The short-list for the UK LARP Awards have been announced. The awards ceremony will be held at the Stage Hotel in Leicester on March the 1st and the event will be hosted by Steampunk posterboy and chap-hop sensation Professor Elemental.
The awards ceremony is in its fourth year and was developed to raise awareness about the UK’s highly successful Live Action Role Playing scene. LARP mixes roleplaying game design principle with theatre production concepts and costuming expertise to create an immersive and interactive gaming experience. The UK scene is serviced by some of the finest LARP event organisers and craftsmen in the world, but apart from the odd bit of tongue-in-cheek media coverage has been mostly ignored by mainstream media.
The awards cover the various sizes and purposes of LARP events, but aren’t defined by genre. Small, Medium, Large, Grassroots and Family orientated games all have their own category. Crafters, costumers and caterers are also honoured in the UK LARP awards, as are those members of the community who make a significant contribution to making the hobby fun for everyone as well as raising its profile.
We predict that Profound Decision’s flagship game Empire is likely to pick up multiple awards as it is new, family friendly and quite large. Other games that are hotly tipped for at least one award is sci-fi adventure and intrigue game Pioneers, post-war horror Projekt Ragnarok and old school fantasy romp GOSH. No zombie focused games have made it to the short-list this year.
More information can be found via their website larpawards.co.uk and the full list of nominations can be found below.
Heart of Pargon
Fools and Heroes
Larp Producer – Foam and Latex
In Your Dreams FX
Producer – Leather
Alex Simpson Bespoke Leatherwork
Producer – Costume
Custom Costume Company
White Star Clothing
Gem’s Trading Company
Mark Cordory Creations
Caggle’s Catering Corps
Mandala’s “The Warper”
K8 Evans “Samael”
Casey Vandenburg’s “Sentinel of Caer Dunn”
Mark Cordory’s “Baby shoulder Dragon”
Arty Fakes’ “Elemental”
Gem’s Trading Company
In-field Retailer (Retailers who sell at events)
Having a Larp
The Scourge, Mark Cordory at Mythlore
The Hart, Hayley Rose Murray at Fools and Heroes, Springfest
Orc, Dave McKenner at Empire
Dog, James Conci-Mitchell at Fallout 57
Manix the Druid, Ian ‘Pod’ Flower at Dumnonni
Rose ‘Kelpie’ Goldsmith
Lord of Larp
James ‘JJ’ Jones
Lady of Larp
Life Time Achievement and Unsung Hero will be announced at the event.
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