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Now with soft kits and hardcore players

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>>10142349
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How would one go about setting up a Swashbuckler LARP? As in, one that takes inspiration from The Three Musketeers, Zorro, The Princess Bride and PotC.
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How do you go about creating a good character? I will be going to my first Collage of Wizardry type LARP and I can't seem to get a good grasp on an idea.
Do you usually go with a character similar to how you act in real life? A completely different personality that you would like to try out?
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>>10172685
As far as I'm aware from friends playing, watching FB groups and YouTube videos about it, you can play pretty much anything. I've seen time-travellers, sword-mages, people in 90's fashion etc.

If you'd like, I can try going with you throughout the process of character creation.
Also, which CoW event are you going to?
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>>10172685
it's subjective what counts as good so there are no one good method but there are several ones which will be only good in specific contexts.

As for me, I either try to get a theme for it or one good motivation. And from then on just work out the "skeleton" of the personality, and flesh it out according to what characters I have close contact it, the rest will be shaped during the game and what is appropriate for the moment to have fun and engage in the story one way or another
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Post nice hats, please.
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>>10172740
Seconding this, would love to see some good hats.
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>>10172935
Hers: very neat and regal. His: bit strange.
>>10172937
I don't know what the fuck the english name for a chaperon is but I've always liked those that are turban-like. Majestic.
>>10172938
Red hat is nice, black hat seems a bit frayed, blue hat is nice too.
>>10172939
Quality hats.
>>10172940
His is fantastic, but she, on the other hand, isn't even barely hatted. Scandalous.
>>10172941
Good hat.
>>10172942
Not enough feathers.
>>10172943
His looks comfy, but I'm more intrigued by whatever the heck the two guys on the right are wearing.
>>10172944
And she's got a very pretty hat.

All in all, good hats.Thanks.
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>>10172958
>I don't know what the fuck the english name for a chaperon is
hood. It's literally just a hood worn in a gangsta way

> but I'm more intrigued by whatever the heck the two guys on the right are wearing.
straw hats
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>>10172963
Yeah, straw hats, but their shape is weird.

In French we make a distinction between a capuche (the hood attached to clothing like a cloak or a coat) and a chaperon (the stand-alone hood). Guess English doesn't.
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>>10172991
It's not the most common kind of strawhat but I usually see them every now and then so it doesn't look strange to me. Though I'm not an expert on strawhats

About the name for hoods it's the same in hungary
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>>10172991
In English, it's a gugel or hood, and if worn like a weird hat rather than a gugel it's called a chaperon. Likewise the distinctive garment that followed later up is called a chaperon as well.
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>>10172685
for my first LARP, I took a personality quite similar to mine and tweaked it a little bit - just amplifying certain traits and playing down other ones; so for example, I played as someone much more emotionally dependent and clueless than myself, amplifying traits like insecurity, need of validation and blind faith, while playing down stuff like my self-confidence, argumentative nature and preference for solitude. now I'm about to go into a tabletop (where character creation is often relatively similar) as a highly racist battle elf who occasionally gets whispers from something not unlike Cthulhu and is quite strongly considering gaslighting the entire party via abuse of the Awakened Mind mechanic - needless to say I'm not actually a racist telepath who speaks to the Old Ones in real life.
tl;dr starting with something similar to you but not quite seems like a pretty good strategy

>>10172941
I fucking love this, especially the text on it

where are these from? I want to know where they've beaten everyone to submission (good costuming) so successfully
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>>10173362
All of those pics are from last year's Drachenfest
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>>10173329
https://youtu.be/_XvEK6d9hEM

This is a good video on the origin of the chaperon. From the "Modern History" channel
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>>10172935
Saw thing guy when searching the internet, reminds me a bit like this guy. Although the hat here looks way better
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What's the current state of American LARPing on a scale to 'even the non-private games are surprisingly good now, what the fuck' to 'a horrible stain on the hobby, contributing to stigma that stretches even to Europe, the good secret private games aren't worth it, nuke all US larps from orbit, follow the example of the sacred Robbie Rotten and lie to location owners and cops to get them to shut them all down'?
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>>10174408
If I have to judge by the US larp "influencers" then the second one
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>>10172690
>>10172733
>>10173362
Thank you everyone!
I was also talking to some friends that are more experienced and one of them said that they use larps as a safe space to face fears or issues they may have which seems like a really interesting concept (I'm not talking about deep trauma, more like talking in front of an audience or dealing with rejection.) which I find really interesting and would like to play around with.
At the moment my plan is to continue being "me" but to accentuate some bad aspects of my personality and see how I improve them as the character goes along. For example being snobbish or afraid of being wrong, so my character may be pure blood who thinks they know muggles but confidently gives completely wrong answers in the lessons.
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>>10174412
>I was also talking to some friends that are more experienced and one of them said that they use larps as a safe space to face fears or issues they may have which seems like a really interesting concept (I'm not talking about deep trauma, more like talking in front of an audience or dealing with rejection.) which I find really interesting and would like to play around with.
that's a pretty standard thing and everyone does it to some degree either unconsciously or not. It's like training some of your skills, you do it with a game until you get better. Though it's best working with soft skills.
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>>10172557
Almost finished with my new soft kit for an event this weekend. Got a new armour as well. Any of you guys got some kit advice to add to this? (Not in the picture are hose-holders, 2 belts with a kidney pouch and a bollock dagger, deck of 15th century playing cards, gloves.)

>>10174412
Yeah it's a thing a lot of people do, it works surprisingly well. Just make sure the things you do try to pick out aren't too big a challenge, 'cause it might just ruin your event.

>>10173973
I'm a simple man, I see Dwaler LARP, I love it.

>>10172939
Such a good hat with such ugly fabrics. The bane of my existence.
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>>10174506
>Such a good hat with such ugly fabrics. The bane of my existence.
I actually like that fabrics. It looks good on those cloths
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>>10172563
Gropey started one, ask him.
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>>10173534
>Dude makes the hood into a Chaperone

what the fUCK DID I JUST WITNESS.
MY WORLD HAS BEEN SHATTERED.
REALITY IS BROKEN.
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>>10175293
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIx5L4dnri0
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>>10175293
You honestly didn't know that chaperones are hoods?
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Anyone want to give some of the noobs to quality Larp tips ...?

- What is needed in a well rounded generic "soft kit"?
- Where can one get quality gear? (USA)
- What are some Helpful Larp DIY channels on youtube?
- Do you make your own larp weapons/shields? If not were do you get them?

- What are some things you wished you knew when diving into quality Larp?
- What type event do you prefer/would recommend for newcomers?
- What have you found works best regarding Full/Multi day Larp events?
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>>10176010
If you are the anon asking for soft kit advice in last thread, sorry for no reply (cut off from internet and forgot).

>- What is needed in a well rounded generic "soft kit"?
Quality/authentic materials and well sized patterns.
>- What are some Helpful Larp DIY channels on youtube?
Use generic sewing class and wood working tips trix etc channels for basic workmanship. Its the same basic skills no matter if its ancient, fantasy or modern.
>- Do you make your own larp weapons/shields? If not were do you get them?
Weapons are expendable so I always buy them. Epic Armoury, Calimacil and Forgotten Dreams are some big names.
>- What are some things you wished you knew when diving into quality Larp?
That good quality garbs doesnt cost much extra but their value is ten times higher in every regard.
>- What type event do you prefer/would recommend for newcomers?
High fantasy larps. Much more room for errors in your kit and roleplaying skills.
>- What have you found works best regarding Full/Multi day Larp events?
If you are going alone or in a small group, dont bother setting up camp in the game zone unless you manage to outfit it to a reasonable living standard. I've seen enough misery endured by people who have tried to survive in small milsurp canvas tents just so that they could sleep inside the zone, only to be beaten back by rain or lack of nutrition since they couldnt cook any food.
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>>10176010
>soft kit
Braies, hosen, tunic and linnen coif. For what alle these weird ass words mean look at the Medieval Tailor's Assistant, it'll be your best friend from here on.
This is assuming generic medieval fantasy, before making a costume look at the LARP you're attending and hit up a question in the general Facebook group.

>DIY Channels
>>10176040

>Do you make your own weapons
No, I have friends that make them for me in exchange for clothing. Besides that I get them from secondhand sales and German vendors like
Der Silberwald
Dunkelart

And Brits like Light Armouries and Medlock.

>What are some things you wish you knew
Sewing takes time, never try and be quick about it. Talk to people, they want to be talked to as much as you do.
Don't be afraid to ask questions online.

