Thought I’d do a short post about the various LARP-related projects (mostly sewing) I’ve working on this summer.
First of all, this upcoming weekend, I’ll be at the Summer LARPin’ event at WPI, where I’m playing a Peaky Midwest LARP, Dungeon Owners’ Association. (In addition to Winterhorn, but that does not require prep from players.) As one can probably guess from the title, Dungeon Owners’ Association is about a group of monsters who live in a Dungeons and Dragons style dungeon, at a Home Owners Association meeting, arguing about topics such as how the zoning laws apply to the ogre’s den.
I’ve been cast as Bobbie the Beholder, and I’m going to fight my natural costume diva instincts (I admit I enjoy a good reveal for new costuming pieces at LARPs) to share my progress so far. The hood is sewn from fleece and lining, the eye stalks are made from carved up styrofoam cones (intended for floral arrangements, I believe), styrofoam balls, and plenty of hot glue. It’s not quite finished — I’m planning to add velcro closures, possibly one more eye stalk, teeth, and eyelids to the big center eye… and maybe some flappy pointy bits out of fleece… but here is my beholder costume thus far.
The week after Summer LARPin’ is NELCO 2018. I’m coordinating NELCO this year, and in addition to our usual two tracks of discussions, panels, workshops, and presentations (plus social time on Friday and Sunday), Little Boffer Con is running! It’s an experimental structure, with five LARPs of the 4-ish hour, one-shot boffer variety that have been increasing in popularity lately at Intercon. We’re kind of learning and figuring out the logistics of this kind of event on the fly, (as far as I know, this is the first event of its kind) I’m hoping this will be the first of many Little Boffer Cons.
This is happening in two weeks, you can check out more information about the event here.
I will be playing in Rabbit Run at Little Boffer Con. We received casting a little while ago, and I’ve finally settled on a design for my costume. The PCs are a ragtag bunch of survivors in a cyberpunk world taken over by the evil robotic PryMor Corporation. My costume plans involve a pattern for a hooded pullover and some black scuba knit/mesh combo fabric, and possibly some iron-on applique numbers.
I’m also trying to finish a tote bag by NELCO so I can hand it off at NELCO– it’s for a charity auction run by Incantrix Productions, the organization that puts on events like Winter’s Revel, which I attended two winters ago. It charity event run in MIT’s rather atmospheric hunting lodge-like Endicott House, in which guests danced with fae and ghosts and solved puzzles and threw their support behind one fae court or the other. It was a lovely evening.
For the upcoming raffle, I decided to make a tote bag. I find they’re pretty universally useful, and not too difficult or time consuming for me to make, as I’ve become very familiar with the pattern. Plus Jo-Ann Fabrics has tons of fun character cotton prints to make them appealing to a geeky crowd. I’ve done Star Wars, Legend of Zelda, Pokémon, Marvel comics, Dr. Who, and now I’m making a black one with a Harry Potter themed pocket, featuring the Marauder’s Map.
And lastly in August, I’ll be playing a LARP that I think might be the dream LARP I’ve always been waiting for, which is Pocket Monsters: the Hunted, a dark comedy survival horror parody LARP, in which players play the Pokémon of their choice (from the first generation of Pokémon) and NPCs play trainers, professors, gym leaders, and members of Team Rocket, chasing them through the woods, throwing pokéballs at them, trying to catch them all. (If you were ever a fan of the cartoon, you simply must watch the trailer for this LARP.)
Trying to settle on a Pokémon for me was a very long, drawn out decision process. (And I’m still second guessing my choice.) Factors included what kind of costuming I would like to make, would it be comfortable if it’s very hot (we’ll be running around and boffer fighting outdoors in August), what would make a decent costume to reuse as cosplay at geek cons, what the evolution process might mean, and what other people are choosing to play. I also thought about how various Pokémon concepts might translate into LARP and boffer combat. (I’m still tempted to switch to lickitung and make myself a giant boffer polearm resembling a tongue.)
I know it’s kind of a cliche, but I settled on pikachu. (…Probably.) I do have a homemade pikachu sweatshirt, but I’m worried it will be too warm, so I’m making a much lighter version from scratch. I also plan to make the ears and tail such that I can swap them out for a raichu ears and a tail, in case I evolve. I’m also working on sandshrew and sandslash costuming for a friend. This is mostly in the planning stage, which involves googling images of cosplayers and gijinka art. I do have a sewing pattern and some yellow knit fabric ready to go.
Also, it took more searching than I expected, but I finally found yellow nail polish.