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2018-02-08 08:44:21 PM  
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2018-02-08 09:37:07 PM  

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FTA:  Leist eventually earned their trust by himself dressing up as a mendicant monk named Boris the Reader, with a full backstory.

Translation: Leist really enjoys LARPing himself, but has come up with a story of simply being undercover to lend plausible deniability.  "Oh, no.  I'm not one of them.  I just hang out with them.  You know, so I can get some good pics.  The disguise is simply to blend in so I do not frighten them."
 
2018-02-08 10:14:06 PM  
Is this like the "South Gonna Rise Agin" crowd plays war each year?
 
2018-02-08 10:16:09 PM  
Is there a difference between LARPing and "playing pretend"?

/I've been feeling mighty old lately
//lawn and such
///yay Friday Approaches!
 
2018-02-08 10:26:46 PM  
I like #4.
 
2018-02-08 10:26:51 PM  
Isn't this all just a great big Live Action Role Play?
 
2018-02-08 10:29:26 PM  
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2018-02-08 10:30:43 PM  
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2018-02-08 10:32:16 PM  
I had a friend who made chainmail. The process is interesting but it's knitting with metal. Not very exciting took him months to make a shirt.i think he was try to sell them. I don't think he thought thru the time value of money thing.
 
2018-02-08 10:35:45 PM  
Lightning Bolt!
Youtube j_ekugPKqFw
 
2018-02-08 10:38:27 PM  
Here in the USA we just had our annual Biggest Cosplay Bowl.
 
2018-02-08 10:39:10 PM  

Sasquach: Is there a difference between LARPing and "playing pretend"?


The difference between role playing and playing pretend is that role playing has rules so that it minimizes out of character conflicts between the players.  Well, in theory anyway.

Role playing is basically just playing pretend for people that got sick of other folks always having Unstoppable God monsters.
 
2018-02-08 10:46:31 PM  

Dr.Fey: cretinbob: [media.giphy.com image 500x240]

FTA:  Leist eventually earned their trust by himself dressing up as a mendicant monk named Boris the Reader, with a full backstory.

Translation: Leist really enjoys LARPing himself, but has come up with a story of simply being undercover to lend plausible deniability.  "Oh, no.  I'm not one of them.  I just hang out with them.  You know, so I can get some good pics.  The disguise is simply to blend in so I do not frighten them."


I'm not gay, but my husband is.
 
2018-02-08 10:47:01 PM  
Friend of mine has a teen daughter who role-plays as a white fluffy killer bunny - whacking her enemies with a giant foam carrot. It befuddles and confuses the young role-playing males which in turn amuses her immensely. If I had a son, there would be an arranged marriage.
 
2018-02-08 10:48:49 PM  

Krieghund: Sasquach: Is there a difference between LARPing and "playing pretend"?

The difference between role playing and playing pretend is that role playing has rules so that it minimizes out of character conflicts between the players.  Well, in theory anyway.

Role playing is basically just playing pretend for people that got sick of other folks always having Unstoppable God monsters.


It also nicely sidesteps the old
"I got you!"
"Nuh uh!"
 
2018-02-08 10:51:28 PM  

bigdog1960: I had a friend who made chainmail. The process is interesting but it's knitting with metal. Not very exciting took him months to make a shirt.i think he was try to sell them. I don't think he thought thru the time value of money thing.


Well made chainmail is actually capable of some impressive feats of protection. When each link is rivited or welded shut, the stopping power is immense and combined with a patted jerkin underneath a hauberk is proof against most swords, arrows, spears, and blades not specifically designed to pierce mail. There's also a lot of neat tricks you can do with ring size and the weave to make it lighter, stronger, and or more decorative.

If you can make it well, there's a big market. But you're competing with third generation professionals at this point, so you need to be good at what you do.
 
2018-02-08 10:55:41 PM  
The biggest bunch of LARPers are infesting the White House at the moment.
 
2018-02-08 10:58:29 PM  

Non Sequitur Man: [img.fark.net image 639x424]


This is pretty much *exactly* what I imagine LARPing to be.
 
2018-02-08 11:00:38 PM  

Dr.Fey: cretinbob: [media.giphy.com image 500x240]

FTA:  Leist eventually earned their trust by himself dressing up as a mendicant monk named Boris the Reader, with a full backstory.

Translation: Leist really enjoys LARPing himself, but has come up with a story of simply being undercover to lend plausible deniability.  "Oh, no.  I'm not one of them.  I just hang out with them.  You know, so I can get some good pics.  The disguise is simply to blend in so I do not frighten them."


Right.  Like I read Playboy for the articles and no, I don't "do cocaine", I just like the way it smells.
 
2018-02-08 11:01:12 PM  
I thought Wired had a paywall now
 
2018-02-08 11:03:28 PM  

Thong_of_Zardoz: Non Sequitur Man: [img.fark.net image 639x424]

This is pretty much *exactly* what I imagine LARPing to be.


I can't be sure, because there are a couple other games that use similar gear, but this look a lot like Amtgard.
 
2018-02-08 11:05:30 PM  
Meh.

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-if you can't get laid at Pennsic you'll be a virgin for life.
 
