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    Rochester, New York
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    Rejoicing in life! Reading, writing, sewing, cosplay, English Country Dancing, time with friends, and my faith in Christ- which roots my joy unshakably!
  1. New to Novitas

    Welcome! I'm Kate and started larping with KoN in August of last year, having never LARPed before or done anything like this. I moved to New York a few years ago and when I came my first time I only knew one other player at KoN (my ride to the event). I always loved fantasy novels and movies and imagined myself in those worlds, but I had no idea there was a place where I could actually enter an immersive fantasy experience! It's so incredible that KoN exists and once you see one event, you'll start to see part of the incredible dedication players and staff have to making this world real. Everyone here really cares about immersion. If you're a member of Dag, you'll have a leg up on the fighting! We're not lightest touch, but we don't hit quite as hard as full out Dag. You'll have a chance to practice "Novitas acceptable" hits with Zach in the new player intro speech. I have had a great experience with the friendly people in this community; I feel quite adopted! After reviewing the rules and world book- try checking out the blogs! I find the blogs a fun way to stay hyped between events. Making a PC (mine is a human named Ellenor), really adds to the experience of attending events, but there's certainly no rush to make one right away, you can come and NPC for as many events as you'd like before bringing in your player character (waiting also lets you stock up experience points, so your PC can come in with more skills). NPCing is fun and is like being backstage in theater, changing garb, going out as a minor character with a mission or quest for the players (or being a monster or creature or just adding local color) and then coming back to the logistics building and changing garb again and going out as something else! PCing is a more immersive experience in plots and you build relationships with other characters over time as you improv act your way through scenes and encounters; it's so cool. I love it. There's very few things you need to bring to your first event, the main website has a recommended list. If you have any questions, just let us know! I have high enthusiasm and am a fair reference guide, but I will defer to Maggie for questions that require actual knowledge and experience. :)
  2. Saw KoN at the con.

    Great! And don't worry, it won't be just one NPC role for you! There are four shifts (Friday 8pm-1am, Saturday 10am-3pm, 3pm-8pm, 8pm-1am) and within every shift you'll be sent out repeatedly as different NPCs. NPCing is fun and is like being backstage in theater, changing garb, going out as a minor character with a mission or quest for the players (or being a monster or creature or just adding local color) and then coming back to the logistics building and changing garb again and going out as something else! When you have a good handle on the world of Novitas and are ready, PCing is a more immersive experience in plots and you build relationships with other characters over time as you improv act your way through scenes and encounters; it's so cool. I love both NPCing and PCing. If you've done RP before, I bet you will too!
  3. Saw KoN at the con.

    Hello and welcome! I'm Kate, Marketing and Player Outreach Handmaiden. I like your enthusiasm; I think you'll find you fit in well here. A friend introduced me to KoN, which I thought I'd try "just one time", over a year later I'm still here and this community feels like family. I PCed my first event (because I thought I might never do this again and wanted to get the full experience for my "just once"); my player character was a simple, naive human I figured I could walk around as, just being friendly and introducing myself and asking questions and then I could change her with character amnesty afterwards if I needed to. If I had known I'd enjoy this hobby and this community so much and I had had plans to do a more involved character (garb and backstory wise), like a Faekin, I'd have probably waited and done one event all NPCing (using it to watch and ask questions in and out of character about other Faekin backstory and garb) and brought the character in after that. If you do come in as a PC on your first event, you'll only have xp for a very few, low level skills (I took first aid so I could identify what was wrong with the injured and a point or two of body so I wouldn't die after one hit) this was fine for my naive human girl, but I couldn't have walked in on day one saying, I'm a great and talented fighter/magic user/druid/medium, etc, because I wouldn't have had the character skills to back that up. The more events you NPC, the more xp you'll build up, which helps in case you want to come in with a more skilled character. I look forward to seeing you at the October event! My character just married an Inquisitor in Vlean who hunts down Faekin, so you may not want to make friends with me in character, but out of character, find me any time and I'll be happy to help! I have a waist length brown braid and I'm getting more and more pregnant by the day, so I should be easy to spot. PS. After the world book and rules, make an account and check out the blogs (under browse on this site) to get an idea of the types of characters in Maplewood and their "voices". I enjoy the blogs immensely. Kiba the snow goblin (Shane/Warblade on the forums) has a great blog (The Apostate's Journal), his most recent stories are crossover rp with Caitlin's character from her blog The Journey Home. You can read their last few blogs back and forth to get the fuller story. A Joy to Behold (written by Katlyn/Provolonely on the forums) is one of my favorite blogs. Joy is a fortune teller and Draconus Worshiper and her story is gripping! Mercy is a citizen of Maplewood and her blog (My Dearest Sam) gives you an idea of the different tone of kind, lawful, pastoral Maplewood citizens versus the wild and rough Pinedale adventurers who relocated to Maplewood last year.
  4. !!!!!

