Archive | January, 2012

Intro to Theater-Style LARP

17 Jan

Currently, this blog is a collection of a few mini-essays on the theory of theaterstyle LARPs.

For more information on theater-style LARP, check out this (a short essay on how to write a LARP by Gordon Olmstead-Dean), read this (a book on pervasive games of all sorts), or better yet find a copy of this (an excellent “coffee table book” on Nordic LARP, which you might be able to order via that link). Academic researchers should definitely look at this guide for first-time “LARP scholars.”

You can also check out my livejournal, which has more such mini-essays, along with discussion.

LARP Discussion V: Relationships

17 Jan

Okay, so the bottom line is, friendships and other relationships between characters can have powerful positive impacts on players’ LARP experience. The question at hand is, can we influence whether characters will develop exciting relationships? And if so, how?

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LARP Discussion II: Goals and Motivations

17 Jan

I don’t want to attempt tackle “goals in LARP” in a single post, so I’m going to try to start small. (I feel a little bad for posting this so soon after my first post, by the way– I don’t want to stop discussion on the first post if people still wanted to talk endgames. But I’m obsessive and therefore am writing lots of stuff about LARP theory.)

Here’s an essay on LARP-writing by Gordon Olmstead-Dean: http://midatlanticinteractivearts.com/essays/short_guide.html

I’ll quote the passage that I want to talk about:

“Motivations – a character acts in a certain way because of their motivations. […] Players usually need to know what their motives are, so that if their Goals become inaccessible, they can figure out how they should change, or react. Motivations are the reason the Player acts as he or she does.
Goals – are what the character wants to accomplish.  If a character’s goals are impossible, or very unlikely, it is often better to make it clear that this is the case.   Goals are the reason the Character acts as he or she does.”
I’m not going to focus on this particular definition (since I’ve never talked with Gordon Olmstead-Dean about his interpretation of it), but my definition is very much along these lines. Hopefully it’ll become clear through the following example: