Cottington Woods Adventure Day / Fundraiser / Vendor Faire
Date & Time: Sunday, May 14, 2017, 11am-5pm
Location: Camp Eagle
Pass, 38 Walker Road, Wales, MA
Cost: $40 for PCs, $20 for Fundraiser/Vendor Faire Attendees Only, free for
registered Tales NPCs
The cost covers our site (which is on a per person basis) and equipment rental
fee for the day, as well as needed items to run the event. If we have enough
attendees, the remaining fees goes towards the fundraising for Cottington props,
costumes, and other startup costs (such as annual insurance, annual storage
fees, site deposits, etc).
We will be able to accept Credit Cards and PayPal payments onsite for those
who will be purchasing baked goods, raffle tickets, auction items, etc.
For Players and NPCs of Tales, this is a chance to experience
some adventure mods and playtest the rules changes, as well as try out different
For Vendor Faire Attendees, this is also a chance to come
and socialize, and to get ahead of your LARPing / Ren Faire shopping by seeing
(and buying!) the goods of the Vendors/Merchants/Crafters present, buying some
great baked goods, and hanging out with a great group of people.
Everyone attending is welcome to participate in the Raffle
to win great prizes, bid on hand-crafted items in our Silent
Auction, purchase yummy food from our bake
sale, and shop with our Vendors!
If you plan on attending, even if you are paying at the door, please preregister
for the event here
Preregistering helps us by knowing how many people to expect, what scenarios
we can set up, and whether we need to include more than one repeater mod.
Note that this is just a "letting us know you are coming" form, and not a "paying
for the event" form (which you can do below).
Please register as a "Player" if you wish to go on any of the Mods
or Playtest Fights as a player with either a premade build or one you design.
You do not have to already be a player in Tales to do so. You can certainly
try it out as a player, and spend a fun day with your friends trying out characters.
(If you are a Player in Tales, please register as a Player.)
You can prepay for the event either by PayPal or by mail. Click below to pay directly with PayPal, or send your registration fee to Prereg@cottingtonwoods.com. If paying by another method, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Mail a check for $40 if attending as a Player, and $20 as a Faire Attendee. Contact
us if you need the mailing address.
Note: Click on underlined text to open up more content
Why Should You Attend the Event?
- For our Players - You will earn CP for Tales from the Cotting House
- For our registered Tales NPCS - You will earn CP for a participating Accelerant
Game (such as Aralis, Ascendant, Clockwork Skies, Crossover, Draconis, Fifth
Gate, Isles, LIONE, Madrigal, Numina, Occam's Razor, Shadowvale, Future
Imperfect, NERO: Fables of Fenorra, NERO: Volta Campaign)! Most games are
offering full one-day event CP for attending!
- For Faire Attendees - get a head start on your Ren Faire and/or LARP
shopping for the season! We will have local craftsmen and vendors here ready
to show off and sell you their goods!
- Try out your Tales from the Cotting House Character Build when you're
hooked onto your first Tales Mod. That's right, we're running several repeater
Mods at the Playtest!
- Put your Puzzle and Problem solving skills to the test when you find
yourself in Wonderland
- Experience the Slumberlands, and help a fellow Dreamer
- Go on an adventure to a far off place
- Aid the Riding Hoods by fighting the wolves of the Woods
- Crawl through a Rat Tunnel (rogues mod)
- Go on a Tracking MiniQuest, make the MiniCodex, and other games
- Participate in different Playtest Scenarios to help us test and and refine
the game rules. Get a chance to play all the headers, and try different
sklls! Get some fighting practice in while you're at it.
- Buy Raffle Tickets to win great gift baskets and other prizes!
- Bid in the Silent Auction to win lots of cool items!
- Purchase Influence Tokens for the Merchant Board and influence the direction
of the Tales we tell (every token placed will be taken into consideration)
- Shop for costumes, jewelry and other items from local vendors
- Participate in panels and discussion groups, with topics such as how to
write a (Cottington Tales) character history, how to write a PEL, meet the
Staff & ask your Questions about the Written World, and more
- Buy some great food at the Bake Sale!
- Help raise money to get Tales from the Cotting House started, and keep
event costs low
- Find out what Tales from the Cotting House is all about... and earn CP
for your favorite game while you're at it. (Did we mention the CP?)
