Living In Character Tip #8: Period Gear
“While it’s definitely easier to use modern equipment like a Zippo lighter or an axe with a carbon fiber handle, replacing them with similar equipment from the time period might enhance your experience a bit. Although it’s a bit of a pain to get the hang of starting fire with a flint & steel, the act helps to solidify your mindset and experience, while also creating a better atmosphere for your peers.”
“Additionally, certain materials can help enhance the setting, too. Rather than using nylon rope, why not use hemp or jute? Instead of plastic or aluminum dinnerware, why not opt for cast or wrought iron, horn, and treenware (wooden) goods? The same mentality can be applied to clothing–you’ll often find that canvas and wool can be far more durable (and better looking to boot), than polyester and similar materials.”
”I’m not saying you should replace all of your modern items with those that fit the period–Those that affect your health and wellbeing, like toothbrushes and the like–are A-OK staying their modern selves.”
Camryn shares her thoughts on trading the luxuries of modern equipment for the aesthetic and immersive qualities of those from the period of the LARP.