The fundraiser for Occam’s Razor, the paranormal-themed campaign boffer LARP starting soon, was a lot of fun. I’m not sure why I didn’t think people would come dressed for the masquerade in the evening, but quite a few people were dressed to the nines for it. Just goes to show that LARPers will jump on opportunities to wear something outrageous. We had a small dance floor, but there was a lot of talent on it. I saw a Michael Jackson dance-off that kinda blew my mind. I will say that I think this was the first time I’ve ever heard “The Time Warp” (from the Rocky Horror Picture Show) at a geek event without anyone seeming overly familiar with the callbacks. (“Madness… takes its toll.” “99 cents please!”)
People were showing off costuming and props, and there was one in particular I wanted to share. Brendan Dubuc, whom I met playing Lost Eidolons (the Lovecraftian horror LARP), created a book prop that is actually a legal boffer weapon by Accelerant rules. Check it out:
How sweet is this thing? It’s a creepy monster book, complete with stitches and an eerie yellow eye. I think my favorite detail is the crinkly piece of duct tape around the eye, to look like wrinkly eyelids. (Incidentally, he’s considering selling them, so if you like it, let me know by commenting or emailing me at fairescape at hotmail dot com and I’ll put you in touch with him.)
There was an artist there selling character portraits that looked quite cool. I dithered about getting one done for one of my LARP characters, and have some small regret that I didn’t end up doing it. Since I don’t have a professional sketch of a LARP character to share, instead I’m going to share a drawing I did of my Cottington Woods character.
It’s a poor quality picture shot with a camera at an imperfect angle, I know. Wish I had my scanner.
I found the eyes particularly difficult to draw, since my style is heavily influenced by anime, and in anime, eyes are already rather distorted from natural proportions. It was hard to convey that the eyes are meant to look unnatural even for the style it’s drawn in.
At any rate, I think the fundraiser went well and I’m really hoping that my schedule will allow me to NPC Occam’s Razor a few times. Sounds like it’s going to be a really cool LARP.