Repeater Modules & Playtest
Yes, you heard correctly. Cottington Woods Staff
is planning on running several Small Repeater Mods at the Playtest, as well
as Playtest Fights. Why? To allow potential players to try out their character
builds, and also experiece a little bit of the flavor of Cottington Woods. This
will also allow us to try out some other skills than just combat, and we thought
it would be more fun than just various fighting scenarios.
To answer some questions:
Do you have to be a potential player of Cottington Woods to run through it?
No. However, preference will be given to those who ARE planning on playing Cottington Woods. And obviously we'll need NPCs for the module!
Only one repeater mod?
Honestly, this will depend on attendance numbers. If we get a large prereg for the Playtest, we will consider adding a second repeater mod to the Playtest Event. So encourage your friends to come!
Oh no! I don't have any costuming yet!
That's fine! We certainly encourage players to where something "Vaguely In-Game," but we don't really expect full costumes. Throw something together if you like, but we can all pretend that your shorts and t-shirt are a great costume if need be. We want everyone to be comfortable at the event.
Are you going to make NPCs where masks or
No. I mean, unless you really want to. We will
have costuming and makeup available, but will try to keep it light for
Is this Mod really happening to my character In-Game?
It is up to you! You can use this as an adventure
your character had prior to arriving in-game in the Woods if you wish,
or you can just enjoy it as fun. Given that histories & concepts are not
yet approved, and individual characters will come to the Woods in their
own way and most will have not yet met, we are encouraging you to just
have fun with this rather than have it be truly in-game so that your meeting
with other players can occur in-game. However, if you are coming into
game with a group of people and go through these mods, you can take it
in-game as you wish. Do let us know after, in your PELs.
But on to the Important Stuff:
How Do I Earn CP??
There are many ways to earn CP from the event!
To begin with, you will earn CP just by attending the event as either a Player
or an NPC. As an NPC, you may choose to earn Cottington Woods CP, or CP for
a participating Accelerant Game: (Aralis, Ascendant, Clockwork Skies, Crossover,
Draconis, Fifth Gate, Isles, LIONE, Madrigal, Numina, Occam's Razor, Shadowvale,
Future Imperfect, NERO: Fables of Fenorra, NERO: Volta Campaign).
If you are a Cottington Woods player, you must register as a PC, even if you
choose to "npc" for us, or if you choose not to play your character
on any of the mods. You will earn CP for Tales, regardless.
If you are not a Tales Player, but you register as a PC, you can either choose
to apply it to Tales after (should you decide to become a Tales player), or
earn NPC credit with a participating game (such as Aralis, After Dark,
Clockwork Skies, Occam's Razor, Fifth Gate).
You can also earn CP by donating
to the Raffle, Silent Auction, Bake Sale, or Yard Sale (see below).
Okay, but how much Cottington CP is that?
Cottington's CP scale is about 5:1 to the average
Accelerant Game. So attending the Playtest, you will earn 5 CP for attending,
2.5 CP for Cleanup, and 2.5 CP for submitting the feedback form, for a total
of 10 CP.
You can also earn Tales CP by Donating items to the Raffle, Silent Auction,
and Bake Sale.
What Donations Can I Make to Earn (Additonal) CP?
There are many different ways to earn additional Cottington Woods CP for
participating in the Fundraiser. To donate,
go here to register your donation.
Here are the ways you can help out (click on each underlined item for more
We are putting out a call for people to donate
gift baskets for us to raffle off. We will offer a minimum of 5 CP per
basket. Please let us know the approximate value of your basket and what's
in it; we may offer more CP if the basket is expensive or elaborate. Ideas
for baskets include, but are by NO MEANS limited to:
- Brer/Golem Makeup Basket
- Fairytale Character (or Story) Themed Basket
- Basket of spell packets
- Spa basket
- Tea basket
- Snack basket
- Duct Tape Rainbow weapon-making supply basket
- Parchment & sealing wax basket
- Cottington Woods inspiration book/movie basket
- Jewelry-making/beading basket
I'm sure you can think of many I can't. Anything that might appeal to
larpers... or people in general... is welcome, and no basket idea is too
small, so long as you think someone might buy a raffle ticket for it.
To donate a raffle item,
Or send us an email to email@example.com.
Click to see list of items that are currently available
for the raffle.
We are seeking donations for a silent auction
(and offering CP for them). Maybe you're a crafter who might be willing
to offer up something you made. Maybe you have a service to offer, like
custom weapon making, sewing, or portraiture. Maybe you have something
cool and in great condition in your attic that you don't need and might
make a good silent auction item. To make a donation to the silent
Or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CP amounts will vary based on the item that is donated, but will be
at least 5 CP per item.
