I arrived at E4 2017, rocked up pitched my tent helped a couple of girls who had unfortunately left their mallet in Scotland. Gave them a hand and went about my Thursday evening into frankly the complete unknown. I’d never laped, knew no one, I’d been on the forum and done my research I’d decided I wanted a character in Highguard and wrote my backstory.
I was feeling an array of emotions, I was excited slightly nerves unsure on what to expect and also slight isolated, I was in a field surrounded by a huge group of people, knew no one and while I’m no stranger to trevalling alone, this time I had no signal so I was complete cut off, I had no vehicle at the event so an unusual situation to find myself in.
I headed to find some food more importantly some costume, I’d ordered my costume it failed to turn up in time despite ordering weeks in advance.
I wondered around the traders somewhat overwhelmed and just trying to keep myself, I however needed up in one trader (I won’t name them but I adore them and consider them a good friend.) well this particular trader either saw one of the following things;
1- newbie with cash to burn
2- someone looking lost and overwhelmed
3- both of the above
Now you can draw your own conclusions but I know which I’d like to believe.
So there I am, now being attended to by one of the nicest, funny and unique people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. They are directing me to suitable pieces for my character. When I’m set upon by two friends of said trader who waste no times in eyeing me up as a walking ATM, you have never seen anyone part with so much cash without hesitation as I did that night, in fact I do believe I hold a record for being the single biggest spender in the field. I should stress of course I right this with some gest and fun, I of course while fleeced of my cash, did so willingly and would do so 100 times over.
But the more important thing that happened is that these friends some how took me away from Highguard and turned me into a Wintermarker and before I knew it I’m off to GOD to change my nation.
These people had never met me but insisted I spent the evening with them, to clarify not a romantic one. Despite that I thought I might be restricting them and they were just being polite, but they insisted none of the sort and so I went to their groups cmapfire where I was warmly welcomed by a complete group of strangers particularly the ladies once they discovered I was a manger for a high end foot retailer. I then discovered that these two lovely girls from Scotland who are camping next to me are actually sat around this fire, some would say this destiny, fate perhaps?
So here I am a new group of comrades in arms who were all genuinely some of the nicest people I’ve ever met, welcoming in a helpless lone stranger and opened their hospitality to me. My back story has been thrown out the window, my ambition of Highguard now buringing on the fire as I start my transgression to being a Wintermarker.
Over the last year, I’ve been an great journey both IC and OC, I’ve a new group of friends who I rank so highly and would do anything for them, including treking halfway across the country through snow and ice to help one of them out.
As a player everything I planned was scrapped in an instant and even up until time in I’d barely got more than a name, I had drive and ambition for my character and wanted to immerse myself in politics and by chance my new found friends were well connected there!
There I am at my first event, time in and suddenly I’m being instroduced and hand over to one of the most fabulous and comical people I will ever met who is eyeing me up like a roast duck for dinner and being told I’ve found a new assistant for you and so next thing I know is I’m on my way to the Ambassdors Meeting to start my education into the wold of the Empire, Larp and uncharted territory.
I spent a year learning my craft, my knowledge and making connections across the Empire and it is with immense pride that I am able to proudly call myself Ambassdor to the Princapalities of Jarm.
So what is my purpose in telling you this, well simply that by a chance meeting, allowing my self to a little bit of peer pressure and embracing such a new and exiting group of people I’ve been able to accomplish a very high achievement marker in year.
A backstory is great but if I’d constrained myself with it and restricted myself I’m not sure how things would have gone.
I had a great event and continuine to do so as I have found a great group of people who supported me by IC and OC and for that I’m eternally greatful to them all!
People make Empire and each and everyone peoson in the field will have a similar tale of how such wonderful people took them in and enhanced their lives for the better.
I myself have a tent which in our group has been described as a hotel as I am yet to have an event where I haven’t needed up with a new player taking shelter as their has failed due to the elements.
A backstory allows you a connection to your character but to make those goals and ambitions come true you need a good support network so if you ever find yourself feeling like you need to make a choice those people will alter your life for ever and for good! You can always look to return to your original thoughts later in the game