>What type event do you prefer and reccommend?
High quality historically inspired fantasy

>What works best regarding multi day LARPs
???
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>>10176010
>-What is needed in a well rounded generic "soft kit"?
effort, time and money. pick at least two.
>- Where can one get quality gear? (USA)
through the magic of internet. but highly depends on what we call quality. I mean the standard larpshops can work, but for really high end quality stuff you will need custom orders from someone.
>- What are some Helpful Larp DIY channels on youtube?
every kind of DIY channale can be useful. I've never encountered any larp channel so far that was good. Though I am VERY picky about that
>- Do you make your own larp weapons/shields? If not were do you get them?
Sometimes yes, sometimes no. If no then either from various shops or friends who are better at making stuff than me.
>- What are some things you wished you knew when diving into quality Larp?
winning lottery numbers.
>- What type event do you prefer/would recommend for newcomers?
Doesn't matter the type of the event. What matter is the player base. Also rulesets that working for you not against you.
>- What have you found works best regarding Full/Multi day Larp events?
Slaves. If you have slaves they can set up your camps, cook your food, etc. Though they are kind of illegal nowdays, but the second best thing is having kids, or so am I told
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>>10175005
Does he even show up here anymore?
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>>10176315
Occasionally he does, but it wasn't that long ago he last posted. Think I saw his trip in the last thread.
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>>10172685
If it's your first LARP, you'll probably won't be able to create a character that is totally different from you, unless you have experience at acting or tabletop RPGs.
Take some of your personal character traits as a "skeleton" for your character so it won't feel too alien. With this method you'd be able to create a character which is different from your real self.
And it'd be relatable enough.

It's my personal method which I used for creating characters for several deeply immersive LARPs, focusing mainly on mystery, magic and psychology - which is the kind of games I mainly attend now.

In earlier years I rarely bothered with such thorough character creation, as it rarely mattered in combat-heavy games. Just don your armor, grab your textolite or durasteel blade, drink a bottle or two of vodka, then charge and crush some skulls.
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>>10176315
>>10179163
Clownfag still occasionally posting in the FB group but he's been hella busy.
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>>10172557
Hey, gang. Coming here, hat in hand, on behalf of my mom.

She's a little old lady who, after many years of putting aside her personal interests for work and family, wants to finally give larping a chance. Any idea where I might be able to get her some nice beginner gear or find a guide on how to help a newbie get started?
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>>10182625
...theres a facebook group?
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>>10182635
Thrift stores, etsy, dark knight armoury's website.
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>another day
>another missed opportunity on second hand armor

AAAGH I DONT WANT TO SPLURGE ON A BLACKSMITH!
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meanwhile, I'm building a new hand pavese
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>>10172557
So I just finished my first helmet, which is based off the coppergate helmet, and want to begin working on the mail aventail. How much rings should I expect to make, and how much wire would be required? The dimensions should be similar to the original helmet.
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pic related
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Would anyone be interested in a Canadian government issue robe à la française pattern?
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>>10183348
Neat, you gonna post your method or did you use some other guy's guide?

>>10183921
Looks great for a first.

Kinda hard to tell how much you need, since its all based on how large you want the aventail to be. Make an approximation and buy that amount, making mail is very tedious and you might stop when you have enough coverage.
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>>10184314
>Neat, you gonna post your method or did you use some other guy's guide?
Well, basically I got a huge ABS sheet, cut out a trapeze, and with heat I formed the thing into shape then cut out the corners, though I'm pretty sure I will make another one with better curves

This was before the rounding
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>>10184334
then I cut the holes for the straps
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>>10184336
and this is how it is right now, fixed the leather straps with a few screws, which isn't the aesthetically best solution but on the other hand I will put EVA foam and textile covers on it so nobody will see it
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Pintucking autist here, its happening
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>>10185770
It's silk skin and lining and two layers of linen inside. Starting arms now. It will lace up the front, any thoughts on what to use for lace? My thoughts have been 3mm dark red poly, seems like it would be lower friction than a natural fibre. Having trouble finding a historical reference for medieval lacings. This is my interpretation of the famous stanczyk painting, I intend to recreate the outfit
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>>10185792
I usually use wool yarn for lacing
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>>10185770
Looking real good man!
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So what's the closest to fist weapons I can use in your average LARP? If I wanted to portray a monk/brawler of some sort.
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>>10185957
The most common solution is claws, afaik. Any other form of arm extension using foam works too.

You could modify a set of boxing gloves for larping, maybe?
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>>10185957
Most LARPs I know ban any kind of fist fighting since it's harder to control
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>>10186081
I hear that. At Dammurung I was fistfighting and was accidentally hit in the face. All good though lol.

Does anyone know anything good for a barbarian kit? Damn I wish I knew more hunters.
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Does anyone know some decent patterns for a peasant shirt/pants?

I have the fabric and some skill, but I have no idea how those are normally constructed.
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>>10186134
Download this by clicking on the title hyperlink
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What can I use to make sheathes and the like if I can't use leather? (Could probably get some high-quality pleather but it doesn't have the sturdyness of leather, and work with all other sorts of materials)
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>>10186710
I used a sturdier pleather for years. Also making a sheat from leather isn't that hard, though you have to make it from a thinner one to not make it look strange.
sturdier textiles could also work
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meanwhile I continue the work on the shield and an important question come up:
What should be written on the shield in may or may not fake (or real) latin?
I'm looking for stuff in the caliber like
"Those who run die tired"
"Stupid people won't get ice-cream"
"All forms of deviance repulse me as fuck"
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>>10186723
As in, fabric? What sort of fabric would you suggest?
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>>10186962
stuff they make work cloths from. Don't know the english term but it should be 250gr or over canvas
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also current progress with the shield.

One layer of foam and three layers padding from a random fabric that I've found lying around
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any ideas for fastening a larp longsword to my back? can't be a classical poke-through sheath as it's massively padded (local rules are really autistic about the tip padding so it's like 2.5x the width of the blade immediately under the crossguard), has to be something I can operate myself without having vision of it. a friend has used velcro in the past but I'm pretty sure my sword is too heavy to be reliably fastened by velcro.

I did see someone have a really rudimentary oversized sheath that seemed to work semi-successfully, but it needs to be on my back due to height concerns so I'm not sure how well that works.
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>>10187560
if you have crossguards just put two hooks on your back and call it a day
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>>10187562
two hooks? I don't think I'm following; do you mean to hook it two ways right under the crossguard? I'm not sure if that'd be very well-operable without sight...
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>>10187565
two hooks and you place basically a crossguard on them and between them will lie the blade. Obviously it has the problem that it can jump off from the hooks if you are jumping too much but that's what you get if you want to carry it on your back.
There are other methods but this is the most cost effective and most of the others would be tricky for the reason that your sword have to have a penis head.

Also I might even have to ask how heavy is your sword if you think it's too heavy for velcro?
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>>10172557
What's good paint for painting armour with? Someone recommended Hammerite to me but I'm afraid it'll be too shiny.
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>>10187614
get the non-shiny version of hammerite then
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>>10187680
The matte version of Hammerite is only available in black, though
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>>10187684
the only color you will need.

That said, any metal paint will do as long as your armour is made out of metal.
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>>10187687
I'd paint my armour black if it weren't for the fact that my gambeson is white and I don't want to look like I'm from Copper camp. Going to paint it grey instead.

If any metal paint works, I'm sure I'll find a proper one easy enough. Most seem to add some "effect" instead of just being monotone for some reason, though.
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>>10187577
kitchen scale said 413 grams, it has a counterweight in it because it's a long fucker and the balance point would be way off otherwise.
I don't think velcro will work unless I wrap it around the sword, seeing as my friend's 120 gram sword reliably fell down when he was using one side velcro attachment (he now uses velcro loops, but I know I couldn't operate that on my back).
also, you're free to suggest other locations but I'm a 160cm person with a 100cm sword - hip won't work for obvious reasons and chest/front would be too intrusive for what I need to get the sword away for (archery).
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>>10187893
>hip won't work for obvious reasons
which are?

Also I'm pretty sure velcro could work if your sword that light. I'm pretty sure even magnets could work at that weight because I've seen it working with heavier swords. But kind of sure the actual problem there is that the good solution would go against some kind of weapon safety rule at your game judging from the previously mentioned penis head construction.
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>>10187560
>Sword on back
Why though?
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>>10188134
Other anon but assuming it wil drag over the ground and anchor the poor fellow.

>>10187893
Try getting a side scabbard with an extra set of contact points on your belt so the tip won't be set as straight as it would without.
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>>10187560
What's your height? I might be able to help you work around it unless you're like really short/using a really big sword.

If you still really want it on your back you can use the loop-and-pin method, supposing you're either somewhat crafty or willing to splurge a little more than usual.
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This is super neat, did Parcs Canada put out any other patterns? I'm having a devil of a time finding any mens 1780s patterns. On that note:
>anyone have any 1780s patterns, preferably french but I'll take anything
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>>10188989
I don't know, sorry. This was given to me as a gift.
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>another new guy at my larp spends his budget on another weapon when he wear basketball shorts to the weekly larp
Dammit admins, enforce fucking garb.
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Anyone here tried Epic Armoury's stronghold weapons and can offer a review? They seem cool but Epic Armoury tends to be notorious here for the lack of durability and quality in their weapons.
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>>10188134
>>10188266
I'm a short fucker, that's why; I'd be tripping all over the sword with a basic side/hip scabbard. the sword hits at just about my ankle if I were to attach it at the hip, and I'm a skirmisher so I'm running very often.
magnets might be illegal seeing as they'd be exposed metal, but I'm not certain.

>>10188311
hmm, that could perhaps work; I'm now also thinking of some kind of second attachment point on the side of my leg to keep it from bouncing in front of me, but that's probably unwieldy/unfeasible for fighting.

>>10188611
around 160cm with a 100cm sword. I appreciate you thinking about it!
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>>10189864
>with a basic side/hip scabbard
then don't do a basic scabbard but a two point one. It's really shouldn't be in an angle that could touch your ankle anyway.

>a skirmisher so I'm running very often.
why do you need a big sword then?

>magnets might be illegal seeing as they'd be exposed metal, but I'm not certain.
no problem because nobody said it would be exposed. Why would it be exposed?

anyway here is one of many scabbard variants that could solve your problem
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>>10189864
Haha sure thing man, it might be important but your stats seem ok to me!
Since you seen to say that it could fit some scabbards, why not get something like pic related?
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>>10189899
Of course I forgot the pic.
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>>10189833
They are a bit thinner than the regular line of weapons mostly since stronghold and RFB weapons are meant for budget options. The swashbuckler that you posted is one of the better short swords. I've handled them on the battlefield but never owned one though but they hold up pretty well.
Epic armory weapons just need TLC every so often in the form of latex spray and cleaning. I've seen failed EA weapons but I've also seen good blades maintained for almost 5 years.
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>>10189897
the two point looks like it could be legit if I got the angle right, yeah. thanks.

>why do you need a big sword then?
advantage as a short person, practicality as I only get to properly skirm at one or two events per year (not enough people at trainings), and I enjoy the versatility immensely - it can be used in a shit ton of configurations (1.5 hander, shield or no shield, dual wield). it works out for me, but I'm also in a place where 3 metre skirmish spears are commonplace so maybe we're just weird over here.

you also make a point on the magnets, though I'd need to tear the sword down a little to install those.

thanks for the ideas, anyway - you've given me a few avenues to consider for certain.

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>>10189902
I can see how this could work, as long as I figure out operating it behind my back. cheers.
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>>10189971
My own solution to this was to use the scabbard in a way like a rifle sling and carry it over the shoulder, hilt up of course. I can easily draw the sword, no annoying harness do deal with and if I enter combat then I would throw the scabbard in a bush or a ditch before rushing in, and if I don't expect to have the opportunity to retrieve it later I would just sling it back over my shoulders after drawing it.

I don't like back scabbards and advice against them, they make your character look cheap and childish, if not perverse >>10189902 . If you absolutely want to go that route then at least make your own system, preferably by integrating them in to your armor (like custom fasteners on a gambeson that you can attach the scabbard directly to).
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So I wanna hear you guys' oppinion on something that's been bothering me for a while.

Two weeks ago, I went to a three day LARP focused on fighting in line battles and war (not so much LARPing in the camps, but still some). It was set in the Warhammer Fantasy universe and my group went as a small unit of Ostlandic Halberdiers.

There were so many other awesome groups, people had awesome costumes, and it was all in all a great time. But there was one group. They were elves. Wood elves, to be specific. They consisted of fat dudes in shitty cheap clothes and one of the fucks had jeans on.
Am I the asshole for thinking: "Don't play a character you can't fit?" Like, elves are nimble, light, fast motherfuckers who snipe people from the trees. Most of these guys would have felled the forest, had they tried to climb a tree.

What is your opinion on playing a character, which you obviously don't "fit", if you get what I mean (not a native English speaker).

>pic related. Look at these fat elves
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>>10190580
>fat fucks who don't fit my personal vision of larping don't get to play the made up character they want to play.
ftfy
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>>10190580
>What is your opinion on playing a character, which you obviously don't "fit", if you get what I mean (not a native English speaker).
in some cases it's a sign of early mental disorder. Or just the symptom of not giving a fuck and/or effort.

That said what doesn't "fit" is tricky because nearly anything can be made to fit. I mean even fat people could get costumes which would make them look elf like, especially in warhammer fantasy. Not easy but possible
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>>10190859
>my personal vision
has nothing to do with it. It's an established universe with rather clear depictions of what this race looks like...

I get what you're saying, and I agree that people should be allowed to play whatever they want, but it has to make sense (at least to me) if they choose a predefined universe. To me it would be like me (6'8") telling everyone that I am a snotling and they have to act like I am two shits tall.
Where I am from, LARPing has always been about playing on what you see in front of you, not what they have to tell you they are with a hand on their head.

>>10191040
Good point. Never thought about it that way.
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>>10191045
>Where I am from, LARPing has always been about playing on what you see in front of you, not what they have to tell you they are with a hand on their head.
that's all good and dandy, but you don't have to be 140 cm to look like a dwarf.
That is as long as being a dwarf isn't only about being short, which is a boring concept.
There are several different aspects a dwarf can have depending on the setting that makes it a dwarf. height is just one of them. If everything else mostly matches up you can ignore the one or two things that doesn't.
Like, if the guy looks sturdy, have a beard, axes/hammers, maybe shields and some kind of heavier armour, etc.
Same goes for an elf, orc, etc.
You have to find what makes an elf/dwarf/wizard/assassin/whatever into what it is. There will be physical traits that you might won't be able to copy (height for example) some physical traits that can be copied (fake beard, fake ears for examples) and there will be the costume part AND the mannerism which is the actual roleplaying. And there will be a several smaller factors too, but the important thing is these together have to reach the "critical mass" so others could say "yeah thats the X thing you wanted to portray".

Problem is, that line isn't finely defined and also pretty much subjective, so there is that...
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>>10190580
It is impossible to exactly copy fantasy races/creatures features, so its for the best to just ignore differences and appreciate the effort that has been made.

That is, if effort has been made. I don't think twice about a buff but polite barbarian, or a grumpy tall dwarf, but boy do I have to exercise a lot of tolerance for an unwashed fat elf who acts like a dark age peasant and cant run through woods for shit. I'm pretty judgmental against people who cant look or play the role, you need either in my book for it to be ok.

For instance, I played a villager after a foot surgery because I couldn't run or carry any weight and thus couldn't properly rp my mercenary role. Its not that hard to make things look good, its about everyone else's experience and not just your own.
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>>10191061
>>10191264
I really appreciate you guys' points of view. Thank you and I admit that I may have to broaden my tolerance a little.
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>>10191366
nah, fuck tolerance. Instead, get principles.
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>>10191061
Basically this.
Personally, I'm willing to cut slack to most people, and have seen short, slim orcs and thicc elves which I'm all cool with.

However, personally I do like feeling like I 'look the part' with my characters (which fortunately works well because I have the looks for most archetypes I enjoy playing), and I personally feel that using your appearance to elevate your character does wonders (I have a friend who is a ginger and 1.60-1.65 or so. So he worked out to become like insane buff and learned how to fight with two axes and turned from a sadboi goth to a large ham bro and that made him so much cooler) and it's one of the things I like the most about LARPs is that you can use it to make your traits be affiliated with cool characters. Are you upset since there are no fat 'master swordsmen' on TV? Learn how to fight and be that fat master swordsman! (Which might also help you lose weight). Does it suck that you never get to see short knights? Figure how to make the short knight that is you be awesome and inspiring more than any lanklet around.

>>10191264
>Foot surgery
I hope it's all good now anon<3
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>>10191901
That is a very good point actually, using your own 'negative' traits to create unique characters is a very underrated method.

>I hope it's all good now anon<3
It was the third attempt and its all good now, thanks for your consideration!
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Planning on going to my first event either next month or September, was wondering if you guys would recommend any particular shops that sell nice fantasy like clothing or weapons? Or should I attempt to make my own?
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>>10192623
Budget?
Type of event?
What character do you want to play?
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>>10172685
Depends on the LARP.
Just don't be a character that will ruin peoples good time with their arc or flaws. Taking a mary sue test is also a good sign. If your larp doesn't have dbad rules or has strong possibility for PvP then it really doesn't matter and you can't fuck up cause even the shittiest characters could play major roles.

Just don't be a dick bag and always be willing to put your character stuff to the side so you can allow other peoples stories to nicely braid into yours.
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>>10174408
As someone in the midwest I can say independent Larps are taking a pretty good turn. There seems to be a reactionary movement that includes DBAD rules and keeping even none family Larps from getting too edgy. People here in the midwest are so tired of dystopia rising being full of assholes that just want to win, vampire Larps just being a glorified edgelord orgy, and amtgard not having ANY roleplaying.

I'm a part of an independent non-profit Larp that allows children to play but also somehow calls itself "dark". Has a very black and white mechanic for morality and at the moment staff has been told not to make sympathetic villains which I have completely disregarded. They do this to keep people from constantly making edgy "by any means" fringe heroes. It's a weird situation but it's far better then subjecting myself to dealing with dystopia bros and fuckin weird as vamp kids.
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Can someone here redpill me on dagorhir ragnarok?
Any and all details plz.
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>>10174412
Word of advise: don't take on big self improvement issues. I have GAD that I'm finally medicated for but all my life I assumed people hated me and constantly made fun of me when I wasn't around ... so naturally I played a jester. It went horribly because I had a hard time dealing with the idea of rubbing people the wrong way and was way too concerned with having my character be accepted rather then actually making fart noises at players that assumed they were better than everyone else.

