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17th November 2005

a_poets_justice9:58am: A Notice for the Upcoming Election
As some of you may or may not be aware, I will be running for the position of Treasurer in the upcoming election at next week's general meeting. It is my intention, should I be elected, to lend my skills, experience and expertise to the club in an effort to make the 2006 season run as smoothly as possible for everyone involved.

I have experience as a staff member at many other LARPs, both as a Logistics Officer and in a Player Relations position. Professionally, I work for a supply distributor where I assist in both the Customer Service and Accounting departments as the need arises. My job requires me to work within a deadline, keep accurate records, deal with customers, and follow procedure.

I feel I would excell in this position because I am well organized, responsible, flexible, motivated and, above all, dependable. Other members, and prospective Officers and members of the Executive Comittee will find me efficient and easy to work with.

Thank you all for your support and consideration.

-Chantal Boily

Crossposted to my journal, a_poets_justice. Please feel free to comment or ask questions there.

I will also be at tonight's meeting to adress any inquiries.

5th July 2005

pariah_ink8:56pm: Just so there'd be something there.
Owen is the new fire champ.
Jester is the new apprentice to above.

Fire is about passion and chaos.

Owen is about passion and chaos.

Jester is about cold calculation and order.

Owen is a powerful fire mage.

Jester isn't even aware.

Hmmm... something is odd here...

20th December 2004

kiera_oona7:44pm: Happy Holidays everyone!
I dont know how often anyone checks this group....but I just wanted to wish everyone Happy Festive Holidays and Happy New Year to all Elves, Kaern, Fauns, Dwarves, Orcs, Humans, Halflings, Or any other races I missed
Current Mood: geeky

30th September 2004

etrigan2:36pm: LARPing Survey
Hey there. I'm conducting some LARP research. If you're so inclined please check out this Poll I've created:

http://www.livejournal.com/poll/?id=358855

*Warning* This poll deals with Mature/Adult themes.

26th September 2004

kiera_oona12:01pm: Hi guys
I dont know how often this gets checked. Thought I'd just pop in and say hi. Dont know if i will be able to go to the october event due to family constraints, and money constraints. But we'll see how it goes.

Shurissa'kin
Current Mood: contemplative

1st August 2004

skippyalto5:47pm: LARPing article in the Toronto Star
My dad just handed the Sunday Star to me, and flipping through it I found an entire article on LARPing!!!! It's all about White Wolf Games (mostly Changeling, with a mention of Vampire: The Masquerade) but it's still about LARPing... I found the link for the web article, if you can't get a paper copy. Also, if anyone wants my copy of the Star's article, lemme know.

http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1091225410916&call_pageid=1045739000572&col=1045739000361

~~Mary-Beth~~
Current Mood: amused

7th June 2004

skippyalto4:18pm: Hey all... I just read a post in the Toronto LiveJournal Community (toronto) Saying that Vin Diesel may be in Toronto filming a movie. If he is, here's the chance to invite him to play an ET game. I'll try and keep tabs on the rumour post (here) and see what happens...

*hugsabunch*

~~Mary-Beth~~
Current Mood: geeky

23rd March 2004

eirik10:45am: the first event of the season is fast approaching, there's a general meeting and auction on the 15th at ryerson and hey a day event is being planned as soon as possible
Current Mood: cold

3rd March 2004

eirik2:22am: members board updates
yup there have been a few semi important additions to the ET members board.

check em out. they may affect you.

14th February 2004

zenten11:37pm: Request for help from Ottawa
Ok, as some of you know, I'm starting up an Epoch chapter in Ottawa, set in the confederate lands.

Now, most of my players are asking me "What is a Confederate?" And I'm finding my answers arn't satisfactory.

So I was wondering, might some of you be able to help? The Epoch website is of some help, but there are still things like costuming tips, society structures and all sorts of other things that just arn't provided there?

I was thinking that maybe some of you could tell me what is important to keep in mind when playing a confederate character, and maybe even a few kind souls allowing my players to contact you with questions.

Thanks for your help in advance,

8th February 2004

demonalissa12:31am: Hello epochers!
Epoch Ottawa now has its own community, if your at all interested in your capital cousins:

epoch_ottawa! Come talk to us crazy confeterates!
Current Mood: geeky

4th January 2004

eirik1:19am: I"ll be at the meeting this thursday if anyone's interested..

in other epoch news we'll be represented at panda this year. we'll have a table again which means that if you want to go and help out then let me know and please pre reg through epoch. if 10 of us pre reg we'll get the table for free. other wise it'll cost ET $100.

also hey you.. yes you! do you have a character history? information you think belongs in the world book? then send it to me and it might make it in.

