Packing for Divine Intervention LARP: Part One:
Food and Drink
Welcome to a series in which I do some short burst blogs over the week leading up to an event, as I pack my kit. I pack a little heavy for this game, you will not have to pack this much in general for your standard weekend long boffer event.
I put a lot of thought into how I pack for Divine Intervention. I make very detailed lists, and check them off in chunks or else my scattered brain will not be able to remember everything.
For DI, I pack considerably heavier than any of my other events, for a couple of reasons.
- One: I am in charge of the decorations for my cabin, where the other members of my culture and I try to turn the space into a more realistic in-game home where they might live.
- Two: This coming event I am running the yearly Fathom tournament, an in-game card game which is the most popular hobby of the people that live in the world of Aukauna. (More on this in a future post.)
- And Three: I play a character who puts a bit *too* much stock in fashions and being prepared, so I have a variety of costumes, and hats, and jackets, and you know, anti-ghost warding implements. The usual.
But relevant to today’s topic, the community around DI is very potluck oriented. We have a meal plan, and the food is quite good, but most of us contribute snacks, in-game drinks, or light meals to supplement the meals that we get included with admission. The game world has many player group countries who pride themselves on their food and hospitality, so every episode has a lot of sharing and merriment.
The community is also very environmentally conscious, so we do our best to bring cups and plates and such, to avoid excessive use of disposable eating materials. I tend to bring enough for me and at least one other in case folks forgot their mugs.
So yeah, this is a lot of food, I basically put out that entire preamble so you all wouldn’t think I was eating it all.
This is what I have packed away for Episode Six, foodwise it’s actually a bit lighter than normal because of my tournament, I don’t have much cooking time. The crockpot, dried mushrooms, veggie stock, and the mountain of noodles is my low effort contribution to “Zamen Noodles” which is a silly thing my character’s country does. My character’s family recipe is actually mini pierogi, but I made those last episode.
I have two glass flasks, these are to put different drinks in for walking around because it wouldn’t be particularly in-universe to be chugging a Monster. My character is a bit of a candy addict, but also the hospitality of sweets is a very good way to ward off ghosts (or so Chantarelle thinks) which I will put into a paper bag closer to the game so they don’t go stale and also don’t break immersion. Same with the cookies, those are all for sharing.
I pack tea for when I have to take in-game potions, it’s fun to steep it and pretend I am doing something magical with it, some other players run a tea house in-game, and they provide little cubbies for the townspeople to store their mugs.
I also bring a four pack of those little Starbucks coffees as my contribution to my brother on staff every game, it’s become a little tradition. One year he dropped them as I was handing them to him and glass got in his eye. Glass bottles are not necessarily very smart at larp, but he is staff so those bottles stay at logistics. Your mileage may vary.
I also bring sparkling juice of varying flavors, (I will wash off the labels and replace them with in-universe labels) The sparkling lemonade is Lemonvine Wine, and the grape juice will just be generic wine. My character’s family makes Apple Cinnamon Whiskey (which I phys-rep with sparkling cinnamon apple juice but I can’t find any right now, the Market Basket only had pumpkin spice sparkling juice and I am sad.)
The big amber growler will contain iced coffee once I have brewed it, I whip that bad boy out on Saturday morning and it’s like I am the hero of Brink. I love sharing food, it’s such a simple way to show affection and camaraderie in a game.
For new people thinking, “what the heck, this is already too much to pack and it’s just food!” please do not worry. Most games won’t require one to bring so much just to eat for the weekend. Of course, an in-period drinking cup is very helpful for almost every larp, and I recommend it for just about everyone as it saves on disposables. My clay mug is from Sturbridge village, but the copper looking coffee mug is a cheap purchase off Amazon, there are a lot of excellent immersion appropriate drinking vessels, if anyone needs suggestions please feel free to comment below!
I got the picnic basket at Savers, (which is a thrift store in my local area) and it is invaluable for transporting my characters food, at most games I attend. I try to pack as much as I can into containers or baskets that are not going to break anyone’s immersion, even if the packaging inside is not ideal. Some things I do have to pack into totes, but I stow them away in my car before game on.
And that’s part one of what I pack for Divine Intervention and why! I will post more this week as I pack up for the tournament and work on my cabin decor. I would also love to know how other people pack for games! Leave a comment!
Thanks for reading!
And remember that you are never too old for Make Believe!