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  4. took a few years but I am back!

    Good morning and welcome (back)! I’m Michael - the Second Marshal for Marketing and Player Outreach. First and foremost, welcome - officially - to Novitas; glad to hear you still have an interest in playing! Usually I'd point out somewhere that I always recommend new players NPC their first event (or even few events), but that already seems to be your plan so nothing to say there. What I would recommend is making sure that you've got garb warm enough for a winter event (or at least thermals to wear under said garb) - it can get very chilly. I'm not sure how much of this you've done over the last year or so, so to give you the typical rundown I share - there's some important information that I would definitely recommend reading up on. You can find a list of races on the Wiki here that gives information and costuming requirements for all current races - from there you can also make your way to our Setting pages. Some stuff there may be a little bit outdated or have less information than is generally known, but if you have any questions, you can put them in the #setting-questions chat of the Discord. The Wiki overall provides a fairly good introduction to the game in the "Learn to Play" and "New Characters" sections. You can also find information about the setting on the Wiki as well. I would also recommend checking out our YouTube channel to get a visual representation of the vibe we shoot for. If you’ve got any questions or just want to chat about game, my DMs are always open both on Discord (Michael/Mathys, I’ve got a yellow name) or on Facebook (Michael Maneri). If you have any garb questions for the winter, the Discord is always a good place to ask as well! Hope to meet you soon!
  5. I started working on putting together my first set of pc garb and was just curious on what peoples thoughts were as I have never really done anything like this before and while I have noticed some things I will want to change there very well might be things I didn't think of or notice. heres a quick list of my personal thoughts about what I plan to change: new cloak, this current cloak is sorta like a blanket cloak thought its a little small in size, it is semi effective at keeping me warm right now in October but I feel like once It gets colder it will not be very effective, it is also not very water resistant so for those reasons I plan to get a better cloak that is water resistant and larger for improved warmth and just general comfort in the winter months and I can use this during the warmer time of the year. pants, the pants are very thin cotton fabric which while not bad at the moment in the current weather I feel like when it gets colder the wind will cut right through them so I plan to get some higher quality faux leather pants that not only provide a bit more warmth but also will help to keep water out. boots, they are not visible in the picture but I am currently using a cheap pair of leather work boots I found, and while they look ok, I definitely want to get something that is more at home in the setting and just looks better with the costume overall pouches! I plan to get a few pouches to go on my belt for things such as coin, color flags for effects, ect as well as a shoulder bag to carry other things such as my feast kit and hygiene stuff in.
  6. took a few years but I am back!

    was planning to attend my first event a few years back but was not yet above the age of 18 so I ended up having to wait, then ended up forgetting all about it once I did hit that age, but now I am 19 (and quite embarrassed by my old post wording lmao) and have been putting together my first set of garb and what not for the past few weeks and hopefully should be able to attend the December event so long as I get the go ahead to get that weekend off from work. just figured I would say hi again! (though I do plan to create a new character rather than play the one I had planned out back when I was younger as I have matured when it comes to character creation buy quite a bit and don't really like the over the top edgy rogue esc character I made back then lol. though I think that is going to wait until after my first event as I want to get a hang for the rules themselves as a npc before branching into pc play)
  7. Interested in checking things out

    Apologies for the late reply, life and our most recent event has run me a big ragged lately! I’m Michael - the Second Marshal for Marketing and Player Outreach. First and foremost, welcome to Novitas! We've got quite a bit of our playerbase located in the Ithaca/Cortland/Syracuse area, so its definitely a common place for our players to head up from! You'll definitely find a lot of DnD nerds and even some rennies around, so you'll be in good company there. It sounds like you've already gone through the wiki a bit, but to give you the typical rundown I share - there's some important information that I would definitely recommend reading up on. You can find a list of races on the Wiki here that gives information and costuming requirements for all current races - from there you can also make your way to our Setting pages. Some stuff there may be a little bit outdated or have less information than is generally known, but if you have any questions, you can put them in the #setting-questions chat of the Discord. The Wiki overall provides a fairly good introduction to the game in the "Learn to Play" and "New Characters" sections. You can also find information about the setting on the Wiki as well. I would also recommend checking out our YouTube channel to get a visual representation of the vibe we shoot for. If you’ve got any questions or just want to chat about game, my DMs are always open both on Discord (Michael/Mathys, I’ve got a yellow name) or on Facebook (Michael Maneri). If you're looking for sword recommendations, the Discord is also ways a good place to ask! Hope to meet you soon as well!
  8. New First Time Larper

