Tuesday, May 8, 2012

[ElfstoneLARP] Hope Rekindled: IFGS & Elfstone


Aiya and mae govannen, all!

It has been a long while since last I posted in these hallowed halls, but news of some import hath moved my pen (or mouse): there's a fair chance that Elfstone could get a re-boot under the umbrella of the International Fantasy Gaming Society (a.k.a. IFGS).

Those of us Atlantan LARPers are likely familiar with the Atlanta chapter of the IFGS, having participated in game-events with it, personally, since around 1989. And if that doesn't date me enough, Elfstone itself was "officially" launched in 2004, with playtest events going back to mid-2003.

Elfstone (which takes its name from Elessar, Aragorn's kingly Elvish name) remained active through late 2007 or early 2008, gathering at some point as many as 30-some participants in our game-events and with another 100-plus joined in membership on this Yahoo group and beyond. We specialized in one-day adventure events, but also produced overnight "camping events" and even a convention game or two as well.

Anyway, long story short: we might be back in business, all, and just in time for the release of the new Hobbit movie later this year, Dragon*Con, and what-not. Ray Appling has been instrumental as the Atlanta liason for the National level IFGS informing me, over a week ago, that Elfstone has been approved as an alternate rules set for all IFGS chapters, Atlanta being most certainly among them.

It's quite an honor, honestly, to have my "little LARP" chosen by the IFGS, even after several years of defunctedness. In truth, I'm probably far too busy for a LARP these days, what with a burgeoning acting career and all, but the possibility of at least helping re-establish Elfstone as a viable LARPing alternative is almost too much enticement to turn down. And, admittedly, I miss the glamour, fantasy, and yes mayhem, of Middle-earth.

Be watchful for further developments here on this forum, or elsewhere (Facebook, my website, etc.), as I receive additional news. In the meantime, let's cross our fingers, sharpen our swords, and gather the Wise for the Council. ;)

-Mike Yow
(Elfstone Creator)

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