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?