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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.

TICKETS ON SALE VIA EVENTBRITE NOW.  CHARACTER TYPE CAPS, BOOK EARLY!

     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.

FAIRY GATHERING & FUNDRAISER 2020 for Make A Wish Foundation Canada

Let’s make some powerful fairy magic, May 1st!! Faisons de la magie féerique puissante, Le 1er mai !

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To quote Peter Pan “I do believe in fairies, I do, I do!” The child in all of us believes.  Legends tell us that fairies used to be out in the open amongst midgardians (humans).  Nowadays when people discover fairies they quickly deny making such claims a short period later.  I immediately think of the movie ET and American scientists closing in on the harmless little alien.  Why, in 2019 on the verge of 2020, are our fairies in hiding?

Pour citer Peter Pan ” Je crois aux fées, je le fais, je le fais ! ” L’enfant en chacun de nous croit. Les légendes nous disent que les fées étaient à l’air libre parmi les midgardiens (humains). Aujourd’hui, quand les gens découvrent des fées, ils nient rapidement faire de telles revendications une courte période plus tard. Je pense immédiatement au film ET et aux scientifiques américains se rapprochant du petit alien inoffensif. Pourquoi, en 2019, à l’approche de 2020, nos fées se cachent-elles ?

Leurs adeptes, cependant, ont dédié l’art, la mode, les festivals et les collectes de fonds en leur honneur. Nous décorons nos jardins avec leurs images et remplissons les étagères de nos livres pour enfants avec leurs contes de fées. Il y a même un Magazine Fées et Enchantement

Their followers, however have dedicated art, fashion, festivals and fundraisers in their honor.  We decorate our gardens with their images and fill our children’s book shelves with their fairy tales. There is even a Fairies and Enchantment Magazine – FAE

 So, being named Tanya, which is Russian for “fairy princess” I decided my own love of fairies and costumery could become something more, something magical.  I invite you all to a Fairy Gathering in the small coastal town of Trout River, Newfoundland this spring. The cause is one of great value: to raise money for Make A Wish Foundation, a charity that grants wishes to children with life threatening diseases. 

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Donc, étant nommé Tanya, qui est russe pour “princesse fée” J’ai décidé que mon propre amour des fées et des costumes pourrait devenir quelque chose de plus, quelque chose de magique. Je vous invite tous à un rassemblement de fées dans la petite ville côtière de Trout River, à Terre-Neuve, ce printemps. La cause en est une d’une grande valeur : amasser des fonds pour Make A Wish Foundation, un organisme de bienfaisance qui accorde des vœux aux enfants atteints de maladies mortelles.

I wanted to do so on my birthday, in November, but changed it to May 1st because that is traditionally a celebration of fairies day, known as Belfast or May Day.  There is no charge to take part in the fun activities, I  just ask that you donate even a small amount to the MAKE A WISH foundation.  While in many parts of the world, spring has finally sprung by May, Newfoundland has some particularly powerful winter fairies, so please dress warmly as this will be an outdoors event.  And don’t forget your wings!

Je voulais le faire le jour de mon anniversaire, en Novembre, mais il a changé pour le 1er mai parce que c’est traditionnellement une célébration de la fête des fées, connu sous le nom de Belfast ou le 1er mai. Il n’y a aucun frais pour prendre part aux activités amusantes, je demande juste que vous donniez même une petite quantité à la fondation MAKE A WISH. Alors que dans de nombreuses régions du monde, le printemps a finalement surgi en mai, Terre-Neuve a quelques fées d’hiver particulièrement puissant, donc s’il vous plaît s’habiller chaudement que ce sera un événement en plein air. Et n’oubliez pas vos ailes !

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Introducing Green Gardens

BP0312CANADA_HOWE_GrosMorneGreenGardens_STH6342_bjk_445x260Green Gardens is part of Gros Morne National Park’s wonderful collection of hiking paths here in Western Newfoundland.  Just before the town of Trout River, you embark upon a rocky footpath that is not so green.  Sparse clumps of pitcher plants, spreads of creeping juniper, rocks covered with moss and lichen appear scattered here and there.  And so your journey goes, until you reach the crest of the first hill.  Then the green begins!pitchers

“Green Gardens” is the newest pony available in the Newfoundland Country Pony Collection and the first with eyes, because a tiny customer reminded me “if they don’t ‘ave no eyes hows they supposed to see?”

Hand made of cotton, rayon, fleece, polyester and chenille. Stuffed with hypoallergenic polyester fibrefill.  She reflects the variegated colors of the plants and rocks you’ll find while embarking on this amazing adventure. You’ll find her at the amazing craft/gift shop right next to the Ultramar in Deer Lake, Newfoundland.

 

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LARP

As a Live Action Role Play special events co-ordinator and script writer, I want people who love larping to know about what I’ve put together.  I also want people who would like to attend my LARP to know what their options are with regards to costumes, weapons, armor, etc.  At Aviking By Hoof, the scenic Gros Morne area is a major part of our appeal, aside from the events themselves.

With that respect, I realize other places offering Live Action Role Playing events are not truly my competitors, but colleagues in an interesting field of outdoor gameplay (pardon the pun).  As of late, I am frustrated by various internet hosting websites attempting to take large chunks from LARP sales and request banking information to do so.

Many LARP events held in places with large populations can offer their events free of charge.  Some events are free for first time players.  Some LARP organizations are run through volunteers and are nonprofits.  Others, like Aviking By Hoof, hope to be a source of employment for local gamers, crafters, and students.

So I am welcoming ALL types of LARP eventers to post their listings through AVIKING BY HOOF on a LARP COMMUNITY page FREE of charge.  I think the benefits of this activity need to be promoted.  Sell your tickets on your own page, showcase your listings on ours.  You keep control of your money.
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