It has been a hectic six weeks since my last update here. At the end of September was Humanity Ascendant, which was as fun as it always it. Running around shooting one another with laser guns and generally messing about it always fun. It’s great to catch up with friends, old and new, while out in the fresh air. I am certainly looking forward to the next event in April.
I turned 40 at the start of October, which was as much a surprise to me than anyone else. It involved a lovely trip to the seaside, playing games with friends and all the usual birthday things that happen. I also made a bucketlist of things I want to try and achieve now that I am 40. A few of the things on that list include:
Own a Land Rover Defender
Climb a Mountain
Go Rock climbing
Own a dog
Shoot real guns
Go White Water rafting
Play in a Wargames Tournament
Drive a tank.
All fun things that are achievable with a bit of planning!
Miniatures wise, I have been busy! I did not enter Golden Demon in the end, but have continued to work on the Reaver Titan. I have also painted some Thousand Sons of my own, as well as a few bits for other people. I’ll put some pictures here but there will be future posts about how I got on in the near future,
Have you ever wondered how well you would survive in a post-apocalyptic future? Do you like the idea of shooting guns at the enemy while avoiding being shot yourself? If so, then this might well be the experience you have been looking for.
Humanity Ascendant is a Live Action Role Play (LARP) set 500 years in the future after a nuclear winter. The survivors of the human race crawled out of their bunkers in search of food and other equipment so they could continue to live. When they finally reached the surface, all was not as they had been told.
There are six playable classes: Soldier, Engineer, Scientist, Medic, Beaurocrat and Tribal. (There are also psychics, but they’re still being tested out) These classes offer a range of different skills to help the Expedition Teams complete their tasks – mostly while being shot at by the bad guys. The event lasts for a weekend, three times a year and are a lot of fun. The game uses a QR code system for most of the game effects, all accessed via smartphone. The guns are available for hire at the event, as is the option for being fed (and the food is exceptionally good too!)
If playing a cross between Fallout and Xcom sounds like your jam, come and give us a try. Here are some links for more information.
Today, I found myself roped into helping out at the Humanity Ascendant stall at LARPCON, and it was awesome. Meeting up with a couple of others from the game, we manned a stall and told all who would listen how cool the game is:
We did so in some of our costume to give people the idea of what you can use as kit, showed off the guns and hardwear and introduced a lot of people to the world-setting. It was great to see others in costume as well and get ideas from them!
The game is entering it’s third year, and most of the initial teething problems are now out of the way. I am now very much looking forward to exploring the world and interacting with it, and hopefully making some new friends along the way too. All the people we encountered today were enthusiastic with us, and hopefully, we have some more people to play the game. I am very much excited about going along and giving it a go.
If you are interested in coming along too, the first event is Easter Weekend at Giant’s Seat Scout Camp in Manchester. There is a link to the website below, but feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions and I will try my best to answer them.
I am going back to LARP. It wasn’t something I thought I would ever do so I am a little surprised at my enthusiasm for it. I stopped around three years ago as I thought someone suffering from violent voices actually running about wielding weapons wasn’t a good idea. The system had grown stale in my eyes as well and so I thought moving on from it was for the best.
Then a friend of mine set up a post apocalyptic system that sounded much more interesting. I haven’t been yet as I have resisted going, however the more I think about it, the more I want to go. It was sold to me as ‘Fall-out’ meets X-Files and today I have been deciding what I am going to play.
I decided to go for a scientist. I want to be able to create augmetic limbs not unlike a tech-priest from 40K. I have no idea whether this is possible or if it will work but I will neevr find out sitting about at home.
Going presents a couple of problems for me. One is gathering the relevent bits of gear to make myself look half decent when I go. A labcoat and microscope is high on my list, and I managed to pick up a kid’s science kit at a car boot sale today as well. The second is my level (or lack therof of) fitness. I have been wanting to shape up for a while and it seems this will be the reason to do so. I’ve been going on walks daily, gradually increasing the distance, and I have been eating a lot healthier too.
I am looking forward to giving it a go at the end of October as it looks like a lot of fun. I can only give it a try after all! If anyone else is interested in going along, the website is here: