We have officially moved to the Capes Rules: Version Beta 3 after playtesting it at the April Fools Game. My bad for not updating the rules here sooner. Sorry.
For those of you who were not at the April game, the big changes are moving to a shorter skill reset cycle. Now instead of having a pool of damage or healing that needed to last for 8-12 hours, your skills can be reset by taking an hour break (such as eat dinner) or by playing NPCs for a fight. As such, Pools and Healing Pools were replaced with Smites (single attacks that deal 20 damage) and Heals (single heals that heal 10 damage). Hopefully, it should be easier to balance expendable skills (avoids, smites, heals, ect) against non-expendable skills like Strength, Threshold and HP.
We’ve also adjusted the Item Crafting skill to make it fit the new cycle and added Flaws, optional weaknesses that you can add to your character to gain back some SP.
The rules are now up here.
As we approach our next weekend event on Feb 20th, there are a few bits of official business type information that I need to post here.
First, is the announcement that the price for the event is now $50 per weekend (or $40 if you prereg). We’re still learning how to run Capes! and we are still trying to find the right balance for things. The previous lower price was not covering the price of our camps, let alone the props and costumes that we make out of pocket. We asked our players how much they would be willing to play vs how often we would try to run games, they voted for raising the price in addition to attempting to run 4-5 events a year. With our current players numbers we will still be losing money per event, but (hopefully) we will be losing less money per event.
Secondly, this event will be the first event of 2015, therefore all of last year’s waivers will expire. At the next game we will require everyone to sign a new waiver.
Thirdly, we have began posting plot hooks and rumors for the next event. You can find some Press Releases from In Game companies which may be concern to local heroes here. Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org to ask plot questions, submit your backstories or work on your character builds.
Two big events coming up (in addition to the October game, which is still scheduled for Oct 17-19 in Dayton).
We will be at Epic-Con in Dayton on October 24-25. We will have a booth there and you all are welcome to stop by. Mostly, we’re just going to try to introduce Capes to some new people in the Dayton area. We won’t have any space to run any mods or such, but we might have some weapons there for demonstration purposes.
Secondly, we will be running a full weekend event in November in Delaware, Ohio. This event will run from November 14-16.
Further details (and addresses) are available from our Facebook events page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/OpenLarpCapes/events/ .
Howdy folks, a couple of announcements.
First, we are setting up an event for October 17-19. It will be at Cricket Holler Boy Scout Camp in Dayton, OH, the same camp as the last event. Further details can be found at the Facebook event.
Secondly, we were invited onto the “Not So Cool Kids” video Podcast, with Brian Titus. It was a panel format regarding LARPing, particularly how it is seen by the general public and from more mainstream nerds. You can see the video at Youtube here. Or visit their website at www.thenotsocoolkidspodcast.com. Next week, check them out, as they will have CW Cooke talking about a comic book he’s kickstarting called Solitary, about a wrongly convicted hero who is on death row and then gains the power of immortality.
Boring bit of legal requirement, here is our waiver if you’d like a chance to read it before the game. You will need to sign it before the game, but I’ll have copies there.
Minors will need to have an adult on site with them. If that adult is not their parent or guardian, they will need to have their parent/guardian sign the waiver and bring it with them.
The second version of the beta rules are out, just in time for you all to get your Heroes ready for our first game of the year in May. Some of the changes are:
Less Damage flavors for free, but the option to buy more.
Healing is now a separate skill (and still takes up one of your damage flavors).
Movement skills are now a separate skill and are more unified and clarified. Plus, you can use them in combat now.
Item Crafting and Item Expert got tweaked a bit, trying to find a good balance point. Please, let us know what you think of it.
A whole lot of clarification and cleaned up text in general. Added some example heroes to the specific pages for each power source, so it’s easier to see how you can create heroes within the rules.
Let us know if you have questions or feedback and we hope to see you at our first full game! Thanks.
The second event is planned for the weekend of May 9th through May 11th. It will be at Camp Falling Rock, 12637 Houdeshell Road, Newark OH 43055. PCing is $40 dollars for the weekend or only $30 if you preregister by sending in an email. ($20 and $15 for a single day). PCs can arrive at 6pm and the game is set to begin around 9pm. NPCing is free (although please let us know you are coming by email or FB message).
We will be staying in the Franklin Lodge and will have modern toilets and shower facilities, a refrigerator and gas stove for cooking. (Directions: Take either St. Rt. 161 or St. Rt. 16 east to Newark. Turn north on St. Rt. 79. Go approximately 11 miles on St. Rt. 79 until you reach Township Road 210 (Rocky Fork Road). At the intersection of St. Rt. 79 and Township Road 210 there is a white barn and a sign for Camp Falling Rock. Turn left onto Township Road 210, follow this to Houdeshell Road. Turn left and proceed on it to the camp entrance. )
Update Sept 18th 2013: The first Beta version of the rules is available for download: Capes version v 0.1.1 By and large, this will be the rules for the opening game on Nov 23rd, but there may be a minor update in the upcoming weeks with clarifications. Incidentally, if you have any feedback on the rules, please email us.
Come talk with us! There’s a forum on this website or join our Facebook group Capes! Superhero LARP.
Hope to see you at our first event, Nov 23rd. We’ll be at the Hopwell Day Lodge in Caesar Creek State Park. The park’s address is 8570 East St. Rt. 73, Waynesville, Ohio 45068. The Day Lodge is located off Clarksville Road. Clarksville Road is located off of State Route 73 East/West or off of Oregonia Road. Follow Clarksville Road to Middletown Road. There is a large sign at the intersection of Middletown and Clarksville Road leading you to the Day Lodge.