Now is the time for submissions.

4th November 2003

eirik3:03am: Politics again..
Ahh I see that the epoch larp community has been dead for what amounts to almost a year.. well 'tis time to re-build this community and make it active once again..

how am I gonna do that you ask? by shamelessly pushing the vote for me, I"m running for president of epoch toronto platform.. yes I am running for president.. why some of you ask? why would any sane person want to run for president(especially since we have past and present presidents in the epoch larp community) it's easy. I"m Not! yes that's true I"m a dangerously insane individual that's going to devote a good 20 + hours to the club per week, both in the real and in the virtual.

I am running for Prez, if you are a member currently past or present or future player come out to the general meeting or send your proxies to uhmm can't be me I"m involved in the election as a cantidate.. so uhmmm send em to the epoch president via official e-mail to his official e-mail account (not his personal one, he'll beat me otherwise) which is listed on the epoch toronto website.

Uhm I"ll end this ramble now and think of the first new epoch community poll to post here in the comming weeks.

27th March 2003

skippyalto6:03pm: Good Luck tonight at the General Meeting
Good Luck to glandril and eirik at the General Meeting tonight. I know you're both running for the same position, but may the best man win.
Current Mood: hopeful

22nd January 2003

etrigan4:16pm: Panda's Over
Okay.. so now that Panda is over and you had a Chance to meet a bunch of us, I insist that those of you who went to Panda stand up and be counted! I'd like to know who I met and didn't meet ;-)


Etrigan.
www.underworldlarp.com
Current Mood: amused

18th December 2002

pariah_ink6:52pm: My stats...
Str: 5
Dex: 15
Con: 11
Int: 13
Wis: 13
Chr: 17

That's an interesting mix. I particularily like the Strength value.

1st December 2002

etrigan3:59am: Attention Larpers!
Please read this, even if you usally skip longer stuff ;)


If you're a Veteran LARPER, which you may very well be, since I'm cross-posting this, please feel free to skip ahead to the *** section.

In live roleplaying, also known as LRP or LARP, you don the persona of a fantasy character, in both body and mind. This differs from classical Roleplaying games (RPGS) like Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) where you sit at a table and interact with other players and a single Game Master (GM or DM). At a LARP you invest time in both costume and often make up, create a character history in the world you live in and get suited up for you role that usually occupies 1 weekend of a month, perhaps every other month sometimes. Throughout North America there are Numerous Larps, fantasy based, gothic horror and otherwise, but the focus of this post is the Fantasy Larps that exsist.

At present I play at a LARP called Underworld. Its one of the few LARPS that I've been too with a minimum age to play, more mature content and a darker, gritter feel to it than most of the other games. A player at Underworld can expect to encounter situations that are designed to engage and challenge adult players more than children/teens. But I've also been a player at Nero Canada, infact I was a founding member of that game system but stopped playing a few years back.

NERO was one of the first, and definately most successful, LARPS to set up in North America. An anagram for the New England Roleplaying Organization NERO has been thru many incarnations of its present rule system and a few years back a split between the owners/creators of NERO ended up with there being 2 seperate companies, NERO International and NERO Alliance To be honest, while this may seem like a good idea to both organizers it really only hurts the community to have such division.. but I digress.


***
The problem I find with LARPs in Canada, however, is the three fold. Firstly the player base is too small. This is because of several things, lack of advertising for new blood, weak recruitment from untapped or potential markets and too many games for too few players. As it is Southern Ontario has no less than 7 Live Action Fantasy Roleplaying games with very little player cross over between games.

I personally believe that drawing people up from the States and bringing in new players can only improve the quality of the games up here.

Secondly LARPS in Canada have a younger, generally, crowd than the American and UK counterparts. Counterparts that have between 10 to 100 times the player base in size. My prefered LARP, Underworld - Which is a game derived from the NERO system, but so much so that theres barely anything recognizable in it now - draws 40-60 players per event. Entertaining, definately, but I've attended American events that had 400-800 players and I know of LARPs in the UK, like Omega or Renewal (Which boosts 1000+ players).. its an awe inspiring site to be involved in a battle the size of those shot in films like Braveheart or Gladiator.

