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Hey Everyone! I have been away for a few months but I’m back to writing and here to share my latest post on larping.org!

At War With Myself: In Game vs. Out of Game

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More of my writing at Larping.org!

Another update on my writing at Larping.org!!

My thoughts on creating a character! http://www.larping.org/larp-character-creation/

Getting involved before your first game! http://www.larping.org/before-your-first-larp-game/

Respect the Larp you’re in! http://www.larping.org/respect-the-larp/

and best of all..

An Interview with Mark A. Krupa of The Wild Hunt!!! http://www.larping.org/the-wild-hunt-interview/

My writing on Larping.org

Sorry I haven’t updated this in a while. I am writing weekly for http://www.larping.org!!! It’s very exciting!

Here are the links to my work since the time I posted:

Keeping yourself busy through player-driven plot http://www.larping.org/player-driven-larp-plot/

31 tips for running a LARP http://www.larping.org/tips-for-running-larp/

Thoughts on creating a character http://www.larping.org/larp-character-creation/

Moving on from a LARP character http://www.larping.org/moving-on-larp-character/

Enjoy!

LarpChick

Film: The Wild Hunt

I know The Wild Hunt has been out for a while but I feel inspired to talk about it!

First, if you haven’t seen The Wild Hunt, I really suggest watching it before going on!

SPOILER ALERT! You have been warned!

The Wild Hunt is an awesome movie. It’s very entertaining and I think it gives us a few glimpses into the life of a LARPer.

The set is an actual LARP site. It’s an amazing site! Way better than any of the LARPs I’ve ever been to. Epoch is held on a Boy Scout Reserve. While our site has a nice atmosphere, the site used in the movie (Bicolline) is mind blowing.

The characters seem very realistic. Even the LARP-obsessed Bjorn Magnusson just comes off perfectly to me. Every single one of these characters reminds me of someone I LARP with.

This film was a pretty big topic in my group of friends when it was at the Toronto International Film Festival. Epoch Toronto went to see it and ended up going to a con and handing out flyers at a few events so we had seen the film together (some of us multiple times.. 4 times for me before it hit DVD). Mark A. Krupa, who played Bjorn and did a million things on top of that behind the scenes, is amazing and we had a great time promoting our LARP while helping promote the movie with him…. and getting to see it for free many, many times.

There are a few things in the movie that really wouldn’t happen at a game like Epoch such as running through the woods with torches. We are a LARP that is very big on safety so that part made us cringe a little.

Now the violence is one thing I have heard all different views on. Some say it gives LARPers a bad image or that it scares away potential players. Any non-LARPer I know who has seen the film has loved it. They don’t think that LARPers are violent because of it. They realize that it is fiction.

I think that my biggest problem with the complaints about the violence is the assumption that people aren’t smart enough to tell the difference between a story and real life. I trust that anyone who is interested in LARPing will ask questions and do research for themselves. I personally have no problem with it and have yet to see a single person deterred by it.

In the end this is a great film. I was moved by the characters. My heart raced in all the right parts. I found myself really cheering for the main character, Erik Magnusson to let go of his inhibitions and walked away from this film with my mind absolutely blown.

Creating a Character

Sorry that this post is coming so late. I have a few posts that should be up very soon after this one. They are just sitting waiting for me to edit them 🙂

Creating a character is one of my favourite things to do but often I find people make very interesting histories for their character but don’t really think about how they are going to play the character once they start the game. Many of my own characters have gotten rather boring to play over time because they were not well thought out at character creation. Quite often this because I focus entirely on the history or in game skills.

The people who seem to have the most at game are the ones who have one or many flaws to their character that they need to deal with on a regular basis. Some of these can be very challenging but more often than not result in fun role-playing.

The LARP I play most often (Epoch Toronto) has a section of their rulebook that lists common disadvantages that a character can take and receive extra XP for. These are nice to add to a character as they add role-playing opportunities. There are things like being mute or gullible, having phobias, or delusions and even “attack on sight” and “verbally abuse on sight” toward different groups such as undead, an in game race, a particular skill set, or even just something like “everyone who wears blue”. They are fun challenges to add to your character and can help round them out a bit more.

Even with a disadvantage, you may want to think about other challenges for your character. It can be fun to be non-traditional character or a semi-traditional character. I find a lot of people who play these type turn their backs completely to what ever traditions they don’t agree with (Orcs who hate fighting, Elves who hate magic, etc) have a burst of challenges at the beginning and then people become accepting, leaving it over and done with. Consider having goals that require you to deal with these things more often.

Consider how your character reacts to things they may encounter in a LARP. What would your character risk? Steal? Hire an assassin? Watch while someone is treated unjustly if they don’t like them? Are they the type to follow leadership completely? Do they have a guilty pleasure? Do they have a hobby? Do they like pranks? How do they react to insult? Are they intelligent? How old are they? What’s their maturity level? Considering these things before playing the game can help fill those times later on when you find yourself with nothing to do and even help inspire the player.

Everyone worries about the skills in the beginning but in a game like Epoch one of the best things you can take is Life Skills. Power gamers often don’t take many of these but having a handful of interesting Life Skills really helps getting your character acquainted with others. There is only so many times you can repeat the same “Hi I’m ______ and I’m a fighter/mage/alchemist/etc.” Having something like Life Skill: Hunting or Life Skill: Woodworker can give you something to talk about in-depth and an activity to bond with other characters over.

I’d love to hear people’s thoughts on what has helped them create fun, well-rounded characters. Tell me in the comments!