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2013-08-18 09:55:30 AM  
Ok, how many times must we go over this?

D&D is for NERDS, not GEEKS.

A nerd is not a geek.
 
2013-08-18 10:07:44 AM  
yeah, LARPers are pretty nuts. the people who LARP tge Civil War are really over the top though.
 
2013-08-18 10:32:06 AM  
Dude, LARPing is miles past D&D on the dweeb scale.
 
2013-08-18 10:42:32 AM  
On the Nerd Scale, LARPING is below Cosplay, but above any fantasy sport league.  Honestly, those people are just sad.
 
2013-08-18 10:59:59 AM  

Ennuipoet: On the Nerd Scale, LARPING is below Cosplay, but above any fantasy sport league.  Honestly, those people are just sad.


Only if they don't do the math themselves. I can respect anyone who crunch the numbers.
 
2013-08-18 11:00:58 AM  
Yup.
 
2013-08-18 11:10:52 AM  
Farking LARPERS!!!  I am sure glad there are none here on FARK

/CHAIRSHOTS all around!
 
2013-08-18 11:11:32 AM  
That's a bit of the pot calling the kettle black. At least LARPers get some fresh air and exercise.

I don't get LARPing, but they aren't hurting anyone so I don't care.

Tabletop RP games like D&D are super fun with a good group, in fact I've been playing in the Fark Pathfinder Group for almost a year now and it's been awesome.

We're all adults, most of us married with solidly middle-class careers, not virgins in the basement. In fact, I'm a GIRL who played D&D long before she met her hubby. *GASP*
 
2013-08-18 11:11:43 AM  
I'd LARP DnD only if I got to be the Tarrasque
 
2013-08-18 11:14:54 AM  

cman: Ok, how many times must we go over this?

D&D is for NERDS, not GEEKS.

A nerd is not a geek.




Some geeks play because they like certain aspects. Like actual combat, rather than spending 4 hours on some minutia.
 
2013-08-18 11:16:40 AM  
Hell, I've been on a LARPing trip. Group of friends rented a campground for a weekend and did their thing. I cooked the food on the condition that I get my own room in the lodge. Hung out with some cool people, played a lot of Minecraft, and enjoyed the quiet for 21 hours a day.

The lodge area (with the bathrooms and kitchen and wifi) was a neutral zone, and no killing/spellcasting/shenanigans would be allowed there.
 
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2013-08-18 11:17:28 AM  
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2013-08-18 11:18:14 AM  

kronicfeld: Dude, LARPing is miles past D&D on the dweeb scale.


This has been a known fact for decades. None of you Poindexters seen Mazes and Monsters? Imagining is fine enough, dressing up like a whoreson and going on adventures is wway dweebier.
 
2013-08-18 11:25:47 AM  

shortymac: That's a bit of the pot calling the kettle black. At least LARPers get some fresh air and exercise.

I don't get LARPing, but they aren't hurting anyone so I don't care.

Tabletop RP games like D&D are super fun with a good group, in fact I've been playing in the Fark Pathfinder Group for almost a year now and it's been awesome.

We're all adults, most of us married with solidly middle-class careers, not virgins in the basement. In fact, I'm a GIRL who played D&D long before she met her hubby. *GASP*


A girl?! That plays D&D and is on the internets?!?

haha good one!!
 
2013-08-18 11:30:18 AM  
Logical proof: drawing pictures of cat girls? Not furry. Dressing up in a fur suit with a poopchute, and getting violated at a convention up the same? Furry.
 
2013-08-18 11:31:26 AM  

shortymac: I'm a GIRL who played D&D long before she met her hubby.


Hahahaha! Good one! Let me guess, you also want me to buy a bridge?
 
2013-08-18 11:31:58 AM  

StoPPeRmobile: cman: Ok, how many times must we go over this?

D&D is for NERDS, not GEEKS.

A nerd is not a geek.



Some geeks play because they like certain aspects. Like actual combat, rather than spending 4 hours on some minutia.


Combat? With the plastic swords and shiat? Uh OK.
 
