Question & Response: Hashtag I Want To Larp

Recently I’ve become slightly more active on twitter.
I’ll get over the shock and the horror in time. Until then I’ll just keep giggling over the notion that I’m one step closer to being an Officially Recognized Twit.

Of course this lead to the uncovering of what hashtags and trend topics are exactly and once I understood the theories… i think…  Naturally, I had to look up #larp.

Know what I saw? (the tweets of larp ‘industry’ people aside)

Variations on this:
“I want to #larp before I die. #bucketlist”
“I really want to try larping #larp”
“I want to #larp #NerdProbz”

So I have only one question: What’s stopping you?
No. Seriously. I am beyond curious on this line.
What gets in your way so much that you can’t grab a few friends to just run around in a field, a park or even to pretend that your basement is a musty and dank cell that you’ve been confined to in order to accuse each other of murderous pasts?

Is it money?
You don’t need weapons or garb or even a full kit to get started. A few simple rules, some good friends and a basic concept for interaction and you’re golden.

Is it the rules?
There are more then one system/style/realm/era out there. Find one that you do enjoy and if you don’t like someone’s system talk to them about it. If they’re not willing to listen or explain, then keep looking or… Create your own!

Is it fear?
We all started out somewhere. Most of us are still prying out secrets and lessons and trying to look like we know it all anyway, so why not join in?

Is it admitting to your friends that you even want to try?
They’re not all gonna laugh at you. Okay they might… but who really cares?
And personally? If they actually have instant access to a bucket of pig’s blood…
in my book, that’s just an invitation to a good time.

But I’m just making things up now and I really WANT to know.
Seriously. What’s stopping you?

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Told By An Idiot

There is too much ‘hate’ in our lives.  You can’t go a day without hearing about it.
Someone hates their job, our government, their family… pick your poison.
Because it is.
Same old shit, different day and the tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow of it all can get pretty depressing.

So why don’t more of us embrace the concept of: Enthusiastic Ridiculousness?

It’s a brilliant phrase, one we should all thank Jenny Lawson for crafting.
In 2011 she was invited to the Ignite Evo Convention to speak on “whatever it is you’re passionate about” and then in just 9 minutes, armed with a 15 second demonstration she’s able to perfectly sum up the main idea/concept behind Larping better then most.
And she’s not even talking about larp.

Required Viewing:
Before we continue, watch this video first and all the way through please.

It echos the opening advice that I used to tell the ‘kids’…
Speaking to a large group or acting as if you’re another person can feel pretty silly.
Because it is.
It’s a kind of localized insanity… That your audience will accept whatever you choose to present to them as the truth, or the true you.  So why be nervous?  There’s no need to fear judgement when you have a rapt audience just waiting, wanting, ready to believe in every little thing you do. Now repeat after me.
“I’m about to look like an idiot and I’m comfortable with that.” Once you come to terms with this possibility and are able to truly laugh at yourself. The easy confidence that follows makes everything else cake.

So in acting, so in life, so in larp.
Don’t worry about trying to impress, win or prove yourself.
Just do it because it makes you furiously happy. I think you’ll find it’s contagious.