All about Larp Inn

By Harriett Blakeman

 

Contrary to popular belief, Larp Inn is a small family business founded in 2009. We operate from a central warehouse in Telford, just off the M54. From this central location, we ship all shapes and sizes of LARP kit to the UK and abroad. We also have a showroom where you can drop by to try out a costume, feel the weight of a new LARP weapon and buy/order our goods. 

Our distribution centre ships tonnes of goodies! There’s soft LARP weapons for both traditional, fantasy, futuristic and apocalyptic LARPs; affordable, entry level costume and a wide range of more elaborate, detailed pieces; and, thousands of other knick-knacks to flesh out characters. Larp Inn also sells board, card and war games, as wells as paints, dice and other accessories. Our passion is, of course, for LARP but we’ve also supplied Television and Theatre productions such as Merlin, Atlantis and Horrible Histories.

We began field trading in 2014 and you can now expect to see us at What’s Your Game, LarpCon or any of the main Lorien Trust events. In addition to every item of stock we can cram into the van, we offer help with any broken kit, be it rivets, latex or a fresh coat of silicone.
Everyone at Larp Inn believes in giving honest and friendly advice, we listen and try to remember as many faces as possible. So, come in and say hi!

The Staff

Jamie Blakeman

 

AKA. The founder, the decision maker, the slave-driver and the boss! 
Jamie is the biggest fish in our little pond, in truth he constructed the pond and also filled it with water. With a history in website design, building LarpInn.co.uk was easy; however, everything else was a case of trial and error. Fortunately, only some things went wrong and now, after 6 years, Larp Inn is a full time endeavour. Jamie does the talking and makes all the jokes, and can be found trading in an array of amusing hats. He will answer all your questions - So don’t hesitate to ask him anything, in fact ask him about the ‘Basic Dagger Incident’!

 

Harriett Blakeman

 

Harriett likes to be known as the administrative hero of Larp Inn, personal assistant or carer of Jamie. Harriett’s main skills include organising, hoovering, packing and labelling - be warned, if you stand still long enough she will label you! Keeping the shop in check is more than a job, it’s a personal goal. When on the stall, Harriett can be recognised by her friendly nature and particularly gummy smile. As the longest employee, Harriett claims to know the names of at least several thousand items of stock - feel free to test her!

 

Charlotte Blakeman

 

Charlotte’s formal Larp Inn title includes fashion advisor and principal snack eater. Beside her expertise in mannequin dressing and chubby bunny, Charlotte has spent a record amount of time processing stock. She is frequently buried under bubble wrap, surrounded by cardboard boxes, with polystyrene chips tangled into her hair. At events she always chirpy, helpful and is happy to offer brutally honest advice as to costume choices!

 

David Blakeman

 

AKA. Grandad. David is the oldest and wisest of Larp Inn’s team. Though his knowledge is vast, you may not always leave the shop having learnt what you set out to discover. With a vast skill set, he is always on hand to lend advice or help with repairs. If he asks to take a photograph of you, do not be alarmed, he is merely impressed with your costume and wishes to share the photograph with his wife. David can typically be found in two places – behind the stall or in the tavern (yes, all year round)!

 

Keith Dennis

 

Keith is an elusive member of the Larp Inn team. Always in demand, he appears on special occasions to share is vast knowledge of leather work and prosthetics. Keith’s mind can be described as a sketchbook of new designs and, to him, anything could be turned into a monster costume. He is always keen to form a union, but since he’ll be the only person in the union, it’s just him with a placard saying “rain go home”. When found, Keith is often on hand to sell you thing you didn’t know you needed but you’ll be glad to have.

This article was published on Tuesday 27 October, 2015.

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