The third video in the Out of Character video series has been posted. (The previous two videos are also available online for viewing; I shared my own response to them here.) This time, it asked its interviewees “what makes a good LARP character?” The responses are quite interesting. They mention that every LARPer has their own ideas on what a good character is, which I agree with, but there are also some pretty distinct trends and themes that get repeated throughout.
For context, the interviewees are primarily speaking about characters for theater one-shots that are pre-written by the LARP’s writer(s), possibly with input from the players, but most commonly, without any input. Of course, much of what they say applies to any LARP character, whether the LARP is a one shot or a campaign, theater or boffer, pre-writter by the writing staff or created by the player.
Personally, I’m still chewing over my own answer to this rather broad question. What makes a good LARP character for me? Certainly, I could repeat the wisdom shared in the videos, but if I had to come up with something more specific…? Hm. Topic for a future post, perhaps.
The text in the video reminds me that these were shot about a year ago at last year’s NELCO. I’m hoping this year’s NELCO, coming up in just under a week and half, will produce some videos to share online as well, but plans for that are still up in the air. My fingers are crossed.