About this project
LARP Box is a monthly subscription gift box tailored to the worldwide LARP community.
How does it work?
Every month we pick a new list of items centered around a common theme (like elves, zombies, dragons, etc.) and then send our subscribers a box filled with those items. Its going to be a surprise so you wont know ahead of time what’s in the box, only that it will be related to that theme. We will also be picking one "LARP of the Month" that is related to the monthly theme and include free advertising for that game.
Who are the creators of LARP Box?
LARP Box was created by LARPers for LARPers. The owner of LARP Box is Bart Brizee, a LARP organizer and business owner from Maine in the United States. Bart Brizee started his first company Eastern Front Designs in 2013 and has been serving the Maine LARP community as its largest LARP vendor. He travels to LARP events and Comic conventions throughout Maine and the rest of New England advertising for local LARPs and selling LARP gear.
We have talked to some of the biggest names in LARPing and have gathered a huge list of LARPs, artisans, vendors, and items that they want to share with the global LARP community. LARP Box is a chance for LARPs and artisans to get their names out and a chance for our subscribers to connect with them.
Whats in a LARP Box?
Every month features a new theme and and a set of mystery items related to that theme. We have spoken to over 50 different retailers and artists to provide awesome items such as:
- LARP weapons
- crafting kits
- coupons and discounts
- LARP of the month
- LARP Box exclusives (specially made items only available to LARP Box subscribers).
LARP of the Month
Each box will also feature a LARP of the Month that is related to the monthly theme. These LARPs were submitted by their owners and players. The LARP of the month gets free international advertising in the boxes. You can submit your own too! For more details on what games are eligible to be a LARP of the Month please visit our website LARPBox.com
Legendary LARP Box
This is a version of LARP Box that includes larger items and over $300 in LARP gear. We will include full size armor, weapons, clothing, and props that are too big or are too expensive for our standard LARP Box. Legendary LARP Box will still follow the monthly theme but does not include the standard LARP Box. For example, if we had a viking/norse themed month, the legendary box might include items like the armor, weapons, shield, and cloak pictured below. At this time Legendary LARP Box is only available in the US and only during the Kickstarter.
LARP as a hobby is on the rise, and we want to help it grow even more. We are dedicated to providing a valuable product that can be enjoyed by both new LARPers and long time veterans around the world. We want LARP Box to:
- Promote outstanding LARPs from around the world
- Connect LARP artists and crafters to their potential customers
- Help LARPers discover new games and add to their own
- Showcase the very best that our hobby has to offer.
When will boxes ship?
Our first round of boxes (exclusive to our Kickstarter backers) should begin in February 2017, and then we will continue with normal LARP Box signups every month after that. Once we have better idea of how many subscribers we are going to have we will decide when the ordering window will be and how long it will be per month.
What types of information do you need from subscribers?
We don't collect any information until after the Kickstarter is over, you'll be sent a survey asking for backer info. Apart from the obvious (name, address, phone number, email) we will need some information from you in order to make your experience the best it can be. When you sign up for LARP Box through our Kickstarter, or later through our website, you will be asked a few questions about yourself such as your preferred T-shirt size and if you have any food or latex allergies (this may change what you personally receive each month). We do this to insure your subscription has items in your size and are not dangerous to you.
Risks and challenges
We have a small but motivated staff. We will have lots of work to do, and not many hands to do it. Luckily we have had overwhelming support from the LARP community and have gotten some really great advice from our friends at larping.org and Epic Armoury Canada. We have also talked to several LARP owners/organizers and have gotten a lot of support. LARP Box will definitely be a full time job, but we are confident that we are up to the task.
Currently our planned ordering window is to have subscribers sign up a month in advance so we can reduce waste and excess buying items that we wont need to ship, or not buying enough. An example of our subscription window would be if you want the February box, you have to sign up in January. In some cases this could result in some subscribers being billed before they receive the past month’s box, this can be due to their geographic location and slower shipping times to that location. Once we have a better idea of how many monthly subscribers we will have we can smooth out our order window.
Shipping outside the US always presents unique challenges. High and fluctuating shipping costs, lost packages, importing regulations, and long transit times can all negatively effect a subscribers shipping experience. We are working with USPS to secure the most cost effective and reliable shipping service we can in order to better serve our customers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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