The Refs

We’re the ones in black at events!

We are a group of people who like to come together and run horror events, the ref team is not consistent, what is is our system and our desire to scare innovatively!

We started in 2011 as four refs and a crew member. We intend to continue running creative events on a roughly annual basis with a variety of refs and crew members made up of previous players and new people with different ideas. Between us all we’ve played a lot of Horror LARP over the years and we’re aware of the tropes that tend to creep in, we like to try and push boundaries and experiment with what can be done.

If you’ve played in one of our events before and you have an idea for a game then talk to us and maybe you’ll end up on one of the ref teams in the future running your idea. However your game must not be a sequel to a game we’ve already run and we’d expect you to use our system without additions in order for it to be one of our games.

The Original Team: Dany, Jen, Kari, Mish  and Steve

(We wrote the system, though it’s been tweaked since and ran a game which spawned the universe which AEON Horror are using.)

2012 Team: Dany, Doug, Luke, Mish and Tabby

(We ran a game inspired by the Cthulhu Mythos set in the middle of Tet Offensive Vietnam.)

2013 Team:Kari, Kirsty, Mish, Laura E., Ozy and Weasel

(We ran a game in a haunted hotel in the 1950s, the players got out by using Science!)

2014 Team: Dany, Jacob, Kari, Mish, Ozy and Tabby

(We ran a modern-day horror event on the set of popular TV show British Haunts – the players set everything on fire and ran away!)

2015 March Team: Georgia, Jacob, Luke, Mish, Ozy

(We ran a Cthulhu Mythos inspired game set in a converted asylum in the 1930s. The players variously killed themselves, got killed by monsters, escaped to a different world or in two very lucky cases – survived the night!)

2015 July Team: Jen, Laura, Mish, Tabby, Steve

(We ran a modern day horror game at a village fete. The players were variously forcibly or willingly converted into robots or ran away to the safety of Cheltenham!)


2015 December Team: Ben, Bethany, Kari, Laura, Mish

(We ran a near future game set in a nuclear bunker, unfortunately the bunker wasn’t as secure as the players had hoped. They variously got cocooned beneath the base, shot each other, committed suicide or opted for a long drawn out death by radiation poisoning.)

2016 September Team: Kirsty, Laura, Mike, Mish, Ozy

(We ran a two-part modern day game in which the players of the second half investigated this disappearence of the players from the first. From the first half one player was magically rescued by the players from the second half. From the second one player sacrificed themselves for their missing relative.)

2016 December Team: Alex, Gill, Jonno, Mish, Paul, Tabby

(We ran a budget event for our friends at the Lancaster University Role-Playing Society based around the Cthulhu Mythos and the boardgame Cluedo! None of the eighteen players made it out alive! If they didn’t die by suicide, murder by other players or strange creatures within the creepy mansion then they were eaten by Nyalarthotep as they failed to meet his test!)

2017 September Team: Bill, Jacob, Mish, Ozy

(We ran a futuristic event set on a crashed shuttle in outerspace. Mostly the players made it out in the rescue shuttle but they did kill the undercover simulant first!)

Photos by Ann Sundqvist, Mish Liddle, Laura Wood, Ozy Tanner and Tabitha Tipper

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