I personally believe that while attracting younger players is vital to keep the game living, attracting new older players is also important to keep the level of game play more advanced. I think that older players tend to be more interested in roleplay and politics and less interested in Hack and Slash combat. This isn't a blanket statement, mind you, just an observation and there of course, as always, exceptions.

Lastly players in the American and UK LARPS I've been to/seen invest alot more time and effort into their characters. Costuming and weapons (made from foam latex) are so many light years beyond the ones we have locally, well.. perhaps not costuming as there are quite a few people who spend alot of time on their costumes in Ontario (but there are still far too many people who belong to the "Levis Orc Tribe" for my liking) but the Duct-taped PVC boffer weapons just *have* to go guys.. Latex poured weapons are the way to go...

Anyway.. my reason for posting this giant rant is I'm hoping to make people aware of this hobby who didn't previously know about it. Its alot of fun to attend these events and the more people you bring the better! I'm hoping to, sometime next year, organize a Giant once a year type larp using a totally different rule system (depending one whether people in the UK are agreeable to allowing us to use their rules in Canada) and for that I'm hoping to attract people from all LARP systems across the board.

If you're interested in, or you think you might be interested in checking out Live Action Role Playing, and I *strongly* suggest you try it just once, Underworld has a special introductory price for first timers, its only $5 Canadian to play your first event and if your character happens to die at all, it doesn't count. (You can also download the rules on their website)

If you have any interest in Live Action games, or Fantasy in general, or even in Cosplay and medevil dress, then you very well could enjoy Fantasy Larping. Consider this your "Get on board and check it out" invitation. If you need or want further info on how to check out the Larp games in Southern Ontario or would like to be kept informed about the planned Giant event for 2003, contact me at: VSGS611@Hotmail.com and make reference to LARP in the message title.

As a founding member of Nero Canada, A Playtester and founding member of Myste, Epoch and Underworld, as well as the Various World of Darkness LARPS that ran in and around Toronto I've invested alot of time and effort into helping keep LARP going in Ontario.. but the only way I see it reaching the next level is co-operation between the tribes, as it were.


I really to mean it though, people from all walks of life should come and check this game out.. you're never too old (though for Underworld you must be 18 to play, or 16 if you have parental consent) and we're very friendly with newcomers and willing to help. You only make the game stronger with your presence.
Current Mood: Hopeful

7th October 2002

voralis1:39pm: Dmitri Signing in
Yo Yo Yo Yo, long time no see guys and gals!
Current Mood: happy

28th September 2002

pariah_ink2:06pm: Because I like you guys
Just 'cause I love you, I'm posting this here first.

I am in the process of making a $hit load of throwing daggers. They aren't anything spiffy, but they're better than average.

Plain gray tape, no decorations, with a resonable amount of weight in them.

$5.00 each, and I will accept Canadian Tire money and CRP's at par. However, I will not accept more than 50% CRP's with any purchase. I am willing to take 100% CanTire money, though.

Supplies limited, don't get greedy.

You can contact me at pariah-ink@rogersNOSPAM.com (I assume you can figure that out)

19th September 2002

demonalissa12:55am: Hi!
*waves*
Can't sleep. Wisdom teeth destroying my mouth. You know, I would not call them wisdom teeth. More like deathly painful teeth.
Hope all are well.
Current Mood: sore

10th September 2002

eirik2:09am: this is a repost from my own journal for those of you who are here and not reading me there.

a long and hard weekend.. and the wrong characters died.. but all in all a satisfactory end of the season of epoch for me. yeah I should make the announcement official in epoch, but the people who read this are my friends and those of you who play epoch are ones I know and love.

I"m done for the year.. I"m not gonna be there in oct. weather I go to California or not. Cause it's still up in the Air.. but I"m not gonna be there in Oct. I know I"m supposed to ED the next event as well... but I"m just burned out. So No to me in Oct. I"ll alert the authorities and suchlike, but likely before I get to it, it'll reach them through the rumour mill.

So here is Rumour control. I have told the Pres I will not be Handling the meal plan in Oct. I will be telling both the Ad and the Pres I will not be attending the Event in Oct..

Oh and depending on how much I miss the game or how much I"m enjoying the break I may take the whole of the winter season off. I've made the descision over the course of the last few days. before the event, during and after. As I got outta the bath I stood on the floor, my bruised and broken feet sending starts of pain up my nerves. I thought, well that's good, I have a while to heal..

