For most of their lives, responsible and generous larpers have been told don’t be too much in the spotlight. Share the stage. Play to lift others. It’s not about you, it’s about EVERYONE. We spend so much time coaching generous play, it’s given most of us a complex around those times that we do enter the spotlight. However, every story needs a hero. Most good tales have main characters and supporting roles. Just because you are taking the spotlight in a story, doesn’t mean you can’t be a supporting role to someone else’s. Even more so, in a good larp, there are so many stories going on that there is room for MANY people to be in the spotlight at any given point in time. It’s important that we stop chastising ourselves for taking up attention while in scenes in at a larp. Spotlight play, done respectfully, can help enhance everyone’s game and not just your own.
A basic part of any literary analysis is identifying themes of characters and story. Learning your characters own themes is a great way to help highlight a narrative story and steer your character into deeper tales even in non-narrative gaming.
After the End is an intimate game in rural northern Tennessee which challenges its players to live up to the standards of radical trust. It explores what it means to be human after the world ended, but digital immortality still exists in a wastes-and-wild-west landscape.
This blog discusses why it's actually good to play similar characters and how to create around your favorite character traits.
(Featured Photo by zelle duda on Unsplash.) Romance roleplay is one of the most prevalent kinds of plotline I see across all larping genres. Love it or hate it, chances are you’ve had to interact with it in some form -- both in and out of character. Many of us absolutely love the highs of emotion … Continue reading Romancing the Roleplayer: Communication is Key
(Featured image by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash.) The next few weeks are filled with exciting things for me where the larp-o-sphere is concerned. Dammerung launches this weekend and 1878: Welcome to Salvation is the weekend after. While these events are somewhat different in their styles, they share a lot of similarity in being consent-negotiation driven, … Continue reading The Preparation Dance and 1878
(Cover photo by Bret Lehne at Inside Hamlet 2017, Run 2.) This blog is a touch more personal than I usually write, but sometimes the personal can help you reflect on things professionally. I hope people take the lesson from this that I did, and my own reflections help others see their work and ability … Continue reading Permission to Grieve (in Gaming…)