(If you already offered something, we will try to be in touch with you
shortly, but it would be absolutely lovely if you could ping us again
at that address just for purposes of central information organization.)
Click to see list of items that are
currently available for the auction.
We will have a bake sale. If you'd like to
donate some baked goods, we offer 5 CP per double batch (or per 2 single
batches). To donate a raffle item,
Or send us an email to email@example.com.
Also, we could use someone to help organize/run the bake sale.
Do you have costuming, gear, or other items
that you no longer need and would like to sell? Bring them to the event
for a LARP Yard Sale. If you are a Tales player, you can earn CP by donating
the item to the Yard Sale. If it sells, the proceeds will go to Tales,
and you will earn half the selling price in CP as will the buyer. If you
are not a Tales player but want to help out, donate the item. If the buyer
is a player, they will earn the full cost of the item as CP, and the sales
money will go to Tales. (We will also be open to a 50/50 split of the
proceeds; please contact us to arrange). If the items do not sell, they
will be returned to you at the end of the day. To donate a Yard
Or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event includes a number of breakaway sessions/panels
in which larpers with much experience in a given area offer up their advice,
expertise, tips, and general knowledge/lore for those interested in getting
more into a particular aspect of larping... whether you've been larping
for 20 years and want to stretch in a new direction, or are a total newbie.
Topics will hopefully include:
- Character history design (general and for Cottington Woods)
- Writing a Good PEL
- Meet the Staff & Ask the GMs your Questions
- Overview of Tales, style of play, and more
If you are interested in volunteering to be on a panel, feel free to email
email@example.com. We don't want the panels to get too huge,
so if it's already full, we may have to gratefully decline. We will offer
2.5 CP per panel.
Vendors / Mini Craft Fair
We'd like to offer crafters and merchants
the chance to sell their wares at the event. Bring your own booth, table,
blanket, whatever. We debated how to handle this, so we're offering vendors
a choice. Vending is a $30 fee, with all proceeds going to Cottington
Woods props and costuming of course. We're happy to accept the $30 fee
up front, but we also know that there's always the question of whether
it will be profitable for you or not. So here's the alternative we are
offering: Come set up your booth and offer your wares. Give Cottington
10% of your sales up to a maximum of $30. For example, if you sell nothing,
it costs you nothing. If you sell $100 worth of goods, you only give us
$10, but if you sell $300, you give us $30. If you sell $1000 worth of
goods, you still only give us $30. Sound good? If interested, please contact
us at firstname.lastname@example.org (If you want to earn CP for Cottington
or another Accelerant Game, however, you would need to pay the event cost
of $30 in addition.)
- Current Vendors who will be at the event:
- A Valley of Stars - character portraits, jewelry, soaps, and other accessories
- Loot Drop Crafts - chainmaille jewelry and costuming
- Nana Carol's Quilts - hand crafter quilts, including banners, table runners, blankets, shawls and more
- We are currently confirming if LARPHack/XephInk will be in attendance
We hope to have some fun and likely silly
games of chance and skill available. These currently include a Tracking
MiniQuest, a Codex MiniQuest, and more. If you have an idea for a good
game and might be willing to run one, or help run one (mostly think things
you would find at, well, a fundraiser carnival), well, running a game
is worth 5 CP. Email us at email@example.com if you might
be willing to volunteer!
As this is a fundraiser, we will also be accepting
cash donations for CP, though we strongly encourage raffle, auction, bake
sale, potluck, and panel donations as those help us raise money to purchase
props, costumes, weapons, and other start up costs as well. We will offer
1 CP per $5 donated. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you wish to do this.
How much will Raffle Tickets, Baked Goods and other
things cost, and how do I pay onsite?
We will accept Cash, Credit Card, and Paypal payments at the event for goods
purchased. For those who wish to pay by Credit Card or PayPal at the event,
we will be giving everyone a purchase card to record what you acquire throughout
the day (such as raffle tickets, baked goods & drinks purchased, auctions
won, etc.) and will "check you out" at the end of the day, so you
only need to worry about making one single purchase at the end of the day.
Raffle tickets will cost: $3 for 1; $5 for 2; $10 for 5, $20 for 12
Auction items will vary based on the winning bid
Baked Goods will start at $0.50 and go up from there.
Yard Sale items will have a set price, determined by the seller.
How much do I participate in the Raffle if I cannot
attend the event? I want to win something!
