LARP preview: Camp Hatchet

Greetings all!

Today’s preview seems like a cruel tease, since they’ve already reached their player cap. BUT they can always use NPC’s, and the info is good for those that made it in, so . . . on with the blog!

This week’s larp preview/review is. . . CAMP HATCHET!

Camp Hatchet is a one shot game taking place from Friday June 26th – Sunday June 28th. The story is something so simple and cool, but one I’ve never run across before. (Disclaimer: I’m sure there has been a larp like this, nothing new under the sun and all, but it’s new to me.)

Here’s their boilerplate on the type of games that this group runs:

Camp Hatchet is a Live Action Role Playing Event, or LARP for short.

Part of the Prophecy: Apocalypse series, these games are designed to get you right into the action and keep you on your toes throughout the event. Each Apocalypse game is a one-shot (a single weekend event) that puts the players into a survival, do or die type scenario. Your primary goal is to live through the weekend, but you will have other tasks to accomplish as well.

Here are the whys/hows of the story:

It is an indiscriminate year during the 1980s…. The infamous Camp Hatchettawnee, the site of a grisly murder over a decade ago, has recently reopened and is accepting applicants for camp counselors. You are a teenager who has been accepted and have arrived at camp to receive a week-long counselor training.

However, strange and creepy things begin to happen at the idyllic camp. People go missing. Shadowy figures are seen in the woods. You begin to learn that this camp has a dark and sinister past.

As night falls, the noose tightens, the blood begins to flow, and nobody is safe. Miles away from civilization, the young counselors-to-be must survive long enough to find a means to escape.

I am wicked excited. ^_^

 I’ve read in the rulebook that we don’t bring weapons into game. But throughout the day Saturday we learn how to do activities, like real camp councilors would.

(And here comes the conjecture –>) Activities like fishing, archery, first aid, um rifles? And uh . . . crafts? No idea? Aaaaand via those activities we get our weapon and defense skills? And learn where weapons are cached for later in the day/night? But that’s just my speculation, don’t take that as law.

On to the when’s of this story: here’s the tentative schedule of happenings. 

Schedule (times are approximate)

Check-in and registration: 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Pre-game meeting (mandatory): 9:30 PM

Movie showing (TBA): 10 PM

Bed time: 12:00am

Breakfast: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Game on: 10:00 AM

Event runs to game conclusion, approximately 2:00 – 3:00 AM Sunday Morning

Post game continental breakfast: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Sunday morning End of game meeting, epilogue: 10:00 AM

*meals serving requires purchasing the meal plan

 I think one of my favorite parts of this larp’s schedule is that Friday night is horror movie night! A totally out of game experience so we can all psyche ourselves out all night until game on the next morning. Brilliant! It’s always good to begin a one shot horror larp with lack of sleep, rubbery legs, and a head full of slashers.

I will post pics on Monday, if I get any good ones!

Now the sad news from our organizers and an option:

Camp Hatchet has reached the player cap!

If you’d like to be added to the wait list please email us at murder@camphatchet.com

But hey, don’t miss out on the mayhem. Sign up to Cast via the form below, we could always use more spirited murderers to help kill all our lovely players. As a reminder, cast members must still purchase the meal plan if they wish to be fed.

Sign Up to Cast

Some of the rest of the staff and I will be cooking this weekend. So if you’re interested here’s the idea and where to sign up:

Meal Plan

$26 YoC Mealplan, includes:

  • Saturday Breakfast
  • Saturday Dinner
  • Sunday Continental Breakfast

Purchase Meal Plan

And here’s all the contact info:

The Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/694566243985072/

The Website:

http://www.camphatchet.com/index.html

The Email:

murder@camphatchet.com

A sort of /kind of /mostly related anecdote:

My first larping experience was in 7th grade, but I didn’t know it as larping. In our district, two elementary schools from different towns dumped into one junior high. So to make us bond they sent us to Nature’s Classroom for a week before school started. We stayed in cabins and did all the traditional camping stuff but also did ‘school’ stuff too. For our history class we were given historical notes on escaped slaves, each picked a persona, and then we had to make it through the ‘underground railroad’. There were very few rules. If we were somewhere and we heard the ‘slavers’ coming we could lay flat on the ground (face down) and if we didn’t make any noise or move, they couldn’t find us. Other than that, everything was WYSIWIG (another term I didn’t know until about 10 years after this story) One of the councilors was our guide and she lead us into the deep woods, slogged us through the bogs, and snuck us through the cabins, which now looked like turn of the century farm houses on the inside. Sometimes after we’d hide in the cabins to rest and drink water, a ‘slaver’ would come in and ‘search’ the cabin, while the ‘house owner’ tried to distract him. I remember I was hiding behind the couch and he kind of tossed himself onto it while ranting about slaves, trying to make us squeak. I thought my heart was going to explode; but, to my credit, I didn’t make any noise or burst into tears.^_^ At the end of the afternoon they had us make a final push for freedom, I believe it was some town in New England but my memory on that is fuzzy. Our guide said it was too dangerous for her; we’d have to go it alone. We all paused for a few seconds, in shock, and watched her walk away. Then we sized each other up. . . And then 10-15 kids reenacted Lord of the Flies while scrambling through the woods to get to the amphitheater that represented freedom. We pushed each other, we tossed one another to the ‘slaver’s dogs’ (a friendly camp dog named Sydney), and ran as fast as our pre-teen legs could carry us. I, before really knowing I had crappy lungs, lost my breath and couldn’t continue. I chucked myself to the ground and laid flat on my face, wheezing and sniveling in the dirt. The ‘slaver’ that had been chasing me caught up, looked me over for a second, and then nudged me with his boot and whispered “It’s really close, kid, go ahead.” I imagine I was a pretty pathetic sight: a preteen girl wheezing and crying into the leaves, all alone. But in reality I was all alone because as soon as I saw the others and their ‘kill the pig’ swarm, I booked it away from them. I looked up at him all big eyed and said ‘really?’ He nodded and I got up and ran like crazy. He yelled something after me, ‘I’ll get you next time’ or something so the others wouldn’t know I’d gotten a pass. I staggered into the amphitheater and sat down with everyone else for popsicles, all of us looking vaguely spooked and stunned.

Since then I’ve played a bunch of larps, and two other one shot horror/suspense games. I lived through the first horror larp and died of insanity during the second. (Both Cthulhu games at YoC) So my horror larp track record isn’t so great. If we count the Freedom trail, I’ve technically lost more than I’ve won. But really, I find that horror games aren’t about that. It’s about lasting as long as you can. It’s about being so amped up that even when there’s no GM/NPC’s around you’re still terrified and jump every time a leaf falls. It’s about facing death. Then when you do die, laying there letting the adrenaline fade, then getting up and being able to laugh about how you croaked with your friends. It’s the same as watching a scary movie; it’s the safe adrenaline rush. But don’t sneak up on me next week after game . . . I’ll probably scream and jump a foot. ^_^

Wish me luck and hope to see all of you at YoC this weekend!

Xxoo

Leda et al

LARP Preview: Lione Rampant: Crusades

The Reapers!
The Reapers!

WARNING: Author is biased!!!! I love this game. I love the GM’s. I love my character. I love the world. I love my rolling crew (. . . well . . .  in that ‘I’m hugging you, but I’m hitting you’ kinda way). I love the NPC’s.  I love the other PC’s. (even the ones my character hates . . . I’m so sorry!!!) *babble babble love fest here* So all attempts at unbiased reviewing have just been gleefully chucked out the window. I’msorryI’mnotsorry.

Ahem. I shall now attempt to control my excited hyperbole. Attempt.

