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#7068
Hints and Tips When Attending an Event 7 Years, 4 Months ago Karma: 9  
So what makes an event easier for you, your fellow party members, monsters and referees?

Post what it is you do to make life easier, safer and more enjoyable.

Hints on getting a weekend pass from your loved ones/family also welcome!

To get the ball rolling, here's number 1:

Create a list of items that you take on an event with you.

Here's mine (sad but true!):

Kit List – 5 Day

Clothing

Socks
Pants
Tshirt
Thermal top
Thermal Trousers
Green Fleece
Clean T-shirt
Fleece hat
Fleece Snood
Fleece Hood
Black gloves
Black trousers
Joggers
Shorts
Boots
Towel
Black Smock
Blue Smock
Trainers

Sundries

Washkit
Shoulder Bag
Tankard
Headtorch
Spare batteries
Spare keys
Spare Lighters
Spare Rizlas
Glasses Case
Battleboard
Yellow cards
First aid kit
Ashtray
Spare Tobacco
Shades
Glasses
Watch
Phone
Mirror
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks

Costume

Armour
Helmet
Shield
Sword
Tabard and cloak
Belt and pouches
Spare belt
Casting Kit
Skull
Make-up
Head scarf
Jewellery
Potion Bottles
Headband
Mace

Camping

Tent
Bed
Under sheet
Sleeping bag
Pillow
Water bottles
Pan
Stove
Spare Canisters
Kettle
Deckchair

Food and Drink

Flexi flask
Green Water bottle
Coffee
Mug
Thermos Flask
Teaspoon
Flapjack
Brew
Stella
Hipflask
Whisky
Milk
Extra Squash
Marmalade Rolls


One hint and tip per post! If you go off topic, i'll set Chioma on you!

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#7069
Re:Hints and Tips When Attending an Event 7 Years, 4 Months ago Karma: 26  
Great one Rich

Tip 2: Plan Transport To Event Well In Advance

If you do not drive/have your own motor then you may well need to arrange alternative transport. Some suggestions:

For car:

1. Ask on babble if anyone is able to give you a lift to the event (specifying places you are able to travel to/from, as the driver is not your mum/dad/personal chauffeur)
2. If babble has no joy, look down the list of event attendees and try contacting any likely candidates (whose route might vaguely overlap with your own) privately.
3. Still no joy, contact HQ Admin asking if they can help you find a lift.

For public transport:

1. Book rail tickets well in advance, thus saving you a lot of money.
2. If you've missed out on the Advance Fares, try combinations of intermediate destinations (i.e. buying 2 tickets on one journey - ticket splitting) to see if you can find a cheaper combination.
3. Try the "For car:" formula above for arranging a lift for the final leg of the journey from the station. With Candleston this should usually be relatively easy.

On the day:

1. Arrive on time or preferably in advance of the arranged time.
2. Keep the driver awake (usually applies more on the way home the event).
3. Don't distract the driver, causing him to take the wrong route or stop in the middle of the motorway.
4. Don't bore the driver.
5. Empathise with the driver e.g. that rubberneckers are indeed oxygen-thieves.
5. Offer to cover fuel expenses.

And in a nutshell, here's what NOT to do:

Don't bother doing anything for weeks and then contact the main referee (particularly for a Quest event) the day before an event saying you haven't arranged a lift and asking if they can help - especially if they can't drive.
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#7070
Re:Hints and Tips When Attending an Event 7 Years, 4 Months ago Karma: 6  
Tip 3 - Always wear something on your face/head

When putting together a character (or NPC) always try and make sure you have something on your face (make-up, tattoos) or head (funny hats are my favourite).

The reason for this is that when people are talking to you they will usually look at your face. If your face looks different from your OOC appearance that will help the person talking to you remain in character. It also helps when you look in the mirror and gives you an easy 'hook' to get into character.
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#7072
Re:Hints and Tips When Attending an Event 7 Years, 4 Months ago Karma: 8  
Tip 4 specially for monsters -

Bring a belt (or preferably 2) as you'll need one for virtually every part you play.

Bring gloves - non-humans look rubbish with pink hands, a cheap pair of black woollen gloves covers that so easily.

Bring a snood - most outdoor shops sell them and a plain black snood (fleecey in winter) helps so much with neckline issues

Bring a pouch - useful for putting in potions, scrolls, money, hip flasks etc etc. Bring a small bag - for carrying water, snacks, cigarettes (if you smoke) etc. around with you when on an overland.

Bring a "can do" attitude - the referee will work with you if theres things you don't like doing and if you've just done 4 fights in a row and want a rest but the more your willing to do on an event - roleplaying parts, masks, make-up etc etc the easier you are making the ref's job (and of course the converse is true).

Bring "something" to each part - each encounter should be individual, the NPCs you play should be memorable, even so say "boring" monsters can be made fun/different with a bit of effort - remember to play "unintelligent" if the monster is a bog standard zombie or elemental, they don't feel pain either - you should never see such things "fencing" with the party - stay in character no matter what that character is - remember that the party are going to see you many times as many different things - body posture, voice/accent etc make all the difference

If in doubt ask - its better to ask the ref questions of things your unsure about before the encounter starts rather than get things wrong during the encounter

some people swear by leather trousers for monstering although I've never bothered to acquire any...
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Re:Hints and Tips When Attending an Event 7 Years, 4 Months ago Karma: 6  
I'm something to be feared? Get in!

I've gone off topic myself now so err...

Tip 5:

Wear two pairs of trousers. As Pete said some people swear by leather trousers to keep warm/avoid nettle stings. Wearing two pairs of normal tracksuit bottoms (no logos obviously) instead keeps almost all stings out, stops all but the most extreme wetness getting in and means if you are too warm there is freedom to remove a layer. If it is really cold go up to three. I've gone all the way up to 4 (though one was IC brown things) on a cold night before.

In fact, with trousers, shirts and socks layering is better than one thick layer in most situations. Weather is impossible to predict, especially on a long event but even within one overland, so several layers of tshirts instead of one big jumper means you have the freedom to decide exactly what temperature you want. With socks, one pair of normal socks with warm walking/skiing socks over the top means your feet are much less likely to get wet even when you have holes in your boots, and your feet are pretty bloody hard to get cold.
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Re:Hints and Tips When Attending an Event 7 Years, 4 Months ago Karma: 14  
Tip 6:

Get a belt loop to attach your gloves to when you take them off. You'll never lose a pair again. Putting your gloves in your belt is a recipe for disaster. And lost gloves.

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Re:Hints and Tips When Attending an Event 7 Years, 4 Months ago Karma: 7  
Boots.

Get yourself a decent pair of boots that don't look too modern and 'break them in' before an event. Last thing you want is for your feet to be covered in blisters 2 days into a 5 day event.

Always take a second pair aswell as I had a pair of boots fall apart on me mid event (only worn a couple of times aswell).

If the site doesn't allow boots to be worn inside the buildings (blackwells main house) then remember to take some footwear for use indoors (I use an old pair of leather slip on trainer thingys)
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Re:Hints and Tips When Attending an Event 7 Years, 4 Months ago Karma: 2  
tip next:6

If ur on any medication try to get some kind of ic tub that u can carry them in that way you dont ever forget where it is, i reccomend personally the darkblace healers pouch with the little tubs in there you will never lose them.
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Re:Hints and Tips When Attending an Event 7 Years, 4 Months ago Karma: 9  
Tip 7

Cut your toenails before going on an event. Cut your fingernails three days before an event (thanks Mike).

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Re:Hints and Tips When Attending an Event 7 Years, 4 Months ago Karma: 11  
Tip 8

Drink lots of.......

Water its easy to get dehydrated carrying out things in environments different to your normal everyday life.
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