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.
How to Read Poetry 101 ~ Deep Inside: Demographics of Porn Stars ~ Gods and Monsters: Unclean Spirits ~ Bagpipes I Heard Once in Whitewater Park ~ Coins of Ancient Rome ~ Open Source Archaeology App? YES PLEASE ~ Florida to Mars in 30 Days
Image via Wikimedia Commons; it’s in the Public Domain.
This is the “first” episode of LARP Bitches. We’ll be posting every week to two weeks.
Emergency addition to this week’s Things I Love Thursday. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about this, and then I heard: “Never run a mod that requires a greased pig.”
I think you and I are gonna get along, ladies.
Using Pinterest As A Costuming Source- I.E. Credit Your Stuff ~ Baby Roman Legions ~ Secret Passage/Bookshelves ~ A Brief Overview of Human Marriages ~ Men in Black: A Lynching in Steampunk ~ This is Pretty Much How OOC Romances In Larps Begin ~ Saving My Pennies for This ~ HBO Nordic’s GoT Trailer Made With and For Larpers ~ Fun at Intercon ~ Boozey Drinks for Your Pseudo-Historical Setting
Season of the Witch! ~ Budget Settings For Non-Boffer Larps ~ A 1770s Meringue Gown ~ Larp Love, Not War: Nordic Methods for Sexy Roleplaying ~ Shoe Obsession ~ A Doll in Winter ~ Re-Racing Steampunk: Race, Memory, & Retrofuturism (Full Talk!) ~ What To Do When You Can’t Make the Big Convention ~ A Bit of Beauty to Round Things Out
Photo via Tor.com.
Consider the Cup Game (Princess Bride) ~ Throne of the Crescent Moon Chapter 1 ~ Group Sex in the Animal Kingdom (NSFW) ~ Scientists Test Hypothesis, Learn New Things (Specifically, Americans are Weird) ~ Speaking of Which, Do Nouns or Verbs Come First? ~ The Ballad of Robert Charles, or How Anti-Heroes Are Born ~ Japanese Celtic Steampunk ~ An Old Brothel Menu (NSFW, unless you work in a brothel, I suppose) ~ Dense & Difficult
The Beowulf Manuscript is ON THE INTERNETS ~ Tiny Secret Book Ring Lockets, and Other Things ~ Etiquette & Espionage ~ A Way To Deal With Old Larp Shoes ~ When Armor Makes the Man ~ What the Squirrel Saw
Photo by Chris Wolfe (used with permission). You might remember this gentleman, Ayrton Coll, from his previous pic! He got in touch to let me know he was wearing a vintage 1970s blue suit to the larp that day. We haven’t exactly identified the brand- the label says “CARLVIL Alta Moda Maschile” but I get the feeling that might be “Machine Wash Only” in a language I don’t speak. Both Chris and Ayrton are involved with Hundred Swords, a badass larp in Canberra, Australia.
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!