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Journal of No. 118

February 7th, 2006

Life and LARP @ 10:28 am

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First off, this photo from therrin demonstrates the power of the Jones Soda Holiday pack. You just can't buy advertising like this.

Second off, yesterday I was in charge (as much as anyone can be) of the Enigma meeting. It was another episode of group story writing, which I added a few variations to. I think the photo exercize yielded some interesting results. I ripped some unusual and/or evocative photos off the Net and the were passed around among the writers. You get two minutes to write your story, inspired by the photo, before passing the photo on to the person next to you. Meanwhile, you get someone else's photo and the task is to try to continue your story with inspiration from the next photo. Since the photos were passed around in a circle, it was interesting to hear the stories all use the same images in a different order.
I was dead tired, so I called it quits at 10PM or so. I get to my car, turn the key and the car says, "Ffft-puh". Not much of a death-rattle even. I frantically hailed aaronjv and Prime who together saved my life. The winning move was a call to Tom, who was still at the meeting, and had one of those portable jumpstart battery-things in his car. Lickety-split and I'm in motion again and made it home.
This morning, with dread, I faced the car and lectured it sternly. I guess it didn't take it well, because it gave me the silent treatment when I turned the key. Fortunately, I got a jump from the helpful Hispanic gardners at the gas station, so I was on my way pretty quick. It put some delay in my morning commute, but the car's got a new battery and I hope that's the end of the car's woes.

Wow, this is already getting monstrously long, so I will hide my LARP-geekitude

You know, for a long time I put up resistance against the acronym LARP. I always preferred plain-old "live game" or LRPG if you're into four letter acronyms(*). But resistance is futile, and I have limply embraced LARP with fake little air-kissies.

Anyway, I have two more substantive things to talk about in re LARP. First off, Enigma has successfully pitched the idea of a Space Cadet LARP at WorldCon in Los Angeles Anaheim this August. We're still in negotiations about how many rooms and other support we'll be given, but we aim to make this the most interesting fucking thing going on.
We had our first design meeting on Saturday, where Aaron told us how it was going to be. Fortunately, his main dictatorial decision was "Remember how cool the Hogwarts game was? Let's do it in space." The basic structure should work really well, I think, and since Tom Corbett, Space Cadet, will be in attendance as guest of honor and the theme of the con is basically Space Cadets (in the non-Valley Speak sense), I hope we'll be able to integrate the LARP into the convention much better than at most non-LARP-centric conventions. You know there's some work to be done when the furries have a paragraph of programming while LARPs are lucky to get one word. Fortunately, among the army of people behind LACon, there are a number of familiar names. Not that I expect preferential treatment, but at least these people know us (or ARE us).

Elsewhere in the world of LARP, nominations for the first ever Larpies have closed. This is intended to be something like the Oscars of LARP. The Oscars as though they were not being run by AMPAS, but by some guy in his basement with rudimentary HTML skills. Since it's practically in our backyard, I've submitted something and Aaron has submitted quite a lot of things, up to and including my wife.
Sure, it would be easy to poke fun at the fatties in Ren-Faire garb, but the organizer is the one who is really living in a fantasy world. I reiterate my promise to eat a boffer if that slate of invited guests shows up for the Larpies. It seems clear that the Larpies, and his other LARP-y ventures are a means of drumming up more interest in NERO.
But if we poke behind the curtain a little bit, there's a history of bad blood and feuding that would make the Camarilla blench. Far be it from me to choose sides in a war between people filing lawsuits over which group of people bopping each other with foam swords has the right to bop each other with foam swords.
All I'm saying is that I'm glad that Enigma has never really tried to mix money and LARPing. Maybe that shows my lack of vision, but I feel certain that we have had lots more fun and lots less drama than these guys.

(*)At this point, Scott would unquestionably point out that LRPG is not an acronym, since it cannot be said as a word. It is, rather, an initialism. Of course, only people who read footnotes are likely to care.
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Date:February 8th, 2006 04:49 am (UTC)
You can't say LuRPiG?
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Date:February 8th, 2006 05:24 am (UTC)
Not with a straight face
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Date:February 8th, 2006 10:37 am (UTC)
I love that photo. The full photo has some dead space on the left, then Pat on the extreme edge (so I cut it into two...and LJ did something funky with the size of the Pat image). I've been noticing a trend in photos of you. You frequently have some sort of expression that might best be described as a grimace.

I still have a couple more good photos to slowly pull out from NYE. Mostly defined by the statement "Enigmans should never dance near a camera."
Date:February 9th, 2006 10:04 pm (UTC)
Hmm...Pat wants to start a LARP business.
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Date:February 25th, 2006 01:43 am (UTC)
I am simply feeling you all out. Do you like being felt out?
Fair enough... I see what you mean about money + LARP = corruption on a grand, friend estranging scale. I'm feeling my oats. I want to do something successful that is recounted in something a bit more substantial than the Enigmaversary memorabilia room. I dont know what it will entail, but I do know that I wont bother with it unless I get a decent response from people I respect. I think I have, and now I must make good on my self-promise. Eventually.
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Date:February 25th, 2006 04:51 am (UTC)
I'm perfectly willing to listen and toss pairs of pennies around.

Journal of No. 118