You’d better Knot!

Celtic knots are beautiful, alluring, intriguing and instantly recognizable. The celebrity symbols of the Vikings and Celtic peoples, they adorned clothing, accessories, hunting utensils, battle-wear, weapons, jewelry, books and rocks in the past and today.

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Trail Blazers

IMG_20180702_202218.jpgJust outside the boundaries of the small community of Trout River lies the Gros Morne National Park (where the featured image here is taken).  If you go on past the Trout River Campsite inside the park the scenery continues!

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Aviking By Hoof will take you on horseback through these trails and branch off roads on different adventures.  You will find the scenery can change dramatically from one turn to the next, as the mountains vary in soil content and rock composition, thus affecting the type of plant growth.  Wind and temperature will also leave you with very stunted trees in one spot and tall, looming ones in the next.

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Its hard to believe but communities are not far from all of these viewpoints.  You can come and lose yourself in a LARP world with ease.  Who wouldn’t believe faeries, elves and mountain trolls still live in this magical place?  Don’t worry, our trail rides will give you lots of stop and snap a pic options! Newfoundland is truly picture perfect in every direction.  There is something comforting to the soul taking in all the natural beauty.

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So what is LARP?

Summer SaleLive Action Role Play or LARP is a combination of impromptu live theatre and competitive gaming.  So if you are participating in such, you are LARPING. It is played, for the most part, outdoors, with groups of people who aren’t afraid to channel their inner child warrior spirit, or at give that spirit a fighting chance.

Jeu de rôle live action ou LARP est une combinaison de théâtre en direct impromptu et de jeux compétitifs Donc, si vous participez à tel, vous êtes LARPING.  Il est joué, pour la plupart, à l’extérieur, avec des groupes de personnes qui n’ont pas peur de canaliser leur esprit d’enfant guerrier intérieur, ou donner à cet esprit une chance de se battre.

There are challenges, both physical and mental.  There are inner tribe battles for leadership titles.  There are battles between tribes.  There are all out wars.  All are played zealously with foam based weaponry.

Il y a des défis, tant physiques que mentaux. Il y a des batailles internes de tribu pour les titres de leadership. Il y a des batailles tribales et il y a des guerres. Tous sont joués avec zèle avec des armes à base de mousse.

Its pretend for adults who want to get carried away and have a ton of fun.   Wouldn’t you love to leave yourself at home for a few days and immerse yourself into a new character that kicks ass?

Partez en vacances-de l’ordinaire, vous ennuyer-et profiter de votre temps immergé dans l’aventure comme une nouvelle personne ou une créature passionnante.

Live Action Role Play makes a great ice breaker at family reunions when you feel you must speak to relatives you may have never seen since infancy, promotes comraderie amongst team mates from sports teams, dance troupes, school groups or business organizations and enables people to de-stress by taking them outside of themselves-in a physically and mentally active way.  There, now you have logical reasons for wanting to wield a foam sword at your fellow work mate or family member.

Action en direct le jeu de rôle fait un grand briseur de glace aux réunions de famille quand vous sentez que vous devez parler à des parents que vous n’avez jamais vus depuis la petite enfance, favorise la camaraderie parmi les coéquipiers des équipes sportives, des troupes de danse, des groupes scolaires ou des organisations d’affaires et permet aux gens de déstresser en les prenant en dehors d’eux-mêmes-d’une manière physiquement et mentalement active. Là, maintenant vous avez des raisons logiques de vouloir manier une épée en mousse à votre compagnon de travail ou membre de la famille.

Just try to create a character that you will enjoy being for a few days.  Then get really creative and come up with a backstory, a list of weapons you should shop for, types of items you think would up their gaming prowess, clothing that’s eye catching but wearable during battle, and start tweeting to your friends, family and frenemies. Essayez simplement de créer un personnage qui vous fera plaisir pendant quelques jours. Ensuite, obtenir vraiment créatif et venir avec un “backstory”, une liste d’armes que vous devriez magasiner pour, types d’articles que vous pensez que leur prouesse de jeu, les vêtements qui est accrocheur, mais portable pendant la bataille, et commencer tweeting à vos amis, la famille et les “frenemies”. 

 

 

About us…

Welcome!

