I still have some posts on Intercon (mostly PreCon) on the back burner. I seem to have gotten a bit sidetracked by describing other LARP projects and events. But I’ve just glanced at my calendar and found, much to my surprised, that I don’t have anything LARP related scheduled for this weekend. I think that’s for the best. I need a bit of a breather to catch up on all the things I want to write about before diving right back in. The next Shadows of Amun event falls on the next weekend, and Festival of the LARPs at Brandeis University is the weekend after that.
In the meantime, a number of pieces of LARP related media has popped up on the internet lately.
- Some LARPers hosted a google chat panel titled “LARP as Therapy”, and you can watch it here. (I missed the actual chat, but I’ve seen most of the video. Have yet to finish it.)
- Similarly, a recording of “Gaming as the Other”, a panel about minorities in various forms of geek culture, including LARP, was posted online. It’s not the recording of the panel at PreCon; rather it’s from a different convention (Metatopia 2013). But two of the panelists overlapped with the PreCon panel; as I missed the panel at PreCon, this is the next best thing. I think the biggest takeaway from this panel was the suggestion that people try to step out of their comfort zone more often.
- This year’s Knutepunkt book, The Cutting Edge of Nordic LARP, is now available for free online. I haven’t yet had a chance to read it, but I plan to soon.
- A new websites about LARP, LARPs: The Series, has recently come out, and all ten episodes of the first season are available online. Each episode is between three and seven minutes long, and they follow a small group of five LARPers (four players and a GM) as they play through a LARP, along with moments from their real lives that relate in various ways to their hobby. It does have a few cliches — the LARPer who takes things too seriously, the LARPer who doesn’t take things seriously enough, the poor harried GM, but to its credit this is probably the highest quality amateur webseries I’ve ever seen (or is it an indy webseries…?) and it’s among the most neutral, even-handed look at LARPing — neither excessively flattering nor overly critical. You can tell LARPers are on staff with this project, which is really nice, though the style of LARPing that they portray is a very unusual style that has a lot more in common with tabletop roleplaying than most LARP. (I think this choice was probably made primarily to reduce the number of cast and extras required.)
- And lastly, there’s a LARP convention happening this November in Hamilton, New Zealand. The Medusa LARP convention will feature a variety of LARPs, and you can follow along with updates on their Facebook page.