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Monday, May 26, 2008

Treacle Mine Road Saga VI

The Treacle Mine Road is a famous thoroughfare in Ankh-Morpork and provided the location for the 6. Discworld-themed LARP in Austria.

I first heard of this LARP during the Middle Earth Festival last June, when one of the musicians saw my Rinecewind costume and asked me to join them. As a long-time Discworld fan I couldn't let this opportunity slip by me and so I undertook the long journey to Austria in the night train.

The LARP lasted from Thursday, 5pm till Saturday, well past midnight and was one of the longest cons I had ever attended.

True to its origins, the play had many confusing plots and offered tons of hilarious scenes, which makes it quite impossible to write a complete and accurate report about what happened, so here are the main plot and the highlights.

The temple of Small Gods was in danger of collapsing and so all priests were relocated to the Treacle Mine district where they busily tried to convert the inhabitants to their religion. Some of the most important Gods present were:
- Almarupp, the God of the holes in the Cheese
- Entah, the God of Spaces (especially in books, the holy bible of Entah only contained Spaces)
- Ricula, the Goddess of clean breath and vanquisher of Keuch, God of coughing
- Kluni, the God of Coffee and staying awake after midnight
- Mogel, the God of Cheat Sheets
- Yikes, the Goddess of crawling critters
- Nasn, the Goddess of curiosity
- Freckln, the Godess of freckls
- and many more
(I haven't listed the name of the priests, because they all contain play on words which only work in German).
All went well until the priests started to die like flies. Most of them died of natural causes, but suspicions heightened, when riddles in the Ankh-Morpork Times revealed clues to the murders. The City Watch then received the task to catch the killer immediately, which put them in front of a lot of problems.

Highlights of the Weekend were the show "Who wants to be an Ankh-Morpork Millionaire", the exorcism of a friendly demon kept prisoner in a girl with tourette syndrome, Ponder Stibbons, the appearance of Rincewind the Wizzard, the Marathon of priests with one participant, the Holy Water Far Spitting contest, the discussion how fish can cough (they make 'blubb'), the pleasant evenings in the Bone and many more.

I played the Priest of Ricula and had great fun distributing holy 'Hustien' (Ricola pastilles) and interacting with the other characters.

It was a fantastic experience and I wouldn't want to have missed it. As usual, I took a ton of (cool) pictures, which I hope to publish soon.

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  • Hi rincewind! A very good summary of all the action that took place in the last weekend. I was very impressed about that very smooth setting and the good action of both the playing- and nonplaying characters. To sum it up: one of the best Larps I ever had the chance to be part of!

    Humble greeetings,

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:21 AM  

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