We are happy to announce the event dates for 2014.
2nd-5th May: The Spring Moot is hosted by the Viper Faction with assistance from the Militia Guild.
23rd-26th May: The Great Erdrejan Fayre is hosted by the Power Guilds.
1st-3rd August: The Summer Moot is hosted by the both the Dragons Faction and the Bards Guild.
22nd-25th August: The Gathering. Host are to be confirmed.
Details about the events will follow later in Rune 2014 when it becomes available.
We will be keeping our 'Introduce a Friend' deal, as well as our new player deal for the forthcoming year. All 2014 event prices are frozen at 2013 rates.
Event Dates 2014
We are happy to announce the event dates for 2014.
A Message to the Harts
In an attempt to reduce the feelings of a static system and bring to life the ebbs and flows of an ever-changing Erdreja, I decided to tweak the 10 faction dynamic at this time with some new and refreshing world plot, building alongside an existing world plot line. This involved discussions with staff, plot and NPC’s, and formulating a basic timeline. Initial plot was written and while in its development stage, this information was partially leaked during a sanctioned event. This information quickly degenerated into wonderful stories, rumours and speculation. This led to a large amount of uncertainty for many people.
In order to counteract the rumour mill a decision was made to speak with the faction on an OC basis. I am sorry I was unable to attend the meeting in person at the time along with the relevant department heads.
During the Spring Moot, I and Lorien Trust staff were most impressed with the calm reactions and patience shown while we tried to curtail the rumour mill and clarify the situation. Harts players reacted in a very amicable manner and have proven themselves to be a credit to their faction the LT and to LARP.
Where do we go from here?
The overall tone of the OC visit by several staff was conservative in nature. We believed it was necessary to push forward the proposed timeline. Upon an explanation about the intended plot and its consequences to help dispel many of the rumours the staff present took Q&A’s from relevant players and groups of the Harts. We can confirm there will be Harts camping within the Gryphons and the Dragons at the Fayre and they will have their own camp at the Summer Moot. Camping across other factions is more than acceptable.
Do people need to change the faction on their character cards?
No. We feel that the pride of the faction will continue and we estimate more Harts heroes will rise from the lands and the general population. To this extent we will continue to allow bookings for existing and New Players. Should your group decide to camp in none Harts lands please ensure your group tent is included on the faction map handed to security at each event.
The Harts are still hosting the Summer Moot and we have no intention to change this. Without offering too much detail, the Moot will have plot to determine and direct the state of Albion at the Gathering and the year ahead. It will also determine the remaining resources the Harts nation has access to.
In order to assist with the continued role-play of this world plot we stated that we were planning on giving the OS “Oathsworn Harts” to all Harts characters. Some have already claimed this skill; others will automatically have this added following some plot due to take place later in the year.
There have been a number of questions raised about what resources will be available for the Harts, both for the remainder of this year and in the future.
Iconic items & Excalibur: These will continue to exist in game, and be renewed as normal each year unless player action or plot dictates otherwise (as is true for all Faction and Guild "Iconic" items)
Faction Warchest: The 2013 Warchest has already been allocated, and remains available to Harts Command.
Rituals: Vouchers for the Summer Moot have been issued and will remain valid. Ritual slots for the Gathering have not yet been finalised. There will be a reduced number of Harts slots at the gathering but player interaction will determine the exact level. The minimum slots the Harts will receive are 2.
Group packs will be issued as normal at the Gathering, to registered Group Leaders. The contents will depend on the number of pre-booked players within the Group. We will hand out the Harts packs to the Harts NPC's, as with all factions.
I hope that these changes will be taken in the spirit that they were intended, a dynamic world impacting plot that will see future player action remap the landscape of the game on a global level and not as the end of the story, just the end of the prologue.
Packs Sent Out
Another 400+ packs went into the post this morning, we are working hard on the rest.
