In November of 2017, the owner’s of Last Hope LARP (Ryan and Mischelle Maas-Jopp) were able to partner up with Brian Maas and purchase 46 acres of land in New Lisbon, WI. After spending 6 years bouncing from location to location, Last Hope LARP finally had a chance to have a dedicated site. [EDIT: To clarify, this is not a property we purchased as a business venture but is instead recreational land for our family that we are going to allow our group, Last Hope LARP, to have access to.]
With this new freedom of deciding what we can do on the new property in regards to our LARP comes a new set of challenges, primarily financial.
The 46 acre property needs a lot of work to get to where we want it to be. Simple things we as a community take for granted… driveways, parking areas, camping areas, mowed trails, water, electricity, etc… are things we need to plan for and save for. 2018 is going to be a big year and we would love your help. While we always appreciate the dedication of the players of our community, we decided to do a fundraiser for the new site location of Last Hope LARP.
Starting in March of 2018 and going for 2 months (ending on April 30th, 2018), we will be opening up a fundraising opportunity for the players of Last Hope LARP and those that wish to support us.
100% of the money donated during this fundraiser will go towards expanding the facilities of the larp property.
– Final Fundraiser Amount & List of Backers –
Total Funds Generated – (Updated 5/4/18)
$1500 – Anonymous Donation (Platinum)
$1000 – Shawn Smith – (Platinum)
$500 – Kelly Pelot & the Last Hope Demo Team – (Silver)
$500 – Jaime Arreguin – (Silver)
$500 – Sadie Raab – (Silver)
$500 – Kathleen Raab – (Silver)
$295 – Nate Tukiendorf – (Bronze)
$250 – Tim & Caitlin Heise – (Bronze)
$250 – Cody Jackson & Jennifer Schneiderman – (Bronze)
$250 – Sydnie Krause – (Bronze)
$250 – Cole Potter – (Bronze)
$250 – Zach Powell – (Bronze)
$250 – Tim Miller – (Bronze)
$250 – Andrew Lepperd – (Bronze)
$250 – Mike Block – (Bronze)
$150 – Joel Robertson
$150 – Order of Arnath’s Light Faction
$150 – Andrez Beltran (Arnath’s Light)
$150 – David Rodich (Arnath’s Light)
$150 – Rebecca Maas (Arnath’s Light)
$150 – Manda Rossenbach (Arnath’s Light)
$150 – Leticia Gonzalez (Arnath’s Light)
$150 – Truman Shortridge (Arnath’s Light)
$150 – Brandon Potter (Arnath’s Light)
$150 – Catherine Butzen
$150 – Ben & Kendra Seering
$150 – Nicholas Hansen
$150 – Anonymous Donation
$100 – Jennifer Gamble Thomas
$100 – Anonymous Donation
$75 – Midland of Arkhos LARP
$50 – Benjamin Pfister
$25 – Melanie Arce
$20 – Anonymous Donation
– What are we trying to fund? –
First, a little bit of information about the property and some pictures to help you all visualize our goals. The property is 46 acres of woods. It is great for running around in but not so great for driving, parking, camping, etc. There are no structures on the property, no electricity, and no water. This was recreational hunting land that has no facilities. However, this property is literally only a couple minutes from the interstate and just 1.3 miles away from gas stations, restaurants, and motels. It is very easy to get to for many people from all areas of the state. The property is on Frontage Road in New Lisbon, WI. (No exact address yet… we are still waiting for our fire number to arrive)
We have decided to place a priority on some projects that we wish to do on the property.
The first project we want to fund is a metal roof pavilion shelter in the primary outpost area. This will allow us to have some respite from the sun and the rain. We could finish it later with walls (temporary) or leave it open. Eventually we would like to build a few pavilions around the property for secondary camps and additional places to use.
Estimated cost: $2,000.
Expand Driveway/Parking Area
In-game facilities are great but the ability to park and drive in the site is very important. The driveway has already been started with the permit, fire number, clearing, mulching, culvert, gravel, etc. We have been able to clear out about 1/3 of the driveway/parking area but we still have 2/3 of the way to go. This requires us to do a TON of manual labor (thank you all you wonderful helpers so far!) and then hire a local company to bring in a giant mulching machine. The machine is not cheap, but it will clear everything to the ground. A future goal/pipe dream of ours is to put down gravel along the entire driveway; this will be expensive but is not the main part of the goal this time. [EDIT: To clarify, the future goal of the driveway is dependent on local requirements and working with the DNR. We may never be able to make a super nice driveway, but we can try to see what options are allowed to us!]
Estimated cost: $1,500-$2,000 (just clearing)
Having even minimal access to electricity can be huge… we can run computers for registration, chargers for cell-phones, fans during hot weather, music on speakers, run corded power tools for construction projects, and hang lighting in the outpost area to allow players to see without needing tiki torches or portable light sources. However, this will require us to run a line from the road to the main outpost area and have an energy company put in a remote electrical box. [EDIT: To clarify, the mention of “music on speakers” is simply exactly what it says. Music on speakers, such as a radio or a CD player much like what any residential property would use. “Amplified music or loud music events” has never and will not be on our future plans. Playing a CD in our outpost with tavern music for low-sound environmental ambiance is.]
