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Ch-Ch Changes!

posted Dec 16, 2013, 10:52 AM by Jonathan Swenson

As you all know we have completely a very successful year (our very first full year of games too!), made a bunch of new friends, and are gearing up to enter what I hope to be is another successful, if not more successful, year than before! But to do that there are some changes that are being made.

First, the long anticipated (hopefully error free or close to it) Revision II Handbook! These past few months I have been critically looking over where grammar, spelling, and functionality errors exist in the current revision and marking them up. The community has also been helping with this and I thank you. So be prepared as the new handbook is to be released on January 1st 2014. Also, hopefully to everyone's liking, the handbook will be available to download at anytime through our Resources page on this website!

Secondly the new calendar is up on the website so please look through the dates and contact me if you know a date does not work out for you. We are flexible if it will benefit the majority of the members.

Next, there will be a revamping of the forms that are available online. Some will be minor tweaks and others will be major changes. One major change will be that the Member Application will be turned into an online form rather than a paper form. The rulebook request form will be eliminated by this change.

Now for the most unfortunate change. Our previous Head Storyteller or Plot Director has taken a new path in life and will no longer be part of Elysium by her own choice. While we wish her well in this new direction, this is a very drastic change for us. Depending on how we as a community handle it, this change can be tragic or triumphant. This is because now there is only one Storyteller for Elysium and that is myself. Now i have plenty of ideas that will be realized in the coming events however, for the betterment of Elysium, I feel that it is best not to have all ideas coming entirely from one brain. This leads to events getting stale, predictable, monotonous, and if this one person is for some reason lacking in time (full-time student and full-time worker), events will suffer.

And that is when i reminded myself of my original mission for this game. This IS NOT supposed to be MY GAME or MY WORLD. I created this game to be a COMMUNITY GENERATED, COOPERATIVE, and CREATIVE experience. This means I need the community to really get behind this. Pick a month or two that you would like to make the story, make the conflicts, make the triumphs, make the puzzles, make anything! Pick a month or two where you run the games for the others! I will be there every step of the way to make sure that you have the best written game with your original ideas that still lies within the idea of Elysium that I have already set in stone. Ask me anything you want and look at the notes on our facebook page for a quick guide on how I currently am creating some of the logistics of the games.

Thank you all for being a part of this wonderful experience.

If you have any questions please contact me I would love to answer them and get started on this upcoming year of greatness.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Swenson

The Last Minute Scramble, The Angriest Tudbury, and The Crazy Cliffhanger

posted Oct 29, 2013, 6:51 AM by Jonathan Swenson

Our last event was really one for the books, for better or for worse. Lets recap here.

The Last Minute Scramble

Our normal site in Berlin was the planned location for this past weekends two day event. Hunting Season also started the week previous. Worried about this we check with the town of Berlin to see if the fields had been stocked with quail or pheasant yet. We were told that it would be stocked November 1st. When the day of the event approached we called one more time to ensure our safety. This time we were given the answer that it had been stocked either that morning or the day before. With only a few hours before the event was scheduled to begin we scrambled to find a new location, its address, and send emails to everyone who registered. We could only get a hold of one group and started to become worried. When the first group left their home they called to informed us of an easier to find entrance that was at the end of a dead end road that was closer to the area we wanted to camp in.

The Angriest Tudbury

So we move to the other parking location at the end of a road. While we are starting to unpack the cars one of the neighbors ask what we were up to. We explained to him that we were having a Halloween themed live action role playing event in the woods and explained to him what that meant. The man grumbled and said "ok" then went inside his home. We continued unpacking while waiting for the first group to arrive. A car pulls up and we assumed it was the group so we started waving at them. No one got out of the car and the high beams were too bright to see anything. That's when a police officer steps out of the vehicle and asks us what we are up to and that their was a noise complaint. We explained to him what was going on and he wanted to look in the back of the truck. We let him and told him he could look through anything he wanted because we didn't have anything illegal. The officer was satisfied and asked us to jsut make sure we were deep enough in the woods that the neighborhoods couldn't hear us. He leaves, and at the same time the first group shows up. We bring everything up into the woods and start setting up camp. We had to come back for a second trip and when we arrive at the cars there is another officer about to get back into his car. We asked if there was something wrong and the officer just said it was a noise complaint, he asked what we were doing, and then left after saying he wouldn't have ever heard us unless we asked what was wrong, and left. So we finally get everything up the hill and out of the cars and set up camp. We are talking about how we are going to run the event because we hadn't heard back from anyone else about whether or not they would still be able to make it. Right when hope was starting to be lost, the second group called saying they were here. We go down to meet them and that is when the third group of officers arrived. Apparently their was no communication between these officers and the previous ones as they had no idea of what we were doing, just the fact that this was the third noise complaint. The officers issued the same questions, much more sternly this time, and we explained what what going on. These officers weren't seeming to be having what we were telling them unlike the others. They were definitely against us. That is when the grumbling man from earlier stormed out of his house and started telling us what for. During his rant he revealed that he called all three times because he doesn't want us parking at the end of his road. That was it. He also stated there was never a noise complaint, he's fine with what we are doing, people camp there all the time and he is fine with it, and then started speaking as if we were roaches who were coming in to ruin his neighborhood by leaving our cars at the entrance to the conservation land.  This is when the officers shifted to out side. They were kinda funny about it too. The never told him they switched sides and while one officer was talking to him like he was entirely in the right, his partner surveyed the area, and returned only to state that the grumbling man was not in the right as it is clearly public parking for a public conservation land and there is no "no parking" sign anywhere. This is when the man asked when the towns noise ordinance takes effect. The officers respond with 11:00PM and as k if we were aware of that (we were). This is when the officers should have cuffed this irate man as he began yelling and TOLD the officers that he will make a noise complaint at exactly 11:00PM if the cars are not gone even if there is no noise. Instead they sent the man inside his home and informed us that he cannot force us to leave as it is our right and they apologized for the trouble. In the end we moved the cars just so we didn't have to deal with this most angry of Tudbury's (The name of a very troublesome gnome in our game and gnomes are the name we give the public who are walking around our game).

