On LARPing “Rituals”

I’m not an actor, never will be. That said, the notion of pre-performance rituals* enacted in order to get one into the right head-space to be on stage really interests me.

No, I’m not talking about never changing my socks or whatever it is that sportsball players do when things are going their way, but it’s not all that far removed, either.

I’ve talked about this a fair bit in my LARP Advice piece Preparing to Perform. The point is that you can’t just walk off onto the street and into Willy Loman. Athletes stretch and warm up before they hit the field, and so do actors. I have to remind myself that LARPers are not actors and that one shouldn’t overreach. That said, I don’t see any harm in trying to get oneself into the absolutely optimum space for playing a character consistently and convincingly.


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Got Humanity?

What’s the point of having a humanity stat if no-one pays attention to it?

Recently, I played a darling of mine, Patricia – a low-humanity (Masquerade) Malkavian kindred with unsavory habits – at a local LARP. She happened to be chatting with some Toreador and, upon hearing that this high-status Toreador had been spoken to disrespectfully by another courtier, Trish offered – with all sincerity – to tear out the offender’s tongue.

The Toreador smiled – also with every sign of sincerity – and agreed that might be an option.

Looking back on the incident, I wish I’d asked that player to check their humanity score. Because, really, if you’re hearing that kind of shit and your humanity is above, oh, a four* the appropriate reaction should be either “God, no! What are you saying?” or uneasy laughter and a prompt change or subject.

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*Blink* What happened?

It’s been over two years since I’ve had the energy, opportunity and urge to post in this space. To sum up:

  • I’m working and have been for – gosh! – the past two years.
  • I’m in a relationship with a great guy. He’s an artist, smart as hell, and a real sweetheart but he’s very private, so that’s all you’re ever going to hear about him. He will be referred to as “The Swain”.
  • My father was diagnosed with leukemia at the beginning of the year. Fortunately, he received a stem cell transplant over the summer and he’s doing quite well. It’s been a very, very stressful few months.
  • I picked up LARPing again. It’s been a mixed bag. I’ll be writing about that shortly. Possibly within minutes.
  • And speaking of LARPing, I’ve contributed to a forthcoming title from Mad Norwegian Press Chicks Dig Gaming.

More soon, I hope. I’ve got a couple of opinion pieces about LARPing that don’t quite fit on my LARP Advice page, so they’ll probably end up here. Assuming anyone is still reading. 😉