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      CommentAuthormojojoseph
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2008 edited
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    It has just this second occured to me that rather drunkenly during New Year's Eve I agreed to start LARPing with a couple once I have moved to Cardiff....

    I have never, errm, LARPed (?) before. In fact, I know near nothing about it. All I know is it was in Aberystwyth I first encountered the phenomenon and they all faintly smelled of cabbage...

    (To clarify: I am not stating all LARPers (again, ?) smell of cabbage, merely that these ones did)

    Does anyone have any hints or handy pieces of information on what I can expect, or what may be expected of me?
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      CommentAuthorRachel
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2008
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    Ha ha ha!

    The filthy dice geekery is here - AND I DIDN'T START IT!

    (sink little thread, sink...)
    • CommentAuthorZeebo
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2008
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    I've LARPed once. Actual combat involving physical contact between my friends and I was not appreciated. Thus ends my LARPing career.

    Apparently, it harms suspension of disbelief to realize that doing cartwheels will generally get one kicked in the armpit/face.
    • CommentAuthorhank
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2008
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    Hm I write for a Sci-Fi LARP in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the US
    www.threadsofdamocles.org

    I also write two to four hour games for conventions, most notably LARPA's (www.larpaweb.net) Intercon (intercon.larpaweb.net)

    Ill write more when I have more energy.
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      CommentAuthorAriana
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2008
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    The filthy dice geekery is here - AND I DIDN'T START IT!

    And yet I can't help but notice this thread pops up the day you go more active. COINCIDENCE?
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      CommentAuthorRachel
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2008
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    It's my AURA.

    The geeks can sense me, and it gets 'em all riled up.

    Bad geeks! Bad!!
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    Finger Of Law Poised Over Sink Button
    • CommentAuthornleavitt
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2008
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    LARP is basically improv theatre, with dice.
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    What is it with Wales and LARP?

    When I lived there a bunch of masquerade players jumped out on me as I shuffled home from the pub and made me drop my kebab.

    They are bastards.
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      CommentAuthorRachel
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2008
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    LARP is basically improv theatre, with dice.


    Nope, no dice. rock/scissors/paper, cards, nerf weapons, winkie touching, whatever.

    If there are dice then it's not Live Action Role Playing, it's Multi-forming

    (Now if my RPG nerd pretension doesn't make W hit the sink button, I don't know what will...)
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      CommentAuthormojojoseph
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2008
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    Nope, no dice. rock/scissors/paper, cards, nerf weapons, winkie touching, whatever.


    Winkie touching?

    Oh man, what have I let myself in for...
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      CommentAuthorVespers
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2008
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    The boffer type is the best. It allows you to dress up like a crazy and run around hitting people with 'swords' (which, for all the padding, hurt) in the woods. And then when the cops ask what you're doing when you're on your way there (which they invariably DO, because you're dressed up like the aforementioned crazy and carrying big foam weapons), you can tell em you're off ta play silly buggers in the woods and it's all true...

    I've also seen some pretty cool cap-guns-and-lots-of-fake-blood lovecraftian LARPing going on.

    Come to NZ, we have the geekiest geeks here. Our LARPers are a legally incorporated society. We get funding.
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      CommentAuthormojojoseph
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2008
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    Funded LARP...why does that scare me?

    Though to be honest, something about legally walking down the street looking like a total loony is appealing
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    i still don't get it.
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      CommentAuthorNygaard
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2008
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    What the hell? I didn't think there had been dice in live roleplaying since the dark age of the early 90's. They get funding here too. Theatre grants, I believe. There were these bigass multiday productions by Weltschmerz in the middle of Oslo, called "Amerika" and "Europa".

    Never had the energy to get involved in the big games, but the dice crowd has been making some very interesting and kinda scary short mind games. Some of them are translated and online, mixed in with a collection of other norwegian short games, one of which I wrote. So if this is the containment zone, I guess I could plug it here.

    http://norwegianstyle.wordpress.com/

    I wouldn't recommend playing the "drunken man in the corner", unless you feel that you and your friends deserve it.
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      CommentAuthormojojoseph
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2008
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    I wouldn't recommend playing the "drunken man in the corner", unless you feel that you and your friends deserve it.


    Who said anything about "playing" the drunk, lol.

    Something I seem to be understanding that I never did before: the LARP meetings have 'plots'? And these plots are written before hand?

    Do people get paid for that, or is it like just for shits and giggles? And what kind of conventions are involved in writing a...would it be a "campaign"?

    I am feeling like more of a n00b than usual, lol
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      CommentAuthorNygaard
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2008
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    @ mojo

    I think the answers to that, or if the questions make any sense, varies from scene to scene. The scandinavian scene is fairly varied, from people with a stipend from the ministry of culture putting on the kind of stuff that players need counseling to get over, to hordes of 12-year-olds bashing each other with padded swords after school.

    So I guess you need answers which applies to wherever you're likely to get involved. I'm fairly curious about the answers too, really. How do people do this in Cardiff?
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      CommentAuthormojojoseph
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2008
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    This is my other big query (and it would be nice to know if anyone else on here is from Cardiff).

    I can't think of anywhere, it can hardly be done in the city centre...as amusing as that would be.

    I'm guessing one of the parks...but I can't imagine that's as, well, 'good' as woods, like they had in Aberystwyth.

    Also, I have only met three women who LARP...are they all built like brick sh*thouses? I am a weedly gay man, I may get broked.
    • CommentAuthorThumpsquid
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2008 edited
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    you'd have great fun doing it in Roath park. You'd have the lake (possibilities of drowning, sea battles etc) the kids play ground (how much fun could you have writing in a scaffold tank?) the gardens for intrigue and what have you, and the tropical house, where the evil triffids could live. Of course, the council would go ape, and try and stop you. So there you are, ready made Orcs and goblins for the opposition, and they'd take it seriously; and for the cost concious LARPer, you wouldn't even need costumes for them
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      CommentAuthormojojoseph
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2008
     (525.20)
    I am all for thumping councilmen

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