What a great weekend!
People travelled from far and wide to play, shop, laugh and take part in the talks, discussions, Larps, displays and tasters which were squeezed into LarpCon, not to mention all the people who enjoyed the Pasty Pirate Puppet Show!
Not everything was perfect and any feedback, about how we can make next year even better, is welcomed. We’re now wrapping up the loose ends for ’19, and we already started making plans for 2020!
The final pieces are coming together.
Tomorrow the preliminary jobs, like marking out the marketplace, and putting up the glossy photographs of the shortlisted pictures (which arrived today) can be done.
The judges votes are almost all submitted and we’ll be working out the winners very soon.
LarpCon and the Larp Awards are almost here!
Phew! That’s all the nominations filtered down to the shortlists, ready to be revealed and shown to the judges.
So much love, for so many wonderful people, well over 100 clubs and games, and around 100 more talented people who feed, clothe and arm us all.
Keep doing whatever it is you’re doing, because it moves people, and the Larp Awards are about celebrating those efforts.
The promoters space is filling rapidly and the action in the photographic awards categories is heating up. Posters and fliers are appearing everywhere we go, with the Larpspotting ad on one side and the revamped, easier to read, anti-harassment policy on the other (its better to have one and not need it, than need one and not have it).
The floor plan for the traders is poised to be posted here, before being added to the event programme ready to help attendees on the day.
All the traders are confirmed and booking for the marketplace is now closed.
Although plenty of promoters are confirmed already, there is still space available.
Also attending are: Artists – Giles Meakin and Steff Morris, and actors – Phil Rose aka Friar Tuck (Robin of Sherwood) and James McKenzie aka Raven (Raven).
The “Advanced” category has just been launched in the photography competition. Take a look, or enter, Here
Friday night is quiz night, and the poker tournament will be taking place that night, as usual, too.
The Starship Bridge Simulator will be there for the weekend and slots can be booked, along with tickets to the convention and awards ceremony, by following this Link…
We have a “Legendary” archery competition, with prizes from Archery Legends, and Legacy Lrp is holding the combat tournament. The archery tournament will be taking place on both Saturday and Sunday, the combat only on Saturday.
Ticket sales are now active!
The trade hall is filling up, VIPs are booked, talks and activities are taking shape. The tickets will be available imminently.
Nominations for the awards are flooding in and its shaping up to be a great event.
The hectic summer period is now over, and we’ve had a nice sit down… 😀
Which has given us the chance to review the responses from the feedback survey. Many thanks to everyone who responded!
Survey results, by category, were:
Traders – 77.8% want more traders (note: no respondent wanted less traders!) We’re looking at ways to increase the selection of traders and products offered for 2019.
Promoters – 92.5% want at least the same or more promoters. Unfortunately there is no more space to fit promoters in. For 2019, we will be encouraging promoters who run multiple games to combine them onto one pitch, which allows us to fit in additional systems.
Talks, panels and workshops – 92.6% want at least the same or more more talks, panels and workshops. We intend to have a full program of these again next year. If you would like to give/run a talk, workshop or be part of a panel then please get in touch with what you’d like to do. If you have ideas for what you’d like to see then similarly, please let us know.
Battle of the Nations – 83.3% want at least the same or more Battle of the Nations. The battling knights will return again in 2019.
Mini Larps – 85.1% want at least the same or more mini larps. We have some ideas of larps to run, if you’d like to run a Larp next year, get in touch with more information about your larp.
Special Guests – 88.9% want at least the same or more. We will have the same amount or more special guests next year
Wrestling – 76.9% want less wrestling. (It possibly should be noted that this was still less people than actually *watched* the wrestling!) The wrestling is noisy, it goes on for a long time and takes up a bunch of room. Whilst we enjoy the wrestling, we’ve run it for 3 years and feel like we could do with a change in entertainment anyway. We’re changing the layout of the room slightly and using the freed up space to fit in some more traders.
We’ll still be having entertainment (and the raised seating area) but are conscious that any entertainment *will* be noisy and can be a distraction, so we’ll stick closer to the planned timetable, meaning attendees can plan their shopping accordingly. We’re also investigating the use of ceiling banners to deaden the noise.
Additional feedback included:
There was an issue where traders or promoters were unable to attend or left early – this information wasn’t communicated effectively enough with attendees, not helped by the event floor plan and timetable handout not being delivered on time due to the snow.
We are looking at ways of addressing this issue in future (probably with a massive information board in the entrance), as well as better signage to help people navigate the building (mainly large signs saying “toilets” as “changing rooms” really isn’t clear enough).
And finally, “More promotion of the event is needed…” (From someone not wanting to be added to our mailing list! 🙂 )
This is something that you can all help with. We run a Facebook ad campaign and share our event far and wide, we also distribute posters and in the region of 10,000 flyers (not forgetting the promo video, with Hugo Myatt that had over 5000 views 😉 ).
We’d like as many people as possible to hear about LarpCon, it’s a great place to find out about Larp for new players (and an amazing place to come to if you’re already a larper!), so please invite your friends to the event and share the link with everyone and everywhere that will find it of interest!