That being said, irl I'm a lot better at speaking up for myself now and finding gentle ways of jabbing at people when they are being down right rude. I never would have gotten to this point if it weren't for having a few panic attacks at larp weekends after players openly said they hate my jester character because it was making their "dark, cool, ambivalent, duplicitous" characters have to try something new.
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>>10176010
>soft kit
little to no polyblend fabric. Try sticking with cotton. it's okay to have some elastic bands as long as they are hidden. spend money on good shoes. Cheap leather will shrink when wet causing lots of foot pain and cheap shoes will break apart after 2 events. If you are super poor there is nothing wrong with going to the thrift store and getting some simple scrub pants, an oversized cotton plain tunic from the blouse section, and some trim/extra scrap fabric from the sheet and craft section. No shame in turning a bed sheet into a costume for your first larp when you're poor.
>buying gear
most people like to commission people online but in the US epic armory is everywhere for a reason. They make good latex weapons in wide varieties. their costumes are a little over priced but that's just me. DO NOT by latex weapons on amazon or god forbid wish, they will show up as hard as plastic and separate from the core after awhile. Commission or well established companies are really your best and only bet in the US. If you plan on making your own, prepare for failed attempts and hoarding eva foam like your life depends on it. Do no buy the workout mats with the "metal" textured side. sanding them isn't worth it and it's cheaper to buy eva foam in bulk online. duct tape should be a last resort and not the main building material. Same with pool noodles. study your larps weapon requirements like a bible before crafting.

>recommendations for new people
start on team monster if you aren't 100% on the roleplay or volunteer to play npc's if you aren't nervous about roleplay. it can be an easy way to get accustomed to rules, see the standards for character interaction, and get a feel for the tone of the larp.

>things I wish I knew
people can and will talk shit about even the most perfect event. there will always be people you can't impress and people that are negative. Don't be a negative person, hold on to your positivity as a new player.
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>>10189833
I worked at a larp camp for children that had that exact one in pic and all things considered it went okay. The fancier the hilt the quicker it would break to that sword was notorious for never having the ring attached by the end of the summer. We always recommended people just don't put their finger in the loop when using it for battle.

protip: don't let kids use the stronghold weapons, unless you like being covered in deep purple bruises.
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>>10190580
My larp allows people with canes and wheelchairs so I can't imagine taking things so seriously as to get mad if someone doesn't "act their race". I'm also of the mindset that racial stereotypes in fantasy larps are their to be broken in one way or another.
I do get made when I see people fat people not even try to get exercise while out in the woods for a weekend. Our admins allow fat people to go into stealth or hiding without dispute during chase scenes. Meanwhile I'm huffing and puffing trying to run across the map so I don't get killed trying to bring info back. When those fucks stroll in later saying they helped. Fuck them.
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>>10192865
Lots of duct tape. Lots of orgies with nasty chicks. Lots of bad accents.
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>>10192883
one game here tried the approach of giving fat people plus armour class because "all that fat protects them"
It was one of the most retarded thing I've ever seen, and I've seen some shit.
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>>10192885
You trolling? It honestly doesn't look that bad.
http://jennammillerphotography.blogspot.com/2014/01/2013-dagorhir-wrap-up.html
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>>10192954
It really does look pretty good... FOR AN AMERILARP! Ayyy lmao give it here Ljundsbjürg we totally got 'em with this one.

Jokes aside, it legit looks like an improvement for an ameriLARP. Some of the costumes aren't exactly top, but as long as there aren't New Balance shoes and jean shorts it's already good.

>>10192883
I don't get it. Fat people get to hide while others don't? Like, hiding is a fat-only ability?

>>10192893
If you're not joking, that's probably the most insulting character privilege I've ever heard of in a game
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>>10193175
>If you're not joking, that's probably the most insulting character privilege I've ever heard of in a game
Some people go REALLY far with the "what you can do should be determined by your character, not by yourself"-mentality. It honestly doesn't surprise me. I've seen people campaigning for bonus abilities for the disabled for so long that fat people seems like the "logical" next step.
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>>10193175
I wish I were joking. Sadly it's true...
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>>10193182
Giving bonus abilities for fat people is one thing (which I disagree with, but that isn't the point), but I think I'd be pretty upset if it was my first LARP and I was fat, then someone told me for real "You get more HP because you're 'padded', big guy!"
It's kind of like offering short people a dodge bonus because 'you're so small it is hard to hit you' or 'you're a black person so you get a stealth bonus at night' (Not that being black is bad!)
How do you even determine how fat a person has to be to get more HP?

>>10193183
:( What's going on in Hungary?
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>>10193204
>How do you even determine how fat a person has to be to get more HP?
people above 120kg in the case I mentioned

>:( What's going on in Hungary?
not much, it was a game I won't even call a larp and I already posted more than a few horrible stories about it during the years (also the fatarmor thing was 3-4 years ago)
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>>10193204
Only bonus abilities I've seen was that noncombat players could get an instant escape when the shit hits the fan.
It was supported by only being used if there was an actual way to get out. For example if a bar fight started then the noncombats could check out, but if your campsite is raised you had to either escape physically or actually fight.
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>>10191901
>Using your appearance to elevate your characters

Sure, I'll hop on that. What cool archetypes can a bald guy do if I'm not a 2-meters 180kg hulk?
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>>10193883
I can't really imagine anything that a bald guy can't do. Worst case you either add a fancy hat or some scars to your head. In fact bald guys have more room for various scars to put on their head without much problem.
Also, wigs.
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>>10192721
Sorry it's been a while since I've checked in but UH budget should be like 400 give or take because I get really iffy work hours.
Event is fantasy setting in medieval Ireland

Character I wanna play is an exiled noble in the veins of Trevor Belmont from Castlevania, haven't exactly teased this out too much desu

ALSO to everyone in thread I don't browse this board all too often, nice seeing a place on here that isn't the usual autism
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>>10195954
>should be like 400
400 what?
I mean we don't know if you are from the US or from Europe or some other place
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>>10195967
€400
Saw a nice armour set here on Mytholon, more so interested if you'd recommend anywhere for good weapons?
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>>10196607
I would not recommend buying a set of armor for such a low price.
Not only because the quality is shitty, some armor pieces might actually pose a safety hazard if they do not fight good enough. I recall a guy literally breaking his neck (he recovered) while falling with a cheap steel collar and another breaking a collarbone due to his breastplate.
I recommend starting with a gambeson (there are also quite fancy gambesons available, I recommend taking a look at aketon.pl) and a helmet (mytholon has some decent ones which can be really awesome if you redo the padding).
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>>10196629
replace "fight" with "fit"... thx autocorrect
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>>10195954
>Trevor Belmont

MUH MAINE

With your budget and following the other anon's advice, I'd go for:
-Gameson
-Decent pants
-Decent undershirt
-Any Calimacil one-handed/bastard sword that fits
-A belt if you somehow happen to not have any belt

If you'd wanna splurge further after that, I'd go for these optionals:
-Headwear
-Dagger/Buckler, depending on character's vibe and your own preference
>Vest, if you wanna look fancy and the gambeson gets too hot
-Cloak/Cape
Possibly in that order, too.


>>10196629
>Replace the padding
What does that mean and how do you do that?
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>>10196633
Most cheap helmets only have foam strips or a cheap leather/fabric insert that is just held in place by some glue.
The open sallet mytholon is selling has a quite good metal shell but the padding consists of 3 thin foam strips.
If you get hit on the head by accident the foam compresses so much the metal will hit your head.
With sallets and kettle hats you can drill or dremel out the rivets and rivet in a leather strap. You can then sew a new padded liner to the leather band in the helmet. Some kettle helmets and almost all bascinets require you to attach the liner through tons of small holes around the edges.
https://neuesausdergotik.blogspot.com/2016/11/oder-yn-eyn-eysenhut.html?m=1
This is a easy tutorial on how to make a liner and a good beginner project since you can easily do it without a sewing machine. English translation is on the bottom of the page.
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>>10196641
or just wear a padded coif
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>>10196644
Yes, seems to work for a lot of people and has the added benefit that it's easier to clean.
Me personally, I can't stand the look of shitty helmet liners and I prefer the helmet and liner as a single unit "ready to go".
A DIY-liner also helps to distinguish your helmet from others of the same type on bigger events.
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meanwhile random thing:
I will be at a postapoc airsoft larp this weekend and I found something truly beautiful that I can bring there: Vintage toilet paper.
Also some old as fuck soap bars too, at least one of them.

