, quick-tempered and easily offended – and those that live on their land are almost entirely dependent on their health and mood.
At the sea the two rivers finally meet and at their confluence lies a great city, built countless years ago but now almost completely uninhabited, crumbling into ruin as it is retaken by the forest like everything else in the World That Was. Its name now forgotten, it merely sleeps as a monument to ages past. Rumours have it that it contains the lost technology of ages past, monsters from the deepest parts of the human imagination, tribes of cannibals long since reverted to feral barbarism and the secrets of the Heroes themselves.
The rumours are not far from the truth of it. There are many miles of the old city streets which have not seen a human in generations. Vast overgrown networks of sewers, catacombs and rooftop walkways make the city a labyrinth of paths that might take lifetimes to explore fully.
As the forest runs rampant through the crumbling stone there are many animals which stalk the old streets, and people too – if they can be called that. Feral tribes dwell deep in the heart of the city, hunting their prey and warring amongst themselves – cannibalism is common and outsiders are often set upon or driven away mercilessly. There are spirits of place here too, but they are often broken and demented, or completely withdrawn and guarded against anyone who dares try catch their attention.
And it is true also that there is much to be found here – if it hasn’t been destroyed by the ravages of time and the encroachments of the forest. The City’s depths are extensive and much of it has been completely untouched since the World That Was ended. It is clear that the City was once the greatest monument to civilisation and all its arts; who knows what it might contain?
Geographical references are relative in the Valley, and usually directions are given in relation to some feature rather than to an arbitrary set of cardinal directions. Terms that are heard often are “riverwards”, “mountainwards”, “seawards”, “upstream”, and “downstream” amongst a thousand other variations depending on village or tribe. Maps are virtually unheard of since the Heroes left, but most of the people left behind have a working knowledge of local geography even if they don’t know about much beyond their own village.
As most of you know, over the last few months I’ve been writing Starlight, a new Oxford linear system. We’ve had one (fairly successful) playtest of the system so far, and I’d like to invite you all to the second playtest.
You can read more about the system elsewhere on the design blog, but for those of you who don’t want to trawl through the articles there here’s a quick summary of the setting (shamelessly filched from the note about the first playtest):
The Heroes have left, leaving behind the stars in the night sky. The world has fallen into disrepair and the forests are reclaiming the land, as those left behind abandon the will to change the world. But with the stars the Heroes left a legacy that a lucky few are slowly learning to control, and the almost-forgotten heroism of the past is rising once more…
And the system:
A simple and intuitive linear system focused around dynamic combat and character stories. The combat rules are designed to be simple and promote roleplaying as well as leading to interesting and varied fights. Characters are extremely flexible, progression is outwards rather than upwards, and death is not always the end.
We’ve had one playtest already (which you can read about here) and we learned a lot about the game and how the rules could be substantially improved. Of course, there’s probably a lot more that could be improved, and I’m conscious that we missed a number of things in the first playtest. I’m also hoping that through more playtesting we can get a wider spread of people involved and therefore get more feedback.
We’ve been given the date of Saturday 24th September, again occupying the traditional White City slot. This time I’m hoping to run it more closely to how I envisage a regular game panning out, so we get a better look at whether we need to change anything logistically. That is, we will be running a pair of mini-linears written by different GMs, and with different parties. This should mean that almost everyone will hopefully be able to play if they want to. We’ll have lunch and a Q&A/rules wrangling session between the two.
There will be a few more updates going up on the design blog between now and the event so be sure to check back to see more content as it goes up (you can also subscribe via RSS).
The when: Saturday September 24th, meeting up between 11-12 and continuing until 5-6ish, with an optional pub visit afterwards.
The who: Anyone is welcome, whether you’re one of the regular White City crowd or not. If you’re planning on turning up from outside the city, please let me know so I can get a decent idea of numbers. Crash space in the city is usually easy to find, but contact me if you’re struggling and I may be able to help.
The what: The society can lend LARP weapons to some extent. If you have them, please bring your own, especially shields and/or bows (the society has a number of these but they’re more heavily featured in this system than in White City so the more to go around the better). Makeup and kit aren’t provided by the society, so whilst you may be able to borrow some if you’re lucky, please bring your own if you can. You’ll want solid and comfortable footwear, and maybe a couple of layers if it’s cold/wet. Hopefully the weather will hold out but it’s a good idea to be prepared.