Skip to main content

First Croatian blockbuster castle larp announced


TESC (The Elder Scrolls Chronicles) is not a new larp - it started with the playtest back in 2013, had two events in 2014, and the last event was exactly 2 years from the date of posting this. As a fantasy larp, all of its runs have been quite impressive compared to other Croatian fantasy larps of the era, regarding production, costumes, hype and much more - though it needs to be said, because of their obvious failure to raise a shrine to Kynareth, weather issues on previous larps are as legendary as the larps themselves.

Yet, after producing one larp every six months (approximately), TESC has been silent for two years. And oh boy it comes back in style. A lot has changed in these two years.

First of all, the blockbuster larps in the Nordic/progressive tradition happening around the world started affecting us as well, as some Croatian larpers visited those. College of Wizardry. Black Friday. Enlightenment in Blood. And others as well. This blockbuster larp experience (and especially Black Friday) contributed heavily to the design of the upcoming TESC4: Ebonheart. This can be seen in the rules document - although they retain the similarity to old rules, they now show a much more progressive experience design and meta-techniques.

All TESC larps have been one-shots, so far covering the areas and timelines described in Elder Scrolls games Skyrim (playtest and TESC1), Elder Scrolls Online (TESC2) and Oblivion (TESC3). TESC4 will finally cover the area and timeline of clearly the most superior game of the series, Morrowind, and its' story will be set in the Castle Ebonheart a few years before the events of the game itself.

At €85 entry fee, it will be the most expensive Croatian larp so far. By the factor of four. Almost five times more expensive than previous TESC larps. OK, this is still laughably cheap compared to some other blockbuster larps out there, but it does include a LOT that Croatian larps so far did not offer, such as:

  • full, period-appropriate catering service
  • costume items, makeup and masks for certain characters
The larp will take place in Lukavec castle, same one which was used on the Croatian Conclave. Not far from the Zagreb airport either. 50 player limit, all characters will be fully cast.

You can check the website here. See you there?

Popular posts from this blog

The 15 rules of larp

The following 15 rules (warning: strong language) were written some years ago in Great Britain, and have been pretty much generally accepted on the British larp scene. Especially popular is rule 7 - widely known by its number and commonly considered to be the most imortant rule of all (and I agree). Even the biggest British larp forum has taken Rule7 as its name.

The rules have been originally created by the Drunken Monkeys and edited by Rick Wynne who added some extra stuff in the explanations to make them more understandable to international audience (it still contains some British larp lingo though), more work-safe and to throw in his two cents. (copy of the original wording is available here)

1. Don’t play a mighty warrior; play a warrior and be mighty.
Don’t label your character. As soon as you say that you are the best swordsman in the land someone will come along and kick your ass. Just get into the mindset of the person and role-play it out.

2. No one cares about your character b…

These 10 Easy Steps Are All You Need To Start Larping!

"How to become a larper? How to start larping? Where do you begin? How to join a larp? How to prepare for your first event? How to gear up? What do I need to know for my first larp?" Etc.

These are all questions that people interested in larp ask all the time. And in over three years of writing this blog and over 350 posts on it, I just remembered I haven't written any decent advice for new and potential players. And that's why it's harder than it seems. Not preparing for your first larp, but writing about it. Different larps can be quite different, and can be even more confusing to existing larpers (used to another style) than to those who never larped before.

However, I decided to do it - and write a comprehensive guide about it, with a catchy Upworthy-style title that's sure to catch the attention, right? After all, it did catch yours. Below you will find a 10-step guide that will answer the most fundamental questions about larping that you might have.

But…

Mind's Eye Theatre: Werewolf The Apocalypse rulebook review

Just under three years ago I wrote a review for Mind’s Eye Theatre: Vampire the Masquerade rulebook. It was the first book published by By Nights Studio, and a year later I reviewed one of its supplements - Storyteller Secrets.

Now, after a long period of work, after the success of their kickstarter campaign, By Night Studios finally released the full version of the new larp rules for Werewolf the Apocalypse setting. This was preceded by various alpha, beta, gamma, delta and omega slices - each containing a different playtest version of the rules, slowly released from September last year until July this year.

First impressions were that the artwork is very cool, and that the book is HUGE. Numbering at 762 pages, that's over 200 pages more than Vampire the Masquerade.

But before I start going in-depth, I'd like to mention that this blog's readers come from various backgrounds - and I'll adjust my review accordingly. I assume I'll have some larpers who haven't p…