2013-08-18 11:32:37 AM  
I would argue that LARPing is not inherently geekier than tabletop RPGs, but it does lend itself to being made geekier by the crafty types. You can do crafty things on either side, making miniatures and such, but the LARPers are also far more willing to bring in in cosplay when they do this: something you more or less never see on the tabletop side.
 
2013-08-18 11:32:56 AM  
LARP is one thing, but most SCA people are missing a finger.
 
2013-08-18 11:34:33 AM  
I went LARPing....

Three of us drove into the middle of nowhere - nice, scenic outdoorsy camping stuff.  I'd guess there were ~100 people in total.  It was like 'themed camping' - yeah - it was a little silly, but I didn't see too much difference from a regular weekend camping trip.  We drank, hiked, climbed, jogged, and had some make-believe fights with wizards in an old barn....and there were even 2-3 attractive girls in tiny outfits.

I also played D&D...

We went to my friend's parent's basement, sat around a poker table with some sheets of paper and had a fictional adventure - pausing when the pizza arrived.

Thankfully I'm old enough and uncool enough to not care, at all, about how 'cool' my hobbies are.  But, objectively, I'd think LARPing would be seen as more socially acceptable.  I guess I just don't understand how it all works.
 
2013-08-18 11:34:33 AM  

shortymac: At least LARPers get some fresh air and exercise.


Who says they LARP outdoors?  I'm sure some do, but not in my area.

shortymac: I've been playing in the Fark Pathfinder Group for almost a year now and it's been awesome.


This is gloating, yo.

I don't have an issue with LARPers, but I could never quite get LARP itself.  The idea behind tabletop is that you can enforce an artificial reality that on one hand has its own constraints that don't parallel reality (namely magic); on the other, your own character abilities are constrained only by the in-game mechanics -- the whole point of the escape is that your character can do things you can't do.  That means if I want to cast a spell to allow myself to leap across a 50' crevasse, there are rules in place to determine whether or not that's possible.  With LARP there's no crevasse, and even if there is, I ain't jumping across it.  That leaves only the RP element but in that case I'd rather just write fiction.
 
2013-08-18 11:38:08 AM  

Millennium: I would argue that LARPing is not inherently geekier than tabletop RPGs


I agree. The only real difference between the two is that you look silly when you LARP, rather than just voice-acting silly.
 
2013-08-18 11:40:55 AM  

shortymac: That's a bit of the pot calling the kettle black. At least LARPers get some fresh air and exercise.

I don't get LARPing, but they aren't hurting anyone so I don't care.

Tabletop RP games like D&D are super fun with a good group, in fact I've been playing in the Fark Pathfinder Group for almost a year now and it's been awesome.

We're all adults, most of us married with solidly middle-class careers, not virgins in the basement. In fact, I'm a GIRL who played D&D long before she met her hubby. *GASP*


Fresh air, exercise, and socializing as opposed to MMORPG'ers who dwell in dark basements touching themselves inappropriately to WoW rule 34 .gifs and trolling on GameFAQs.
 
2013-08-18 11:42:29 AM  

kronicfeld: Dude, LARPing is miles past D&D on the dweeb scale.


I agree.  If you want to LARP without appearing like a dweeb, just join a theater group.
 
2013-08-18 11:42:30 AM  
Oh, and for the record, I don't LARP but I sure as heck would love to get back in actual tabletop gaming.  I miss Battletech.
 
2013-08-18 11:43:39 AM  

shortymac:


I'm a GIRL who played D&D


By and large D&D girls tend to be bi and large.
 
2013-08-18 11:44:41 AM  

Intelligent_Donkey: I'd LARP DnD only if I got to be the Tarrasque


God, this comment is like a perfect storm of dork.
 
2013-08-18 11:48:44 AM  
LARPers are dorkier then D&D players, but because of all the costumes and clothing and stuff, they generally have access to women at younger ages, and have more interaction with them.

LARPers are bigger dorks, but they get laid more then D&D players.

