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12 March 2003 @ 01:10 am
I was looking into live-action roleplaying, but it all seems too focused on the "gaming" element. I just want to take on a role and not worry about things like levels or classes or anything. Just act out my character and pretend. Isn't it okay for adults to play make-believe?
vasjendas on March 12th, 2003 10:35 am (UTC)
There are more pure LARP out there. Problem is when there is RP involved there has to be some form of confrontation resolution, [rp isn't fun without some aggression & dramatics ;)]. At the minimum it tends to be "Rock, Paper, Scissors" or "card draw". It is extremely rare and in my personal experience very boring to have a pure RP event (no character sheets, no stats, no system) that lasts more than a few hours or on a "regular" basis. You may as well play dressup with some friends at their place and do it then.
Kristennighttripper on March 12th, 2003 12:45 pm (UTC)
Look into MOOs and MUSHes, both of which I used to play a lot. The majority, in my experiencs, are without levels, etc., and are centered on RP. It was always a great deal of fun for me - it's much more than playing make-believe. It's about creating a character (or several) and developing them. It's also particularly good practice in creative writing.
(Anonymous) on March 16th, 2003 12:32 pm (UTC)
ever heard of the sims? build a house, make a char, have familys kids, for pc, now play station twos. coming out the 24th for gamecube and xbox. its gloruis
the Anything Muppetxerne on March 25th, 2003 08:32 am (UTC)
Playing make-believe is fun with two or three friends, but when there's more people than that, or opposing sides arguing about who "wins", without some sort of game mechanic they tend to devolve into second-graders' cops and robbers; "I shot you!" "You missed!" "No I didn't!" "Yes you did!"

So if you trust the people you're playing with, playing without rules is fine. My wife "runs" a freeform Changeling-based LARP with just a few people we know well and get along with. We play whenever we feel like dressing up and going out. The extent of the "running" is that she tells us what sort of horrible banality we're going to disrupt today. ^_^ Then we go ride tricycles in Walmart or have a cupcake picnic in the park or do Spontaneous Storytime when the librarians aren't paying attention.