    Hi Hannah! Excited to have you join us! You'll love the makeup station for preparing non player characters! Any questions, just ask! I'll always say to check out the blogs. They're under browse on this site. I loved your backstory, Leah sent it to me. See you at the event!
  5. Player Initiated Plots (PIPs)

    Discovery Richard the Bard was murdered. 1) Who is planning on going. -- Daitoro, Ellenor, Vincent 2) What you're planning on doing, and what you hope to accomplish. -- Daitoro has been seeing ghosts that lead him to believe that his best friend Richard the Bard was murdered and the fire in the temple in Pinedale that killed Richard wasn't accidental. NPCs we'd like to request: Ghosts in ghost town on 4th shift. Tom H would be willing to bring in Richard the Bard as a ghost along with the other npc ghosts if approved by plot. If not, then it'll just be npcs ghosts who interact with Daitoro, he'll ask the ghosts about Richard. Daitoro will confront Vincent with his suspicions. RP ensues. 3) Any relevant history or NPCs that are important. -- Ghost Richard the Bard as an NPC, if plot approves. History: Ellenor and Richard liked each other before he died. He gave her his healing necklace. She's worn it for the last year. Ellenor is looking for Richard's sword for his brother Leander who is a Vleanoan Inquisitor. She thinks Richard's friend Vincent last had it. Daitoro and Richard were best friends. Vincent has been secretly evil for a long time. Daitoro might bring Ellenor to ghost town if he thought there might be answers about Richard. 4) What shift are you planning to go do this. -- October 4th shift. 5) These requests must be in 2 weeks before game. -- done. 6) We will not make any assurances or promises that the adventure you're going on is a good idea, won't kill your PCs, be easy, or won't change the world as a whole. It may not work out like you think it will, but we also won't immediately screw over anyone who submits these adventures. Anything can happen -- make your peace with it. -- Yes, sir or ma'am.
  6. Welcome! I'm Kate and started larping with KoN in August of last year, having never LARPed before or done anything like this. I moved to New York a few years ago and when I came my first time I only knew one other player at KoN (my ride to the event). I always loved fantasy novels and movies and imagined myself in those worlds, but I had no idea there was a place where I could actually enter an immersive fantasy experience! It's so incredible that KoN exists and once you see one event, you'll start to see part of the incredible dedication players and staff have to making this world real. Everyone here really cares about immersion. I have had a great experience with the friendly people in this community; I feel quite adopted! After reviewing the rules and world book- try checking out the blogs! I find the blogs a fun way to stay hyped between events. Making a PC (mine is a human named Ellenor), really adds to the experience of attending events, but there's certainly no rush to make one right away, you can come and NPC for as many events as you'd like before bringing in your player character (waiting also lets you stock up experience points, so your PC can come in with more skills). NPCing is fun and is like being backstage in theater, changing garb, going out as a minor character with a mission or quest for the players (or being a monster or creature or just adding local color) and then coming back to the logistics building and changing garb again and going out as something else! PCing is a more immersive experience in plots and you build relationships with other characters over time as you improv act your way through scenes and encounters; it's so cool. I love it. There's very few things you need to bring to your first event, the main website has a recommended list. If you have any questions, just let us know! I have high enthusiasm and am a fair reference guide, but I will defer to Maggie for questions that require actual knowledge and experience. :)
  7. Very new

    Welcome! I'm Kate and started larping with KoN in August of last year, having never LARPed before or done anything like this. I always loved fantasy novels and movies and imagined myself in those worlds, but I had no idea there was a place where I could actually enter an immersive fantasy experience! It's so incredible that KoN exists and once you see one event, you'll start to see part of the incredible dedication players and staff have to making this world real. Everyone here really cares about immersion. I have had a great experience with the friendly people in this community; I feel quite adopted! After reviewing the rules and world book- try checking out the blogs! I find the blogs a fun way to stay hyped between events. Making a PC (mine is a human named Ellenor), really adds to the experience of attending events, but there's certainly no rush to make one right away, you can come and NPC for as many events as you'd like before bringing in your player character (waiting also lets you stock up experience points, so your PC can come in with more skills). NPCing is fun and is like being backstage in theater, changing garb, going out as a minor character with a mission or quest for the players (or being a monster or creature or just adding local color) and then coming back to the logistics building and changing garb again and going out as something else! PCing is a more immersive experience in plots and you build relationships with other characters over time as you improv act your way through scenes and encounters; it's so cool. I love it. If you have any questions, just let us know! I have high enthusiasm and am a fair reference guide, but I will defer to Maggie for questions that require actual knowledge and experience. :)
  8. Interest