Like the soviet union still existed when these things were made
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>>10197093
I never thought I'd say this, but: that feels like a waste of toilet paper
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>>10197097
this reminds me that I have to look into if I can get some laxatives really quickly to put in the food I will sell
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>>10197098
You're welcome, I guess?
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>>10197099
much appreciated.
Though probably I would came up with better ideas and stuff if I won't be just a bodyguard wo whill do some other things in his free time
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>>10172563
>>10175005
Speaking of Gropey, i have a ton of 18th century questions. I’m looking at a 1760s-ish habit a la francaise, y’all mind if i dump them here in hope someone knows the period?
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>>10185957
If you want a monk, there is a plethora of weapons available to you. If you want a brawler, there are foam bottles, pans, crutches, shovels and stools. You might look daft walking around with a chair all over the place, though.
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>>10198684
What could be a good enough weapon from the second category on one hand but won't look dumb if you constantly hang around with it on you on the other?
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>>10199280
Bottle would work decently, besides that stuff household items like a ruler or large woorden spoon. Unironically could opt for a large fish.
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>>10192861
Also in the midwest and there’s couple emerson-focused euro-style larps that aren’t an embarrassment. they wouldn’t get lauded or anything, but if I saw a few pics on here they wouldn’t be out of place. they are pretty small, though
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>>10193175
>Jokes aside, it legit looks like an improvement for an ameriLARP. Some of the costumes aren't exactly top, but as long as there aren't New Balance shoes and jean shorts it's already good.

It’s pretty common to lay down actual rules and enforce them now. We’re lightyears behind, but a larger segment of american larp getting into actual LARP (although not impressive) territory. Also, everything’s not post-apocalyptic anymore which is an improvement.
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>that guy who thinks he's so cool by bragging about how clean and new his shit is in a post-apoc game
fuck you
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>>10203194
You mean like bragging IC because his character is rich enough to keep shit clean?
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>>10172557
Hey, maybe someone here can help me... I am working on my healer and want to place a wooden pole at my tent with a sign and certificates or something like that, in which a local landlord or something allows me to treat people in his subject area. It should be some kind of prove that I am a well travelled healer and give some flavor. Imagine a pole with a dozen parchments hanging down, sigils and all.
But I a have trouble to formulate the texts and come up with random names.
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Hello friends! I've attended a few "larp" events before, but this,year is my first time attending a proper world. I've gathered some basic garb from my first few costumes, and have a nice sword so far. Now I am working on a character, and I've run,into so trouble. His backstory is basically a privateer washed ashore after a mutany gone wrong. I have some wiggle room here to fudge some reasoning for class and skills, having narrowed it down to either a pure warrior (cuz its easy enough to be a meat shield) and a utility rogue (because rp is fun). What do you guys think would,be a good,direction to take this guy? I should also mention,the setting is low fantasy.
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>>10203474
IC area you're coming from, style, names, what it's like or based?

>>10203516
How intense on skills is the game, and how game/RPG like is it?
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>>10203312
That sounds like a fun character actually...
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>>10203312
>>10203708
No, more like the guy who came in normal airsoft gear, and is pretending to be superior because it looks like he just brought his shit an hour before game start so it's "brand new" which is a commodity in a post-apoc world.
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Could someone tell me what style these are based off of? They are the markward legs by mythylon and i got them for next to nothing. I am interested in getting together a kit involving these and i want to know what would look good with it. I normally run a full samurai kit and i am very knowledgable about that buti havent really gotten any euro stuff before. I have a tunic, breeches, gambeson, and some padded gambeson legs already to wear with this im looking for other armor ideas.
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>>10204066
Forgot pic
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>>10203705
I play in Europe. But my character travelled around the last 10 years or more. So anything would be possible.
I took some inspiration from reality, where in medieval times service provider like my healer would need an approval from local guilds or some other official, before they can sell their service at a certain place. It was a precaution to protect the local buisnesses.
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>>10203911
Ah yeah, that's dumb, although I literally never encountered anyone like this.

>>10203708
As for bragging about being rich - We had a local post-apo with some guy who played your average 'rich AF cunt' - Including cigars and thugs with suits.
He also brought like thousands of bills that he made on his own and practically replaced the game's currency with it IC.
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>>10203705
Character sheets, skill trees, class specific skills, IG downtime professions/skills. Very RPG like in nature. As for skill based, it really comes down to are you good at fighting an enemy (all weapons,do,single point damage to,draw out fights with skill modifiers added for rp flavor, like crushing,for two,handers which can be blocked, but you have to rp the force of the impact by staggering.) That, and how good are you at being convincing. Its RPG like, but the character skills really only either help you in,battle, or open up world interactions. Sort of why I was leaning towards a sword and shield rogue rp'd as a sellsword.
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Is there a guide for clothing names? I DM for dnd game and I want to be able to describe clothing.
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>>10205323
http://www.strony.toya.net.pl/~kuswir/MTA.pdf

You'll find a list of the various clothing items as well as pictures and descriptions.
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Has anyone ever had luck finding an antique knotting shuttle at auction? I'm desperate for one since the only modern ones I can find are on the smaller side. Or does anyone know of a larger modern knotting shuttle? I want to fancy mine up.
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>>10205330
thanks anon.
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>>10204066
>>10204069
They seem to be loosely based on 14th and 15th century plate legs, noting in common but the general shape though, this is mostly just fantasy meme armor
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Hello fa/tg/uy here who's new to this real life shit.
In terms of evil wizard robes, are there any big do's and don'ts?
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>>10209104
>handmade
Yes
>bought at a costume halloween shop or Mytholon.com
No

Choose your fabric wisely. Do read up on it a bit. Proper wool is great but if the weather is to hot then find something cooler.
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>>10209117
Thank you anon. I'll definitely read up on fabrics first then.
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>>10209117
What's wrong with Mytholon? Is it their wizard robes that are specifically bad?
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>>10209598
It's stock ware. Mytholons clothing quality is hit or miss, but only good for generic characters (unless you do some heavy modding).
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>>10209598
>>10209693
Nothing wrong with stock ware as long as you combine it with some unique pieces of your costume to make your character look unique. Everything doesn't have to be handmade.

The problem with Mytholon's stock wares though, last time I ordered a jacket from them it smelled of curry sweatshop and I never got that out of it, plus its colors were so deep black it might as well have been sold as all black, top it off it was 30C handwash only for a 100% cotton fabric item. Having half your inventory be sub par quality and the other half rip off tier quality is shamefully sad. Their customer service is also shit and you cant expect your order to be shipped in the first or second week after ordering (maybe continental euros have better service?).

No bloody reason to order from them while you have Epic Armoury, Battlemerchant and Celtic offer their stocks for about the same price. I know I've reposted this a couple of times, but I'm still salty.
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>>10209842
There is a reason why we in Germany call it Mülltholon
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>>10209842
>Their customer service is also shit
relatively speaking that's not true. I mean I've encountered waaay worse customer service. Not that it makes their service better, but the sad truth is that compared to others they have an average one at worst
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>>10209693
(I guess they never miss, huh?)

>>10209842
Epic Armoury's weapons tend to have a bad reputation. Is it any different with their garb and metal?
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>>10209847
kek
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>>10209863
There is always a level lower that you can reach in customer service, but for an internet shop of that size that only imports and ship out simple goods like clothes, leather armors and cutlery, and has access to the German postal infrastructure, I think its a tragedy that it can take them a month to ship out one small package.

>>10209847
>Mülltholon

Good one.

>>10210129
Its basic, kinda like shopping tshirts at H&M. But that is a good thing, you know what you get when you buy from them.

I don't own anything personally from them, but they have outfitted half the gang and the stitching on their pants hasn't ripped yet despite all the bloody running and jumping we put through them.
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>>10210286
last time we did a joint order from larphandel, they didn't sent one of the items we payed for, didn't answered any email, phonecall and a dozen other methods where we tried to contact them and when a dispute acutally reached them their answer was that they banned the guy who placed the order from ever ordering from there
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>>10210303
That tops my mytholon experiences.

Did you file a claim with your bank/payment services?
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>>10210309
it's more complicated than that, but yeah, end finally went to the EU online dispute resolution, that's when they finally answered and decided about the ban. Though fortunately by then paypal already payed back, but that was yet another fun ride as they wanted proof that the item didn't arrived.
Have you tried communicating this bullshit with indians who only speak with copy paste? It's an interesting experience.
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>>10172937
>glasses
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Found a spice crate that I'm currently keeping all my wooden bowls and spoons in. Slowly building up my restaurateur character. I'll likely end up sanding off the branding and replacing with something that makes sense wherever I end up, and replacing the nail latch with a proper latch, and then either use it exactly as I am, or God forbid, put bottles of seasonings in it.

Since my last post here, I've also picked up yet more cloth from the thrift store (only a couple yards this time). I wish I scored dozens of yards everytime like I did last time, but who can complain when the couple dollars I spend on it is going to help orphans and unwanted children that no one wants to adopt who have to live in group homes.
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>>10210349
>Have you tried communicating this bullshit with indians who only speak with copy paste? It's an interesting experience.

Nope, but I can imagine.

Glad it worked out!
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>>10211577
Adopt the kids and force them to play dwarfs.
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Whats the UK scene like, i've skimmed a few sites that operate LARPs and none of them look particularly encouraging.
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>>10213492
Adopt the dwarfs and force them to play kids.
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>>10213492
If I had the money or the space, maybe. But I don't. I need new phone, another vehicle, and the ability to have enough money to pay my bills and then some before that becomes a thought, plus, I want to buy like a $7k tent.
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>>10211577
>>10214145
Buy additional larp appropriate shit that you don't need and sell at small profit to fellow larpers? I've got friends that work the ren faire circuit that spend all winter thrift shopping and make bank selling it to fair participants in the sprint who don't have to time or money to go thrifting for wooden bowls and shit.
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Preparing for Drachenfest, we're the group of rus viks in Golden Camp. What's on everybody's hands with the upcoming LARP Summer hype?

>>10214499
Lookin' good, missing a lot of naked women though.
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>>10216641
I have different plans on what should be painted on it
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>>10216665
Totentanz always works, still, I'd advise more tits for a knecht. Playing a group of heavily armored students for which I'll make the standing pavise when I'm back from CoM and DF which is painted with a copy of the Birth of Venus with the lines "Pecunia non olet" written on the silks covering her rather than her hair.
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>>10216773
tits and nudity is in the camp not on the shield.
The shield need the second part of the motto of our old Obrist. Which was: Tits, Terror Tennenbrand!

Also you THINK you got it figured out but wait until you see what will be written on it apart from the pictures
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>>10214145
I have the spending money to get a proper nobleman's tent, as well as a full suit of armor (or arm a personal group of bodyguards), but I don't have a car or a drivers license so I cant haul around practically any gear.

You dont need stuff to have a good larp experience, but I'd really like to go full immersion now and have a proper camp site for once.
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>>10216979
Try to get friends who will help you haul stuff around
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>>10217050
Been hitching a ride with them for most events, though I only have room to bring my 4 man tent, some minor camp stuff like lanterns and a shield before we are stacked.

One of these days imma pass my driving test and then I'll buy a van.
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>>10172557
I am going into LA to the Fabric District for a sale on Saturday. My group is part of a Jane Austen group and we are going to be making Regency/Georgian dresses. I have no idea what I am doing. There is a sweet lady who is going to be helping us make them, but I have no idea what fabric, color, sheen, style, how much to buy, or anything that I am going for. What do? Advice? There is going to be a tea and ball in the Winter.
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Any brits here who can tell me a little about Empire LRP? Is it a big enough event that it's worth visiting from another country for?

>>10217076
I passed mine literally just yesterday after pretty much years of attempts. You can do it anon
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>>10216979
I said I was saving for the tent and another vehicle. I have a car, but it's a car. I want a van. I've had a d/l for 11 years now. I haven't mentioned armor in years, and even then, it was just stuff on a wishlist. I believe what this means is that you didn't learn language comprehension in school.

Someone jokingly suggested something that would take way more money and time than I can afford (adopting kids), and I acknowledged it as a joke but saying that I had (wishlist of stuff) that I need to spend money on before I would even think of adopting kids.
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>>10218730
I was just tagging along on the "tfw real life" posting mate.
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>>10217475
Haggle on the price per yard.
Unless you're going to something more organized like Michael Levine. But all those little places with no AC that just open up onto the street? You can make some sweet deals if you're willing to walk away.
With the amount of yardage you need for most period dresses you should be able to get the price per yard down because of bulk buying.

...or maybe that's just my experience. I admit to being a bit of a fabric hoarder, and will buy extra yardage of nice fabric. It's come in handy more than once.
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>>10217676
>I passed mine literally just yesterday after pretty much years of attempts. You can do it anon
Forgot to reply to your post, congrats anon!

I've got three failed driving tests on my back now, but I got a new plan to pass and hopefully I'll have it done before the year is up. Not gonna give up the dream of being as larp comfy and Gropey!
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>>10183921
Hey, this fag here. I've begun experimenting with mail, and I'm interested in making a complete set for an upcoming faire. Probably wont complete the aventaille before then, but are there any resources to how to make or purchase the attire of an Anglo-Saxon warrior contemporary with my helmet?
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>>10217676
>Is it a big enough event that it's worth visiting from another country for?
2.5k people at last months event and still growing.

The wiki is fairly comprehensive about the rules and backstory but it's coverage of what, how and why things happen in play is a lot more patchy. What in particular did you want to know?
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>>10220340
A/S re-enactor here. Standard questions are how much historical accuracy do you want and how much are you willing to spend on the project? An 8th or 9thC warrior with a mailleshirt and Coppergate style helm is very well off and would have clothing to match.

The Regia Anglorum website is a goldmine of information on the styles of clothing and equipment in the period and contains links to other resources. The Medieval Tailor's Assistant is a fantastic book with both patterns and general advice on how to make medieval clothing and although it is specifically focused on High and Late medieval fashion there are many patterns such as the shirts and kirtles which are relevant to you. I would recommend scouring etsy for good legwraps or puttees since they are a faff to make.

I'm more than happy to go into detail about anything you wanted help with. If you have the skills, time and material then making a lot of the soft kit is a good idea as the cheap "historical" clothing available online tends to be poor quality and inaccurate while the good stuff is often hideously expensive.
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>>10220807
Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. I was just planning on soft kit that would be a good fit for the helmet that I made, although I intend to finish the helmet with the brass fittings and mail work when I am able to. Ill use the resources you suggested and come back if I need any help.
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new shield soon.

also, drachenfest soon
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>>10219925
>Not gonna give up the dream of being as larp comfy and Gropey!

What?
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>>10222349
>knights tent and a complete medieval king sized portable bed all for himself

He is living the larp dream. Apart from being cut off from European larps of course.
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>>10222354
It's a twin or queen iirc
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>>10220638
I'm sorry if that's a lot of questions!

-From what I understand, there are like 4 events a year, like Winter Solstace, Autumn Chaos or whatever they're called. Is there any of them you'd suggest more than the others? What are the differences between them?

-Do people fight more in 'lightest touch' competetive rules, somewhat realistic or 'fantasy fighting' like they have in Drachenfest? Also, how often are big fights, and skirmishes/duels?

-What's the community of it like, and what would you suggest a new/foreign palyer do to be liked by them?

[spoiler]How cute are the Empire qts?[/spoiler]


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[DOOT of DOOM]
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>[spoiler]How cute are the Empire qts?[/spoiler]
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>>10222661
Please don't spit such harsh possibities in my face.
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>>10222711
it's a harsh world anon. Also the your question was meaningless when we talk about an event with hundreds and thousands of participants. You will find every kind of people there.
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>>10222719
Oh, it was more of a dumb joke than an actual question! Guess it didn't really pass through.
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>>10222813
you must realize it was the kind of joke that in this place seems like a honest question
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>>10216006
I sware I made this reply two days ago... I had originally missed your reply. I'm already buying all the wooden bowls, dishes, smaller spoons, and any costume appreciate fabric I find at the thrift stores, for me. I'm currently at 7 wooden bowls, 3 spoons, I think I finally have about enough fabric for a couple pieces of clothing, and a 5 piece set of enameled cast iron pots. I would want at least 12 bowls and spoons, before I would think of resaleing them. Besides, if I were to set up a shop at events, I'd need the tent, that I'm trying to save for.
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>>10224039
Edit, 3 more bowls, 2 more cookbooks (to add to 1 historical cookbook I already had) and, a whole bolt of red (light burgendy) canvas.
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just a few days until drachenfest, still full on crafting, but thankfully the girl who painted my shield finished it.
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>>10224509
Exquisite taste, gave me a good chuckle every time I attempted to translate the text.
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>>10224546
When I come back from drachenfest I will probably find a way so that a pic of the shield be posted on larphaven so they can rage about yet another of my stuff because it's not rainbow colored polcorrectness
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the bolt of fabric i found for $4 while thrifting the other day (see >>10224151), or well, the top third of it. What color would you all call this? it's too dark for red, but too light for burgundy.
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>>10224931
>What color would you all call this?
Light Red.
But I'm a man, I only see in 64 colors. Technically just 32 colors but I can make a difference between light and dark.
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>>10224931
>>10225011
A04571
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>>10224931
Wine
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I'm not sure if this is the place for this but my buddy is trying to write his own fantasy LARP and I think he's putting too much work into the crunch of the game. Like his draft rule book is some 100 pages of rules.

How do I very politely tell him that he's putting way too much effort into this? I see more and more people moving to rules-light games. I just feel like he's setting himself up for disappointment.
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>>10225253
This is the place, dont worry.

I'm the least tactful when it comes to these things, but I would call him up and address the issue head on. When people look for a new campaign to go to, a heavy rule set can be deterring, either because people dont want to invest themselves to learn everything, or that they get the impression that the organizer focuses more on the game system rather than the game itself.

A complex rule book will also attract the bad crowd of mechanics autists. You know those guys complaining on fb about how two-handed weapons should deal double damage and bean bag magic is immersive? Yup, those are the first guys to show up. And at the same time it will make the larp unattractive to older veterans who, like you mentioned, want to keep things simple and avoid complications with ic/ooc rule fighting.

Also people expect a first time campaign to fail if it tries to hard. Your friend better focus on stuff like grander props, plots, quests and perhaps hiring good NPCs?
I know of a campaign that started recently, and the organizer went out of his way to make it as epic and eventful as possible by using EU funding to hire people to act as NPC where it was needed to fill up on vacant factions. Now he got the ball rolling and has started focusing on expanding his campaign, including the rule book.
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>>10225253
>How do I very politely tell him that he's putting way too much effort into this?
here is a pro tip: Write your reasoning however strongly you want and at the very end write the words "You fucking retard"
That will take away the edge of your previous sentences
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>>10225253
I mean, a 100+ page rulebook is not necessarily bad. I've seen multiple succesful larps have massive rulebooks. If most of it is different skills and abilities, instead of "you need to know ALL the rules", I really don't see what the big issue is.

