image by Luis Royo

In the Winter of 1996 Aaron Smith had an idea to run a LARP based on our online game called Elysium. As Aaron shared his idea with Frank, Lissa, Chad, James, Chris, V and I started coming up with ideas for running the game, building props, finding locations and story lines. In the fall of 1998 with the help of a lot of people VAMP FEST held its first Live Action Role Playing Event in Burlington, Il.

Thru the dedication and hard work of all the people invovled (there were A LOT of people) the Masquerade Ball had live bands, sponsors, discounts for hotels, A Bloodmobile was on location and a portion of ticket price went to the Pediatric Aid's Foundation. It was an awesome event that continued each Halloween until 2004. Different organizers and storytellers helped keep the dream going and growing bigger with each event. It was an honor to have been a small part and to have worked with so many great people.

If you'd like to share images, stories or other memorabilia from VampFest please email them to Kidwyn@aol dot com.

Link to Vamp Fest 2004
Below are the flyers from VampFest99.
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