So, I've been ruminating on the old rule of thumb in LARP that says, If you play a grumpy loner, everyone will avoid your character. Its certainly true, that I avoid playing with people who aren't fun to play with, and I suspect that's true of everyone else, too. And most LARP (especially campaign style) are big enough that you can easily avoid a fair number of people.
So my question: Can you play a "likable" jerk? What are the elements a character has to have to be a jerk? What are the elements it has to have to be likable? And, of course, can one character have some qualities of both sets?
I proposed a theory on the Threads list and I want to explore it further here.
Most LARPs that I've been in have designed games to appeal to as many different demographics as reasonable, and write something for everyone. Puzzles, Roleplaying, Mysteries, Combat, etc. This gets the classic grab bag LARP where Doctor Svengali meets Mister Spock.
These are generally the type of games I run.
Threads is certainly built on this standard, I've never seen a campaign that incorporates as many different mechanics and types of plots.
But what about the opposite theory. Pick one thing and do it really, really well. A quality product designed to attract the people who would enjoy that kind of game. If you're bad at and/or don't enjoy puzzle plots, don't write 'em, don't run 'em. Stick to what you're good at. Whatever that is.
Like so many ideas, I think the key to making this work would be to make sure all of the writers and players really understood and bought into this idea.
Its been quite a while since I posted, so even though I have nothing much to say, I'm going to say it anyway.
Creative use of white space should make it look more impressive.
Things proceed apace at the store. Nothing to write LiVEJOURAL about, but enough to keep the wolf at the door instead of in the foyer. I've been experimenting with putting some of my older stuff up on eBay and that's working pretty well, too.
Socially, I live mostly for online chatting. This is partially because I'm too tired/lazy to drive anywhere after I get out of work, and partially because I have made too many friends that live 6 to 20 hours by car away from me. And mostly because the Girl in Question lives in freaking Wisconsin.
I do get a great amount of enjoyment out of the league nights I run twice weekly at the store. Currently its Warhammer Fantasy on Mondays and Warmachine/Hordes on Thursdays. I get between 8 and 20 players, which I think is pretty darn good.
Tabletop role playing wise, I am in two games currently. The first is my father's every-other Wednesday Sci Fi D20 Modern game. Its early, but I think I'm really gonna like this one. The second is a Mutants & Masterminds game that has run twice. I have yet to attend. Dammit. Still, the GM is one of my favorites and I love Superheroes, so looking good!
LARP is still the big thing right now. Threads is made of awesome, Between the Cracks might just be the best written game I have ever played, and Void Stalkers remains the game that is way too much fun for no reason I can figure out.
So, all of this boils down to business as usual, nothing to report. Thank you for reading. That is all.
If so, I need it by Thursday. Sorry for the short notice, I haven't had much internet access lately.
It would help if it were roughly shaped and sized like my head.