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Preparations for Rikon, Rise of Rashalan, Izgon 2 etc.

I've been rather silent lately. I haven't forgotten you :) I was just busy preparing the big one. Yes, that's the upcoming Izgon 2 for which a lot of material has already been produced, and there's still a month of frentic preparation to be done, and it's a lot of work. One part of the project is expanding the background story, which I've been doing with a pen&paper group for the past 3 weeks. Besides that, I've been busy writing rules, characters etc.


The first Izgon larp had been prepared in less than a month, but that one had only 16 players signing up initially. Izgon 2 has already more sign-ups than any other Croatian larp of this year, so it's a huge project - and likely with a very different feel than the first one.


But there's things to do before Izgon. This weekend is Ognjeni Mač's Jaska 12 - an autumn event organized in a similar vein to Jaska 9 two years ago, it's gonna be a first Jaska I'll miss. Because I'll be on Rikon, the sci-fi convention in Rijeka - which will feature plenty of larp content this year. (It was actually the cancellation of last year's autumn Jaska event which led me to Rikon last year) The forecast for this weekend looks good one way or the other.


I will run two events: a short scenario called Dru, and my own chamber larp Death of the Japanese Emperor. I'll also run presentations about Terra Nova, Izgon 2 and Camarilla Agram Vampire larp.

Of other presenters, there will be Marko Zadro running a presentation on The Elder Scrolls Chronicles, Miroslav Wranka running a presentation on what larp is and what it can be and a character creation workshop. All three of us will be guests on the Saturday evening larp panel (moderated by Vesna Kurilić) - how to organize a larp.

There will also be another "Poker for ladies and gentlemen" by Ivana Delač and Vesna Kurilić - an in-character poker game, which was also played on last year's Rikon. If all of this sounds like we're trying to kickstart the larp scene in Rijeka... yeah, that would be a correct assumption. There are other things bound to be of interest to larpers - such as Albus's Hunger Games and Treasure Hunt which sound larpy to a degree, a transmedia presentation by Irena Krčelić, Steampunk workshop, cosplay competition, pen&paper RPGs and many others.


Weekend after Rikon, it's time for another Terra Nova larp - or to be precise, an offshot of the main series. Terra Nova: Rise of Rashalan is your upcoming one-day fantasy zombie apocalypse. The event will be in Zagreb and the entrance is free. Read more about the event here, or sign up here.

And we have Vampire again a week after... But there's still time to sort that out. After that it's November - and the second half of it will be filled with Izgon 2. And so this article does full circle :)

Some news and links which might interest you:
  • I successfuly made my first batch of mead. Hurray! I just wanted to share that here.
  • Several American larpers decided to have some fun and made this video - check it out for some laughs :) Might be NSFW. http://vimeo.com/76297671
  • The Larp Hrvatska website has been relaunched on Weebly by its current maintainer, Sven Horvatić: http://larphr.weebly.com/
  • Sandor, who runs Chronicles of Demgard made a post-season survey and detailed analysis of their larp season, which is available here - and it has some very interesting points about issues plenty of larps could identify with. I'd say it's a good read for all players and larp organizers, whether they took part in the events or not.

I'll let you know how Rikon went!

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