Ragnarok, 2018 edition

Well, I didn’t think I would go back, and yet here I am!

 

 

I will attend Ragnarok mass LARP again this summer with my friend B. and our shop “L’encre et la perle”. We will do the same as two years ago, my jewellery and B.’s temporary tattoos. I am quite happy to see all this wonderful nonsense again.

 

 

I will work on improving both my “time in” presentation and our comfort during our time there. Stay tuned!

 

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Time In

After a long holiday pause, I now can get to telling more about how Ragnarok mass LARP went. I also had to retrieve all the pictures. Most of them are available on Facebook and will then be posted on Ragnarok’s website.

The town

Our shop, once installed there:

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We were placed a bit away from the main shopping street, but our stand faced the town square, next to a large tavern. As artisans, we did not participate in the game and were somehow ‘stuck’ in our shop. But thanks to this placement, we could witness several events as they took place.

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The tavern ‘Les Arches’, next to us, where the Barbarians come for a drink after the battle.

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At some point, the game’s town, Harapan, elected their new magistrate. The choice of vote was either Günther (on the right) and the Baroness (on the left). Günther is a Kobold, he’s got light turquoise skin, a big nose, stripey socks and a high-pitched, grating voice. The Baroness is a man dressed as a lady. This precise moment captures quite well the general atmosphere of the game…

Their electoral debate took place on the square. Earlier that day, both parties had hired the kids to advertise them with announcements: ‘Vote Günther!’ on one hand and ‘Vote Baroness!’ on the other.

Günther won. The rumor says his finances went through the roof afterwards, when an ‘unfortunate’ fire happened. Then he created a town militia, the ‘Gesta-Orc’, but the game ended before it could do anything notorious.

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Günther, on the right (credit: Le Petit Londres).

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B. had quite a success with her temporary tattoos.

The only slight drawback is that this year’s game was ending a cycle. There will be no Ragnarok LARP next year; the game should be back in two years. Therefore, the gamers were very busy and had little time to roam around the streets. Most artisans, like us, didn’t make much.

Still, it is notably nice to talk with gamers and non-gamers, get compliment on your work and talk to people from all horizons, of all ages and all styles.

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One day, the Orcs came into town and held their own electoral debate. It involves sword play more than word play, and the result is just as entertaining.

Their costumes are amazing and very impressive.

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(credit: Le Petit Londres).

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(credit: Le Petit Londres).

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(credit: Le Petit Londres).

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Some Orcs come with Squigs. Tehcnically, those are made-up bouncing balls. To watch an Orc bounce to the tavern on his Squig (boing, boing, boing) is a unique experience.

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Another time, a clan came and made their god dragon dance on the square.

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The Barbarians’ camp and some of their installations.

 

The great battle

And in the end, of course, there was the final battle. I didn’t attend it, those pictures are from the official photographer who did.

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(Credit: Damien Shroom)

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(Credit: Damien Shroom)

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(Credit: Damien Shroom)

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(Credit: Damien Shroom)

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(Credit: Damien Shroom)

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(Credit: Damien Shroom)

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(Credit: Damien Shroom)

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This straw castle was the bad guy’s fort, attacked by all nations. The battle lasted around three hours. Unfortunately, the gamers lost…

 

All in all, LARPing is an uncommon and highly entertaining experience. I did it the way I felt most comfortable with: as an artisan, thus simple observer. You can go as a non-player (an extra, if you like) or throw yourself into it. All options are possible.

As for commerce, of course the most lucrative is to hold a food and/or drink shop. But our taking paid for our registration, which is the most important. There will have to be other LARPs to make all the material we bought profitable! I will soon post detailed articles about all the work we did, along with a few DIYs.

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There are few occasions to take such exotic and fun holidays.

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Ragnarok Mass LARP

It is now official: I will attend Ragnarok mass LARP as an artisan in Belgium this summer!

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What is a mass LARP ? L.A.R.P. stands for ‘live action role playing’: it’s a roleplay game, but instead of sitting at a table and saying ‘I walk outside’, you actually are outside and walking in a large tent camp where everyone is costumed and armed with silicone swords.

Ragnarok attracts more than a thousand people every summer. There are child-care groups with activities, food and drink shops, players who actively take a part in the game’s story, people who are happy to only come as extras, and people like me who don’t play but offer stuff to sell.

Our shop

I registered for a shared shop with a friend of mine. Our shop, still a work in progress, will be the one of which I already gave a preview.

My friend makes temporary tattoos using her professional etching skills. Our shop is called ‘L’encre et la perle’ (ink and bead): I’m the bead, she’s the ink. Clever, huh?

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This is my first live sale! I am quite nervous but I know I’m going to love it. Plus, it’s an occasion to dress in weird costumes and spend three days surrounded by awesomely crazy people.

I will sell jewellery from my Etsy shop, but also other pieces I’ll make specifically for the occasion. I will take custom orders there too.

You can find more info on Ragnarok’s Facebook page and website.

Our shop also has a Facebook page !

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