I'd say: honestly and openly tell him your opinion. If he decides to stick with what he's doing, that's just a difference in creative direction between you two.
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>>10225747
>I mean, a 100+ page rulebook is not necessarily bad.
Like, there is a mathematical chance of it not suck, but so far every 100+ pages rulebook I've seen was shit, so the chances aren't that good.

>I've seen multiple succesful larps have massive rulebooks.
successful larp doesn't mean the rulebook is good. Shitton of successful larps have bad or outright idiotic rules.
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What are you guys working on? Any games coming up? There's a zombie-larp coming up, I'm NPC-ing. Either going to play a soldier or a zomber, haven't been informed yet.
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>>10227082
>What are you guys working on?
Gathering rescources for my orc kit. It's a slow process, but I'm getting there.
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Hey, I'd appreciate it if someone could give me some advice for an upcoming larp. My faction is a medieval monk order that has a repenting chair where people get tied up (for fun and with their consent) and "tortured" a little.
I'm looking for interesting torture tools you might know of, maybe have seen used (in a larp) or would be easy to make. Torture methods that roleplay well or can be used on someone in a chair would be great too.
Currently I'm thinking of making a soft-pronged heretic's fork (pic).
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>>10228695
holy shit... didn’t even kno that sort of thing existed
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>>10228695
I know a guy who uses thumbscrews
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I have a question in which you could possibly help me. So our LARP group is organised as a military unit with a hierarchy and all that. Our quartermaster and I, the adjutant of the commander, got the idea to steal money from the army and put it into our own pocket. This is an idea to generate internal plot for our group. We had the idea to fake supply lists and lists which include the numbers of troops under the command of our group leader. For example on paper our unit would have 200 soldiers while in reality it only had 170 soldiers with the pay of those 30 ghost soldiers going into our own pockets (Those numbers are made up as an example. We have like 20 group members with everyone counting as 10 or so on paper. It's the rule of one con to allow small groups of players to represent far larger groups for roleplaying purposes).
The problem is we are not entirely sure if this is a good idea or how we could do it better. I think the biggest risk is that our group leader and his truly loyal subordinates will never get the idea to check the documents unless we drop lots of hints or alternatively there will not be enough documents to hide the forged ones inbetween which will end with us getting caught immediately and not much plot generated.
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I'm looking to larp as somebody's boyfriend (only women)
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>>10228695
I am not sure you will get a ton of responses but I think the best ones are simple ones. This is just an exercise item for example.

I also think the collars with spikes inwards may be fine if they are soft like the fork
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>>10229652
That looks pretty kinky.

>>10229648
What about women(male)?
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>>10229742
NO
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>>10227082
I have a bunch of projects in progress, but its for a character type that I wont be using in the near foreseeable future. I want to start building up a new role but at the same I time I don't want to leave old projects unfinished.

Never thought I would be on the receiving end of group drama, gotta find a new larp for my main kit lol.
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>>10228695
The old "metal pail with a rat in it" trick can be done in a larp quite easily
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>>10228695
The chair itself of course
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>>10172557
Back from Drachenfest.

Anyone got any good stories out of it?
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>>10231053
Lots of them, just got back myself.
I mostly just love how my group is growing and interacting with outside and inside plot.

Highlights:
- Started getting into the guild that does not exist.
- Fought a lot together with my group, i really love the unit cohesion we're getting
-Stargazing in armor at 3AM to prevent being nightraided
- Did security at stechen krieg (Yeah, i have no idea how to spell that)

Might post some stories after i get some sleep
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>>10231053
Still driving home
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Back from my fourth Drachenfest, and a bit disappointed in myself desu. I usually set just one goal for me to do during the week there, because the days usually just fly away. Especially with this heat, when 10am-8pm is living hell, and you can't get into the town without having a heatstroke (our camp was on the other side of the field).

I have been trying to collect information about "the guild that no-one will confirm is real" for years, but not being able to speak German makes it hella hard. I speak fluent English myself, and I don't blame other for not doing so, but it slows down the game a lot when it comes to speaking/information/hinting. There is hardly ever any problems while fighting, since being hit with an axe speaks for itself.
I have all the basic information, the things that almost everyone knows about, but how do I get the vital information for my quest to actually get this thing rolling?
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>>10231717
have you tried ass licking with the casino higher ups?

Also back from Drachenfest after a 14 hours of trip.
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>>10231726
Post photos, nerd. Nice glasses you have there.
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>>10231760
Fuck you chad, I will post them when I have enough. Also, thanks, I have it for a few years now and works wonderfully.
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>>10231726
>another year, another layer of clothing

heat, knechted.
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>>10231717
>>10231726

Alternatively, have you tried asking the beggars and giving them a bottle of alcohol?
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>>10231717
Joining there is hard, my guy! Don't be disappointed. Just keep trying.
Looking for connections from your group/camp might also be useful.

>>10231726
I'm curious, so:
-About how rich would a person in the time period you're portraying would have to be to get the (Waffenrock?) you're wearing, with that type of cloth and colors?

-As for your helmet, were plumes (Like these long Dark Souls decorations) a thing too or only feathers? How do you make the helmet hold them?
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>>10232138
>-About how rich would a person in the time period you're portraying would have to be to get the (Waffenrock?) you're wearing, with that type of cloth and colors?
basic landsknecht. So a not poor craftsmen or above.
Though thinking about it, my cloths are pretty much compared to the basic landsknecht as I don't have silk or brocate.

>-As for your helmet, were plumes (Like these long Dark Souls decorations) a thing too or only feathers? How do you make the helmet hold them?
I never played dark souls so I don't know about them. But feather decorations were a thing and long plumes also. Even on simple hats, not just on helmets.
About how it's held on, look at the copper thing on the helmet. I just simply put so much feathers there that they stuck there.
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>>10232143
Pic related
That red, long flowy thing. Can I get something similar for a helmet IRL?

What helmets will it work best for in terms of style etc?
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>>10232169
it will look differently in real life, but jousting helmets had similar things.
Also could look good on an armet
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Are there any (free) patterns for generic renfaire shirts?
Got some old sheets thinking they’d be good practice before cutting into nice linen. Also they’re dense high thread count, probably make a comfy shirt for stuff like renfaire a where historical accuracy doesn’t matter.
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Where are my pictures? I need pictures, pictures of Drachenfest.
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>>10228695
With some dedicated props could probably larp a brodequin without too much trouble, has the advantage of the "torturer" having a more active role.
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>>10232974
soon, I'm still waiting for better pictures.
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>>10231726
Speaking of the casino: what games are played there?
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>>10233376
no idea. In the last 7 years I never had enough time to go there. I heard from one of my men that there is glückhaus
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>>10192861
There's weird shit going on with Dystopia Rising right now, with the changeover of the game to be Less Edgy in 3.0...and less pay to win.

Removing Slavery and Slavers as antagonists. Removing the 5th Reich as an Antagonist group.
Implementing some new community action points system to get people to invest for targeted plot and removing the system of for pay and for volunteer points to spend on items and build.

Meanwhile the creator left the company to found a new thing. The guy who was in hot water for allegedly being an antisemitic asshole holier than though morality vegan has stepped away from the public eye in the community and is running national quietly and out of sight...

Its confusing what's going on right now. Like, an edgelord is trying to profit off of being less edgy.
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>>10172557
How do you fight as a character who wields daggers and short swords? What're the best tactics?

I really need to take knife classes
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>>10233973
What the fuck? Holy shit. I knew it was going downhill but jesus Christ that sounds awful
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>>10234164
>What're the best tactics?
backstabbing while the enemy is asleep
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>>10234166
And the Virginia and Pennsylvania chapters just announced they were closing.
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I'm at gencon and some people are selling suspiciously good quality stuff for what seems reasonable prices. They probably just deal in bulk, but what are good price ranges for metal greaves, cuirasses, and gauntlets?
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>>10234164
>What're the best tactics?
Generally, when fighting against someone with much longer weapons, the best move is to get very close to them. Close the distance until you're too close for him to use his weapons effectively, while you're still able to use yours.

Most larps are quite generous with HP and/or AP, so it doesn't matter if you take a hit on the way in: once you're there, you can deal much more damage than that back.
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>>10234164
>either sacrifice a HP to close the distance or use a feint+hard parry maneuever to create an opening to move in to
>if the HP is equal, you can flurry him down faster than he can kill you
>you can always move forward faster than people can move backwards, good fighters can dash once or twice backwards before starting to loose balance while you dont loose much momentum going forward

Everything is relative to the situation though, and your skills as well as how good your opponents are will be key to your success. Your main strength is that people rarely fight against cutlery wielding maniacs, so try to maintain the element of surprise.

Oh and if you see a guy with short sword + bucklar, you are gonna have a bad time.
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I'm joining in on a crusader-ish party, and taking some inspiration from Darkest Dungeon, I was thinking about creating a leper warrior monk.