2018-02-08 11:06:01 PM  
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2018-02-08 11:07:32 PM  
Lightning bolt! Lightning bolt!
Outside of that being unbearably funny is there any point to saying that? Are there 'referees' tabulating damage. Do each of those people have a spec sheet delineating their armor, weapons, skills and so forth?
 I actually think that, as a concept, this is kind of cool ,Remeniscant of chess with human players.
 I would dearly love to try d&d, I even got some books on it and ive descovered a great and prolific writer, RA Salvatore whose mileu is d&d. I think being present for one of these events would be fascinating, moreso if a stream of ignorant questions would be welcomed.
 
2018-02-08 11:07:48 PM  

uber humper: I thought Wired had a paywall now


They did. For a while. I've noticed a few sites have dropped the paywall or malware-blocker-blocker thingy.
Desperate for eyeballs I guess.
 
2018-02-08 11:07:49 PM  

2wolves: Meh.

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-if you can't get laid at Pennsic you'll be a virgin for life.


Is that an SCA event? Met a lot of those folks while working at Renaissance Festivals.
 
2018-02-08 11:12:20 PM  

Non Sequitur Man: 2wolves: Meh.

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-if you can't get laid at Pennsic you'll be a virgin for life.

Is that an SCA event? Met a lot of those folks while working at Renaissance Festivals.


The biggest SCA event on earth, last I checked.
 
2018-02-08 11:12:55 PM  
Are those hardcore larpers?  Or lard-core harpers?
 
2018-02-08 11:19:53 PM  
Isn't this just advanced cosplay with a bit of running around added in?
 
2018-02-08 11:20:06 PM  

Erik_Emune: Friend of mine has a teen daughter who role-plays as a white fluffy killer bunny - whacking her enemies with a giant foam carrot. It befuddles and confuses the young role-playing males which in turn amuses her immensely. If I had a son, there would be an arranged marriage.


We'd better not risk another frontal assault. That rabbit's dynamite.
 
2018-02-08 11:20:50 PM  

Thong_of_Zardoz: Non Sequitur Man: [img.fark.net image 639x424]

This is pretty much *exactly* what I imagine LARPing to be.


In the US, it is.

In non-shiathole countries, it looks a lot more like the pics from TFA.  Americans are terrible, terrible LARPers; if there's no rules-incentive to do things like "stay in character", or "look good", they flat-out refuse to do it, and that extends up to and including telling people who DO expend effort on their hobbies, to leave their games.

Anecdotally, incidentally and not at all related to that point, I was asked to leave a local larp (CASTLE), because my outfit made new players feel bad.  I'm in the right two images.  The left pic is was what some of the complaining players in question were wearing at the same event.

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/my rig isn't even that GOOD - it's strictly mid-tier by German standards
//Of course I've never been back.
///Bonus Slashie gives a +2 damage bonus vs everyone in a blue headband
 
2018-02-08 11:21:02 PM  
 
2018-02-08 11:22:00 PM  

2wolves: -if you can't get laid at Pennsic you'll be a virgin for life.


I can't get laid at Pennsic. My wife won't let me.
 
2018-02-08 11:24:49 PM  

elkboy: Are those hardcore larpers?  Or lard-core harpers?


The Harpers never got a proper movie.

Now could be the time.
 
2018-02-08 11:25:17 PM  

unsightly phlebitis: Lightning bolt! Lightning bolt!
Outside of that being unbearably funny is there any point to saying that? Are there 'referees' tabulating damage. Do each of those people have a spec sheet delineating their armor, weapons, skills and so forth?
 I actually think that, as a concept, this is kind of cool ,Remeniscant of chess with human players.
 I would dearly love to try d&d, I even got some books on it and ive descovered a great and prolific writer, RA Salvatore whose mileu is d&d. I think being present for one of these events would be fascinating, moreso if a stream of ignorant questions would be welcomed.


Depends on the game but most organized games have character sheets, item cards for weapons and armor (or a system for them), and health/magic/skill points, along with staff members running the module. I don't know what system or game the lightning bolt video is from, but the skill calls are for damage and effects (I think I heard someone call Sleep, too). Players keep track of their damage on an honor system and staff members can generally do sheet checks to make sure someone didn't take way more damage than they should have or isn't using skills they don't actually have.

/yeah, I LARP
//post-apoc, not fantasy, though
 
2018-02-08 11:25:50 PM  

unsightly phlebitis: Lightning bolt! Lightning bolt!
Outside of that being unbearably funny is there any point to saying that? Are there 'referees' tabulating damage. Do each of those people have a spec sheet delineating their armor, weapons, skills and so forth?
 I actually think that, as a concept, this is kind of cool ,Remeniscant of chess with human players.
 I would dearly love to try d&d, I even got some books on it and ive descovered a great and prolific writer, RA Salvatore whose mileu is d&d. I think being present for one of these events would be fascinating, moreso if a stream of ignorant questions would be welcomed.


You can do D&D online if you want to try it out, you don't have to have a physical board and dice combo to play. I know friends who do online groups with people around the country since it's easier than meeting up every week.
 
