On our trip to the Bristol Renaissance Faire my friends and I tried a role-playing event they offer called Rennquest. What is RenQuest? Well according to their website:
Be among the first to get a glimpse of the latest chapter of RenQuest™, the live action fantasy game many have credited with setting a new standard for multiplayer role-playing events everywhere. Originating at the Bristol Renaissance Faire in summer 2008, RenQuest™ draws upon the unique resources of one of the country’s top Renaissance fairs to create an interactive theatrical experience that provides gamers with an unprecedented opportunity to test both their mental and physical skills, beyond the realm of their computer screens.
After a three-summer struggle to rid the hamlet of Bristol from the threats of the barbaric Draco Disciples and the legacy of the Dragon Bloodtharken, this summer’s RenQuest™ finds new forces of evil emerging, amidst mounting chaos and a prophetic warning to all would-be protectors not to be fooled by unlikely foes.
RenQuest™’s playing field is an entire 30-acre village with 1,200 period performers, artisans and merchants, and a professional production staff, ready to engage patron-players in an evolving adventure of riddles, spells, hunts and other challenges. As players advance through the levels of the live action game, they earn individual player achievement rewards and accumulate points toward the advancement of one of two factions with which they’re aligned. Some quests last a day; others extend over multiple weekends or the entire Faire season.
Overall the experience was enjoyable. The quest took the better part of the day (though we did stop several times for drinks). It was cool to interact with NPC’s that were in full costume (though some were more “in-character” than others).
The puzzles were challenging and the cast did a great job.
I would highly recommend RenQuest to gamers in the Midwest.
Check them out on their Facebook page, or on the Bristol site.
All photos by Paul P.