Few random thoughts about this blog… specifically, its name.
Before I started the blog, I spent a long time thinking about what to call it, and eventually settled on Fair Escape because it’s a LARPing term, it has a nice ring to it, and it’s almost a play on words, as females are sometimes poetically termed “the fairer sex” and… well, I’m female.
I have a few major regrets regarding this choice. One, the term “escape” brings to mind the stereotype that we LARPers use LARP as an escape. I’m not saying there aren’t any LARPers who do, I’m just saying the stereotype comes from an offensive place- that we’re losers and our lives require escaping because they suck. I take personal offense at this and often find myself compelled to loudly disagree when it comes up.
Two, the term is not only unique to theater style LARPing, it’s entirely contradictory to the boffer LARP mentality. The term refers to a mechanic whereby a player can declare “fair escape” and walk away from whatever situation they were in, and cannot be attacked (typically, by whomever else was involved in the situation, often combat.) The exact wording of the rules may vary somewhat from LARP to LARP. The idea is usually to discourage running, since a lot of theater LARPs run in locations that either don’t allow it or highly frown upon it (such as university or hotel function spaces.) This just doesn’t happen in boffer LARP- the closest rule in Accelerant LARPs is usually something like allowing people to “go to spirit”- i.e. make it impossible (or highly unlikely) that a monster will be able to interact with you.
But usually, if you want to escape a dangerous situation and you need to run, you run.
The fair escape mechanic is also a method of dealing with limited game space (typical in theater LARPs given one or two rooms, highly atypical in boffer LARPs, which tend to take place in large outdoor spaces.)
But I explicitly didn’t want to alienate any type of LARPers- I take some small amount of pride in being one of the LARPers who enjoys both theater and boffer, each for their respective strengths. Not that I think a name will alienate someone reading… more like, stumbling across this name randomly online will instantly tell many theater LARPers what the blog is about. Unlikely to do the same for a random boffer LARPer.
Ah, well. At this point, there’s another point in favor of the name- momentum.