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Discussion in 'General LarpCraft Game Chat' started by Frey Toron, Jan 4, 2017.

  1. Frey Toron

    Frey Toron Ranger 2017 Waivers Past Contributor 2017 Legendary Membership '17 Old Waiver Myths & Legends

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    I have been shopping around for gear. Armour, garb, weapons, etc. I totally understand that like any hobby LARP has cost attached to it. I love that myths & legends is immersive and wants the game to be authentic. How does it work for guys like me who are first getting into the game and don't have a few grand to buy all the gear up front? Also I know many of you have been playing for years. How long did it take you to get your kit to where you want it?
    As a side note I wish I could have recorded and shared my wife's reaction when I told her the overall cost of armor. I didn't have the heart to tell her about weapons, accessories, boots, or garb...

    Thanks everyone.
     
  2. Pathurs Xanatov

    Pathurs Xanatov LarpCraft of Coffs Hbr Elder - Undead Necromancer 2017 Waivers The Abyssal Cabal Past Contributor '17 Campaign Member Mythical | Legendary | Epic Member Elder '17 Old Waiver Myths & Legends Lifetime Member

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    "Get your kids into LARP and they'll never have enough money for drugs"

    You'll have to check with your local host for what they require, but we do have two "immersion" levels, "low immersion" and "high immersion". These are defined in the rule book, so I won't repeat what it says here.

    Essentially, low immersion lets you go play in jeans, a tshirt and boffer weapons, whereas high immersion requires you to have a minimum amount of clothing, as well as acting and such. So if you ask your host, you can find out what immersion level they are using in each session.

    I won't tell you how much, but it's taken nearly a year to get just the basic costume for myself, paying for quality > quantity is what I like to do.
     
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  3. Maliostro Cavaldi

    Maliostro Cavaldi Bard 2017 Waivers 2017 Legendary Membership '17 Old Waiver Myths & Legends

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    I'm in the same boat as you, as I'm just getting into the hobby and I don't have a lot of kit or gear. That's why a lot of larpers, like a lot of reenactors, get into the crafting side of the hobby eventually. I myself have been going for the deep cuts on YouTube, and there are lots and lots of larper and cosplay channels that share hints and tricks on how to make costumes and combat worthy weapons. And honestly, going medieval period authentic and dressing like a peasant isn't too hard. They didn't have much so you don't need much to pull that off. And I would say learn to vulture, visit lots of shops online and keep your eyes open for deals. I picked up my first entry level latex weapons for 30 bucks apiece. They aren't the prettiest, but they will get me started.

    I would definitely second the quality over quantity thing. Start small and add to your kit over time. A good inexpensive long belt, some pouches, a weapon frog, and a solid entry level weapon will get you started. Add in a gambeson and a tabard and you've got the kit of your standard medieval European conscript. Some cloakpins (~5 bucks on eBay) and a rustic wool blanket and you've got a cloak. I think it's like a lot of hobbies, in that unless you just have a ridiculous amount of money to burn, you're not going to start with top gear from the bang. But that's what makes it a hobby.
     
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  4. Birna Fathmbjornsdottir

    Birna Fathmbjornsdottir Barbarian LarpCraft Sheboygan Elder Natus Gryphe 2017 Waivers Elder '17 Old Waiver Myths & Legends Lifetime Award

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    What types of basics are you looking for? I can give you a fair number of suggestions. Some of the things that Maliostro mentioned are a good start. Here are a few more...
    1. Look up T-tunic patterns or videos, minimal sewing and you can watch for fabric on sale and sometimes stack coupons. Make one slightly smaller and more fitted as an undertunic and a larger looser one for your overtunic.
    2. Check out thrift stores for plain cotton striped or plaid pajama pants.
    3. Watch thrift stores and places like Payless, Walmart, etc. for womens boots that have the look without the initial cost. Yes, they make them big enough for men to fit. If you take care of them, they'll last a long time until you can afford better quality. I'd avoid eBay for boots as the quality there is a LOT more hit or miss. At least in the store you can try on for fit and see the quality.
     
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  5. Frey Toron

    Frey Toron Ranger 2017 Waivers Past Contributor 2017 Legendary Membership '17 Old Waiver Myths & Legends

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    I never thought of looking for PJ's, which makes me think of scrubs. Would those work as well?
     
  6. Birna Fathmbjornsdottir

    Birna Fathmbjornsdottir Barbarian LarpCraft Sheboygan Elder Natus Gryphe 2017 Waivers Elder '17 Old Waiver Myths & Legends Lifetime Award

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    Yes, scrub pants work also, but again, go for the non-patterned fabric unless its stripes or plaid. Ideally you find pants without pockets but that is not always possible. I also forgot to add you should go for the non-stretchy fabrics too.
     
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  7. King Murdoch McArthur

    King Murdoch McArthur LarpCraft of Milwaukee Host, chevalier paladin Lore Master Natus Gryphe LarpCraft Host 2017 Waivers Transferred Character Elder Myths & Legends Lifetime Award

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    many of the webistes geared specifically toward larpers are wildly over expensive, medieval collectables comes to mind. Esp fro armor. The armor they sell often isn't very good either. Look on Etsy and look for people who make it themselves often less expesnive and better quality and fit.

    Plain sweat pants, pj bottoms or scrubs work, please do not wear jeans. Walmart sells harness boots and such fairly cheap.

