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Snowstorm and larps

I awoke yesterday with heavy snow in front of my house. That snowstorm continued until evening, contributing to a traffic collapse in Zagreb. Still, by the evening we managed to clean the front yard and drive to meet a group of friends. Driving in that weather was a bit eerie, I don't believe I've ever seen less traffic in Zagreb.

Once we arrived, the mood was good enough, so - after everyone agreed to participate - I ran the playtest version of "Smrt japanskog cara" larp ("Death of the Japanese Emperor") with six players - the larp will otherwise premiere on "ZaKon Dalekog Istoka" convention next weekend, with two runs on Saturday, at 17 and 19. The playtest was quite successful, with all players liking the game. Final runs of the game will run with game materials unchanged, though slightly different GM approach.

While the snow was cleared from most of the major roads, it's still knee-height outside of those roads, and Krvomeđe - which was supposed to be today - was postponed until next Saturday, 14-16 - which places it right before my first run of "Smrt japanskog cara".

Additionally, "The wedding of Sowa and Matilda" feast will be on Wednesday, December 19th at Ognjeni Mač association, starting at 18:00. It will be the last Ognjeni Mač larp of the year, as well as the last game of this year's OzOI before the next one takes their duties.

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