Aviking means exploring. Newfoundland has lots of places to explore If the modern world is getting you down, take a grand switch and hop a plane or ferry to a province unlike any other.  Newfoundland, Canada has areas that will make you feel like you’ve stepped back 1000 years in time.  The Gros Morne National Park where we hold events is a UNESCO heritage site with geological features you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

We hope you come aviking with us on a grand adventure. Newfoundland is a beautiful province of spectacular scenery and culture. You can feel like you’ve stepped back in time, that you are in the complete wilderness and yet be within minutes of a quaint community, town or city filled with shops, restaurants, and amenities.

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Aviking By Hoof will be hosting Live Action Role Play events throughout the summer months at various locations in the Gros Morne region of Western Newfoundland. Join us for a Weekend LARP event, book a private weekday role playing workshop for your family or group, contact us to learn some Elvish, Celtic knot tying, Runic writing or Faerie Spell making.

Day or night, shop our neat collection of souvenirs online, which you’ll also find in local craft stores. These specialty gift items are inspired by the beauty all around us. Many are one of a kind items for that one of a kind person in your life, like our Rocks On The Rock sweater collection. Others use medicinal herbs to channel healing energies and block negativity, like our Faery Petals & Leaves. Some are collector’s items like our Newfoundland Country Ponies which can be found in western Newfoundland craft shops and Cape Breton’s Farmer’s Country Store on Keltic Drive.

 

 

AGE OF EDDAS approaching

Ticket sales through Eventbrite have resulted in the first two planned events of the season unable to be held, due to lack of sales, so I wanted to make sure you knew about what events are still going to be happening and which have been unfortunately cancelled due to lack of registration. If you do purchase a ticket – even though it says, no refund, we will certainly still refund your ticket or exchange the ticket for a different event time/theme if you cancel a day before the event happens. You can even trade a ticket for a gift item of equal value.

First off, so far, until next week anyways, we are still holding open ticket registration for Age of Eddas LARP. Tickets have been marked WAY, WAY down but are no longer costume or weapon rental inclusive. And you can take advantage of spending one or two days larping with us, here in Trout River Pond area plus work in any other events or nifty spots nearby you wanted to check out within the same relative time span.

Age of Eddas is based on Odin, The Allfather’s writings about his two brothers that betrayed him over his wife Frigga. Now, Odin decided he’d get back at his brother’s by banishing them and no longer allowing them to be written down in any sagas. He wrote them out of history, so to speak, but there are clues, that indicate they did not go quietly into the darkness.

In fact, the desert God Yahweh, could possibly be Ve. Translating his name, “I am Ve” – and the people not being allowed to speak it makes me wonder. Also, The Holy Spirit of The Bible could also be Vili whose name means “spirit” in old Norse. Remember it was the three brothers that created mankind – Odin, Vili and Ve and they used two trees – one for the man and another for the woman, Ask and Embla.

But I digress, the LARP is “based” upon these theories and Odin’s writings with some dramatic license of course. I do hope not to offend any of the gods and goddesses depicted therein. I think it very important that we do openly refer to them as much as possible, even those previously shunned, since this gives them back the honor that was stolen from them when Christianity struck the world with its brainwashing approach to religion.

Open minded, creative peoples are welcome to play. I don’t want any religious zealots here attempting to steal the fun with their Bible thumping foolishness. Roles are open for interpretation. You may come dressed as you’d think an Asir would dress as, or a Valkyrie, Vanir, Viking, Giant, Nymph, Faerie, Demon or Elf. Weapons must be safe to play with, such as foam weapons from Calimacil in Quebec or Armstice in the US.

While mock battles are definitely a fun part of LARP, interaction, learning modes, character portrayals etc, make for a well rounded event. It will make for a great date, weekend adventure for the family, safe arena for frenemies and workpeeps to vent and team mates to learn how to really work together in new, creative ways.

Hope to see you there! Please register with Eventbrite. Our listing is
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/age-of-eddas-tickets-45866786794

The next scheduled event will be REALM COLLIDE, another great introduction into Larping because you can be ANY type of character and it will fit into the time loop storyline.  Tickets will be going on sale for that LARP tonight and will be as low as AGE of EDDAS, so be sure to book!

The earlier you register, the quicker you can download the player’s map, hints, extras sheet and so forth.  Reminder, there are no costumes included in these low, low ticket prices, so your creativity will be up to you for this LARP.  Have fun with it!

