Things I Love Thursday: Appendages In The Air!
A Map Made With Soil Samples From Each US State ~ Kings of Kent ~ Oh, The Fun of Unreliable Narrators ~ Prep Your Winter Clothes for Summer Storage ~ Why I’m Not Super Excited For Star Trek Into Darkness ~ Beauty in Bone Jewelry ~ Eighteenth Century Essentials
Video Source. I’d like to throw in my own two cents about what I view as some of the ways larps aren’t inclusive, and why people might not choose to change that. Larps take time; boffer larps often last two whole days from start to finish. That choice will have an exclusionary effect on people who can’t take off the two days you pick- so your options are to have a shorter game, or alternative dates, or some other thing. You can also choose to organize your game so that the majority of the players you already have can make it, but new players who aren’t free on those dates will still be SOL.
But you as group might not have the funds to reserve a site multiple times, or the time to run the game several weekends. And you as a group might want to experience the immersion of a days-long game, so shortening the time period will fundamentally change the nature of the experience. Shortening it will also be somewhat exclusionary to people who have a hard time role-playing and need the time to get into character and really experience the game.
The point being that nearly every design choice will affect someone negatively. You can’t get away from that, so make those choices carefully and thoughtfully.
This Beautiful Dress ~ Brandeis’ Festival of Larps Is Looking For More Games! ~ A Cape With Filigree Buttons ~ Historical Representations of Women ~ A Thing To Think About When Character Building ~ A Thing Eddy Fate Learned from Ingress ~ Paris, A Century Ago, In Color
Photo Credit: Me!
Beautiful and Free Fonts ~ Technocculte 1 & 2 ~ Glitter & Madness: The Speculative Nightclub Anthology ~ Steampunk Vespas ~ Fiction Into Reality: Why We Borrow From What We Love ~ Oh, You Can Listen To Steven Colbert and Leonard Nemoy Read You A Story
School of Hard Knocks ~ Evidence (and the lack thereof) For Violence in Neolithic Denmark and Norway ~ Art Sales! ~ There Are Whales Alive Today That Were Born Before Moby Dick Was Written ~ Men’s Jedi Costume Design ~ A Free Larp Book ~ Rooting For the Bad Guy
And last but not least, this post about the the horrible nature of the “it must have been aliens” explanations for human ingenuity.
One of the reasons I write Larp Couture is to celebrate the sheer, sprawling massiveness that is human creativity, and I’m limited to clothing. When you consider everything else that we’ve accomplished, and when, the statement, “Well, no one could have…” becomes paltry and sad. Perhaps no one did; that is plausible. But someone could have, because eventually, someone did.
This message brought to you by my personal wish for more awesomeness in fiction.
Earthworks Around the World ~ Well Designed for Who? (And Not Whom, Because the Author Insisted…) ~ Ruffles Ruffles Ruffles! ~ The 1800s Origin Of All Those Movie Posters ~ You Know You’re A Crazy Costumer When… ~ What The Rules Mean ~ At The Barbershop ~ Excuse Me, Officer ~ Hello, Harto!
I Have Your Heart, It’s Done in Paper ~ Porcelain Doll Head Cups ~ Intercon! ~ Tallow Candle: Hans Christian Anderson’s First Work ~ Marchen: Fairy Tail Scents by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab ~ It Is Unlikely Your Default Assumptions Are Apolitical, My Dear ~ Sorting Ideas and Tools ~ Teenage Mammals are All Alike ~ Gangnam Style done to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring ~ A Bit of Barbaric Splendor
Photo from I Have Your Heart.
All That Glitters Is Glittery Goodness ~ A Movie From a Larp From a Movie ~ Irene Adler’s Hot Pink Dress ~ A Brief Reminder Of How Reality Works, Re: Geeks Who Are Girls ~ Politics and Fashion and Alternate History, Oh My! ~ Superman vs The Myth of Aristocracy ~ Something Called American Jerkform