Players of Cottington Woods
So you've decided you want to journey into the Woods, but aren't sure of the path before you. Here, then, is the information you need to begin your journey into the Written Word.
First, join our GoogleGroup
Getting Started as a Player:
After an Event:
Whether you already have a concept in mind, or are just beginning to figure out what you'd like to play, please take a look at our Character Creation guidelines, rules, and information. You can find them by clicking on the link here, or by clicking on "Info" --> "Character" in the menu above.
This does not mean that your concept/history needs to be complete at this point - in fact, we expect that there may need to be some tweaks after we review them. We want your concept to be a dialog with Plot Staff, so that your concept best fits the world and the stories & plotlines that already exist. Do not worry if we request you make changes; it only means that we are as interested in ensuring you have fun and your concept works in our world as you are.
Initial Character Concepts should be submitted no later than 6 weeks prior to your first event.
We kindly ask that finalized Character Histories be submitted no later than three weeks prior to your first event -- and even sooner, if possible, to allow us to incorporate them into event plots. Note that the closer to an event you submit information on your character, the less likely Plot will be able to react to that in that upcoming event.
When you have time, we'd also love it if you could fill out our Player Survey. This gives a chance to get to know you as a player - what plotlines you do and do not enjoy, your expectations and experiences. We want this to be as much your game as ours, and as much as possible, we will try to tailor our plotlines towards your personal preferences.
When scheduling our events, we'd like to know what other games our players, NPCs, and Staff are playing, so we can try our best to avoid major conflicts. In the end, however, we're at the mercy of site availability, and can absolutely make no promises that we won't conflict with a game you love out there. There are just too many LARPs running in New England to avoid conflicts, but we'll do our best within the site availability constraints to avoid major conflicts!
Once you've created a concept, now is the time to really understand the rules, skillsets, and headers available in the game. The System Rules can be found here, or by clicking on "Info" --> "Rules" in the menu above.
Once you are ready to build your character, log into the character database to submit your build. The character database is located under Interact then Characters on the menu above. You must be logged into the website to access the character generator.
All characters begin at 250 Character Points (CP).
CP can be earned from a variety of different means, including:
In advance of each event, we will post a Donations list if donations are needed. You can earn additional CP by making donations to the game. These are usually props, costumes, weapons, makeup, food, and other needed items.
We do have a CP Cap that increases with each event, by an amount equal to twice the potential max CP earning for that event. For example, the first Cottington Woods event was a one-day event, where you could earn 15 CP. The Cap increased after that event from 250 CP (starting cap) to 280 CP.
The current CP Cap can be found on the character generator,
but here is the CP Cap going into each event: One Day Event:
Donating / Transferring CP: We do allow PCs to Donate/Transfer CP to another Tales player, so long as you have not already spent the CP. Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with Your Name, The Player you are giving CP to, and the Amount of CP to transfer.
We strongly encourage all Players to preregister to attend an event on LARP Poral. This not only let's Plot Staff know that you are attending, and thus can prepare plot for your character, but also ensures that you have a space reserved in case we hit our Player Cap. If we have reached our player cap, we cannot accept additonal players for an event, even if you show up at the event. Please, preregister!
For more information on events, including costs and location, go here.
PELs (Post Event Letters), aka Summary Letters, are one of the tools of communication that Plot Staff of Cottington Woods uses to stay informed of what players and cast did during an event. Much as we keep asking the Faeries to grant us all-seeing-powers, we can't be everywhere at once and see all the wonderful things you are doing or schemes you are hatching. Your PEL is your chance to tell us what you did, what you are planning on doing, what you liked and didn't like, pass along some NPC praise, and more.
They also earn you CP, if you submit them before the deadline.
PELs are always due 2 weeks after the Sunday of an Event. You can still submit PELs after this deadline (and we strongly encourage you to submit one!), but you will not receive CP for it.
Please send all PELs to PEL@cottingtonwoods.com.
We know some people like to use Google Documents to keep their PELs. Google Docs are fine, but we ask two things:
There are several skills in the game that allow you to take actions between events to gain additional information or influence the game in some fashion. These skills must be submitted for use by the PEL deadline of 2 weeks after the event.
You may submit Between Event Skills using the Info Skill form here.
Letters: can be submitted with the Info/Between Event Skill form, or can be
submitted to email@example.com
(please put "Letters" somewhere in the subject of the email if sending
separate from your PEL).
You can reach us by submitting a question through the Contact form on the website, or by sending an email to "firstname.lastname@example.org."
We also have a few other places where we post information and updates, aside from the Cottington Woods Google Group, and where players ask questions and provide information. These are:
Cottington Woods Player List: https://groups.google.com/d/forum/playercottingtonwoods
(this is the main list for the game), or embedded
in our website here.
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