Keep Your Equipment Safe
By Artenen Aeolus
Many larpers and game promoters move gear from vehicles to their homes, trailers, campers, etc. and after a while some begin to leave items in cars and campers. This can lead to many problems and equipment damage while also making a vehicle more tempting for thieves.
First, lets bring up the fact that many of the weapons, leather and other gear are not designed to handle prolonged exposure to high heat. Leaving a latex weapon of piece of waxed leather in a vehicle on a hot summer day can warp and melt the coatings, bindings etc. while the UV rays can break down the latex, foam, leather, glues, plastics and other things. One of our gamers experienced this first hand when his latex shield was exposed to high heat / UV damage from being stored in his vehicle. The latex began to get tacky and took on finger prints, colors on some things began to run and his equipment was never the same. This could have been avoided simply by taking the time to bring his gear in after a game.
You always want to wipe your gear down after a game and inspect it for damage. In our experience you would want to do this right after a game so when you are in a mad rush to get everything ready for your next outing, you're not spending all night mending things or overlooking something. Take your time and get it done right well in advance so you don't show up to a game on a few hours of sleep (ya we know it is hard to sleep before a game due to excitement but it shouldn't be because you have to stay up to fix items).
Explosions / Fires:
Leaving a pressurized can of anything in a 200 degree vehicle is always asking for trouble. Many things like your latex spray, makeups, sunscreen and bug spray cans will burst (and possibly explode) which can injure people, start fires and things like WD-40 and bug spray will melt leather, plastics etc. Even if they don't explode, this high heat will ruin most things like makeup and prosthetics so their chemical compositions will not work right, colors will fade, etc.
We had the unfortunate experience of someone breaking into our props trailer looking for our cash box and other items last night. They broke all the locks, ransacked the trailer and stole items. Leaving things in trailers, cars and out in the open will tempt folks... simply put... do not leave things out, even if you trust everyone. It is usually someone who is not in the game who will swipe something when you're not looking, especially in a park environment.
|An officer dusting armor / trailer for prints after a recent burglary to our larp prop trailer.|
Many times a great game can be defined by a player or promoter who has planned properly and well in advance. These are simple steps you can take to make sure your next adventure is a memorable one!