Larping in Wellington
Wellington is currently seeing a big surge in its larps. Many are one-off theatreform games, but there are campaign games underway, as well as various conventions.
Wellington's own dedicated larping convention runs annually in April. Featuring six rounds of games, and a traditional big flagship game that everyone plays in. The next event will take place on the weekend of 1-3 May 2020, and you can find out more at: hydra-larps.nz.
Consequence is a weird west campaign inspired by Mailfaux, Firefly, Deadwood, Westworld, Dishonoured, and other wild west media. The next session will run on 29 - 31 May 2020, with tickets going on sale in late January 2020. More information can be found on the campaign's Diatribe forum or Facebook group.
A fantasy/horror day campaign set during an epidemic in Wellington, played over five approximately 8-hour episodes, two to three months apart. Will you survive? For more information, see the campaign's Facebook group.
A pseudo-historical game, set in a mock-Tudor not-quite London. The majority of the campaign will take place in the district of Skintgate, the insalubrious area of the city that includes theatres, brothels, fighting pits, and taverns. This is not Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings; Londinium Rising takes inspiration from Black Sails, Taboo, and Fallen London. You play the underclass; tavern workers, actors, petty merchants, poor scholars, blacksmiths, and a variety of other professions. Crime, witchcraft, religious strife, and plague: life can be short in Skintgate, but it'll never be boring.
Wellington has a strong culture of one-off, theatre-style events, in which a story gets told over a single afternoon or evening, and there is usually one happening every month. There is a huge variety of themes; games run in the recent past include Spellbound ("Bewitched" meets "Mad Men"), Burning Orchid (a relationship drama set in the golden age of Hollywood), Ulysses (a science-fiction retelling of Odysseus' homecoming), and The Kouros Intercept (the 4th episode in the "Firefly"-inspired Kestrel saga). Information on these can usually be found on the NZLARPS events page, or on the Wellington Larp facebook group.
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Thunderrealm Island is an afternoon LARP, based on MMO games such as Guild Wars and WOW. Players work together in guilds of up to six to solve mysteries, fight monsters and collect treasure. More information can be found on the game's website or Facebook group.
Wellington's biggest gaming convention, Kapcon offers a mixture of tabletop games, mini larps (8-16 players) and a flagship larp of 50 players. The next event takes place on Wellington Anniversary Weekend of 18-19 January 2020, and more details can be found at www.kapcon.org.nz.
Other upcoming events
To find out more about what's coming up, the best way to stay tuned is through the Wellington larp Google Group, Wellington Larp Facebook Group, or by following the Wellington forum on Diatribe. You can also follow the Victoria University gaming club's Facebook page to find out more about their larping events.