The store manager at Asda Spondon, DE21 7LW, a few miles from Locko Park, DE21 7BW (Our event site) has informed us they have sourced a large quantity of Mead in anticipation for our events. They have also ordered high stocks of energy drinks and all the usual camping equipment required. Asda are open 24 hours as usual up until Sat 4th May when they close at 22:00. They are open 10:00-16:00 Sunday 5th May and Bank Holiday Monday 6th from 8:00 to 20:00.
If over the first event you find they are short of your favourite products, mention it to ourselves or the store so they can order in more for the next event.
Coffee Vendor and Hog Roast
We can confirm we have sourced a specialist coffee vendor and a Hog Roast vendor for our 2013 events.
Don't forget, your 2013 character card is only valid from the start of the first main event. Your ticket OSP count does not reflect those gained from this season pre-book. They are logged onto your account and do not show at this time. They will appear and be active at the start of the first main event.
Over 40% of event packs are being dispatched, we aim to have the remaining dispatched by the end of the week.
Changes to Factions
For those of you who are interested, there has been a slight change in the Faction set up crews. The set up crew of the Hosting Faction will now consist of a maximum of 12 people to assist with the main and theme build. This number of 12 may include any of the host faction NPC’s, DPC’s, Plot Rep, Faction Security and Faction players willing to help with set up. If you require any further information or are interested in helping please contact your faction command team. This group may arrive from the Friday of the week prior to their hosted event.
Set up crews of a non-hosting faction are allowed onsite from the Wednesday prior to each event. These are NPC’s, DPC’s, Plot Rep (One per Faction) and Faction Security (Max 2 per faction).
If anyone has the time and would like to help with the LT main set up crew (we will even feed you) please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Happy Easter everyone. The first three batches of event packs have now been dispatched and the majority of the remaining will be dispatched during the next week.
The hosts of the Spring Moot are the Tarantulas. The location is TBC.
The hosts of the Great Erdrejan Fayre are the Gryphons. The Location is TBC.
The hosts of the Summer Moot are the Harts and the location is Selby within the Duchy of Worcester.
The hosts of the Gathering are the Unicorns and the location is on the Island of Grind.
We hope you are looking forward to this year’s season as much as we are, levels of keen are certainly rising.
Online Booking System Feedback
Firstly I would like to personally thank you all for your positive feedback the LT Office Crew has received following the launch of the online booking system. We are working hard and heavily inputting bookings ensuring that your character is correct before we dispatch your event pack. We have continued with our search for props and are finalising the themes for this year's events. We will update you on Themes and Hosts of all events next week.
Pre-booking 1 Period Ends Soon
Thank you to everyone who has booked so far, don't forget the prebooking deadline for your all 4 event deal ends on 31/3/2013(Second Deadline). For all who have booked, we have commenced the processing and printing of event packs. We aim to have your event pack completed as quickly and accurately as possible.
Campaign and plot teams are working hard on the themes of this year's events. We are reviewing various submitted ideas for some new GEF Games. We have been busy stocking up on various new and unusual props and are starting to prep ready for season setup.
OS Pre-booking Purchases
The majority who have booked online prior to the 20-2-2013 have emailed us with their required OS pre-booking purchases or that they did not wish to purchase and informed us of any CS or OS changes. If you have not done so already please provide this information to email@example.com, even if you do not wish to pre-book any OS or have no changes to be made. We will make these changes before we send out your event pack. If we have not received this information by the 8th we will email you requesting this information. This only applies to customers who booked online on or before 20-2-2013. The majority who have booked online prior to the 20-2-2013 have emailed us with their required OS pre-booking purchases or that they did not wish to purchase and informed us of any CS or OS changes. If you have not done so already please provide this information to firstname.lastname@example.org, even if you do not wish to pre-book any OS or have no changes to be made. We will make these changes before we send out your event pack. If we have not received this information by the 8th we will email you requesting this information. This only applies to customers who booked online on or before 20-2-2013. The majority who have booked online prior to the 20-2-2013 have emailed us with their required OS pre-booking purchases or that they did not wish to purchase and informed us of any CS or OS changes. If you have not done so already please provide this information to email@example.com, even if you do not wish to pre-book any OS or have no changes to be made. We will make these changes before we send out your event pack. If we have not received this information by the 8th we will email you requesting this information. This only applies to customers who booked online on or before 20-2-2013.
