Game Staff (Who We Are)
Want to know who the people behind the curtains are? In addition to our dedicated cast of NPCs & Perm NPCs - who are the face of Cottington and bring it to life with every role they play, from howling wolf to dancing fairy, from conniving noble to cackling witch - below are the Directors and Staff of Cottington Woods 2
[ Directors | Senior Plot Staff
| Plot Staff | Support Staff ]
John (he/him) is the creator and co-director of Cottington Woods LARP, which
was originally co-conceived with Michelle in 2002 as a campaign setting for
D&D during the TSR contest for a new campaign world for 3rd Edition (which
made it to the semi-finals, but sadly - or lucky for this LARP! - was not chosen).
John is a storyteller at heart, and embarked on this crazy journey because the
stories that are Cottington demanded to at last be told (and Michelle was crazy
enough to agree to run a LARP with him).
John has been LARPing since 1991, has been GMing Tabletop games since childhood,
and even once worked for Turbine, helping to bring to life Dungeons & Dragons
Online & Lord of the Rings Online. Prior to Cottington, he was Plot Staff
for Seven Virtues (7V) LARP, NPCed numerous games, and has PCed numerous games
Michelle (she/her) is co-creator and co-director of Cottington Woods LARP. Where
John is the creative direction, Michelle (as John is wont to say) is "the
brain behind the operations." Michelle is excited to be sharing at last
the setting, peoples, and stories first conceived in 2002 and since then endlessly
shapred by the community of Cottington, from fellow staff to NPCs to PCs. She
delights in interconnected, woven stories, dreamscapes, and intrigues.
Michelle has officially been LARPing since 1990 (unofficially, she, her cousins,
and friends created their own backyard LARP years before then) and playing D&D
and tabletop games since she was five (her older cousin ran her and her brother
through adventures while babysitting them). Her favorite series of video games
is Final Fantasy, especially VI, VII, and VIII. She has also previously staffed
Cavalier LARP, Core NPC for Atlas Agenda II and Madrigal 2, ran modules &
plotlines in old NERO Ravenholt, and has PCed and NPCed numerous games in her
long LARPing career, including Theatre and Boffer/Sports LARPs.
Senior Plot Staff:
Alysha B. (she/her)
Alysha started Cottington Woods 1 as a Permanent NPC, but was soon pulled over
to the Plot Staff side due to her enthusiasm to tell stories; she has since
been writing plotlines for Tales and now Cottington Woods 2, and ran her very
first full event in the Director's Chair in Tales.
Niki Ruttan (she/her)
Though she has played D&D for so long that she doesn't actually remember
learning how, Niki only started larping in 2012. She NPC'd the last few events
of 7V and got completely hooked; now she is literally up to her eyeballs in
LARPs. She PC'd: Aralis 2, 5th Gate (Silverfire), Crossover, and Shadowvale.
She NPC'd Cottington Woods 1, Madrigal, and Threshold. She excited jumped over
to the Staff side for Tales when John & Michelle asked her to join, and
she is eager to be returning to tell new stories in Cottington Woods 2. She
is super excited to be Staff for Tales. Niki lives in Winthrop with 2 cats and
a bearded dragon and loves that her day job as a teacher lets her spend her
summers on the beach.
Amanda H. (she/her)
Coryn P. (they/them)
Rick P. (he/him)
Brendan T. (he/him) - Staff NPC
Matt M. (he/him) - Staff NPC
Matt S. (he/him) - Staff NPC
Logistics & Monster Camp:
Monique P. (she/her)