And I think I will. A vacation is just what I need. I"ve been toying with the Idea for a while. I feel I need a holiday, a very long holiday. As I have told you before.

"Well, I've made up my mind, anyway. I want to see mountains again, Gandalf - Mountains; and there find somewhere where I can rest. In peace and quiet, without a lot of relatives prying around, and a string of confounded visitors hanging on the bell. I might find somewhere where I can finish my book. I have thought of a nice ending for it: and he lived happily ever after to the end of his days."

29th August 2002

pariah_ink6:27pm: Funny, I always thought of Gideon as being a bit taller...
I Am A: True Neutral GnomeRanger Fighter


Alignment:
True Neutral characters are very rare. They believe that balance is the most important thing, and will not side with any other force. They will do whatever is necessary to preserve that balance, even if it means switching allegiances suddenly.


Race:
Gnomes are also short, like dwarves, but much skinnier. They have no beards, and are very inclined towards technology, although they have been known to dabble in magic, too. They tend to be fun-loving and fond of jokes and humor. Some gnomes live underground, and some live in cities and villages. They are very tolerant of other races, and are generally well-liked, though occasionally considered frivolous.


Primary Class:
Rangers are the defenders of nature and the elements. They are in tune with the Earth, and work to keep it safe and healthy.


Secondary Class:
Fighters are the warriors. They use weapons to accomplish their goals. This isn't to say that they aren't intelligent, but that they do, in fact, believe that violence is frequently the answer.


Deity:
Silvanus is the True Neutral god of nature. He is also known as the Patron of Druids. His followers believe in the perfect balance of nature, and believe that nature's bounty is preferable to any other 'civilizing' method. They wear leather or metallic scale mail, constructed of leaf-shaped scales. Silvanus's symbol is an oak leaf.


Find out What D&D Character Are You?, courtesy ofNeppyMan (e-mail)

28th August 2002

online_assassin5:30pm: And Daelin.
I Am A: Neutral Evil Half-Elf Thief Ranger


Alignment:
Neutral Evil characters believe in Number One. Their personal gain takes precedance over all else, and they will work with whomever necessary and whatever institutions necessary to further their own goals.


Race:
Half-Elves are a cross between a human and an elf. They are smaller, like their elven ancestors, but have a much shorter lifespan. They are sometimes looked down upon as half-breeds, but this is rare. They have both the curious drive of humans and the patience of elves.


Primary Class:
Thieves are the most roguish of the classes. They are sneaky and nimble-fingered, and have skills with traps and locks. While not all use these skills for burglary, that is a common occupation of this class.


Secondary Class:
Rangers are the defenders of nature and the elements. They are in tune with the Earth, and work to keep it safe and healthy.


Deity:
Mask is the Neutral Evil god of rogues, thieves. He is also known as the Lord of Shadows. He appears as a lithe man, shadowed, wearing dark clothing. His followers believe in stealth and wariness. They wear black and gray clothing, and carry weapons and armor similar to that of a thief. They frequently wear masks to conceal their identity. Mask's symbol is a dark, checkered mask.


Find out What D&D Character Are You?, courtesy ofNeppyMan (e-mail)

online_assassin5:10pm: Goliath
I Am A: Neutral Good Half-Orc Fighter Ranger


Alignment:
Neutral Good characters believe in the power of good above all else. They will work to make the world a better place, and will do whatever is necessary to bring that about, whether it goes for or against whatever is considered 'normal'.


Race:
Half-Orcs are a cross between a human and an orc. Generally, this kind of mating does not occur willingly, so half-orcs are almost never raised by a full set of parents. They tend to be less intelligent and attractive than humans, but are generally stronger and hardier. Violence is a part of their nature, and few half-orcs manage to overcome this to follow other professions. They are generally treated with disdain by other races, if not outright hostility.


Primary Class:
Fighters are the warriors. They use weapons to accomplish their goals. This isn't to say that they aren't intelligent, but that they do, in fact, believe that violence is frequently the answer.


Secondary Class:
Rangers are the defenders of nature and the elements. They are in tune with the Earth, and work to keep it safe and healthy.


Deity:
Lathander is the Neutral Good god of spring, dawn, birth, and renewal. His followers believe in new beginnings, and work for the betterment of all. They have no preferred weapon, but they typically wear plate mail and a shield, with red and yellow tinting. Lathander's symbol is rosy pink disk, typically cut from rose quartz.


Find out What D&D Character Are You?, courtesy ofNeppyMan (e-mail)

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