    Apologies for the late reply, it's been a very busy time lately! I’m Michael - the Second Marshal for Marketing and Player Outreach. I'm a big fan of medieval history myself (both majored and minored in it!) and I've had a lifelong interest in fantasy, so let me be the first one to tell you that finding a LARP that really fit what I was looking for was a lifechanger in terms of hobbies! You may have seen this already, but there's some important information that I would definitely recommend reading up on first and foremost, You can find a list of races on the Wiki here that gives information and costuming requirements for all current races - from there you can also make your way to our Setting pages. Some stuff there may be a little bit outdated or have less information than is generally known, but if you have any questions, you can put them in the #setting-questions chat of the Discord. The Wiki overall provides a fairly good introduction to the game in the "Learn to Play" and "New Characters" sections. You can also find information about the setting on the Wiki as well. I would also recommend checking out our YouTube channel to get a visual representation of the vibe we shoot for. If you’ve got any questions or just want to chat about game, my DMs are always open both on Discord (Michael/Mathys, I’ve got a yellow name) or on Facebook (Michael Maneri). If you're looking for sword recommendations, the Discord is also ways a good place to ask!
  9. Interested in checking things out

    Welcome!! Hope you like it here :)
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  11. The Food Industry is booming day by day with the export of Food and Beverage items. World Exporters are taking interest in Food Industry. Tradekey is one of them and connects you with the top Food and Beverage Suppliers in the world.
  12. I have some items that in pretty sure would work, but was wondering in particular if this outfit would work for an NPC? Thanks
  13. Hello! I'm new to the group and stumbled across the Kingdoms of Novitas while researching LARP groups in the Syracuse area. I live in Homer and have an interest in checking out LARP. I have a history of doing Renaissance Faires and Dungeon and Dragons, so LARP just makes sense to me as the next step. I've been reading through the wiki and look forward to meeting people and getting involved with your group! I joined the discord and I'm sure I'll have questions. Hope to meet all of you soon!
  14. B+B (4th Shift Boss)

    TL:DR 2 “Leaders” Orcs use magical weapons Enslaved lizard folk fight for their orc masters Dossier On The Boss and The Bastard The final of the captains are a Duo named The Boss and The Bastard. The first thing to note is their weaponry. It seems magical in nature so plan your defense accordingly. Second, they have a small army of trained creatures that fights for them. I’ve mostly seen reptilians in this group but there could be others. They can be identified by a brand on their scales. The Boss is the brains of the operation while the Bastard is the brawn. He has been regimenting all the orcs with strict training and is probably why they all fight with a kind of strategy. If you have any questions attach a note or CC me and I will answer with what knowledge I have when I can. Herr Michael Alexander Burnheart Thane of New Germinas Master Necromancer Occultis
  15. Dossier On MarTuk (1st Shift Orc Boss)

    TL:DR The first Orc chieftain is a necromancer Primary weapons should be Silver or ES Dispatch all dead orcs with ES or Silver Be prepared to fight undead. Dossier on MarTuk The goblinoid is the first of four who have remained alive while the orcs campaign their way across the freelands. Like the others, he has been granted a certain power by the AVATAR of Grak. This is not to be mistaken with the god itself. As for Martuk’s power, it can raise the dead at will. Its Shamen have the same, though more limited, capability. The orc also has an array of undead at its disposal. I’ve seen it use banshees for psychological warfare. Be prepared to fight with silver and elven steel. If you have any questions attach a note or CC me and I will answer with what knowledge I have when I can. Herr Michael Alexander Burnheart Thane of New Germinas Master Necromancer Occultist
  16. Mob Idea: Night Takers

    These would be a very cool non-com plot monster like we had back in the day using veronica in different ways.
  17. Mob Idea: Night Takers

    There is no way to dispel your own offensive spells. Thus Banish would sit out the full 10 minutes. It could have some special mechanic to see into the banish and remove the person. This only partially solves the problem. If the creature waits for the party to truly be far enough away the person is still probably waiting most of that 10 minutes (otherwise the sound of fighting happens). Your work around on metagaming only makes this creature more deeply problematic. Now if the person dies, they probably get Pcd'd. Further exacerbating the either someone buffed deals with the creature, or someone not buffed gets royally hosed. A monster built around banish as its primary mechanic in the wheelhouse of very rare very challenging monsters. That type of monsters is almost never a random encounter in the woods which is what you want for this creature. And rare monsters are something Novitas wants in very limited quantities. Assembling garb and getting masks etc costs a lot, then it all has to be stored, which means hauling it back and forth. What I'm trying to say is that adding creatures is a challenging topic. Not an impossible one, but a challenging one. The Blair Witch project is a cool feeling for an encounter, but that's something probably best suited to a custom encounter built for that purpose as opposed to a creature designed to give that feeling on a regular basis.
  18. Mob Idea: Night Takers

    Thanks Ryan, this is really helpful feedback. I've also had some of this brought up to me by other players so I've had some time to think of adjustments. Ultimately, the goal would be for a mob to create the feeling of being in a Blair Witch Project type scenario where members of your party just "vanish" one by one and you're left searching for them. With that in mind, some ideas I had to adjust while keeping the main goal: 1. Banish being boring concerns: If the NPC player notices that the other PCs have left, I believe they have the ability to dispell the banish correct? This could be used to help reduce lag time between the banish being cast and the fight happening. 2. Metagaming concerns: True, I get the concern about punishing players for not metagaming. A possible workaround could be to have a mechanism for the monster to "teleport" the banished player to a different spot. Maybe it can use a laylines type ability to bring the player to a different spot like a hive or nest. This could increase the stakes and make the scenario more intense. Finally, some of your concerns about the combat mechanics of a buffed player being able to defeat this monster 1v1 could be solved with some stat adjustments and additional spells the monster could have. I'm totally open to workshopping this idea more and changing things around.
  19. Mob Idea: Night Takers

