This past weekend was the final Cottington Woods event of the season. I have two posts coming up about the last two events, which closed out my boffer schedule for the year. In the mean time, there’s lots going on in the theater community to keep me busy.
SLAW, WPI’s weekend of theater LARPs, is only a few weeks away. The schedule is up and the games are open for sign ups. I’ve played in nine of the events running over the weekend, but still found at least one game per slot that is new to me. There is still plenty of room in a variety of LARPs, so come join us November 21 through 23 at WPI for a free weekend of LARPing!
Intercon activity is also about to kick into the next gear. The schedule will be up very soon on the website, and the date for the first round of sign-ups has been announced as November 13th. It looks like a lot of people took the theme of this year’s con to heart ; we have a lot of really cool sounding science fiction games to choose from.
There are a few new changes to Intercon that have been announced. One is an extra round of sign-ups. In previous years, attendees had two rounds of picking one LARP before open sign-ups allowed them to choose as many as they liked/could get into. Now, there are three rounds of picking one LARP before open sign-ups. And as of this year, everyone will be able to see who has signed up for which LARPs. I’m very curious to see what sort of effects, if any, these changes will have.
Additionally, the wording on the user profile pages has changed — it now asks for “Preferred Character Gender” instead of asking for the player’s gender. This is to clarify that this information is strictly for casting LARPs, and not because Intercon cares about how an attendee defines their gender. This change is also only a small first step of a much bigger change — Intercon is currently in the process of updating how gender interacts with sign ups for future cons.
And lastly, there is an online LARP census collecting information about LARP around the world, and all LARPers are encouraged to participate. Crolarper.com, the Croatian LARP blog, posted an informative interview with the creators all about the process of creating it, its goals, and future plans. Check it out!