All the info about Lione Rampant here! That handy link takes you to the website. That is where you get the rule book, find the forums, and get all the contact info for the awesome-sauce GM’s. Your first game is absolutely free, which is a great way to see the lay of the land. Also Lione is now accelerant, so it’s very easy to get right into playing.

This iteration of Lione just started last year. We’re on the third game of this season and it’s been a pretty brilliant one thus far.  Here’s the setting blurb for this campaign:

In ages past, there were monsters, wizards, and champions of the gods. They were fairy tales in this era of industry, technology, and progress. We knew the difference between fantasy and science. But just five years ago, we discovered the myths held more truth than we realized. In the year 3909, the world became radically altered.
The modern age ended as we knew it, and magic returned to the world. As technology failed and science gave way to mysticism, civilization was on the brink of collapse. The gods, once thought to be nothing but stories, have begun to speak once again and a sinister evil rises from the nightmares of the past.
With that setting, the character possibilities are huge! Want to play a post apoc orc or a tree hugger squirrel person? You’ve got it. How about a Goth Elf? Rock on. Or maybe even a human in medieval fantasy gear? Absolutely. There’s amalkin (animal human hybrids) elves, dwarves, humans, magic users, steampunks, and a ton more! This setting has really sparked my creativity. For the first time in a billion larp years, I’ve been playing around with making characters, and seeing different RP possibilities in the combinations. Although, I would like this character to last as long as possible, because rituals are terrifying but fun. And my plot line roxxors. Oops. I’m doing that fangirl thing again. O_O
On to the story for this weekend:

The Day of Disjunction

As the high holy days of the Wylds and Faya occur, an ancient rite of spiritual bonding is revisited to fight a common foe. The new alliance with the lizardmen to the north has gained knowledge about the unholy places in the wilderness as well as the secrets of travelling the planes. The forces of Grumach, though, will not be idle, as their defeat at the hands of the people of Stoneheim has left a bitter taste in their undead mouths. And what of the bug-people, and their mysterious pylon that still rests in our field? And the Soulless? Has the defeat of the Toy Golem sent them scurrying away, or was he just the most recent in a litany of villainous monsters?

And just in case you’d like to get more of a feel for current events: Newsletter Archive

Not really in the mood  for PCing? How about scripting/NPCing? Toss some black clothes in a bag and join the fun! You’ll get a chance to interact with really great PC’s and NPC’s, and almost all of the YoC staff (we PC) (REAPERS!!!) (ahem) and a great group of directors. ALSO you have a chance to win a $25 gift card from the NPC drawing at the end of the weekend. And if that’s not enough motivation: Lione has CP exchanges with a verisimilitude of games so there’s a good chance that by helping them out you’re earning points for your favorite game! Want more info? Here’s the spot for NPC’s to register: NPC site And if you’d like to connect with the directors it’s here: Lione Rampant: Contacts Do it, you won’t do it!

rainThis weekend’s weather: (from The Weather Channel ) UPDATED!

  • Friday is gong to be partly cloudy with highs near 79 and lows in the 50s.
  • Saturday mostly sunny and gorgeous with temperature highs of 78 and lows of 58.
  • Sunday has a chance of rain with highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s. Looks like a good weekend to bring some extra socks & light summer garb.

Please remember bug spray and sun screen. The mosquitos are like 747’s and the ticks are very very active. The chickens are doing their best, but there are only 5 of them! On the bird note, there are two mated pairs of swallows on site. One has nested in the front of the house (by the parking lot) and the other is nesting in the barn. Swallows are incredible bug eaters, so we’re glad to see them nesting here. BUT, a word of caution: The males have been swooping at people, trying to protect their nests. They haven’t actually hit anyone, but it’s a bit unnerving. Unless they actually become an issue we won’t move the nests, which would be stressful (and potentially harmful) for everyone involved.

That’s all for now! Can’t wait to see you all on Friday!!!

xxoo

Leda et al

Menu for 6/12/2015-6/14/2015

Unicorn enjoys iced tea and a grass salad.
Unicorn enjoys iced tea and a grass salad.

