On Friday of PreCon of Intercon P, I attended the Writing Game Blurbs workshop, the first hour of Intermediate Make-up Techniques, ran a discussion about Strategies for Getting Into Character, then a discussion on What is a LARP, a panel on Blending of Two Worlds; When Boffer and Theater Collide, a panel on LARP Writing Technology, and finally, a panel on Writing for Emotional Resonance.
Unfortunately, I slept a little late on Friday morning, so I only caught the second half of the Writing Game Blurbs workshop. By the time I got there, the group was about half way through creating a blurb for a LARP tentatively titled Justice, about a court case with a Rashomon-like bent, in which players would take on the roles of various people in a courtroom, and play out witness testimonies. We talked a bit about structures for blurbs, such as a paragraph of IG descriptions followed by a paragraph of OOG descriptions, and the importance of content warnings, and how best to express them.
In Intermediate Make-up Techniques, we looked through a large make-up kit and went over its components. We learned a bit about the advantages and disadvantages of cream vs. pancake make-up. Cream can take longer to apply, is better for detail work, and will last a very long time when set with powder; pancake is easier and quicker to apply over large surfaces, is gentler on skin and comes off easier. Which means that cream is better for characters that you will be playing for long periods of time, and pancake is better for hoards of monsters switching in and our of costumes over the course of a day of LARPing. (Though a crunchy monster can sweat it off.)
We also talked about creating effects like burns and bruises. For bruises, we talked about the broad variety of colors that show up in bruises. We used a photo of mine, post-battle with some spiders, for reference.
For burns, we watched a practical demonstration with liquid latex and color.
I wish I could have stuck around for the rest of it, but I had to rush off to run my first discussion, Strategies for Getting Into Character.