You do not need to attend the event in order to enter our Raffle! To enter
the Raffle, first purchase Raffle Tickets. In the description, tell us (1)
what items you wish to put tickets in for, and (2) how many tickets towards
each item. Every raffle item has its own ticket pool.
To see what Raffle items are up for winning, and to purchase tickets, please
go here: Raffle Items!
How do I bid on Silent Auction items if I cannot attend
If you cannot attend the event, but want to to bid on a Silent Auction item,
you can certainly do so! Send us an email
to email@example.com with the following information so that
we can act as a proxy on your behalf:
* Your Name
* Your PayPal Address (to send invoice to if you win)
* The item(s) you wish to win
* For each item: (1) your starting bid amount; (2) your maximum bid amount;
and (3) the increment by which you wish to increase your bid
* If there is an item you really really want to win, and want to be contacted
at 3:45pm before the end of the silent auction if your max bid is outbid to
consider whether to bid higher, please provide us the means we should contact
you at that time and we will do so.
We hope that the Adventure Day Fundraiser will be a very fun time for everyone
involved! We're all very excited, and we hope to see all of you there! Thank
you in advance for your support.
If you have any questions, please let us know.
Please note: Even if you cannot attend the event itself, you can still help
out (and earn CP!) by donating items to the event. Please contact us and we
can make arrangements to get the items (or you can make arrangements with those
attending). You will also be able to purchase
raffle tickets, and other such things in advance of the event.
Thank you all again. We look forward to seeing many of you on the 1st of April!
Schedule of the
This is our intended schedule of events at the Adventure Day. This is subject
to change, and equally subject to "LARP time."
||Out of Game Events / Panels
Arrival & Setup
PC & NPC Check-in Opens (can arrival
early to help with setup)
Into A Story: The Cave of Wonders
Wonderland: Down the Mouse Hole
Sticks & Stones Fights
Mini-Quests (Tracking & Codex)
Ask the GMs Questions
& Discussions on Writing a Character History in Tales
Buy Raffle Tickets
& Bid in the Silent Auction
Vendor Booths are Open! Time to Shop!
Food and Bake Sale
Meet the Tales Staff
& Lunch Break (buy food at the Food & Bake Sale!)
Wolf Hunt (Field Battle)
Zombies in the Witch's Garden
(Battle with Mechanics)
Sticks & Stones
Fights (as desired);
Mini-Quests (Tracking & Codex)
GMs at Battles to Answer
Into the Rat Tunnels (A
Ring Around the Dreamer: A
Ask the GMs Questions
& Discussions on Writing Good PELs
Raffle Drawing & Auction Winners Announced
GM & Staff Discussion: Overview of Tales, Character
Creation, PELs, and More.
Final Chance to Ask the GMs Questions.
Those who help with Cleanup will get CP, our undying gratitude (so
that we can go home too!),
and the opportunity to keep talking with Staff/GMs and asking us questions!
The businesses below are all small businesses local to New England who are
gratiously donating items to our auction and raffle to help get Tales from the
Cotting House off to a great start. They rely on LARPers like us for their livelihood,
so when you're thinking of your Tales Costumes, Jewelry, Accessories, and more,
please consider purchasing from our Adventure Day Fundraiser Sponsors below.
And thank you to our Sponsors for helping us out!
| Auntie Arwen's Spices | B3
Imagination Studios | Damsel in this Dress | Laughing Oak Bakery
| Liddle Druid | Loot Drop Crafts
| Lusty Leather |
| Nana Carol's Quilts | Orion
Leather | Silver Owl Creations |
A Valley of Stars | Xeph-Ink
/ LARP Hack |
Auntie Arwen is well-known in the SCA(Society for Creative Anachronism) for
her spice blends - from food blends, salts, spices, rubs, and more to beverage
blends, teas, and coffees. She has well over 300 custom blends, and will work
directly with you to create custom blends. You really need to try her spices
- they will transform your cooking! And for those of you Tea Fanatics (like
me), she has dozens and dozens of tea blends, and will even create a custom
blend for you to sample based on your preferences. Auntie Arwen's Spices is
donating a $30 gift certificate to our Raffle
so that you, too, can see how amazing her spices are!
B3 Imagination Studios is the creation of Ben, Allysum, and Kat - crafters and
LARPers here in New England. They offer a MakerSpace for local crafters to create
and produce goods, but they are perhaps best known among the LARPing community
for their high quality Weapons, Shields, and Bows. B3I is donating a packet
bow to our Silent Auction!