/dorkology is a confusing field of study
//PVC, foam, and duct tape swords out dork pen paper, and twenty sided dice.
 
2013-08-18 11:54:42 AM  
how terrible that he should be afraid to go outside
 
2013-08-18 11:55:34 AM  

fluffy2097: LARPers are dorkier then D&D players, but because of all the costumes and clothing and stuff, they generally have access to women at younger ages, and have more interaction with them. LARPers are bigger dorks, but they get laid more then D&D players.


Access to women does not mean access to their junk.  Take it from a guy who probably set some sort of world record for friendzone rate.

And if you're playing D&D to get laid, you're doing it wrong.  (Not that D&D can't be used to get a girl in the mood, but she has to be a gamer first.)
 
2013-08-18 11:59:20 AM  
There was this one time at LARP camp ...
 
2013-08-18 11:59:38 AM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Ennuipoet: On the Nerd Scale, LARPING is below Cosplay, but above any fantasy sport league.  Honestly, those people are just sad.

Only if they don't do the math themselves. I can respect anyone who crunch the numbers.


Whoa. Whoa. Mor pics of what hot LARPers,cosplayers, yoga pant wearing girls might look like please! We (1% of farkers who dig chicks) are counting on you!
 
2013-08-18 11:59:59 AM  

cannibalparrot: Intelligent_Donkey: I'd LARP DnD only if I got to be the Tarrasque

God, this comment is like a perfect storm of dork.


/bows

thank you, thank you.
 
2013-08-18 12:01:50 PM  
My wife and I LARP Vampire: the Masquerade. No foam swords and bean bags and sh*t.

In fact, game on in about 2 hours.

dragonchild: fluffy2097: LARPers are dorkier then D&D players, but because of all the costumes and clothing and stuff, they generally have access to women at younger ages, and have more interaction with them. LARPers are bigger dorks, but they get laid more then D&D players.

Access to women does not mean access to their junk.  Take it from a guy who probably set some sort of world record for friendzone rate.

And if you're playing D&D to get laid, you're doing it wrong.  (Not that D&D can't be used to get a girl in the mood, but she has to be a gamer first.)


The pretense for my wife and I's first date was me helping her make a D&D character for the campaign I was running then.
 
2013-08-18 12:08:55 PM  
Man, that's like having rain on your wedding day.
 
2013-08-18 12:11:48 PM  
"But nobody dresses up like ten-pin legend Walter "Deadeye" Williams before they head down to Barney's Bowlarama."

Why the fark not? That's be awesome while drinking with friends and having a good time.

Sure, LARPing is geeky as hell, and it's also a lot of fun when you realize there are other people out there who LIKE the same shiat you like, and that you can share that common interest

I've had the same bullshiat arguments from friends about attending cons, until we've actually dragged them to one themselves to see the experience. It's amazing how involved some of them have gotten after being introduced.

Stop worrying so goddamn much what other people may judge you by. Embrace and enjoy YOUR self worth and interests, and fark em if they can't take the joke. You may be surprised how much fun you'll have when you try.
 
2013-08-18 12:16:37 PM  
Where does paintball rank? Isn't that kinda like Call of Duty LARP?
 
2013-08-18 12:19:52 PM  
larp nerdy, but dressing up like your favorite sports team on game day ok.

especially those that have costumes face paint or body paint for The team, yep alright. but go out and play a character bad
 
2013-08-18 12:20:24 PM  
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2013-08-18 12:23:04 PM  

Mentalpatient87: Where does paintball rank? Isn't that kinda like Call of Duty LARP?


It is only LARP if you don't actually use paintballs.
 
2013-08-18 12:24:25 PM  
So when I was younger we used to play "boffer wars", which consisted of making swords out of PVC and fighting. We'd split up into teams, and play various scenarios. All out war, one team defending a part of the forest, capture the flag, etc. There was no magic or anything. Some people talked in Reno Fair style accents, but it was required to fit in.

It was a lot to of fun running around in the forest and getting into "sword fights".

