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Utvrda Svjetlosti 2011

This year in June, I decided to visit the Utvrda Svjetlosti LARP (The Fortress of Light) in Ivanovac, close to the city of Osijek. It's one of the older LARPs in Croatia. For a while it's been holding a bad rep between some of our players (exact reason why is a long story), but I heard extremely positive comments from those who visited it last year - they were telling stories of a huge improvement. And indeed, Utvrda Svjetlosti 2010 was the largest LARP in the last few years, it's only been topped by Jaska 8 this July. I decided it's worth a cost of a road trip and I'm glad to say I was right - it was definitely worth it. For the record: It's the farthest to the east I've ever been to :)

This is where you actually play... The Korođvar fortress

First of all: the fortress! It's extremely, extremely epic! And yes, I actually had my tent in there. Two other guys from my group also came to this LARP, they set themselves up in another camp. They came to hunt my character down (due to the events of Jaska 7), but I managed to stall them with politics - and one of them got his curse removed by the end of the event (causing him to forget the last three years of events... so we became in-game buddies again).

There wasn't much playtime due to the weather conditions (heavy sun and no shade), so most of the roleplaying happened during the evening and night, but that which happened was of the very high quality. Some scenes were acted amazingly, and RP was of the high quality. Our hosts were very welcoming and friendly, and promised to visit us on Jaska 8 (which they did, and did so in a very decent number). Maksimilijan continued his battle against the dragon and his folk - how it ended, find out in the Jaska 8 review, coming soon.

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