Two short stories to share.
I volunteer in a women’s shelter/soup kitchen on Fridays. Last Friday, a new volunteer and I were chatting about the weather, and I mentioned that I’d been at a camp ground during the worst of the recent rain, and that the mud had been particularly bad. He asked if I’d been camping, and I said, “er, not exactly.” When he asked what I had been doing, I said, “well, I was LARPing.”
He said, “Oh, live action role play? I’ve heard of that! Can you tell me what it’s like?”
That he knew what the acronym stood for caught me by surprise, and that he wanted to hear all about it made me very happy. I told him there were a few different kinds of LARPing, then brieflly explained boffer, since that was the sort I’d been doing at the campsite. He said it seemed really cool and fun, ” like cops and robbers, but for grown-ups.”
Yeah, pretty much!
There was another volunteer who saw me and said, “I’m so glad you’re here this week! I really wanted to talk about the latest Game of Thrones episodes with someone!” As most people who know me can tell you, I can easily talk about Game of Thrones for hours.
Both conversations made for a good day.
Almost two weeks ago, Lizzie Stark (the author of Leaving Mundania and the person who ran the Ars Amandi workshop I attended at Intercon M’s PreCon) posted online that she was doing a book reading with Ethan Gilsdorf, author of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks. He actually also did a reading at Intercon K’s PreCon. Sorry I missed the reading (I was attending a panel on mental illness in LARPs) but I’m glad I caught this one. They both read excerpts from their books to a crowd of about a dozen in a very cute little bookstore and cafe.
After the reading, there was a brief Q&A, after which five of us Intercon regulars chatted with the authors for a bit. I finally got a chance to see what a latex LARP weapon feels like for myself, as Gilsdorf brought a couple Calamacil weapons with him. (I know, Calimacil technically makes injected foam weapons, not latex.) They were very pretty, but a lot denser and heavier than the sort I’m used to.
After the book reading, us Interconners went out to lunch, and ended up discussing various LARPs, Intercon, and NELCO for so long, we were asked to leave because they were expecting a huge group for dinner.
Another good day.