Some classic monk robes, rope belt, plater armor elements, hands and head covered in bandages and a metal face mask.
Thoughts?
Any tips on designing something more intricate than regular brown monk wear?
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>>10234998
First stary with two things: comfort, and a general idea. You got the latter, make sure doing it will be the former. Will wearing a mask and bandages over your exposed limbs be too hot? Things like that.
Build from your core outwards. Start with bandages around exposed skin like neck, hands, maybe ankles, and undergarments. Then your robes, which need to move. Either go white or brown, just make sure it is different from the colors of your armor. Leper fights dangerously, so armor is a minimum. Get a breastplate you can paint on to embellish with your faith. Your robes should have a hood too. Get appropros armor like gauntlet or greaves, but nothing that limits mobility since your robes will slow you down as is likely. Then do flavorful stuff like a scarf or sashes for color, purity seals, holy books scrolls, and other small utility add ons like belts and the like. Play for a three color goal. Your robes should be a good neutral color like beige, white or tan, while your accessories, mask and coat of arms give identity.
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>>10235014
Thanks for the reply!

I was a thinking about permanently attaching bandages to a pair of gloves, the arms of a shirt and a thin (ninja style) balaclava. That way I can easily remove the obstructing parts during breaks in character. I dont worry about heat unless its the height of summer here.

Armor is part of the character, how much of it is the only question. If I have leg armor whilst wearing a monk robe, then it wont be noticeable, perhaps I should go with a different robe design?
A hood is mandatory.

You gave me a lot of directions for stylization, I dont think I would be able to make a lot of stuff in time but I might start with a chain cross and a holy book. Got any good points for playing the role as well?
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>>10224931
Plum red?
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>>10225253
I'd say dont ruin his fun, hes obviously putting alot of effort because he likes it.

If it doesnt turn out well then it doesnt turn out well, but theres no need for you to discourage him from making mistakes to learn from for the future
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>>10235100
Legs depend on if you're rocking something that covers your legs entirely, or split down the sides so its more like a front/back apron. Playing the role is up to you, but if going the DD role then be kind, generous, and while not sounding being suicidal fight like you are. Death is inevitable, and it is sweet release with the promise of salvation in matyrdom
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>>10172557
Hi guys,

Looking to make a siege engine. Anyone know a good place to get wooden wheels for cheap? Ideally metal-plated on the outside. They don't have to be brand new, but I don't want them too rotten or rusted over.

I see a lot of nice-looking old wheels at flea markets and such, but they never come in pairs. I assume they either come from wheelbarrows, or people have a tendency to save one wheel of something when the other breaks.
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Hey /larpthread/, how's everyone?

>>10234998
White or red clothes, and bells or clappers. You want to be noticed. You want people to be aware of you, lest you run afoul of the law.

>>10236272
Depends on where you are, but you can typically find them at big box garden and decor stores. They are very popular for the nouveau country look that people are going for these days. Keep in mind that they are not all created equal, and some are sturdy enough to act as load-bearing wheels, but most are not.
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>>10234998
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>>10236523
That's order of St. Lazarus I suspect?
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Hungarian do you know if anybody took any pictures of the Steckenkrieg? Hoping to see my group and me back on the pics as well.

Also since Conquest is over I can post pics of that as well. How did everybody look during this LARP summer?
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>>10236727
yup, there were pics, but not out yet. Also only one noteworthy photographer put up the pics so far
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>>10236694
Yessir, lending a hand in the holy land!
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>refused to join an in-game faction because their icon looks like it was drawn be a child with crayons
I get not fully following the heraldric code, I get using modernized icons, but when the quality of it is like a scribble, I just can't.
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>>10237172
Pics plz
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Do you have any stigma against those who buy their gear? For those of you who do buy, where do you get your stuff?
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>>10237231
>Do you have any stigma against those who buy their gear?
only if they have a shit taste
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>>10237231
No stigma, not everyone wants to spend their time making costumes. Problem is though, looking good will be fucking expensive.

I have no stigma against people buying their kit, if I could afford it I'd do so as well as I really don't like sewing all that much. But if you come up in untouched Mytholon kit I will most likely think a little less of your involvement with the LARP than somebody who has a nicely fitted kit.

Having a good kit doesn't make you a better LARPer, but inherently I will sort of assume it does.
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Maybe its because of where I look for ideas, but all the larping stuff is female. I haven't gone to an event yet, is it just because online content creators are women or people trying to promote women into larping? This sounds stupid to type but I kinda feel intimidated by it.
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>>10237254
>Maybe its because of where I look for ideas, but all the larping stuff is female
what kind of stuff are you looking at?
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>>10237254
What shops are you looking at, 'cause this seems like an awfully specific issue I've never come across.

Unless you're looking for chainmail bikini on Google. Then I'd completely understand.
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Anybody got any good sources on devil-worship and the way people looked at the devil in specifically the 13th century? Preferably Christian but other Abrahamstic sources are okay as well.
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>>10237280
Bro just chant stuff and spray ketchup everywhere. You'll perform better than 99% of cultists out there.
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I'm confused about layering. I assume in armor you start base with doublet, then optional maile then breast plate? What about with leather armor? The guides I've read say out of armor go shirt and tunic, but wouldn't that bebhot as hell?
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>>10237303
Depending on what period of armour you want to portray, but yeah for something about 15th century I'd say it sounds about right. Might do away with the maille though.

Leather armour is a bit more freeform since most of them don't have a historic basis nor are as problematic to wear without anything under it.
>inb4 but fitted armour won't need an underlayer

We all know that, but when asking questions like these we can all assume he didn't spend 2K on armour already.

Shirt and a tunic for basic wear suits a fuckton of time periods. If you want to match the 15th century vibe I'd be more likely a doublet and an overcoat if you're going for the early 15th or just a doublet and undershirt for later periods of the century.
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>>10237303
you also want a shirt under the doublet.
With leather armour... depends on what kind of leather armour. Like, most of the larpshop variants doesn't match that good with doublets and the like, but could happen.

out of armour you should have a shirt, some upper garment and preferably an outer layer of some kind. The outer layer could be left out if it's REALLY hot or some other reason.
But this is just broad generalization, without a context
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>>10237313
Thanks guys. What I'm thinking is
Civilians:
>Cotton/linen undershirt
>Linen Tunic
>Cloak and possible surcoat?
>Undergarments
>Hose or breeches? Still not sure about what pants to wear
>Boots
Armor
>Shirt
>Doublet
>Armor
>Undergarments
>Pants Question again?
>Armor for legs
>boots
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>>10237379
Hosen and high breeches would work really well in my opinion if you're trying to portray a richer person. For medieval periods the LARP rule of thumb usually is
Later in period = richer

If you have the opportunity I'd say joined breeches, but that's a bitch to make.
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I need you're opinion. I play a cossack, and i need a shield. I know that cossacks didn't use shields, but the way they fought doesn't really translate into larping cause no horses. What would you find more fitting, a kalkan shield or a hungarian tartsche?
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Any Celts or Scythians here? Interested on what people do while trying to LARP as one of them.
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>>10237485
afaik cossacks did used shields, though it was the armoured cossacks, who had some funny name I can't remember
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Can anyone post some imgur galleries of larp events? I've been cruising Pinterest and tumblr for inspiration, and want to get more ideas.
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For armor, what should I know? Stainless steel seems like a good idea to help my expensive armor not rust, but wouldnt be period appropriate? What about buying maile, should I not get aluminum, or generally look for/avoid things in particular? I really wish there was a guide in the op for what I'm sure are common questions.
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Anyone who's paying attention to the Dystopia Rising salt. They just canceled their national event in Pennsylvania with 1 month's notice.

Rumor has it because they couldn't meet the minimum monetary volume they'd need in preregistration/add ons to hold the Cooper's Lake Campground.
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>>10237858
Stainless steel is ugly as sin, though. Most commercial armours are just chrome-covered mild steel.

If you just need it for looks, just get whatever. Try and get at least 1.4 mm thickness for plate: anything thinner than that has a significant risk of getting dented in transport or normal use. Butted maille is fine for larping purposes, too.

Keeping armour from rusting can easily be done by spraying it with most protective sprays. Contrary to popular advice, don't use WD40. Try Ballistol as an equally expensive (but slightly harder to find) alternative. Furthermore, don't use any aggressive rust removers on your armour, else you risk taking the chrome coating off with the rust.
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>>10238042
machinist here, what makes stainless steel armour plates ugly? i regularly have to polish parts to a literal mirror finish and i always thought it looked great. is it because the colour is different from chromium?
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>>10238043
I'm just being dumb and confusing it with galvanized steel, ignore that
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>>10237858
Aluminium maille has a tendency to shed rings and i'd generally advise against it.
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>>10237858
If you'd like a historical way of protecting your armor against rust wothout oiling it a lot, blackening is not too hard to do. just make sure the stuff you have isn't galvanised.
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we are in autosage so here is the new thread

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>>10237813
Try moritz-jendral(dot)de/larp-events/
This guy has a ton of great pictures



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