Our developers have been working with online booking and resolved the majority of the issues you have raised. A number of our customers have successfully registered and booked online. The automated Occupational Skills purchasing system is not working at this time, they have not yet had time to formalise the new Forums. ??We are aware that the first deadline of the 10th March is fast approaching. In order to ensure that you have the facility to pre-book online before this deadline, once you have completed your payment, you will be re-directed to a screen that will allow you to request any OS and CS amendments you require and purchase any new OS. We will then make any changes and additions before we send out your events pack.??Alternatively, please get your booking form in the post to ensure we receive it before the deadline to get your first deadline bonus. We will start production and dispatch of event packs form next week. Apologies for any delays if you booked early.
We have extended the first deadline by an extra week to the 10th March 2013 to give you extra time to get your multi-deal booking in and gain your OSP Bonus. Anyone who pre-booked last year will shortly be receiving a booking pack with a booking reply envelope. A number of people are now successfully registering and booking online. We are still working on our online booking issues with regular updates and error fixes. Our developers are working through the weekend on OSP purchasing and Character Creation. We will give you an update early next week. As ever, any issues please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Appleby Coffee Company will not be trading at our events
Dear LT customers,
Only from Facebook posts today did we find out that Appleby Coffee Company will not be trading at our events this year. In their post they stated a 25% increase in vendor pitch price and reduced numbers. Appleby Coffee received a discounted New Vendor price when they started. All caterers prices have been increased to cover extra costs but not at the high rate stated. Also any confusion over reduced numbers should not be based on those attending our events as these have been increasing over the last few years. This afternoon we have spoken to Nick regarding his statement and are disappointed that he chose to make his decision before discussing his issues with ourselves. We wish Nick all the best in his future endeavours. We will be sourcing a new specialist coffee vendor for our events.
Online Booking Update; We are now live
Many long hours over the weekend and far too many cups of coffee have led to this point. We, along with our developers, have managed to fix most of the teething problems with the online booking system. This now allows you to book online, although we are still having some issues making the complex OSP & OS purchasing / viewing of your OS skills work. We aim to have the OS purchasing / viewing working within the next few days.
You can now register and confirm your customer and character details online, your record will show your banked OSP's however it will not show your current OSP skill list (They are safe on the database but unavailable for viewing). After registration you can then proceed with booking the 2013 LT events. Anyone who books between now and the OS system being fixed will receive an email. This email will give you all the required information to log in and complete your character details. Either choose to spend existing OSP's (as per the normal pre-book rule) or click the 'no I don't wish to spend' button. At that point we will then be able to process and dispatch your booking pack.
If you have any issues with online booking or creating your account or spot any system glitches please contact us by email with details at email@example.com. We aim to respond to each issue as soon as possible. Please be patient during our initial launch period.
Further blogs with updates on this issue and New Players account creation and other information will follow, but you can book online from now.
How to Guide for Our New Online Booking
In order to book you will need to create an account, this is different from any existing LT Forum account you may have. Existing LT customers should click the 'Register' button on the 'User Login' side panel on the left and follow the onscreen instructions to retrieve your existing customer record. The system will ask for some details and pair them with those held on the database. Once our system has found your customer and character details you will need to authorise and confirm they are correct. When you have completed this process you can book for LT Events. In the unlikely event your information is not paired or found the system will ask you for further details and cross reference your account to the old database.
If you have any issues with online booking or creating your account please only contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not use the forums, Facebook, Twitter. We aim to respond to each issue as soon as possible.
FORUMS - Please note at this time we have moved to a manual process for forum access requests. We understand that this will slow down the activation.
Your section of the registration requires some extra programing which is being done this week. You can still register your out of character details at this time.