It’s almost time to make a return to the world of LARPing and after 18 months of looking sadly at us from cobwebbed corners or through conservatory glass it’s time to let the kit return to the world. A swift round up made us realise that we would need a very big space and a team of volunteers to get it all out, check it over and sort it all out so we hired a really big hall and gathered up the system officers.
After a chat we thought to ourselves: We could just open the doors to everyone and see if people want to join in and after a bit of general asking around it would seem that they do so here we are. Short notice we know but we weren’t expecting so much interest in the project to whit we thought we would give you a better heads up of what we are doing!
Time, Date & Location!
We will be hosting the event on Saturday 19th June at Shirley Parish Hall, Southampton from 9.30am until 4.30pm!
The Great RoC Kit sort through
The Kit will be arriving from the various locations that it has been stored before we open the doors and the focus of the RoC volunteers will be to go through the Kit see what needs repair, what we don’t need any more and to get it into a proper order for the new season.
However this means that we are taking along 11 and counting, Core Team and some of their own team members so there will be a lot of us on site which means that we have decided to open up the Hall for a few other activities!
Bringing, Selling, Buying, Swapping.
RoC itself will be organising surplus or damaged kit and prepping into bundles that we will be offering to new larpers who want to get into the Hobby but find it prohibitively expensive or intimidating.
We will also be giving aware spare kit that we just don’t need anymore and if you or a system that you represent needs any spare kit we might have some for you, who knows! What we will do is let people that want to do something similar grab a table and set up shop as well but we won’t just stop at kit.
If you have any LARP stuff (Costume, Dressing, Props, Weapons, Armour etc) OR anything geek related from books to DVD’s to Games to collectibles feel free to drop us an e-mail and we’ll sort you out a table as long as we have some left.
If you want to swap stuff or give it away that’s fine we have an area that will be set aside for you to join in with (as long as you let us know) but if you are selling we’ll ask you for £5 to whack up a stall for a few hours 🙂
Equally if you want to sell stuff but can’t be there for long or just want to browse and can’t be bothered we will happily sell stuff on your behalf for a 10% fee.
If you just want to come and snaffle up some bargains and freebies come along, just make sure you follow our “What can I carry home?” rules.
RoC runs a policy of collecting up food, clothes and other essentials as well as pre-cooking meals and having them ready for people who need them. Yes we also give to food banks etc but getting access to a food bank isn’t as easy as it sounds. So if you need a boost to your cupboards and need to save a few pennies come and pick up a few donated essentials.
If you want to add to the table you can do that too and if you feel uncomfortable taking anything there is a jar that you can put money into and that in turn will be put toward either more food, the counselling service that RoC provides or free games for the emergency services staff program.
Buns a Glazing!
If you like cakes, want to bake cakes or want to eat cakes we will provide a space for you to bake up and sell what you want. Same rules as per the other tables but we will ask you to list ingredients for allergen, vegan etc reasons!
There will be a list BUT we will be running a small number of board and card games across the day if you want to chill out for a while and just have sit down. We haven’t decided what or even if there will be prizes but there will definitely be games.
With all of the Core Team basically on site we will be able to talk about the system and provide a welcome to the game corners, plot talks, character rebuilds and all sorts. We don’t have a structure to that quite yet but we will be making plenty of updates in the next few days! To give you some insight as to what we might be running we have our: Story and Character Development, Rules and Mechanics, Site and Operations, Kit and Props, Sustainability, Social Media and Website, Administration and Director of Operations Officers all confirmed as attending at the moment.
With the upcoming events booked in for July this is probably the best time to grab some people and have a chat if you want to be about or just get involved.
So in no particular order we will also be running a few of the following activities for people that are up for it:
- Face Painting for kids big or small!
- Some makeup tutorials for anyone!
- Some Photography so if you want to whack on some kit or cosplay feel free to dress up!
- Talks and demos on how to treat and repair your kit
Advertising Other Things
Whilst this is an RoC thing we are really happy to support all things geek so if you are running geeky things or you need a hand with geeky things come and ask! If you have flyers for your own larp game or need a hand with your own larp come and ask! If you want to point at any issues in the world around you, come and talk to us. We are big on awareness and hope to have our awareness officer at the event!
Can I bring Kids?
Short answer: yes! Supervised kids are welcome but we won’t be running child focussed activities.
How much does it cost?
- A couple of quid on the door so £2
- Free if you are a Patreon
If you have any questions at all just throw us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or join the Facebook Event.