Most of us have stumbled into a game that we’ve gotten sucked into at some point in our lives. I’m not talking time wasters, no. Nothing that is simply helping you bide the time so that you don’t have to make eye contract with strangers until your flight/name or serial number are called and you get to interact with the steward/doctor or guard of your ‘choice’. No. Not those. Those generally, can be put down at anytime and you’ll be free of any niggling ‘need’ reminders chiming in the back of your brain.
But if you think about it, I’m sure you can find something that you’ve at least lost a few hours of your life to, anything that’s shoved a chore, deadline or an interaction aside in pursuit of that one last item/level/plot point. Something that’s actively stolen time/energy and study in order for you to upkeep your game. Personally the most sleep I’ve ever lost has been at the hands of Play-by-Posts(PbP) and Multi-User Dungeon(MUD) games.
But I digress…
Picking apart those games and their (& my) “issues” are not what I wanted to write about today. Quite frankly, we’ve all wasted enough time on them already.
Yes, I do mean wasted. While fun in the extreme, what do we actually gain from those games? Where does knowing that the special combo move for game X is “Back-Back-B” actually get you, other then extremely specific in-game dominance & accusations of spamming?
Do you see where I’m heading here people?
But what if there was a type of game, where your levels, skills and good old fashion, hard-earned, know-how, translated across all platforms and incarnations? Something where you don’t have to spend the time to become a level 100 crafter/fighter/ expert in (__blank__) all over again? Well hey there friend, looks like you might want to be a larper!
Know why? Because practice makes perfect especially with larping.
Because larping is mostly a huge free-for-all of practice.
Especially when you consider that more and more larps, are moving towards a, “If YOU can do it, then your character can do it” model of rules through action.
Wanna be a warrior? Great! Come practice your sword/staff/bow/shield work!
Wanna be a crafter clothing/fashion designer? Beautiful! People will actually pay/trade you for your creations as you learn and hone your crafting skills.
How about An Actor? A Sneak? A Writer? A Tracker? An Artist? A Chef? A Pompous Orator? (That last one’s mine. But I’m willing to share.) Guess what? All can be practiced, built upon and perfected when you larp.
There’s very little in life that can match the warm thrill of a genuine complement from a friend or foe, who has noted your improvement or now lays beaten in the dust.
So come out and play. Practice your skills with us.
Once you know that you can, I don’t think you’ll ever want to stop.