The Crazy Cliffhanger

So now that we were all up on top of the hill in the woods with our fire and talking, we needed to figure out how to continue with the game with the threat of the Angriest Gnome calling the police. The game for the weekend was designed around the night time play so the whole plot was disturbed. In the end we decided to just roleplay around the fire and introduce a new Event Character to stir up the conversation. Ironically the guy playing the EC and improving every word from his mouth without any prompting from us, foreshadowed to the exact events we had planned out. The night was fun and we went to sleep. The next morning we decided to run with the event that was planned for the night. Because of time constraints we were able to only run half the event that was planned. Everything ran fairly smoothly, more people showed up that morning, and we were able to hit a critical point that was perfect for stopping and moving on to the "second game" we had planned. However, we ended at the introduction of the servants of the main villain killing off the PC's and readying them for a ritual. Needless to say our feedback forms were filled with good turmoil as everyone is foaming at the mouth to get the next event in so they can find out what will become of their characters.

Summary

Despite the many setbacks, many still not listed here, we seemed to have pulled off one of our best events and elongated the expected "A Familiar Foe [Divine Scribe Part II]" and transformed it into "A Familiar Foe Part I [The Divine Scribe Part II]" and shifted this story arch in a slightly different direction that was planned and now we can delve in with even more detail. Thank you to everyone who came and we cannot wait to keep you on the edge of your seats!

Jonathan Swenson

Second Annual New Player Day Was Awesome!

posted May 14, 2013, 7:15 AM by Jonathan Swenson

Thanks to all who came to our Second Annual New Player Day!

We had a lot of fun running the event for you all and hope that we made some good impressions. From what we have heard it sounds like we will be having a few new consistent members. 

Now if you haven't yet made your characters make sure you request a rule book and register to attend our coming events!

We are off the ground and we are running, now its time to become a real force in the New England LARP scene!

Flyers and Advertising

posted Mar 17, 2013, 6:48 PM by Jonathan Swenson

Today we began putting up flyers around the community in order to prepare for the new player event on May 11th. Mainly because a New Player event should probably have new players! Hopefully we will find other ways to advertise also!

If you want to help put up flyers go to Resources and print out the LarpFlyer2013 document. If you know of any good places or ways to advertise shoot us an email at info@elysiumlarp.com

Also don't forget we have a facebook page now! get as many people as you can to like and share that!

Thank you all!

Thank You Calimacil!

posted Mar 4, 2013, 11:58 AM by Jonathan Swenson   [ updated Mar 4, 2013, 11:59 AM ]

Today Calimacil has recognized Elysium LARP as one of their official LARP Partners! Check the link out here:

http://www.calimacil.com/larp_partners.html

An added perk of being a Partner is purchases made through Elysium's account will have a 15% Discount! So be on the look out for an ordering form in the Forms section of this website!

Lastly Calimacil has started both a "Guild" program and a "Gold" program. This means we can advertise events on their page to help get more people and the Gold program means for every $10(Canadian) we spend we get points that can eventually lead to more discounts or even free gear for the LARP! Not only are you getting a 15% discount on the worlds best LARP Items, but you are also helping us get more stuff to make the game better!

So thank you Calimacil and members should be on the lookout for how to order through Elysium!

Facebook Page Launched and More!

posted Mar 3, 2013, 10:13 AM by Jonathan Swenson

Hello Everyone!

Just letting you all know that we now have a Facebook page so like and share it with any of your friends!

https://www.facebook.com/ElysiumLARP

Also if you check out the Event Calendar you will notice that for May 11th we have a New Player Day planned! We will mostly be playing games like capture the flag, team death match, guardian, and etc... Email info@elysiumlarp.com for more details if you wish to join!

Lastly for today, soon we will be recognized as a LARP Partner with Calimacil. Check out their page in our Links section. Hopefully that will help with advertising.

Thank you!

Jonathan G. Swenson

The Website Launches!

posted Feb 12, 2013, 3:41 PM by Jonathan Swenson

Today was the release of the website that you are currently reading this on! If there are any bugs that you find with its functioning send me an email! Thank you all!

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