We interrupt you’re regularly scheduled post-NELCO reports to bring you… a post on projects for Cottington Woods.
This weekend is the summer one-day event of Cottington Woods, the fairy tale themed campaign boffer LARP. A teaser went out for it a little while ago, and I am so very excited. It will be set at the Woodland Fair. There will be bards performing, dancing, art and inventions on display, contests, a hunt, fortune telling, games and tons of food.
And of course, I left everything until the last minute, so today was filled with shopping for food and art supplies, picking up a costume piece, and some last minute projects.
First of all, I’ve been working on a new costume. I figure Quill, my wind-up doll turned priest, might wear something festive besides her usual priestly garb. And what does she own that’s festive? …Well, the closest thing would be whatever she used to wear back when she was literally just a doll. I do have a full outfit for this weekend, though it’s not quite what I had in mind, so I’m sure I’ll continue to work on it after this weekend. Hopefully, there will be future events that will provide excuses to wear this over-the-top dolly outfit. I’ll have a full post on the new costume soon.
Other projects included a cat toy. I bought some felt and made a stuffed mouse, because one of the NPCs is a talking cat. He’s quite enigmatic and plays games of questions with the PCs, and I want my character to give him a little gift. I have no idea if the character will like it, or what the LARPer who plays him will make of it. I just thought Quill might assume a toy is a good way to make someone happy. After all, she used to be a toy herself. The mouse is meant to look very handmade- Quill has no experience with this sort of art. Which is convenient, because making it look very amateur was a lot easier and quicker than trying to make it look more professional.
I also decided I wanted to contribute to the art on display. I figured I’d bring in the picture I drew of Quill a while back. (It will be her self-portrait.) I also tried to draw a picture of a PC of a friend of mine who will not be there.
Honestly, I don’t think it’s the worst picture I’ve ever drawn, but… I’m quite disappointed that it looks nothing like the player. I’ve drawn people before, and while I’m not terribly good at it, usually I can see some resemblance between the picture and the subject. But this one… I don’t see any resemblance at all. It’s too late to start from scratch, so it will have to do. But I sincerely doubt anyone will know that this is a particular PC and not just some random person. I also tried to add in a library background, but it was awful (and time consuming) so I erased it. Oh, well. I can always try again another time.
The Fair will also have something called a Summer Tree, and each person at the Fair is encouraged to bring some sort of trinket or token to tie to it as a gesture of gratitude to the local woodland fairies. I have some extra wind up keys (I bought a set so I could decorate my character’s in-game journal with one. I will, of course, take it out of the package first.) Since the wind up key has become sort of iconic for my character, I decided it would be a nice thing to hang on the Tree from a ribbon. I also put something together for the absent friend- it’s a square of paper bearing the mark that’s on his forehead.
I also have some new supplies to create some kind of illuminated prayer. I will have to see if I have time for it tomorrow.
Speaking of my absent friend- as exciting as his weekend plans are (he’s at Gen Con, lucky boy), he was still a little disappointed to be missing the Cottington Woods event. His character has strong ties to mine, so I was also rather bummed out when I found out he wouldn’t be there. I was trying to brainstorm some ideas for how we can still make his character’s presence felt at the Fair. I suggested to him that he write my character a letter.
As it turns out, he’d already had that very same idea (and a few others, besides.)
The letter has been sitting next to me for a few days now, and I’m terribly curious to know what he wrote! …But I was forbidden to read it until I was in character at the Fair.
It’s several pages long, too.
I’m excited to be sharing this idea on my blog, because I thought it was a really nifty way to engage with a LARP and your character’s in-game friends when you have to miss an event.