This is great. Good work!
This is really great! Your drawing and coloring style is fantastic.
What kinda pens/brushes do you use for this stuff?
Truly inspiring stuff, man.
Holy dang. Your hard work has paid off my friend. I recommend you post this on stylus. You will reign in glory forever.
Oh crap didn't I invite you to Stylus already? It's a bitchin' invite-only art forum. I've been meaning to persuade you to join.
I once tried a cthulhu themed larp at a comic convention. I got choked out and kicked in the head for reals by players who were a little too
into their roles. This pretty much killed my interest in larping.
Still I love the idea of a comic guidebook for stuff and this is awesome. I would love to see Raymond and Cube extoll the virutes of euros
, Reiner Knizia, and shoving around little wooden cubes.
2010-05-31 10:00 pm (UTC)
Your experience at the con game was extremely unfortunate. The vast majority of LARP groups are far more careful about physical contact during games. Some of the larger ones (typically organized fan clubs of published/broadcast properties) have very clear guidelines about physical contact, some going so far as to require a brief "out of character" moment to get consent from a fellow player before any touching beyond a brief pat on the shoulder or kiss on the cheek in a receiving line.
A key thing to keep in mind: if it's a good group, you'll be asked to hang out afterwards and get to know them as they really are instead of the characters they portray.
I would encourage people who might have had poor experiences to look for a different LARP group and give it a second try. For some people it just doesn't appeal, while for others it might have been over-zealous portrayal of their characters.
ah haha, that's awesome. I've done a it a few times, I'm not much of an actor but I like hitting people. NPC's RULE!
This is awesome and informative!
Well done! Great use of lettering. Really great. Fantastic work, sir.
Grats being on Drawn! dude! Also, this is fantastic - and the most experience I've ever had with LARP was seeing Role Models.
I saw this on Drawn. Amazing amazing work! I now understand the mysterious world of LARP so much better.
I'm a pen-&-paper gamer, but it is nice to see people out there in The Hobby who get it. Nice work.
As a former LARPer I can say this is totally legit. I played "Dagorhir," a popular midwest LARP organization that didn't use a whole lot of fantasy elements, but it was a great time and I really enjoyed it and the community surrounding it (for the most part). As always, I also love your style and the way you get your ideas across. You're an amazing talent and I can't wait to see what you do next!!
2010-05-28 02:13 am (UTC)
cone! of! coldness!
This is so great and only makes me more curious about LARPing! Do you still have character sheets? Is there a DM keeping track of all your ACs and damage and spellcasting time? Is there no speed restrictions or "to-hit" rolls??
2010-05-28 03:06 pm (UTC)
Re: cone! of! coldness!
Depends on the game. The one I play has a character card (think large index card size) that lists the stats of the character (whether it's a PC or a monster). The honor system is used for taking your hits (the person hitting will call the damage/effect). There are marshals for resolving any disputes, but 99% of the time they're not needed except in REALLY large-scale circumstances, or to describe something to a group of players ("you see X number of orcs here, but there's at least five times that making their way through the woods your way" = we have seven NPC players as orcs, they'll recycle and come back in for a total of 35 or so attackers.).
There's speed restrictions in hitting folks (that's the "machinegunning" in the article), but your spellcasting? Say the verbal, chuck a small object (like a small beanbag, nerf ball, or other harmless-if-it-skull-clocks-you object). If it hits, you hit. Same thing with those boffer swords. If the other guy has some sort of special defense, they'll respond in kind to the hit+call.
But big fights can get downright noisy- you can tell it was a hard, long battle when you can barely talk afterwards!
2010-05-31 02:34 am (UTC)
Re: cone! of! coldness!
That sounds crazy fun actually! Thanks for the info.
2010-05-28 03:40 am (UTC)
<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
That was amazing!
Your description of LARPing reminds me a little of this thing my girlfriend is into- the 'Lolita'-dress wearing community. It's a community of girls who were not popular in school, who've left school and created their own little domain they can be the masters of- yet, it seems to have just as much arbitrary rules and bullshit as the highschool world they just escaped. The only difference is they get to be the excluders rather than the excluded.
Man, if I found myself in a group of people with this many artifically-constructed societal do's and don'ts, I don't think I'd be able to help myself. I figure if these people are frowning at me, then I'm doing something right. And surely papier-mache counts as a flammable material?
I also still don't understand how Larping works! How can anyone keep track of the spells and whether a spell worked or not if you're all shouting them at the same time?
So many questions!
2010-05-28 03:13 pm (UTC)
Look up at Eblocky's questions.
