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Re: Steampunk: the new LARP
« Reply #75 on: May 16, 2008, 04:28:32 pm »
What exactly does larp mean?

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Live Action Role Playing, I believe.

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Re: Steampunk: the new LARP
« Reply #76 on: May 16, 2008, 04:33:33 pm »
What exactly does larp mean?

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Yep.  It's like children playing make-believe, crossed with D&D without any combat or dice rolling.

And they refer to their games as "theatrical events".

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Re: Steampunk: the new LARP
« Reply #77 on: May 16, 2008, 04:37:33 pm »
How do they decide how much charisma they have without dice?

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Re: Steampunk: the new LARP
« Reply #78 on: May 16, 2008, 05:11:35 pm »
How do they decide how much charisma they have without dice?

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I believe that depends on whether or not they're fucking the "storyteller".
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Re: Steampunk: the new LARP
« Reply #79 on: May 16, 2008, 05:50:27 pm »
How do they decide how much charisma they have without dice?

This is anarchy!!

I believe that depends on whether or not they're fucking the "storyteller".
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Re: Steampunk: the new LARP
« Reply #80 on: May 16, 2008, 11:08:41 pm »
If LARP didn't suck so badly, it'd be almost like a Shawshank Redemption take on the BIP.

But instead it sucks.

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Re: Steampunk: the new LARP
« Reply #81 on: May 20, 2008, 06:53:40 pm »
I was thinking of going to a LARP.

My character will be a guy in t-shirt & jeans who has ended up amongst a group of creepy 20-somethings pretending to be vampires and wants to go home really really badly.


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(Sorry Cram & Rat' but the LARP makes me --> :x)
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Re: Steampunk: the new LARP
« Reply #82 on: May 20, 2008, 07:00:47 pm »
Bad LARP makes me  :x as well... I had given up on the concept until I ran into the group I play with now. Rules lawyering is kept to a minimum, OOC "Look what my character can do" doesn't happen (or if it does, the person is ejected until they learn to play the game).

I personally like playing pretend. I like pretending in the SCA, I like pretending in Cthulhu Live, I like pretending in Vampire and when my Steampunk LARP happens later in the year, I will like playing pretend there too. I really like making the costumes and the props and the sets the story, the characters and the monsters (particularly in Cthulhu). And yes, TGGR, it is like playing make believe. I have no problem with that... In fact, I hope to be playing make believe until my sanity fades and old age just makes it the default state of my brain.

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Re: Steampunk: the new LARP
« Reply #83 on: May 20, 2008, 07:03:34 pm »
You just made Roger cry.
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Re: Steampunk: the new LARP
« Reply #84 on: May 20, 2008, 07:04:56 pm »
You just made Roger cry.

I can't help it if he's lame.
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Re: Steampunk: the new LARP
« Reply #85 on: May 20, 2008, 07:11:43 pm »
I met a SCA type a while back. He was talking about swords and callibration and generally volunteered all sorts of information that I didn't ask for.

Then he says: "You'll find this funny. I was at a comic convention and saw this guy with a Naruto t-shirt that said 'just because you have a headband, doesn't mean you're a ninja'.

Me:    :|
Him: Have you seen Naruto?
Me: No.
Him: It's anime.
Me: I see  :|
Me: [pretending to hear my name called and exiting swiftly]

Now, of course I'm pretty sure having a headband does not actually make one a ninja. But the assumption that I knew & cared about these things made me sad.
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Re: Steampunk: the new LARP
« Reply #86 on: May 20, 2008, 07:13:24 pm »
I met a SCA type a while back. He was talking about swords and callibration and generally volunteered all sorts of information that I didn't ask for.

Then he says: "You'll find this funny. I was at a comic convention and saw this guy with a Naruto t-shirt that said 'just because you have a headband, doesn't mean you're a ninja'.

Me:    :|
Him: Have you seen Naruto?
Me: No.
Him: It's anime.
Me: I see  :|
Me: [pretending to hear my name called and exiting swiftly]

Now, of course I'm pretty sure having a headband does not actually make one a ninja. But the assumption that I knew & cared about these things made me sad.


Yes, social rejects congregate within the SCA and Gaming... possibly including myself I suppose.
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Re: Steampunk: the new LARP
« Reply #87 on: May 20, 2008, 08:11:45 pm »
The worst kind are the social rejects who think it's them that rejected society because they're "better" and "smarter" and that's why they sit in a room with other social rejects all day long pretending to be elves.


(NOT, mind you, that there's anything wrong with sitting in a room with other social rejects all day long pretending to be elves.  You just have to have the right group of social rejects.)

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Re: Steampunk: the new LARP
« Reply #88 on: May 20, 2008, 08:19:45 pm »
The worst kind are the social rejects who think it's them that rejected society because they're "better" and "smarter" and that's why they sit in a room with other social rejects all day long pretending to be elves.


(NOT, mind you, that there's anything wrong with sitting in a room with other social rejects all day long pretending to be elves.  You just have to have the right group of social rejects.)

Agreed. I find that the people that "reject society" are particularly lame... I prefer the ones that take a hiatus from society to play a game... and then be abl;e to go back into society.
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Re: Steampunk: the new LARP
« Reply #89 on: May 20, 2008, 08:42:04 pm »
(Sorry Cram & Rat' but the LARP makes me --> :x)


It's all good. If I was concerned with what The Other thought of my hobbies, I certainly wouldn't count myself amongst Discordians. I can see why some people think LARP sucks, or that I suck for doing it. All I can say to that is  :boring:. This is the Strange Times, and everybody is unspeakably weird. No shame there. One might just as validly critique people who post on forums all day, or own guns, or follow women's basketball or whatever.

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I don't expect that it's for everybody. But that's cool, nothing is for everybody.