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The Bristol Ren Faire Opens Tomorrow!

Posted in Conventions, Limitless-Adventures.com with tags , , on July 8, 2016 by boccobsblog
RenQuest

photo by Paul Pendlton

Saturday, July 9th, is the opening day for this year’s Bristol Renaissance Faire. The Faire has long been a family favorite and I’ve attended every summer for the last 25 year or so. Bristol has great food, music, entertainment and drinks. If you live in the Midwest, I cannot recommend this event enough. So what’s new this year?

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Bristol Rennaissance Faire 2011

Posted in Gaming Culture with tags , , on July 29, 2011 by boccobsblog

The Bristol Renaissance Faire never disappoints. This year’s trip was one of the best yet (which is saying something since I’ve been attending for the last twenty years). Every year the faire seems to have gained some new shop or attraction that keeps the it vibrant and exciting.

Many of the buildings have been given facelifts and new roofs and the landscaping was the best I’ve ever seen. While I was sitting on a bench resting a hummingbird dressed like a tiny dung-sweep swooped in and drank from a flower inches away from my face.

My friends and I took in a show by Christophe the Insulter where he decimated audience members with filthy verbal abuse that left me laughing and greasy-feeling.

We ate faire food until we were about to burst: BBQ ribs, cheese fritters, turkey legs, Gyros piled with fresh veggies, etc. And we drank enough booze to float a Spanish galleon. (This year the Faire added hard liquor to its many pubs and taverns.)

We marveled at the costumes and the weapons, (and at the bearded old man in a chainmail bikini and purple fairy wings).

All in all it was an amazing day that I highly recommend to anyone in the Midwest. With tickets costing on 17 dollars and parking a mere two bucks, it is much cheaper than a day ay an amusement park.

 From the website:

Where is the Faire?

Just west of I-94 at the Illinois/Wisconsin border, the Faire is open Saturdays and Sundays and Labor Day Monday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., rain or shine, from July 9 through September 5, 2011.

What are the dates and hours?
We are open Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day Monday, July 9 through September 5, 2011 from 10:00 am until 7:00 pm.

All photos by Paul P.

 

RenQuest

Posted in Dungeons and Dragons, Gaming Culture, LARP with tags , on July 28, 2011 by boccobsblog

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.