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Re: Oh Wow: May 7th Split worlds LARP Ball in Bath This was indeed a lot of fun!  ;D

I won't post any of the group photos here, just in case people don't want their picture posting here, but I can post some of mine:

(Photo by Beth Dooner)

(Photo by Tom Garnett)

I can't really post about what happened on the night, as there are quite a few spoilers for later books involved. But I can say that I CAN'T WAIT for book 4!  ;)

May 20, 2016, 10:54:05 AM
Re: Introductory Thread: Who's Reading With Us? Ooh, I've only just seen this. What a great idea for the book club! I'll be joining in too. Just bought the book  :D
May 20, 2016, 01:33:06 PM
Re: Oh Wow: May 7th Split worlds LARP Ball in Bath Aww thanks guys!  ;D

Where did you get the dress, is it a theatre shop?

I actually had a lot of trouble finding a dress, then I found someone who could make one for me for a really good price, so I had it made! (Community Wardrobe in Nottingham - they are amazing, so if anyone who lives nearby is ever looking for a costume, defo go see them!). The skirt bit is separate from the, er, overdress bit(?) so I'm planning to use the overdress with leggings and big boots for a pirate costume for Halloween etc.

Was it well attended? was it worth the trouble and cost? Is this going to be a regular event?

Yeah it was pretty well attended - all the tickets sold out!  :) I think it was definitely worth the cost, though of course you could do it relatively cheaply or VERY expensive, depending on budget. We managed to cut costs quite a bit by DIYing some costume stuff (John's hat in the pic above is a cheap floppy hat from the high street, pinned up and with fluffy trim sewn on, and most of the rest of his costume came from Primark (black leggings, girls white socks, girls frilly shirt etc). I know a lot of people made their costumes (such amazing skills on show at the ball, seriously!). We got a fun day, afternoon tea, the masked ball and the LARP itself and a trip to Bath out of it, and I've always wanted to visit Bath too so that was great.

You could be as involved or laid back at the ball as you liked, and there were some brilliant staged moments to add to all the little stories that were going on around you. Also some appearances by the Fae and characters from the books, who were amazing in their roles! I was genuinely a bit scared of Lord Poppy.

I thought Emma and Katie did such a great job of inter-weaving all the storylines too, which worked well. This was my first ever LARP, so I was super nervous, but I think I could take on a bigger role at a future one. The whole day from start to finish felt quite hectic to me, and I think I would have preferred a bit more time between day and evening events to sort out hair (I'm terrible at anything to do with hair, so I need plenty of time to mess up several times before I get it right) and get into the costume (all those laces at the back of those dresses are insane!). But yeah, good time and a really unique experience, and met some lovely lovely people.

I'm not sure if this will be a regular event, but loads of people have been saying that they'd like to do another event in the future, so perhaps if we ask Emma enough times there might be another opportunity to play around in her world.  :)

May 20, 2016, 01:48:55 PM
Re: Part 1: Prologue to Chapter 9 Some stuff came up this month so I'm a bit behind with my reading, but when I did manage to start this I found myself going through pretty quickly, so that's a good sign  :)

I'm enjoying this so far. Like others, the prologue didn't really work for me. I don't have anything against the presence of a prologue itself, but they are very hard to get right. But after that I got into the book quite quickly. I had a bit of a different reaction from others here because I actually found Zhou more relatable than Huang - he feels a bit more human to me, and I quite like it when there is a character who isn't 100% likeable but at the same time isn't a full on antihero or anything (though of course that might change!). I do like the choice to tell things from two POVs, one from each side of the conflict.

I also really like that the plot hasn't dived straight into an epic war story or save the empire story. It's taking time first to build up the setting and characters and to set up an interesting situation that seems sure to lead to trickery (as others have mentioned, it definitely feels like a Trojan Horse situation). Starting with a diplomatic mission to forge a peace treaty feels unique and interesting to me, and I haven't seen anything like the cattle before either. I'm still not sure what kind of story this will ultimately turn out to be, and I'm very intrigued by that.

I'm looking forward to finding out more about our main characters, particularly Huang, as I still don't feel that I know him very well yet - eg, what drives him and what his own personal feelings on current events might be.

June 21, 2016, 11:10:46 AM
Re: Tiffany Aching series (Discworld) The post is up on the site now.  :) Thanks again everyone!


August 17, 2016, 09:30:46 AM