Not many people are ready to deal with death in their real lives. It takes an incredibly strong, self-aware, and reflective individual to have prepared themselves for what we all inevitably face. Therefore, facing it in your hobby rarely creates a safe and enjoyable space for the person who has lost a long-term part of their life. No, it’s not the same as losing a friend or family member to the great beyond, but campaign characters are years-long fictional companions which the player has usually poured in a great amount of time, money, thought, and emotional space. I even wrote a piece about giving yourself the permission to grieve when losing such character relationships, but it didn’t really touch on how players and game runners design to better handle death. Frankly, it’s something a lot of games and player don’t handle well, so it’s worth examining.
Like any form of gaming, larping can be as addictive as gambling. Learn to recognize the symptoms of addiction to larping in yourself and others.
(Featured Photo by Shelby Carosella. Models: Ericka Skirpan, Jamie Buonocore, and Michelle Stagnitta.) Women in gaming are exhausted. Even with all the progress we’ve made, it sucks to be a woman in larp right now. From the gamer-girlfriend stereotype, to being criticized at EVERY TURN (women are NOT allowed to make mistakes), women are walking … Continue reading It Sucks to be a Woman in Gaming…
(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 Photo by Isabela Kronemberger on Unsplash.) I’ve been doing a lot of personal work lately on learning to set boundaries and damn it’s hard. However, it’s also an incredibly necessary step towards not just being your own person, but having a healthy relationship with the world around you. The more I dive into boundary … Continue reading We Collectively Suck at Setting Boundaries in Larp
Today’s stories come from two more people whom I greatly admire. The stories are more full of advice and challenges, so I find them particularly valuable for younger queer LARPers and allies who want a better understanding of how to be GOOD allies to queer LARPers. In the words of Cole… “Prior to my first … Continue reading Queerness and LARPing Day Four: Cole and Emrhys Benson
Someone asked if I'd put up a post about bleed so here it goes. A lot of wise posts have been made before which I will link in the comments but here are my personal thoughts. Bleed, much like meta, is neither good nor bad. It just is. It is something that almost every LARPer … Continue reading (Negative) Bleed & You…