Empire would have been my first LARP. I was planning on going to the April event with a friend of mine, and I was so excited. Going with a friend seemed like the only option, as everyone on the forums and facebook groups recommends it, and as we’re both 17 it’ll put our parents at ease knowing that we’re not going alone!
I’d been wanting to go to Empire for so long, and had sorted my character and everything, even bought my ticket, when my friend suddenly decided they didn’t want to come. I really started to panic. Suddenly I wouldn’t have an IC (and OOC) link in the playing field, I wouldn’t have someone I could talk to about the event, I didn’t have someone who would help me prepare, and ease my anxiety. I began to contemplate not coming at all, just giving up on it because I wouldn’t have the familiarity of a friend at the event with me. But after I thought about it, giving up on things because my friends had pulled out had become my speciality. I didn’t join D&D club at the beginning of the school year which I was so excited about, I didn’t end up going along to the LGBT meetings because my friends thought it was weird. I’d become that girl that wouldn’t go to the bathroom without a friend (metaphorically).
I decided I was sick of allowing my decisions to be determined by my friends. I wanted to have fun, I didn’t want to have any regrets.
And so, ladies, gentleman, and beyond, I’m very happy to announce that I’ll be coming along to the April event! (despite having to miss a day of school…)
I wanted to share this because I’ve been having a lot of second thoughts about Empire, and I’m sure that a lot of other young (or not necessarily) new larpers have been having the same thoughts, especially when faced with the problem of going alone!
I was so excited for Empire before my friend pulled out, and even now after deciding that I will be going, I have to keep reminding myself of that excitement.
I guess you could say that this post is for everyone having second thoughts about going to Empire (or even to anything at all). It’s especially at times like these where you need to ask yourself what you’ll end up regretting most; going, or not going.
Now I want to ask all of you, what are (or were if you’re a veteran!) some of your biggest worries or fears about going to Empire/your first LARP? And to the LARP Veterans, what are some of your key words of advice, fun memories, or embarrassing mistakes you’ve made?
(Also a quick note here that I would be over the moon if anyone wants to meet up IC/OC at the event, or even if you want to send me a little message, whether it’s to talk about how excited we are, talk about some of our worries, or even just a little friendly chit chat! We can all do with having as many LARP connections as we can get! (My count is currently at 0…). I’ll be playing a young girl from Navarr, called Luciaana/Lucia for short, so I’m sure if anyone wants an IC connection we can figure something out! (Message me!! I’m desperate!!)
Apologies for the long post! I really hope this post is helpful!