    I think you have a neat tabletop concept here, but in a live action setting there are some issues here that would make this fail. To explain lets walk through what an IDEAL encounter with this creature would require. First it gets the jump on a group of players, sneaking up at night and landing a Banish tag-bag. Throwing tag bags at night is generally a fairly close range job because of visibility and the target clearly hearing it. Having landed the banish the NPC now needs to run away in the dark and hide. There are certainly players capable of that, but its a pretty limited number. Now comes the hardest part. The PC's need to not metagame, and walk away from their banished friend. While the banished person has to stand around bored for 10 minutes. Assuming this happens correctly the banished person waits 10 minutes to get jumped then does some solo combat that well buffed players will probably live through, but inexperienced/ unbuffed players will have a hard time with. Those unbuffed players will have spent 10 minutes standing around waiting to die, then get dropped, then have to wait alone in the woods however long their party leaves them there trying to not metagame knowing the person is out there. In the end its a series of events that punish players (not characters) for not taking advantage of out of game knowledge.
  20. I wrote down a mob idea that a few of us were talking about at the work day today. Feedback appreciated! :) Night Takers Body: 4 Damage 4. Throws no incant "Banish" tagbags. Claw weapons. No armor. Very intelligent. Costuming: Black garb, some type of creepy mask. Night Takers are undead that are only seen at night. They are pale creatures with two long appendages for arms. They are always alone, and prefer not to attack large groups. Rather, they wait silently, and banish a member of the group to a small pocket dimension. Night Takers will then attack the banished member when the group is no longer nearby and the banish has worn off.
  21. New Member Here

    New member from California
  22. Hi everyone, I have always love medieval history and fantasy, I have never LARPed but am very interested in joining the community and getting more information. I’d love to buy my first sword and quest with you all soon! 😁 regards, Saitix
  23. potential new player

    Hello I’m Brandon the First Marshall for MPO. First off Welcome to Novitas, every thing Michael said is definitely the way to go. Using our discord or Facebook page is a great way to introduce yourself to game and meet our current staff and player base. Like Micheal I also recommend watching our YouTube channel; it definitely gives a new players a feel of what kind of larp experience we are. We have a lot of different people from alot of different backgrounds so you might be shy at first but give it a couple minutes and you realize you’ll fit right in. Again thank you for checking out our game and over all I hope to see you at a future event. -Brandon Marketing and player outreach First Marshall
  24. potential new player

    Hello! I'm Michael, I'm the Second Marshal for Marketing and Player Outreach. First, let me just say Welcome to Kingdoms of Novitas! It's a great LARP to join for both those new and experienced in the hobby, so many of us have been the shy newbie in the past and are always super welcoming to anyone who is just joining! Jumping to my recommended first steps in learning about our game - there's some important information that I would definitely recommend reading up on, You can find a list of races on the Wiki here that gives information and costuming requirements for all current races. The Wiki overall provides a fairly good introduction to the game in the "Learn to Play" and "New Characters" sections. You can also find information about the setting on the Wiki as well. I would also recommend checking out our YouTube channel to get a visual representation of the vibe we shoot for. I would also recommend joining our Discord where you can connect with our community! It's likely the most active location for the community (besides game itself of course)! We're looking forward to seeing you in the future and if you have any questions, feel free to ask either myself or our First Marshal for Marking and Player Outreach, Brandon Febles!
  25. Sadly, cannot attend this week's event due to a conflicting equestrian event, but we are seasoned LARPers from the Boston, MA area. We moved to Alfred, NY onto a 20 acre farm and are looking for a new LARPing and gaming communities. In honor of missing a fun event for an annoying event, I will just armor up the horses & go in full plate to this endurance event. Likely will not improve our times, but it's called riding on "hard" mode. ((Pictures to follow)) Added bonus, the farm means if it is ever wanted, we have an excess of fresh eggs, meats, fleeces, vegetables & fruit I can bring in literal bushels. IRL farmer NPC's. Horses might not exist IG but any interested player base is more than welcome to reach out since my horses are trained for archery, carriage work, etc and while I only have less than a decade of LARP experience I have nearly 38 years of all things horse. Not to mention the metric ton of other creatures we have tromping around living their best lives. I can't wait to meet everyone & start our adventures.
  26. Hello! If there is still a bed open in Williams (one of the ones on 6 I think, idk which one is claimed already) I would love to grab it! Thank you! :D
  27. Last Minute Additions: During the stealth crawl objectives will be marked by glowsticks which will be color coded based on what future crawl or adventure the objective will impact. This should help you know where you are sneaking towards.
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