Damsel in this Dress makes amazing, figure-flattering corsets that are super comfortable to wear. You've probably seen them around - they are very popular among us LARPers! "We have been in business for over 12 years, racking up hundreds of thousands of hours of experience, skill, education, and refinement in the corset making process. Going to festivals and trying corsets on tons of women has helped us to shape out patterns to beautifully fit a woman's shape, and we thrive on customer feedback for quality suggestions and fitting requests! We've worked hard to build our reputation and have learned a lot along the way, but in the end, the products speak for themselves. When there is a customer that comes in wearing a 10 year old renaissance bodice that still looks new, that is pretty dang awesom!" Want a Damsel corset of your very own? They are offering a CUSTOM TO YOUR SIZE 2-item Mystery Box containing 1 Underbust Corset and 1 additional item (could be a skirt, blouse, vest, accessory, etc) for our Silent Auction!
Erin of Laughing Oak Bakery
is not only a fellow LARPer, but perhaps one of the kindest people you'll ever
meet - her motto, "Love Baked In," couldn't be more true! For those
in the know, her baked goods are already a staple of the LARPing community,
in high demand for every event. She's donating a "Cottington Picnic"
- a dozen cookies, a loaf of bread, cheese, lemonade and brownies, plus plates
etc for four - for our Raffle.
Niki of Liddle Druid is
a fellow LARPer and a leather/textile crafter extraordinaire. Check out her
website, as she makes a wide variety of leather goods and leather/textile costume
pieces, accessories and more. A handmade Leather Scroll Case from Liddle Druid
will be in our Silent Auction prizes!
Abrihette of Dragon's Opus is a fellow LARPer who makes beautiful chainmaille
jewelry and custom costuming. She was a Cottington Woods player, too! She has
donated a beautiful "Mobius" Chainmaille Necklace to our Silent
Auction, and will also be onsite - stop by to check out her beautiful pieces.
Lusty Leather is well-known in the LARPing and Renaissance Faire circles of
New England as creators of fine leather goods - from bodices and cinchers, to
frogges and pouches, to accessories such as hair pieces, mess kits, and more.
They have the perfect things to add that distinguising touch to your character.
They will be donating a $25 gift certificate to our Raffle!
Heidi of Meloria Maille is not only
a local business, but a fellow LARPer. She makes one-of-a-kind chainmaille jewelry,
accessories, and other items. Be sure to stop by to check out what she has to
offer, as she will be at the event selling! In addition, a Meloria Maille pendant
will be available in our Silent Auction.
NANA CAROL'S QUILTS
Nana Carol makes beautiful hand-crafted quilts, from blankets to wall-hangings.
These are the perfect things to decorate your cabin, or to snuggle up in on a
cold LARP event (not to mention adding a little in-game decor to your bed!). Contact
her by email here. A hand-made
quilt tablerunner or banner is yours to win in our Silent
Shawn MacAulery (owner) and Sammy Eddy of Orion
Leather make beautiful handcrafted leather items: belts, masks, armor, pouches,
headgear, and more - all the things you need to deck out your LARP character.
A custom made, horror-inspired Leather Mask by Sammy will be yours to win in our
Sammy will also be making masks for the Afer
Dark LARP, a New England Gothic Horror LARP, starting in November 2017. Attend
their Playtest on July 7 at Eagle
Kendra is a fellow LARPer who makes beautiful wire-wrapped jewelry. Silver
Owl Creations sells steampunk and fantasy wire wrapped antique key jewelry,
braided wire bracelets adorned with leaves or crystals, swirling colorful earrings,
and other wire wrapped or sculpted wire adornments with a steampunk, fantasy,
or faery flair. A custom, Cottington/Tales-themed pendant will be available
to win in our Silent Auction!
Azyzl and Vespa are incredible artists and LARPer who makes amazing character
portraits, custom artwork, and a variety of accessories from homemade soaps,
pendants, LED crystals, and more. They will be attending at the event, so you
can meet them in person and buy some of their great stuff. Win a full color
character portrait from them in our Raffle!
Xephyr is well-known among the New England LARPing and Ren Faire crowd. Xeph-Ink
sells original Celtic Tapestries, Cloaks, and quality LARP gear and jewelry,
while LARP Hack sells boffer weapons and reports on the latest goings on in
the New England LARPing community. They are well known for their comprehensive
A Red Dragon Tapestry from Xeph Ink will be available to win in our Raffle!