2018-02-08 11:28:43 PM  
der Glitzkrieg:

A vacation in Detroit is not LARPing.
 
2018-02-08 11:30:14 PM  

2wolves: Meh.

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-if you can't get laid at Pennsic you'll be a virgin for life.


SCA isn't a larp, and it's overrated.  Not targeting the lower leg totally destroys any authenticity in heavy fighting.  The wire weenies at least do it better.

/I have a red belt.  Midrealm.  I was at the Pennsic where the bees won the war.

unsightly phlebitis: Outside of that being unbearably funny is there any point to saying that? Are there 'referees' tabulating damage. Do each of those people have a spec sheet delineating their armor, weapons, skills and so forth?


Generally speaking, in American larps, they do have a record sheet.  American Larps tend to simply be "D&D you act out", so the stats on your character sheet matter hugely.  They're intended to be played in such a way that natural skill or practice counts for way, WAY less than the numbers on your record sheet.  Examples are IFGIS and NERO (these are the original two), and a few dozen NERO offshoots as people have gotten sick of NERO's "charge money for better stats" racket.  The best larp on the North American continent is called Biccoline, in Quebec, and it's much closer in spirit to the European Larps (like Drachenfest or Mythodea) described in TFA.

FWIW, Eurolarps have a much, MUCH simpler stat sheet.  They're trying to look and behave as though they're an ongoing cast of quasi-believable movie characters.  A good example of the difference between US and Eurolarps is the concept of walking up behind someone and putting a dagger "through their throat". The US larper says "oh, that's only 1 damage and I can take 60, so I'll turn around and beat you", because combat stats are what matters.  The Eurolarpers says "it doesn't matter how many HP I have, a dagger to the throat should kill me", and so they fall down because it's representative of what's happening.

There are also a variety of "battle games", such a Belegarth, Dagorhir, and Amtguard which aren't larps, because they don't involve you playing a role (ie, acting); they're an excuse to get together and hit each other with boffer weapons.  They have a much lower reliance on stats and a higher reliance on personal skill...but they almost universally all look terrible (the "NOPE" gif upthread is a NERO game or offshoot - you can tell by the birdseed packet - and NERO games almost all look better than Battle Games...so assume something even worse-looking).

The SCA is midway between a larp and a battle game; you do have a persona, but it's mostly a historical reference point for your gear, and you don't generally "act out the part".  With that said, the SCA does a lot of really cool things, and they're worth your time as long as you don't think their fighting is in any way relevant or accurate to history.
 
2018-02-08 11:33:51 PM  

Archie Goodwin: The biggest bunch of LARPers are infesting the White House at the moment.


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2018-02-08 11:35:33 PM  
I just want to point out that the vast majority of bikers in the vast majority of biker gangs are just Sons of Anarchy, or Born to Be Wild LARPers.
 
2018-02-08 11:35:35 PM  

Archie Goodwin: uber humper: I thought Wired had a paywall now

They did. For a while. I've noticed a few sites have dropped the paywall or malware-blocker-blocker thingy.
Desperate for eyeballs I guess.


they're starting again. I got a piece of snailmail that said for me to renew my subscription for $5 before it goes up. Then I got an email that said my subscription was renewed for free.
 
2018-02-08 11:36:26 PM  
Ian "The Chief" McFlannigan is the leader of the Irish Brotherhood.

And ladies...guess what?

He's single!

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2018-02-08 11:38:31 PM  
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2018-02-08 11:39:09 PM  

doglover: der Glitzkrieg:

A vacation in Detroit is not LARPing.


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2018-02-08 11:40:17 PM  
FightDirector:

SCA fighting is fun. And it's a gateway drug.

It's a little inaccurate, but affordable.

You need a lot more armor to join Battle of the Nations type events. Not everyone has $25,000 for a full harnessing just lying around.
 
2018-02-08 11:51:49 PM  

uber humper: Archie Goodwin: uber humper: I thought Wired had a paywall now

They did. For a while. I've noticed a few sites have dropped the paywall or malware-blocker-blocker thingy.
Desperate for eyeballs I guess.

they're starting again. I got a piece of snailmail that said for me to renew my subscription for $5 before it goes up. Then I got an email that said my subscription was renewed for free.


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2018-02-08 11:51:50 PM  

2wolves: Meh.

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-if you can't get laid at Pennsic you'll be a virgin for life.


The odds are good, but the goods are morbidly obese and haven't showered in 2 weeks.
 
2018-02-08 11:57:12 PM  

FightDirector: In non-shiathole countries, it looks a lot more like the pics from TFA.  Americans are terrible, terrible LARPers; if there's no rules-incentive to do things like "stay in character", or "look good", they flat-out refuse to do it, and that extends up to and including telling people who DO expend effort on their hobbies, to leave their games.


Sounds like somebody had their fee-fees hurt on the "battlefield"
 
2018-02-08 11:58:16 PM  

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I'm not familiar with the knight and the narwhale theme
 
2018-02-08 11:58:38 PM  
Amateurs.

I've spent over 2000 hours a year for nearly 20 years LARPing a software developer. I've gotten so good at it that I went pro.
 
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