And yeah, I'd call paper-mache a leeeetle flammable. :)
Most LARPers are a little more mellow about it- and we tend to see the ones that take it too seriously just as badly as anyone does with That Guy.
Remember the "king" in Role Models, if you saw it? Textbook example. Games aren't meant to be a geek pecking order IRL, and most players will think of you as an unmitigated ass for doing so. Rule number 1 is to have fun. But as the comic says, don't F with the game to do it.)
As for tracking stuff? You'd be surprised, it's easier than you'd think...and if you're not sure, keel over and roll with it, or if people are going TOO fast...call for a brief pause (a "hold") and get things straightened out.
Folks get excited and loud when playing- I've been at games where the locals called the cops in because they thought a riot was on at the Scout camp we were using. They were much amused, so were we.
In my experience it's not that similar to the Lolita club-clique thing you're describing.. I attend a large fest-style mediaeval fantasy system in the UK, where a small event has 100 participants and a large one 3000.
The societal dos and don'ts within a system basically come down to:
1)Attempt to fit in with the norms of the game.
Ask around before you play. If the system has really high quality costume requirements, don't show up in a sweater painted silver for armour. If it's known for serious roleplaying, don't make your character's name an OOC pop culture reference. If it's known for being all about the fighting and not so much about the roleplaying soap-opera, don't make a character who won't fight and is all about his angsty past, or what have you.
Take your hits, don't pretend to have abilities you don't. And if you're not sure if you were hit or not, assume you were.
3)Don't be a jerk.
See: Real Life. :P I mean, you can *play* a jerk, that's fun! Just don't be one out of character.
4)Don't do things that would break people's immersion in the game.
Like don't start singing a song with modern references aound the campfire during time in. Don't call people by their OOC name and drag them out of character unless it's important.
This is the one that is the reason for "don't wear a watch," (though watches don't bother me as much as jeans, Metallica t-shirt and white runners with some armour chucked on top in medievalish LARP.) Some people find poor costume breaks their immersion.
Everyone slips out of character sometimes, or makes some OOC jokes. Just try to limit it and make sure you're not doing at at really inappropriate moments.
Don't take the piss. :D
The big difference with LARP and what I'm gathering form your description above is that in LARP, there might be loads of complex and confusing social rules in character, and your character might come across as a naieve peasant and get some unpleasant comments for not realising he is speaking to The Mighty Yellow Ninja, Supreme Head of the Bardic Order! or what have you, but that wouldn't be the players making fun of *you*. I've known some people who play really nasty characters give a horrendous earful IC to a character, and then slip OOC to give the player a pat on the back, let them know it's all IC and there's no hard feelings in real life, and offer to buy them a beer.
As for keeping track of spells and such, in the system I play there is no "throw a bean-bag." If you hear a spell, see the caster is pointing at you and are within the distance of that spell, then the spell has been cast at you. (This can be clarified by the caster where it's not clear who they're pointing at by saying "By the power of Magic I command you sleep, you in the spiky armour and red helm!") You'd think it would be almost impossible to notice, but your ears very quickly get sort of primed to prick up and notice when someone shouts a spell vocal as opposed to a weapon damage call or "AAAARGH I'LL KILL YOU IN THE FAAACE!" even in a very chaotic battle situation. In my experience battles are mostly more spread out than the illustration above would indicate, so not everyone is shouting in each other's ears.
Anyway, in short, LARPing is absolutely awesome. It's dress-up and make believe, running around having swordfights and doing magic! You get to play a character who can achieve the dizzying heights of power, being head of a nation or commanding a battle line, and unlike tabletop gaming, you get to watch people scurrying to do your bidding! And possibly plotting to stab you in the back with a poisoned blade at the same time, but that's one of the things that makes LARP more interesting than real life.
Hey, thanks for taking the time to write this! You make it sound like great fun. I know some pretty great folks who like to LARP. It sounds a lot like when we used to play 'army' as kids, so of course gets two thumbs up in my book.
2010-05-28 02:00 pm (UTC)
so fucking awesome
Amazing stuff like always! Keep up that comic magic.
RLY GREAT!!!!! i love it)
This may be one of the greatest things ever!
This is awesome! High fives!
Someone posted a link to this on our larp forum.
I just wanted to say this was awesome and so true!
So freaking awesome, as usual!! I saw this on Drawn as well. Cool!!
That is awesome! I found it somehow through Googling for my LARP system's staff forums, of all things, and I really like it! :D
Yep, that all about sums it up.
I found this on Kotaku months back, and only recently uncovered the bookmark. I've been larping for a very long time, and this amused me greatly.