June 7th, 2018

Well, its finally beginning to warm up here in Trout River, Newfoundland.  I was afraid there might be snow at the LARP events I had planned for the summer months.  There is still snow in the mountains, which makes for a lovely, eerie fog at sunset, so bring a sweater or two if travelling in the higher routes.

If you’ve been on the website previously, you will notice the event dates have been removed.  There were a few glitches with the payment buttons that have to be adjusted.  If you’d like to book as a group – which is the most affordable way to go, not to mention fun – you are able to choose between one or two days of LARP.  If your group is interested in the Dramatic Intent Series to be held in August, please contact me ASAP to reserve your space.

So all in all, hang tight, while some details get sorted out, let me know what sort of adventure your family, team or business organization would like to have, when you’ll be in the area and what method of transportation you will be arriving by.

Meet and greets are always good to have prior than jumping into a live action role playing event, or touring a mountainside with.  If at all possible, the day before the event, if you have time to be introduced to other players, team leaders, myself and the area you will be playing in, please by all means, let me know.

Battle Backdrop

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Aside from honing your battle skills, letting go of stress and realities woes, meeting new people and having a lot of fun, Aviking By Hoof offers you the amazing backdrop of western Newfoundland’s Gros Morne while you LARP.

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Just walking from one playing field to the next offers amazing views.  This road also leads to the Trout River Pond campground of Parks Canada.

 

We are very excited here at Aviking By Hoof, because although there is still plenty of snow around, the Pond has melted and we can tell how the winter has affected the spots we wish to designate as LARP character faction sites.

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Civilization may appear nowhere in sight, but that’s the great thing about Western Newfoundland.  Communities are in little pockets amongst the mountains and shorelines.  The town of Trout River is just to the left of this road, only a five minute walk to reach – though you’d never know it from the view.

 

 

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Interesting geological structures are everywhere, from the looming Elephant’s Head mountain overlooking Trout River Pond, to mountains that resemble pyramids (Point Hills), odd rocks atop plateaus, and reptile like rocks on the ground.

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Gros Morne National Park has a wonderful campsite right in the Trout River area that offers the feel of privacy within a multi-section campground with lots of amenities.

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So come aviking with us, explore this amazing place, take in all that beauty and peace; then let your inner Viking (or Faerie, Elf or Mountain Troll) unleash fury upon your LARP enemies during one of our themed Weekend LARP events.

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Faerie Bells & Elfin Spells

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A forbidden love has wreaked havoc upon the Woodlands Faerie Clan; the young prince Thorn has fallen for none other than Elfin princess Wildflower.  Faeries are losing their power to affect nature.  Their faerie bells have stopped glowing.  Elves are becoming mesmerized by their surroundings, lost in their own territories.  Their spells are not working against the trolls.  Giants have seized the opportunity to take back part of the plateau both groups worked together to rid them from years ago.

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     Depending upon which character type you register as, your character will be ushered into that particular faction for an emergency meeting.  You will be debriefed on the upcoming battle and you must not waste any time preparing for it!
Giants want control of the field across the river.  While they view members of the Elfin tribes as hostile, they tend to be amused by the Faerie Clan members.  Their tactics may change however, when they realize alliances have been made.
     The Windsweepers Elfin Tribe is primarily focused on finding the missing child of Thorn and Wildflower.  The wandering faery/elf has the ability to transform giants, trolls, elves and faeries into other beings.  They are also convinced the lost fairie bells and their inability to glow are the result of the child’s mischief.  In order to get help they may be willing to make deals with whomever they feel will help their progress but will readily do battle with anyone who stands in their way.  They are missing several fragments of an important spell and must find them before they fall into the wrong hands.  Luckily their slab is written in Elvish.
     The Faerie Clan is desperate to get their faery bells glowing again, so much so that they are willing to raid all of the Elfin treasure chest of spells to find the one they feel is responsible to reverse it.  They want the marriage of Thorn and Wildflower dissolved and the child banished.  They have no intentions of suffering any more harm because of Wildflower disobeying the Queen and King and are willing to trade her a giant or mountain troll in secret.
     The Mountain Trolls will kill both faeries or elves if provoked, but they have an obsession with currency.  They will demand lite coins or goods of value when paths cross, before resorting to violence.  If they believe capturing your character will gain coins they may spare your life.  They also enjoy destroying things for fun, so keep them safely away from any valuable items. They fear the Copper Crust Giants and will attempt to blend in with their surroundings (like moose do) when spotted or run.
Click to view the Wallace Brook Trail area map.

