Good afternoon fellow larp enthusiasts!

Welcome to the first blog post for Ye Olde Commons! What is Ye Olde Commons, you might muse? Ye Olde Commons is a facility dedicated to providing a camp site with a medieval flair.  The site is used for many different gatherings, including LARP camps, faires, re-enactments, and receptions.  With amenities to support events year-round, it is a place where New England LARPs can feel at home.

Would you like to meet the dedicated owner, staff, and other denizens of the camp? Of course you would. Avanti!

Harald stilt walking as king of the giants
Harald stilt walking as king of the giants

Harald: Harald is the owner and operator of this 40 acre home for the imagination. He’s been making a safe, interesting, engaging place for larps since early 2005. He is an avid larper and board gamer and is pretty much the best stilt walker and larp fighter around. If you’d like to contact Harald about events, board games or any other questions you might have please feel free to drop him an email at harald@yeoldecommons.com.

 

Puck at the SKRF
Puck at the SKRF

Puck: Puck has been groundskeeper at YoC since 2013. If you need anything while you’re on site, he’s your guy. Puck is also an avid larper, if you’ve played a game at the Commons or one of a half dozen other New England larp sites, you’ve probably seen him NPCing. He’s the one with the curly hair and the charming devil-may-care grin that goes from ear to ear. (The author may be a bit biased, though, she’s been his wife for the past four years ^_~) He is also a boffer and armor maker, nerf gun modder, and video gaming enthusiast. If you’d like to contact Puck he can be found at puck@yeoldecommons.com

Kitchen Staff:

Leda at her best friends Victorian wedding
Leda at her best friend’s Victorian wedding

Leda: Leda has been cooking for larps off and on for 13 years. She’s also GM’d, NPC’d and PC’d a few games since 2000. She will also be your humble guide in this blog on the news and views from YoC. If you’d like to chat with her, contact her here or at leda@yeoldecommons.com

 

Inger, looking adorable, as usual
Inger, looking adorable, as usual

Inger: has been cooking for larps for the last 10 years. She started out as a player and quickly moved over to director at LIONE, which she helped run for 6 years.

JT as his fae at Knight Blades
JT as his fae at Knight Blades

Josh ‘JT’: JT is a newer member of the kitchen staff. He’s an experienced larper (8yrs) and cook (6yrs) and loves every minute of it. His favorite dish is lemon pepper chicken! He lives to please here at YOC!

 

Jenny as her fae at Knight Blades
Jenny as her fae at Knight Blades

Jenny: Jenny, (also known as Pigeon) is one of the newest employees. She has been a larper for over 4 years and loves everything about it, including sewing her own costumes and making jewelry. When she isn’t working or crafting she likes to spend her time gaming on her computer and spending time with animals

Jason, being charming
Jason, being charming

Jason: Jason is the actual newest member of the YoC kitchen. {Insert bio here, as soon as I shake it out of him}

 

Animals:

There are a quite a few wild animals on site, such as rabbits, turkeys, deer, and a plethora of birds and rodents. If you’re around during certain times of day, you can also see the great blue heron fly across camp from its hunting grounds to its nest.

But there are also a few domesticated animals on site! They’re all very friendly and would love to say hello!

 

Snuggly cats!
Snuggly cats!

Athos: (seen here curled up with Musoki) Athos has been around for quite a while now; we think she’s about 8 years old. She’s the grey tiger striped cat, infamously know to some as ‘Larp cat’. Athos is a mighty hunter, mostly owing to her polydactyly, but she tends to let the younger camp cat do most of the work now. If you see her in the house or npc headquarters, please feel free to let her out, she is mostly an outdoor cat. Both cats’ food and water bowls are upstairs by the NPC bunk room. Speaking of which, please leave the door to the bunk room closed at all times, so that the cats don’t get in. They’d love to sleep with you, but because of allergies we can’t let them.

'Enjoying' the flowers?
‘Enjoying’ the flowers?

Musoki: (Moo-so-key) Musoki is a four year old black male cat. He used to be an apartment dweller but now loves the freedom (and hunting!) that YoC provides. Even though he’s a bit on the tubby side, I assure you he’s not pregnant. ^_~ He bulked up for the winter and will slim down again in the summer months. He is also very friendly and will always stop for a petting or belly rub. No worries about letting him outside, he’s mostly an outdoor cat now and only comes in to eat.

 

Morgrim in June (9 months old!)
Morgrim in June (9 months old!)

Morgrim: Morgrim is a new addition to the YoC family. He’s a 9 month old boxer/shepherd/lab/deer mix. Okay, maybe it’s not actually deer genetics, but boy, does he jump like one. Morgrim isn’t very well behaved yet, but he is very very friendly, and will try to jump up on you to say hello. If you see him anywhere but behind the fence in our kitchen, please let one of the staff know ASAP. He’s not allowed out during larp weekends unless he’s on leash with one of us.

Chickens enjoying an apple.
Chickens enjoying an apple.

The Chickens: We have five chickens on site as well! Two Dominiques (the black and white ones) and three Australorps (the all black ones). Anyone that played at the Commons this winter may have heard their eerie dinosaur-like noises coming from the front section of the barn. They will be outside in their pen until fall. Please feel free to stop by and say hello; they’re pretty friendly . . . for chickens, of course. Their pen will move around the paddock by the barn, giving them access to different grazing and other natural food sources. We keep them as close to the fence and parking lot as possible, so as not to disrupt mods or game play. If you see that the chickens have escaped, just let one of the staff know.

So now you’ve met all of us! Stay tuned for more news and insider info about YoC!

xxoo

Leda et al

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4 thoughts on “Introductions!

  1. So THAT’S barn cat’s real name! And I’m glad I was saying Musoki’s name right. They really are sweet cats, I love snuggling up with Musoki when he adventures forth.

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