    You can make a t tunic if you can sew at all. Lori mentioned that.

    Also look to the vendors at events, you at least save shipping.
     
  8. Artenen Aeolus

    Artenen Aeolus LarpCraft of Sheboygan Host Lore Master LarpCraft Host 2017 Waivers Human Race '17 Campaign Member Mythical | Legendary | Epic Member Host Vault Elder Blogger House of the Iron Ring Myths & Legends Mapped Lifetime Award

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    Don't forget to start where your CHARACTER is at. Your garb and kit should fit your backstory because that's the heart of the game, your character. As mentioned, $30 can garb ya on the cheap end. While I don't agree that sweat pants and such are good fits, larp clothing from places like Epic and Getting Dressed For Battle are not that bad.

    I'm sorry but when a Xbox is $300 a video game is almost $70 a new gaming PC will spend ya over a grand easily, VR will hit ya for almost 2 grand, most books are $40 for this nice ones, Geeze, a night at the movies are almost $50 for 2 hours of entertainment. Don't even get me started on tabletop... Larp is not free. Rarely anything is free.

    We're trying to make a community of resources for things like this in the crafting section. If you see a neat video or tutorial on something, post it in the related community so we can rebuild a really nice database on each topic.

    If you buy gear, get it from larp.market. it earns you XP AND points for future purchases. It helps local chapters out as they get affiliate credit on some things and we fully plan to have the artisan things up there too as soon as we can afford to turn on the marketplace portion (until then I'll list the items for artisans).

    Look, a pair of medieval pasts are under $40, at games I've seem some as low as $15 and they are period. Some are mass made, some are artisan made... We're trying to make a place where all things can be on one site at the lowest cost. You may not find things at games when first starting though as it takes thousands in stock to bring a "store" to a game.

    I'm trying really hard to get all the products from Epic, Palnatoke, Calimacil and many others up in the new marketplace but it takes a lot of time. Between family, jobs, development and site work I haven't added the products in a timely matter. If you need something on the market, PM me and I'll add it.

    Furthermore, I feel the larp product industry is a fail. Distribution channels are weak, networks are bad and there are no worldwide systems in place connect everything. We're going to change that. I pleaded to the owners of Epic and Calimacil to make this happen and they don't get it, so I'm going to do it. LarpCraft is now gearing some of the university to teach and certify foam smiths. We're going to build a manufacturing network for the larp.market so if someone buys a throwing star in Australia, it's made by our Australian factory and sent locally. We'll sell the molds, marketing etc. They make the money and the customer gets their custom product made in their country. No boarder taxes, no delays, only pure product made locally.

    Make your own stuff, buy our molds, become a producer, make your own stuff and we'll help you sell it. Make it and just use it, however you want to skin this cat, we'll have something for everyone.
     
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  9. King Murdoch McArthur

    King Murdoch McArthur LarpCraft of Milwaukee Host, chevalier paladin Lore Master Natus Gryphe LarpCraft Host 2017 Waivers Transferred Character Elder Myths & Legends Lifetime Award

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    the indistry does have some HUGE problems and most of that comes from small distributors and small markets. Check out the larp market and people on the scrolls that make stuff. I always try to find someone i know to buy from first, then a fellow hobbiest, then a small biss, then a large catalogo co.

    There are tutorials on the site too. People will help you.
     
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  10. Patrick Lumhalghs

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  11. King Murdoch McArthur

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    I know the lady at linen garb, i have a bunch of her clothes she is very very sweet woman and does most of the work herself or with her helpers at her home. She is usually my neighbor at Gulf Wars and lilies in Merchant area.
     
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  12. Serena Valentina

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    I think I spent 15$ on my infamous sea shell bikini. A yard of white and blue cotton broadcloth, darker blue fabric dye, thread, shells, and some rope to hold it all together. Dip Dyed the fabric, took a knife and drilled holes into the shells, and stitched everything together. Took a good amount of time, but the effect was amazing since everyone I talk to asks when I am bringing that garb piece back out. It also needs a few modifications but those are easily enough fixed.
     
  13. Patrick Lumhalghs

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    Sea shell bikini?
     
  14. Shaden Chaser

    Shaden Chaser LarpCraft Host 2017 Waivers '17 Campaign Member Mythical | Legendary | Epic Member Elder '17 Old Waiver Myths & Legends

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    I made this album fairly recently so there's only a few photos at the moment, but everything shown in it was $20 (USA) or less when I got it. The album is also public so you should be able to share photos of your own gear, and the story behind it if it has one.
    Gear & Garb | LarpCraft

    Instead of just talking about where to find stuff, let's show off the stuff we find and/or make.
     
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  15. Serena Valentina

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    Sea Shell Bikini. Kinda self explanatory but here's a picture anyway. :p The boots are the most expensive part but I didn't make those. Most expensive part of it that I made is the large shell on my hips that's decorated with semi-precious stones.

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  16. Validantes DeMorta

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    This is my garb, the coif and boots are the only things NOT made by people I know.
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  17. Patrick Lumhalghs

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    I'm the one in the red.
     
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  18. Birna Fathmbjornsdottir

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    (PSST.... Hey guys, click on the link that Shaden posted. It will take you to an photo album where you can upload your pictures. It is a great idea and a great resource for those browsing the site.)
     
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