    Welcome! I'm Kate and started larping with KoN in August of last year, having never LARPed before or done anything like this. I have had a great experience with the friendly people in this community; I feel quite adopted! I second Maggie's recommendation to review the rules and world book- then maybe check out the blogs! I find the blogs a fun way to stay hyped between events. Making a PC (mine is a human named Ellenor), really adds to the experience of attending events. NPCing is fun and is like being backstage in theater, changing garb, going out as a minor character with a mission or quest for the players (or being a monster or creature or just adding local color) and then coming back to the logistics building and changing garb again and going out as something else! PCing is a more immersive experience in plots and you build relationships with other characters over time as you improv act your way through scenes and encounters; it's so cool. I love it. I carpool with friends from Rochester, and people drive from all over the state and beyond, so once you arrive and meet people you may find people who drove even farther than you to be at KoN! I'll tell you now, it's worth the drive! And plan to stay through cleanup on Sunday and if possible go out to lunch with KoN people on Sunday before driving home; it's so much fun to end your event talking with other players out of game about your favorite parts of the event!! I'm over three months pregnant, so I won't be doing any combat for the next few months, so your wife and I can find NPC roles that don't involve fighting, if she's looking for more role play than combat. If you have any questions, just let us know! I have high enthusiasm and am a fair reference guide, but I will defer to Maggie for questions that require actual knowledge and experience. :)
  9. Hello

    Welcome Nick! I'm Kate and started larping with KoN in August of last year, having never LARPed before or done anything like this. I have had a great experience with the friendly people in this community; I feel quite adopted! I second Maggie's recommendation to review the rules and world book- then maybe check out the blogs! I find the blogs a fun way to stay hyped between events. Making a PC (mine is a human named Ellenor), really adds to the experience of attending events. NPCing is fun and is like being backstage in theater, changing garb, going out as a minor character with a mission or quest for the players (or being a monster or creature or just adding local color) and then coming back to the logistics building and changing garb again and going out as something else! PCing is a more immersive experience in plots and you build relationships with other characters over time as you improv act your way through scenes and encounters; it's so cool. I love it. If you have any questions, just let us know! I have high enthusiasm and am a fair reference guide, but I will defer to Maggie for questions that require actual knowledge and experience. :)
  10. long-time larper, first-time poster

    Hi Chris! Welcome! Kingdoms of Novitas is great, if you've LARPed other places you'll have more basis of comparison than I do, but I think you'll still really like this group. What I'm most impressed with is the dedication each person puts in to constantly raising the bar, on garb standards, makeup, props and atmosphere, lore, acting, and engaging this community and keeping up hype outside of events. This community is warm, accepting, and welcoming and I'm glad you found us! Clearly you've already talked with Maggie, who is awesome. If you have any "new to KoN" questions she didn't answer for some reason, or you want to hear more about KoN from a relative newbie (I've been here since August 2017, so just had my 1 year anniversary), post here and I'll respond! Sorry to make you poke around forums more when you don't like them, but if you check out the blog section on this site there are some great stories written by players about their characters (stories based on real happenings from during an event as well as outside of event adventures), it can be a fun introduction to our world after reading the worldbook! Welcome again! Glad you're here!
  11. Hello Everyone!

    Um, yeah, the Rhinos are a mercenary gang, we're always on the lookout for treasure or monsters with loot (even if we're totally unprepared/not equipped to fight them, we run in anyway) or gambling opportunities or paying villagers who want monsters cleared off their land. Loot makes the world go round and this LARP has really great looking coins and magical items. It's impressive. Shift 1 is Friday 8pm-1am, Shift 2 is Saturday 10am-3pm, Shift 3 is Saturday 3pm-8pm, Shift 4 is Saturday 8pm-1am. If you PC your first game, you'll NPC 1&2 and PC 3&4, which PCing your first event isn't recommended for newbies, but I did it and enjoyed it, so it depends on if you have a PC character planned out and your garb for that character is acceptable (feel free to post photos of garb to ask if it seems generally acceptable, the standards for PC garb are higher than NPC garb- I used my Ren Faire outfit for my first two events as my PC and eventually bought more pieces over time.) Eating happens in character in the inn as player characters and non player characters basically whenever you're hungry, so you don't really need "breaks", though in character you can pretend to nap in the inn, really nap in the inn, go to your cabin as a PC to rest a bit, or rest in logistics in between characters as an NPC. Though I'm always so hyped that I stay up after 1am out of character talking to people every event. Also the stronger "alcohol" is in game really means the more caffeine it has, so staying awake generally isn't the problem. :) The link to the blogs is at the top left of this page. Here's a direct link: http://www.kingdomsofnovitas.net/forums/index.php?app=blog
  12. Hello Everyone!

