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.
By Michelle Stagnitta (Editor's Note: This guest post started as a comment in response to yesterday's blog, but it was big enough and, I thought, important enough that it received it's own post. While this seems to apply to more stats-based LARPing, there are healers, medics, and dangerous fight scenes in all ranges of LARP … Continue reading Playing a Doctor, Consent Negotiations and Medical Roleplay
LARPing can be intimidating. You are in an often crowded room full of people you don’t know. They are loud and dramatic. There is a lot of action happening at once and you’re not certain where to look. Or, worse? Sometimes there is no action happening and you are nervous if you have a deep … Continue reading A Beginner’s Guide to 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
Debriefing after an intense game is both difficult and essential for a variety of reasons. To those unfamiliar with the concept of a debrief, it is an exercise in separating a player’s mindset from the game world. Sometimes it discusses events of the game, favorite character moments, how to separate oneself as a player from … Continue reading The Debrief Toolbox
In the past months, I had a few people express to be the fact that they are bored with their game, can't figure out how to sink their teeth into the meat of things, or feel slightly on the outside of the story going by. They ask me how I consistently manage to get into … Continue reading The Road to Emotionally Compelling Roleplay…