tomgarnett:

The Vale, event 1. Couple of hours doing walkabout on Saturday afternoon.

I couldn’t make the whole event, but they invited me along, and were keen and helpful - and that counts for a lot… so when it turned out I was really nearby anyway, I made some time to go and see what was what.

Can’t speak for the gameplay, but the site and admin side seemed impressively under control for a first event - and the costumes looked pretty awesome.

I’ll be aiming to go back to that one…

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Ancient moon priestesses were called virgins. ‘Virgin’ meant not married, not belonging to a man - a woman who was ‘one-in-herself’. The very word derives from a Latin root meaning strength, force, skill; and was later applied to men: virle. Ishtar, Diana, Astarte, Isis were all all called virgin, which did not refer to sexual chastity, but sexual independence. And all great culture heroes of the past, mythic or historic, were said to be born of virgin mothers: Marduk, Gilgamesh, Buddha, Osiris, Dionysus, Genghis Khan, Jesus - they were all affirmed as sons of the Great Mother, of the Original One, their worldly power deriving from her. When the Hebrews used the word, and in the original Aramaic, it meant ‘maiden’ or ‘young woman’, with no connotations to sexual chastity. But later Christian translators could not conceive of the ‘Virgin Mary’ as a woman of independent sexuality, needless to say; they distorted the meaning into sexually pure, chaste, never touched.

Monica Sjoo, The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth  (via thewaking)

Literally the most important thing you will read today.

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#staywoke

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Because Im hella stoked to call these people my friends I will upload a thing. Maddie (this mad chicka http://krakeness.co.vu/ ) is one hell of an artist and also a totally rad barbarian battle sister. She’s doing a mini comic thing featuring our clan’s LARP characters. Starting from the top left is Flax, my character. Next up is Dargon, proprietor of the Wooden Yak Tavern. Then comes Ryll, Dargon’s barmaid/personal assistant. Finally is my bromantic bromance bro Mathias, owner of the Yak and probably the most bullshit-rage-inducing Healer in the game. 

Because Im hella stoked to call these people my friends I will upload a thing. 

Maddie (this mad chicka http://krakeness.co.vu/ ) is one hell of an artist and also a totally rad barbarian battle sister. She’s doing a mini comic thing featuring our clan’s LARP characters. 

Starting from the top left is Flax, my character. Next up is Dargon, proprietor of the Wooden Yak Tavern. Then comes Ryll, Dargon’s barmaid/personal assistant. Finally is my bromantic bromance bro Mathias, owner of the Yak and probably the most bullshit-rage-inducing Healer in the game. 

Amazing NPC sketch done by my fellow darken Maddie (I FORGOT YOUR USERNAME IM SOZ BBYG). Showcasing James the Lich! Starting off as a grave digging thief, James became obsessed with magic after inadvertently causing the death of a childhood friend and fellow graverobber while robbing the tomb of a powerful mage. Intent on bringing him back to life, James took to necromancy. Driven slightly mad by his eon-long existence, James carries the soul of his former friend into battle…in the form of a two handed battle axe. It is not unheard of James to stop mid battle to converse with ‘Skully’, to discuss potential targets, strategy or politics. Fond of taunting the players, James can either be friend or foe to the Heroes of Vantacor. While being the physically weakest of Vantacor’s wandering NPCs, the ability to convert a player to his cause with a single touch and a wide variety of both offensive and defensive spells means James is best approached with caution or in a large group. 

Amazing NPC sketch done by my fellow darken Maddie (I FORGOT YOUR USERNAME IM SOZ BBYG). 

Showcasing James the Lich! Starting off as a grave digging thief, James became obsessed with magic after inadvertently causing the death of a childhood friend and fellow graverobber while robbing the tomb of a powerful mage. Intent on bringing him back to life, James took to necromancy. 

Driven slightly mad by his eon-long existence, James carries the soul of his former friend into battle…in the form of a two handed battle axe. It is not unheard of James to stop mid battle to converse with ‘Skully’, to discuss potential targets, strategy or politics. Fond of taunting the players, James can either be friend or foe to the Heroes of Vantacor. 

While being the physically weakest of Vantacor’s wandering NPCs, the ability to convert a player to his cause with a single touch and a wide variety of both offensive and defensive spells means James is best approached with caution or in a large group. 

tomgarnett:

I’ve been shooting the UK larp scene for a couple of years now, and editing ones photos is good for the soul.

So I picked my favorite ten. Two solid evenings of killing my darlings.

But you know what? I’m really proud of these. Both because I made them, and because we made them. I’m not going to start playing geek supremacy games - just going to quietly point at the above, and ask anyone to deny with a straight face that larp can look pretty damn good.

It’s not just looking good that made me pick these, though - it’s the stories they tell - layered stories, at that. I hope that comes across to people who aren’t me, and perhaps even those who’ve never larped before (although some details, like the sawn-off horns, will mean more to those who know the game in question).

At any rate, consider this something of a retrospective - I recently realised that I was in danger of spending my time obsessing over, and buying, gear - so I’ve resolved to stick with what I have until my next birthday (about 11 months). I don’t intend to stop improving, though, so I guess I can consider this a baseline to work from.

Oh, and I’ve finally got my website into a state I’m happy with - you can find it at tgarnett.com.

Reblogged from jarednz