‘God Rest Ye Merry’
Our first order of business was to sell tickets for the event.
We needed an event name. “God Rest Ye Merry” sprang to mind fairly swiftly – obviously it was Christmassy, it had echoes of the restlessness of the dead, it’s in an interesting minor key rather than celebratory major, it feels old and medieval evoking a bit of scary history, and it’s just an interesting phrase. The fact that its acronym is GRYM was a happy coincidence.
So, equipped with a name and a premise, we set about selling some tickets. We wanted to be able to lay on a luxury event – fully catered etc. – and the have ridiculous over-the-top effects, and the house itself was fairly expensive. Most of the events we’ve run over the years have been around the £50 mark. The most expensive events we’ve paid to take part in were around £175, and that was seen as expensive by people in our hobby. But after years of this, we wanted to challenge the status quo – we fully believe that LARP is an underfunded hobby, and that you’d pay several order of magnitudes higher for fully catered / accommodated ‘experience weekends’. So, tentatively, expecting the event to struggle, we announced we were running an event for a price of £250 per head.
Two days later all 22 places had gone and we had an additional waiting list of 15 people. Perhaps we should have asked for more. It helped that we offered staged payments and announced the event nearly a year in advance, but even so, we were taken aback by how fast the places went.
Here’s the very minimal trailer we launched the event with – my first attempt at anything in After Effects in about 5 years, with vocals by me, recorded on my iPhone and mucked about with in Audacity:
(Best with audio!)