Good morning all,

(Please forgive my derp-i-corn. I am no artist. And no, I don’t know how he’s going to use that spoon . . . or why . . . O_o )

(But until I get one of you fancy artist types to trump me, this will be the picture for menu day!)

If you’re going to be on site this weekend there’s a few things you should do: hydrate, change your socks, listen to the GM’s; and of course eat!

Here’s the menu for this weekend and some factoids and tidbits about it.

Saturday – 9am Breakfast

Omelets & eggs to order – Please see below for the specialty omelet menu.

Biscuits & Gravy – We are contractually obligated to serve them at Isles ^_^

Waffles

Bacon

Oatmeal

Bagels & Toast

Fresh Fruit

Coffee, Tea, Juice

Specialty Omelets

Harley Quinn: Cream cheese, honey, & strawberries – I know, it sounds weird. But it’s really good. It comes out something like a strawberry crepe.

The Lazy Hero: Sausage gravy, bacon, onions, & cheese. – This was the most ordered omelet at Covenant last weekend!

Monte Cristo: Turkey, ham, swiss, & a drizzle of maple syrup. – Puck’s favorite diner food in omelet form

Carnivore: All the meats and American cheese.

Veggiesaurus: All the veggies and American cheese

Omnivore: All the veggies, all the meats, and American cheese.

The Mouse: All the cheeses (cheddar, American, & Swiss)

Slow Poke Rodriguez: The Mouse, but with hot sauce, onions, olives, tomatoes, and a dollop of sour cream.

‘On fire’: Any of the above with jalapenos and pepper jack cheese.

1 pm Lunch: TBD (Since Isles is the only larp that requests lunch, this always throws me for a loop. I promise I’ll have something planned by Friday!)

6pm Dinner

Chicken Enchilada Casserole – a new recipe I’m trying out for the second time. It’s a semi traditional chicken enchilada filing mixture topped with cornbread. It cooks up something like chicken and dumplings, but with a Mexican flair. Covenant gave it rave reviews; I hope Isles likes it too! Unfortunately, because of the corn bread, this is not gluten free.

Vegetarian/Vegan – Mexican tofu – It’s tofu in a taco inspired Mexican sauce. It’s great over rice! This is gluten free.

Rice

Green Beans

Garden Salad

Cheesy Garlic Bread – a YoC classic. Fresh bread coated in garlic butter and cheddar cheese. Crisped to perfection, it’s a great side to clean your plate with. ^_^

Iced Tea & Lemonade

Chocolate Cream Ice Box Cake – Another relatively new recipe for YoC, one adapted from my maternal Grandmother’s recipe collection. Layers of a sweet whipped cream cheese mixture and chocolate mousse turn everyday graham crackers into moist cake when let sit in the fridge overnight. I make it, and I don’t really understand how it works. (I mean, I know the science, but there’s a bit of other wizardry there) But it does work. And it’s amazing. Cool to refresh you at the end of a long day, but sweet and dense enough to satisfy most sweet tooth . . . um . . . teeth?

 Sunday – A note about Sunday, it’s always listed as below, with just the ‘cold’ items, but we generally serve omelets, bacon, etc. until it’s all gone.

 Breakfast

Cereal

Oatmeal

Bagels

Toast

Fresh Fruit

Juice

Coffee

Tea

 Snacks and Drinks are located in the refrigerator, which is tucked into the corner by the main doors. This is an honor bar, so please place your payment in the box on top of the fridge. We generally only stock the items below, but sometimes there will be fresh baked goods, random snacks, and assorted goodies. If you’d like to see something in there, just ask!

Deli Sandwiches $3, Candy $1, Soda $1, Monster Rehab $2, Ramen $1, Bottled Water $1, Tea $1

That’s all for today folks!

xxoo

Leda et al

Introductions!

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