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Copper Crust Giants

Mission List
  • Maintain Current Territory
  • Gain Desired Riverside Territory from Elvin Tribe
  • Make an alliance with the Faerie Clan
  • Capture the baby Rosewood
  • Kill any roaming mountain trolls
  • Destroy the 5 campsites of the Elfin tribe
Woodland Faerie Clan 
Mission List
  • Find and banish Wildflower and her baby.
  • Gather back the lost faerie bells and place them in the Sacred Oak nest to invoke the Faerie Goddess Raven for help.
  • Collect the ingredients to the elfin spells retrieved from the Elfin camp
  • Perform the Elfin Spell that renders them as powerful as the Copper Crust Giants
  • Avoid getting captured or killed
  • Bribe the giants into helping them with their goals
  • Expand the Faerie Territory and keep it by the end of the game.
Elfin Tribe
Mission List
  • Find and protect Thorn, Wildflower and Rosewood.
  • Gather the ingredients to form a Protection Spell to keep the mixed royal family safe.
  • Gather as many faerie bells as possible.
  • Hide any ingredients they may deem dangerous to have about during wartime
  • Do battle with the giants to ensure they do not get close to Elfin Territory.
  • Bribe any trolls lurking about to help them keep away faeries.
  • Capture any faeries caught on Elfin territory.
  • Force the King and Queen of the Faerie Clan to sign a Peace Treaty and declare Wildflower and Rosewood Elves.
  • Create an even larger territory and keep it by the end of gameplay.
Mountain Troll
Mission List
  • Guard the bridge and the entrance on either side to it.
  • Demand coins from anyone who attempts to cross over to either side.
  • Capture or kill anyone in the area who has no coins.
  • Hide from giants.
  • Destroy anything built, collected or hidden by any other character type.
  • Make coin trades with enemies for prisoners.
  • Search for any dropped items of value or coins themselves.
Experience Points Rewarded
100 points for executing strategy as planned
150 points for not suffering any damage during attack
100 points for retrieving bonus items from clues
50 points for making enemies move their camp to a different location
20 points per kill
15 points per capture
5 points for successfully hiding items from rivals * under no circumstances is anyone to place anything in the Wallace Brook itself
5 points per faerie bell kept by game end
15 points for stolen items kept by game end
100 points for every ten feet of territory gained by game end
1 point for every 10 lite coins earned.Lite Coins
Faerie money can be earned by anyone in the game. You can choose to do side missions that give you Lite Coins, you can earn currency doing work for a faerie that requests help, you can be bribed with Lite Coins for favours, you can steal them from other players, find them by solving riddles or making hostage trades.You can use your Lite Coins to upgrade your wardrobe, add on accessories, rent a different weapon, get a comfort item, buy fruit or water, purchase new campsite materials, etc.
 Playing Map will be sent as PDF attachment via email or snail mailed to those who pre-register online.  Costumes are currently still being created.  Once finished they will be featured on this page.  Check back soon.  You may reserve costumes for your character or request certain size adjustments in advance to the game.  There will be a selection to choose from onsite.  If you are booking a regular admission you must either rent a costume or bring your own.  Weapons can be pre-booked, rented on-site or your own can be used provided it meets our safety requirements that it is made of foam with no sharp points that do not give under pressure.
If you’d like to see the grandeur of the area we’ll be playing in go to Parks Canada’s Gros Morne page

There’s much evidence that Vikings had a right to believe in giants. Read about this discovery of a copper mine and tools belonging to Giants.

Faeries have been encountered in right here in Newfoundland.  Learn about their trickster ways and allied elf attacks on The Rock.

Mountain Trolls, well, if you don’t believe in them already, by mid July you will!  We are having a Mountain Troll Festival July 14th through 17th that should be lots of fun.  Why not get a selfie with one, or attend the Mountain Troll Stroll in Corner Brook?

Aviking By Hoof welcomes those who would like to volunteer.  In exchange for free gameplay, volunteers can come in costume, rent one of our costumes and/or weapons and help us keep track of player’s points, give players side missions, act as vital clue holders, etc.  Character types are limited so volunteers must accept whichever type is open at the beginning of gameplay.  You may register by contacting us or registering on the EVENTBRITE.CA page.

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