Estimated Cost: $1,500
The grand daddy of our property goals… is a pole barn. Not just a shed, we want to have a nice pole barn with a decent size. Concrete floor, ample in-door gaming/usable space, storage areas, plumbing for water and sewer, and more temperature stability would be part of the pole barn plan. We understand this is a big ticket item (it requires ground leveling, concrete, materials, construction, plumbing, septic, more electrical, etc) but the quality of events and the impact it would have on our larp (both the staff’s ability to run it and the player’s ability to participate) would be immense. [EDIT: To clarify, this would also be heavily dependent on what the local area/DNR would permit. We may never be able to have it due to regulations but we can look into it in the future.]
Estimated Cost: $30,000-$40,000
– What if I’m not into LARP? –
We are going to be sharing this fundraiser with a lot of different groups. Some of them are into LARPing, some of them are not. This fundraiser is not just for the betterment of Last Hope LARP, our medieval fantasy live action role play that we will be doing at the property, it is for the enhancement of the facilities of the property. We are still brand new to managing a property, but there are some great opportunities we might be able to host in the future. Special group outings, Boy Scouts involvement, family outings, different larps, reenactments, belegarth medieval combat society, SCA events, airsoft events, etc… these are all possibilities that we might expand into. Feel free to let us know what you would be interested in using the property for as well! [EDIT: To clarify, our intention is NOT to host numerous events every weekend all through the year and turn this into a large-scale commercial property. It is just not feasible, nor is it something we want to be involved in. Some of these opportunities, like a Boy Scouts camping weekend, might only be one time a year. Mountain Men groups usually only meet once or twice a year. We believe in strong community ties and we feel like offering the use of our property for some other creative/social/hobby ventures could be great for te community but it is not our main focus. This offer also goes to locals/neighbors/family members… it is by no means exclusive to “business-like” functions! As mentioned above, this is our personal recreation land that we would like to invite people out to use… but we will be managing it, scheduling activities, and coordinating properly.]
– What are examples of some rewards? –
We have decided to do a “Tiered” reward system. The more you donate to the fundraiser, the more rewards you can unlock. While donating to Last Hope LARP to help the game is great, being given rewards for that support is even better! Our premium backer options ($250+) include plaque engraving recognition of their name which will be kept at the property, immortalizing our highest contributors.
We have some examples of Last Hope LARP swag that you can be rewarded with. This let’s you customize your rewards based on what you are interested in! It will take time to coordinate prizes after the fundraising campaign is complete and backers are responsible for the cost to ship items to their locations (but may coordinate local pickup).
Exp – Experience Points for a Last Hope LARP character of your choice
Silver – Coin for a Last Hope LARP character of your choice
Standard Rewards – When you unlock a standard reward, you may choose what it is from the following list (UPDATE: you may choose the same reward multiple times):
– 5 additional silver
– 3 additional exp
– 2 faction exp
– Embroidered LH monogram logo Beanie Hat
– Last Hope LARP etched logo Glass Tankard
– Last Hope LARP etched logo Wine Glass
– Last Hope LARP printed logo Coffee Mug
Premium Rewards – Similar to Standard Rewards, but higher level options (UPDATE: you may choose the same reward multiple times):
– 10 additional silver
– 6 additional exp
– 4 faction exp
– Last Hope LARP printed logo athletic Hoodie
– Sword (Stronghold foam sword from Epic Armory)
– Personal Story written about your character by the Lore team
Stretch Goals – Stretch goals are special rewards that backers can earn based on the overall success of our fundraising campaign. Every backer who donates $100 will be eligible for our stretch goals.
$3,000 – Every eligible backer gets an additional 5 silver – UNLOCKED!
$5,500 – Every eligible backer gets an additional 3 exp – UNLOCKED!
$8,000 – Every eligible backer gets a Last Hope Embroidered Beanie – UNLOCKED!
$13,000 – Every eligible backer gets a Last Hope LARP printed T-Shirt
$18,000 -Every eligible backer gets a Last Hope LARP Premium V1.5 Rulebook (Spiral Bound)
$23,000 – Every eligible backer gets an additional 5 exp and 10 silver
$38,000 – Every eligible backer gets an entry into 1 single-day or multi-day Last Hope LARP event
The different levels to the fundraiser are as follows…
$25 Backer – 3 exp, 3 silver
$50 Backer – 5 exp, 5 silver
$75 Backer – 5 exp, 5 silver, 1 Standard Reward
$100 Backer – 8 exp, 10 silver, 1 Standard Reward, all Stretch Goals
$150 Backer – 8 exp, 10 silver, 1 Standard Reward, 1 Premium Reward, all Stretch Goals
$200 Backer – 10 exp, 15 silver, 1 Standard Reward, 1 Premium Reward, all Stretch Goals
$250 Backer – Bronze Plaque, 10 exp, 15 silver, 2 Standard Rewards, 1 Premium Reward, all Stretch Goals
$500 Backer – Silver Plaque, 13 exp, 20 silver, 2 Standard Rewards, 1 Premium Reward, all Stretch Goals
$750 Backer – Gold Plaque, 13 exp, 20 silver, 2 Standard Rewards, 2 Premium Rewards, all Stretch Goals
$1000 Backer – Platinum Plaque, 15 exp, 25 silver, 3 Standard Rewards, 2 Premium Rewards, all Stretch Goals
– How do I donate? –
You can get involved by donating in person at events or practices or online via our PayPal account. Groups may pool a donation together to reach a higher level (For example, on behalf of a faction, team, business, or organization) and they may divide up the rewards as they see fit.
UPDATE: All backers may choose the option to remain anonymous; if specified, the name of the person giving a donation will not be released publicly. Simply state this in the text field area of the PayPal checkout.
UPDATE: The fundraiser drive is completed! Thank you everyone for all of your support.