++Looking forward to 2022++

Hi everyone - it’s been a while since our last update, so we wanted to take some time to explain what’s going to be happening with Empire events in 2022.

In case you haven’t seen them - the event dates for this year are all up on the home page of the website. They are:

  • Winter Solstice - 22nd Apr to 24th Apr 2022
  • Spring Equinox - 10th Jun to 12th Jun 2022
  • Summer Solstice - 29th Jul to 31st Jul 2022
  • Autumn Equinox - 9th Sep to 11th Sep 2022

Last year we decided not to run events at the first opportunity because we wanted to prioritise the safety of our participants. We didn’t want people to have to choose whether to attend our events when many had not yet had a chance to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Since then, most people who attend our events have had opportunities to get vaccinated. As a result, we are gearing up for our first event at the end of April and looking forward to the year ahead.

To ensure that we can run our events successfully, this year we will be adopting the COVID pass system for all events. Before you can attend each event, you will need to provide proof of one of the following: your vaccination status, or a recent negative COVID test.

Full details of how this entry system to events will work can be found on the wiki page here: https://www.profounddecisions.co.uk/empire-wiki/Events_2022

Please read the wiki page carefully, so that you understand exactly what you’ll need to bring.

We intend to run this entry system at all our events in 2022. We may implement additional safety measures governing particular aspects of each event. We’ll continue to work with our dedicated health team, and we’ll publish a definitive set of measures as early as possible before each event, based on the identified COVID risks at that time.

We understand that there will still be people for whom the risk of attending an event is still too high. Anyone who does not feel safe to attend an event due to COVID risk will be eligible for a full refund, provided they let us know before the event ends. The published guideline of a £5 administration charge will be waived for anyone who needs to cancel their booking for any reason that is linked to COVID.

And finally, let’s talk about more positive things.

Like many of you, we’ve forgotten half of what was happening in the campaign - it’s been a long couple of years. Our plan is for our next Wind of Fortune to address some of the problems caused by the two-year out of character gap between events, but there’s also a few resources already available to help you refresh your memory.

In 2020 we sent out an in-character almanac with the mailshot. The almanac summarised recent history to help everyone stay up to speed after the long winter. Even if you’ve already read it, the guide is one of the best ways to familiarise yourself with current events. The details are all here on the wiki: https://www.profounddecisions.co.uk/empire-wiki/383YE_Almanac

You can also find the audio versions of the most recent Winds of War on the excellent Empire LRP Audio YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2PELFA0GtC48u6o6Dt1IAQ) read by Autumn Bailey and Limonos Nikephoros. They’re all linked on the wiki (https://www.profounddecisions.co.uk/empire-wiki/383YE_Winter_Solstice_winds_of_war#Other_Media), where you can also find the text versions.

Another great way to remind yourself what was going on is to watch some of the fabulous videos created by Luca Da Re. And with exquisite timing, he’s just made a new one to welcome everyone back to the game - Everybody wants to rule the world - Empire LARP - YouTube

If you’ve got any questions about this update, you can get in touch with me, Matt Pennington on matt@profounddecisions.co.uk.

We can’t wait for Empire to be back, and we hope to see you there!