Is this what is called LARPing now? If so, I don't see the hate.
 
2013-08-18 12:25:19 PM  
Sitting around a table with friends, getting drunk and cracking jokes while rolling some dice is awesome

Beating the shiat out of each other with foam swords is hilarious

It's when you try to combine the two that things get embarrassing.
 
2013-08-18 12:34:22 PM  

shortymac: That's a bit of the pot calling the kettle black. At least LARPers get some fresh air and exercise.


And relationships (of all kinds ;) ) with lots of real people.

Paraphrasing Gabe from Penny arcade - a lot of us like to play games in which we swing swords around (or shoot guns).  Some swing that sword by clicking a mouse. Some swing that sword by rolling a dice.  Some swing that sword by actually swinging a sword.  How can that last one not be the coolest option?

And for the most part, the days of the crude duct-tape boffer are long gone.  Isofoam weapons covered in latex are now the order of the day, and some of them are works of art.

Getting onto the battlefield with a hundred (or a thousand) like-minded friends, weapon in hand, armoured up and ready to cry havoc - its a great feeling :)
 
2013-08-18 12:35:18 PM  

ShawnDoc: So when I was younger we used to play "boffer wars", which consisted of making swords out of PVC and fighting. We'd split up into teams, and play various scenarios. All out war, one team defending a part of the forest, capture the flag, etc. There was no magic or anything. Some people talked in Reno Fair style accents, but it was required to fit in.

It was a lot to of fun running around in the forest and getting into "sword fights".

Is this what is called LARPing now? If so, I don't see the hate.


Imagine doing it as college students, and fighting over the rules still. and throwing bag of flower at people as spells.

/its very silly.
 
2013-08-18 12:39:52 PM  
Eh, Every Hobby Seems Geeky To Outsiders. If You Have Fun, Keep Doing It.
 
2013-08-18 12:41:28 PM  
Who gives a shiat?  Do what you enjoy, and if it doesn't hurt others, enjoy it.  Don't worry about what other people think of your hobby.  If you genuinely believe in what you're enjoying, then you don't need the validation of others to enjoy it.
 
2013-08-18 12:46:53 PM  

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2013-08-18 12:52:32 PM  

houstondragon: "But nobody dresses up like ten-pin legend Walter "Deadeye" Williams before they head down to Barney's Bowlarama."

Why the fark not? That's be awesome while drinking with friends and having a good time.

Sure, LARPing is geeky as hell, and it's also a lot of fun when you realize there are other people out there who LIKE the same shiat you like, and that you can share that common interest

I've had the same bullshiat arguments from friends about attending cons, until we've actually dragged them to one themselves to see the experience. It's amazing how involved some of them have gotten after being introduced.

Stop worrying so goddamn much what other people may judge you by. Embrace and enjoy YOUR self worth and interests, and fark em if they can't take the joke. You may be surprised how much fun you'll have when you try.


True.  If you decide to do or not do an activity depending on how cool it will make you then you are a hipster and not a geek, regardless of whether that activity is using a mechanical typewriter at an undiscovered coffeeshop or LARPing.  Those of us who played AD&D certainly didn't play it because it was cool, we played it because we liked it.  Not sure of kids these day.  Now hands off my +1 onion and get off my hit table.
 
2013-08-18 12:58:10 PM  
I never really understood LARPing. I do have some bias against LARPers since the owner of our local game store (who had another full time job) allowed his LARPer friend to run the store devote 25% of the store to LARPing supplies (i.e. robes). This only brought in more LARPers who basically hung out at the store and spent zero money. They were also a bunch of strange people who most gamers wouldn't be able to stand. I mean I've sat at a table with a guy talking about draining his gout foot a guy with butthole breathe etc but these people were beyond that. Not to mention several were furries. Being social awkward and being social retarded are two different things.
 
2013-08-18 01:04:46 PM  
LARPing is excellent when the plots are good and the game play is well rounded.  Sometimes it's a bunch of costumed people sitting in a camp hall biatching about their real lives.  Then it's not so fun.
 
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