Last weekend I ran my first “solo” event for No Rest for the Wicked – When Angels Fall. Solo, because I did the writing, set-up, organisation, bookings, and everything else myself with support from a few wonderful individuals. It was also the first event run without the support of our lead storyteller, Rob Collins.
It was not the best event in the world, but neither was it the worst. There were a few places where things fell through the cracks, and we’ve noted those and next time it’ll be better, and we won’t have those problems (as much). We were a little ambitious in what we could achieve, and didn’t account for how much work was needed once we were on site, but we pulled things off and the event (as a whole) was a success, even if certain aspects were sorely lacking. For a political/social event, the political aspects could definitely have used some work.
We held the event in Featherstone Castle, a gorgeous (if cold and draughty) private estate in Northumberland, and while the internal layout was quite confusing to some and we didn’t get to use the outside areas as much as we’d have liked (due to high winds), we ran a lot of great scenes; possibly a few too many for a “low combat” event.
Hopefully we’ll soon have some pictures from the event (though not as many as I’d like) that we can share so that everyone can see some of the highlights of the event.
What I can say now is that there is little more satisfying than the lead storyteller of a system (who was there as a player) turning around and going “I didn’t expect those plots, I wouldn’t have run those plots, but they were excellent”.
I can also say that I wouldn’t have been able to pull it off without the amazing efforts of my crew who went to staggering lengths to represent the stupendous costume and roleplay indicated in my NPC briefs. I am happy to recommend any of them to any LARP looking for seasoned crew. Having Skian Mhor providing props and catering didn’t hurt either.
Our next event will hopefully be in late June, with the third event this year in October.
Be seeing you,