Tuesday 21 November 2017

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Live Action Role Play

Live Action Role Play, or LARP, can encompass anything you can think of. It could revolve around reality or fantasy, or blend both together.

Sometime around the year 2000 we went to our first game at Labyrinthe and since then we have both played and monstered in a variety of systems and genres ranging from low fantasy to Science Fiction / Conspiracy.

Brohn GroupFor those not used to it, LARP is role-playing with a difference. Instead of verbally describing your actions (while sitting at a table) you physically do it... If you can't role-play what you want to do, and the system doesn't have a way round this, then it doesn't happen.

That's not to say that imagination isn't important. In fact there are still many things in role-playing that can't be replicated in real life easily.... Magic for example. So there are certain rules in place, and a little imagination is still required, but for most systems you will still have to do what your character would. For example spell casters must learn verbals and sometimes gestures, and in combat whilst rules can change how much people are effected by your damage, if you can't hit someone with your sword they don't get damaged... it's that simple.

Seaxe & Sorcery have in the past been involved in a number of commercial systems, outside of our own games, including:

LARP Showcase: The Best of Seaxe and Sorcery

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Seaxe and Sorcery is an Essex based Live Action Role Play (LARP) group that has table-top role play at its heart. If you want to escape the mundane life of reality come and save Albion (again!) alongside the other heroes of Essex. Whether you fancy being an Elf, Orc, Goblin, Human or Dwarf you are welcome and quite probably invaluable!

Seaxe and Sorcery runs as a non-profit organisation so we can keep our prices very low. We are also extremely family-orientated and children of all ages are welcome (children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult, and is their responsibility during the events). Food is included in the price and the site has a toilet and shower block for our use.

If jumping in to the LARP is too scarey for you try our Monday night table top role play sessions in East Tilbury. The emphasis here is on imagination and interaction.  Your first night is free and you do not need to bring anything to have a try!

There's just one last thing to say: Welcome to the world of Seaxe and Sorcery - have a look around and join the forum to ask questions!

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Seaxe And Sorcery

Seaxe & Sorcery has been running as a group since 1986, starting as a school club we were a group of young men and women all looking for a hobby that we could participate in with other people who shared our love for the fantastic and the magical. The group as we were known back then, has grown, as have its members.

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Today we cover a wide variety of disciplines, including tabletop and live action role play, fantasy and historical war-gaming and our membership has grown from 6 at it's inception through to about 25 regular players on tabletop nights and between 40 and 60 on some of our live role-play and re-enactment events.

Because of the size of the group and to prove our serious intent we have a formal written constitution and an organised committee structure, which allows us to work with external organisations with ease. Because of this we have been able to give demonstrations and displays for groups such as the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, local schools, the fire service and local interest groups. We regularly have LARP events and put on demonstrations for the public. We are also fortunate enough to be able to use the Local Hall for our tabletop activities every Monday.

Finally one of our most recent developments and perhaps the most exciting we are currently involved in running the Kingdom of Essex for the Historical, Mythological, Society (HMS). This is a semi historical live role – play system, which uses elements of historical re-enactment, set in a mythological period in England's past. It has been set up in order to promote both an interest in local history and mythology as well as involve more people from a variety of backgrounds in our hobby.

Seaxe & Sorcery is a dynamic forward-looking group with a plan for the future. We are non-profit making and run by volunteers and all money raised is ploughed back into our hobby. I hope you can be part of this future too.

Please contact us via the Forum or the Seaxe Email

Gary Bates.

Seaxe & Sorcery founder and Chairman.