    Depends on the race you want to play. Snow goblins often have Asian inspired names (like Tetsu No Kiba), Earthkin have I don't know... Rock related names? (Valora Dragonsmiter, Helene Briar who is nicknamed Pebble), Elves often have long Lord of the Rings ish names (like Thaerion, Sidon, Ithilfirith, Ithvandish), humans can be named whatever (Ellenor, Richard the Bard, Richter Wygraf, Rykir Albensong, Cassandra, Baevynn, Raines, Joy Strifeborn) it depends on the region they are from: Vlean is kinda Italian Renaissance (name ex: Niccolo, Baldisere Ferizanno), Civen is kinda Roman (ex: Titus, Laelia), Dellins are kinda Celtic/Scottish-ish (ex: Agrona of the Blue Hand), Faekin always have an original race (human, elf, etc) so they'll have a name from their home region. If you decide on a race (human is a great one to start out with- cheaper for starting garb to not have to worry about prosthetics and contacts) and read about the regions in the world book, I can probably tell you names of other player characters from that region. I made my first (and only so far) player character (Ellenor Vold, daughter of Pellinor and Rosie Vold, siblings Kellenor, Helenor, Rellinor, Telinor, Bellanora, and Peter- I may have had a little too much fun naming her family...) from Freelands, which gave me some flexibility on garb, since the Freelands is a bit of a mishmash. And, hey, what's wrong with being frat boys with weapons? (I'm the token female in this "Leap Before We Look" Frat Party. I love my boys, they crack me up.)
  13. Hello Everyone!

    Hi Jason, we're glad you've found Kingdoms of Novitas! Playing non player characters is really fun, playing your own created player character is a blast, but the best part is the other people in this community. It's been a year since my first event (I had never LARPed before and my friend told me about KoN, so thought I'd try it out just once, and a year later, I'm still here). I had come in knowing just one person and even by the end of my first event, I felt like I had found my people. I met friendly, welcoming nerds who were eager to help me jump in and start playing in this fantasy world (that had been grown and added to over many years and that I was welcome to add to too). If you need any advice on NPC garb for your first event, just ask! You really don't have to break the bank, your closet plus the thrift store will outfit you just fine (I go with khakis, loose peasant-y shirt, belt, and boots that don't look too modern- my boots technically have a zipper, but it's black on black and props and atmosphere approved them). NPCing to me feels like being in a play, you start "backstage" in the logistics building and get told "we need four monsters/villagers/ghosts, etc", then you get into garb for that character and go out on your mission (like being monsters guarding a road or a villager saying your brother is being attacked by werewolves), then after the players interact with you and your mission is accomplished (or you're dead) you head back to logistics, get a new character and it starts over again. It's great. Eventually once you make a player character, it's like living in a fantasy movie where you improv everything. You get to walk around in character for hours, meet people, help in small fights, make in character friends, gamble, eat at the inn, and generally live life as your character. I absolutely love it. Then outside of regular events, this summer out of character cookouts were planned for June and August 19, there's the Facebook group, the forums, and the blogs. The other players are friendly outside of events too! To get a flavor of some of the characters and the world, I highly recommend checking out the blogs (after you read the worldbook and rules, of course). Katlyn's blog A Joy to Behold tells the adventures of Joy, a human fortune teller who is determined to be cheerful, even as the dark god Nox slowly drives her crazy; Shane/Warblade writes about Kiba, a snow goblin determined to kill the avatars of the gods (lots of good fight scenes in that one); I write a mini soap opera at Ellenor's Letters about a human girl named Ellenor who is part of a gang called The Running Rhinos, who are known for leaping before they look, which is pretty much how she runs her life (leaping from bad decision to bad decision). I look forward to meeting you at a future event! Come to the picnic if you can, and introduce yourself a lot, you'll meet some cool people. (I'll miss this picnic, but the Rhinos generally wear purple, so if you see a bunch of dudes in armor with purple garb, say hi, Kate sent you, and ask for fighting lessons, they can introduce you to people and teach you how we fight in game. There are other cool people obviously, but I may be biased. Rhinos forever!) :)
  14. Merchant Wares

    Granted, if you make a story around whatever trinket you sell, like you're a Draconus worshipper and these blessed items are perfect for a Draconus shrine (or you're a follower of the Stranger or whatever) and there's some cool thing to do (like scatter potpourri at a shrine and the gods will grant you a wish), then you might have a niche of buyers and you'd make in character friends with similar interests. :)
  15. Merchant Wares

    Selling food (somewhere that's a long walk from the inn) usually goes over well with hungry adventurers. I guess you could ask other merchants, but personally if it's not food, drink, or a magical item*, or a skill**, I'm not super likely to buy it in game. *If you become a merchant in game you can spend in game money on Production to make magical items and then sell them for more than you paid. **I totally spend in game money for fortune tellers, gambling, games of chance, musicians, etc.
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