(Featured photo by The New York Public Library on Unsplash.) As someone who is considered a community leader within larping circles, there’s been pressure to make a statement or take clear action against the current COVID-19 crisis that our country is facing. Communities all around the world are cancelling public gatherings because social distancing is … Continue reading We Have a Responsibility to Do Better
(Featured photo by Bret Lehne of Velvet Noir I, workshops.) This was originally written as a private chat between game designers on my Patreon. However, after several requests, it felt important to put it public. This post is more personal than many on this blog, but no less true. Most of you who read this … Continue reading Making Mistakes…
(Photo by Bret Lehne. Models: Nerissa Hart and Lex Pulice-Farrow.) I speak a lot in this blog about consent negotiations and how to handle narrative free form safely. However, negotiations in larp aren't just a part of the more free form/emergent styles. Even in your hardest boffer game, relationships and situations come up where it's … Continue reading A Template for Role-Play Negotiations…
Our Lives Were the Crimes They Couldn't Ignore: An Open Letter on the Intent of Velvet Noir, and the Meaning of Allyship (While this letter went up on our business page, it felt important to put it in the permanent archive and, as the lead designer of Velvet Noir, to keep it here as a … Continue reading The Meaning of Allyship, Velvet Noir
(Trigger Warning: This blog discusses topics of racism, hate crimes, and sexual violence under a separate cut warning at the end. Do not read if any of that content is triggering for your mental state.) (Featured photo by Bret Lehne of Velvet Noir II. Models: Dann Lynch, Jason Brunett, and Victoria Lai.) Safe spaces don’t exist … Continue reading We Can Tell Dangerous Stories Safely
(Feature photo by Mor Shani on Unsplash A guest post by Emily Randall, wonderful fellow larper, IT nerd, and creative writer.) Playing a villain is far from easy. You have to plan out all sorts of horrible things to do to your victims and proper motivation for doing them, which is harder than it sounds … Continue reading Villainy: Tips and Tricks for Black Hatting in Larp
Today we discuss how game runners need to feel comfortable using their safety mechanics just as much as players.