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#7134
Re:Hints and Tips When Attending an Event 9 Years, 5 Months ago Karma: 8  
richhale wrote:
Tip 7

Cut your toenails before going on an event. Cut your fingernails three days before an event (thanks Mike).

R.

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#7253
Re:Hints and Tips When Attending an Event 9 Years, 5 Months ago Karma: 0  
i have loads but here are a few -

make an effort to shower before bed - no matter how tired you are you feel so much better for it and I always sleep better and wake up more refreshed

keep your in character kit seperate from the out of character stuff - when I play at candleston i leave my out of character bag in the washrooms with all my changes of clothes wash kit etc

have a real torch in your ooc kit - really handy when playing or monstering, when playing candles and lighter/matches are always useful

dont drink alcohol when it is really hot - especially wearing lots of black

take insect repellent

frozen water - people still laugh at me for this but on a hot overland it is lovely

if you havent already done so get a charcater background and on the way/just before an event think about what your character has been doing the week/2 weeks before the event, make up a patrol you went on or what has been going on in the towers - maybe email the ref as he may have a bit of info you can spread. this is particularly handy at mealtimes or during rests as it makes your charcater seem more real and keeps everyone around you more in character. 1 adventure we did years ago the party were imprisoned all 15 of us in the same room for ages - everyone started talking about why they became an adveturer etc and it was really interesting and really good roleplaying

thats enough for now
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Re:Hints and Tips When Attending an Event 9 Years, 5 Months ago Karma: 2  
Buy a cheap little toolbox, the ones that fold out with the divided trays in the top. Keep all your makeup, jewellery, matches, string, bits and bobs, a small head torch, pencils, paper etc. in there so its all in one place and easy to quickly close and cart around.

Use a wallet to keep a character's yellow cards in. Don't carry it around during an event as this is a synonym for "your cards are gone forever" when you drop it in the woods at night. Put it in the toolbox above.

Your feet are REALLY important! Make sure your footware protects your feet/ankles well as you will be fighting/running on uneven ground in the dark! It needs to look in character so no white trainers, always go for dark/neutral colours, nothing that will attract attention. You can buy boot covers/tops/greaves/gaiters that can turn modern walking boots into something that looks good in character.

Wear a small head torch round your neck hidden under your costume so you always have a useful light source to hand for emergencies at night. When you use a head torch try to remember not to look directly at people's faces when you talk to them (harder than it sounds) - its blinding!
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four pairs of socks minimum for three days and more than that ten,

most important one i forgot dont forget the six foot rule for your weapons if theyre more than six feet from you there no good to you. if someone attacks you dont have time to prepare if theyre futher than that.
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Take enough food and then some.

Have a meal prepared in the fridge at home for your return, as the last thing you want to do when getting home from an event is have to do the washing up and cooking. Especially covered in snazzaroo.

Baby wipes: in case there is no access to running water for washing, baby wipes are great for that "nearly clean" feeling, and can remove those "drow at a service station" moments on the journey home.

Spare pairs of gloves. For when you've dropped one in a ditch/portaloo/patch of thistles.

Sun cream in between facial "tattoos" Avoids embarrassing sunburn marks on your face for the week at work afterwards.

Check your vehicle is fit for travel beforehand (water, oil, air, spare tyre) as being dumped in a field by a nice man from the AA in a knackered vehicle isn't going to get you (and your kit) home.

Crappy towels, for drying off latex weapons. Wet weapons will mean your Skian Mhor £70 sword will become a "to fix" project in your garage for a minimum of 5 years.

Talc, unscented. For keeping dry your weapons and yourself. Nothing says hardcore Orc barbarian like the scent of lilly of the Valley. Also, keeping your feet dry, trench foot maybe authentic for some games, but we're larpers not re-enactors.

Throat sweets for the journey home. The sooner you start helping a sore throat recover, the sooner you can explain to co-workers why the backs of your ears are green.

Old pillow covers for your pillows. Easier to get snazz out of pillow covers than the velour on inflatable pillows.

Sleeping mask and earplugs. The sun doesn't just stop on the outside of your tent, and neither does heavy snoring.
*spare earplugs will make you popular for giving to people. B&Q do a bulk set for a couple of quid.

Alcohol gel. For hand cleaning before eating.

Spare toilet roll. Nuff said.

Always check to make sure you've got your weapons or props you've spent three months working on BEFORE you set off to the event. Don't crash your car into a tree in anger before driving 4 hours back home to fetch aforementioned prop, then 4 hours back again to the event and miss time in.

Spare batteries close to hand for torches. Going back to your tent to find batteries in the dark with a non working torch may be ironic, but can be painful. Guy lines are great trip hazards.
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Re:Hints and Tips When Attending an Event 9 Years, 5 Months ago Karma: 9  
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Wet weapons will mean your Skian Mhor £70 sword will become a "to fix" project in your garage for a minimum of 5 years.

Or better yet, find a nice man (or woman) to fix them for you at a reasonable rate!

For example:

http://whitewizardsworkshop.webs.com/
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im also a re-enactor but i never met any re-enactor dumb enough to get trench foot change socks every day or twice a day i usually do when on re-enactment to avoid such a dialemma and also cause i love the feel of new socks on newly dried and talced feet.
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Check your weapons are still safe before you take them on an event. It embarrassing to swing axe in 1st fight and see the head go sailing past the monster leaving you holding a stick with a point on the end.


If some one pisses you off ooc hard hit or such like take a deep breath and walk away for a few minutes. |Remember its a game and accidents happen.
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If you've got different characters make specialised lists of kit you need for each one. The little details. If you haven't played someone for a while it helps remind you of those special props and ideas you used last time.

Playing a mage - I have a "spell checker" in an I/C leather case where I cross off the number of spells used in an encounter while waiting to be battleboarded and I strike through when I've told the BB. Means I have a quick reference to how many slots I have left without a ref around.
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Re:Hints and Tips When Attending an Event 9 Months, 2 Weeks ago Karma: 28  
bumping this (mainly so I can find it easily again )
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