I’m currently neck deep in Intercon S prep, but I feel I shouldn’t allow that to cause me to neglect this blog again, so here’s a summary of my various projects.
1. Dance of the Dragons costuming
This is probably my biggest, most difficult project. I was cast a Targaryen, and this LARP is the excuse I’ve been waiting for to go all out on A Song of Ice and Fire costuming. I picked up a sewing pattern clearly inspired by Cersei Lannister’s costuming (even though it’s a bit above my skill level to reliably follow) and red and black fabric.
The dress is about half done. I’m proud of myself for having started this early enough that I won’t be scrambling to finish last moment. It’s slow going, as I’ve made some pretty significant errors in the cutting process (getting more of the fabric I chose has been its own saga, as I’ve bought the end of bolts three times.) But it actually does look really… dragon-y. The main fabric is a faux-leather with a hexagonal pattern that does strongly resemble scales, which I picked because a lot of Danaerys Targaryen’s costuming in the TV show has subtle scale-like texture.
The accent fabric is a bold red and black jacquard, which has a nice, dense body to it… I’m almost wondering if it’s possible for a Targaryen costume to be too dragonish. Part of me is wondering if I should have gone for a plain black fabric and just added some of the scaly fabric to the shoulders or something.
I also have two red embroidered dragons to put on the sleeves. (My main inspiration is Cersei’s pink dress, as it most closely resembles the sewing pattern.)
2. They-Ro Bear Arms
I’m also playing a one-shot boffer LARP based on He-Man: Prince of Power and She-Ra: Princess of Power. (This franchise as a LARP setting really tickles me. I was cast as Bear-at-Arms, (a play on Man-at-Arms.) I bought some stretchy brown fuzzy fabric to sew into two long tubes for my arms.
3. One Flew Over the Cloud Cuckou’s Nest costuming
I’ve been cast as the Sky in a LARP inspired by the storyline in Sandman where Dream has to decide who receives the keys to hell. (Earth and I will be deciding who gets the realm of Nubicuculia.)
On the one hand, this is one of the best costuming prompts I’ve ever received. I can go as literal or abstract as I want. On the other hand, I received my costuming hint a little on the late side, and the half finished Targaryen costume needs to take precedence. I went back and forth on this, dreaming up designs then telling myself sternly to reign it in. I think I settled on a compromise that is extremely literal — a blue cloud print and a rainbow sash. It might be super tacky looking. We’ll see.
4. Dance of the Dragons banners
I’m making 13 banners for set dressing for this LARP, much like the ones I made for Kingsword. They’re simple in structure, but kinda time consuming to produce, but I’ve got about half finished so far, and the rest are about half done.
5. Editing Dance of the Dragons character sheets
To help the GMs/writers save time on producing this new LARP, I volunteered to do some editing. I mostly edited stuff that was public knowledge. I did end up getting some minor spoilers, but sheets went out today, so I’m glad I was able to help.
6. Reading and scoring Iron-GM LARPs
Another last minute volunteering thing — Iron GM needed a few more readers. I’ve read and scored three of the submissions so far.
7. A Forum@Intercon Presentation
I’m putting together a powerpoint to present on Thursday evening. It has about 30 slides so far. (Forum@Intercon is the new name of the panels, discussions, and presentations formally known as The Thursday Thing and PreCon.)
8. Stuffing Three LARPs
Sometime early next week, I’ll be assisting in the stuffing of Kingsword, Dance of the Dragons, and Thicker Than Water.
Haven’t started these, but there’s only a few to do this year.
I can’t believe how soon Intercon is! I gotta get back to work.