Thursday 23 June 2016

Diegetic steering

Full immersion is the unreachable desire of many larpers. A reminder of our first larp. A demanding path that rewards with deeply moving experiences. But this approach is not free of danger, one of the most relevant being the possibility to prioritize the characters desires over the larp ones.
The steering technique allows to modify non-diegetically the direction and motivations of a character. This while useful, requires an extra effort for the participant and creates an immersion gap. Therefore a diegetic steering approach would be more desirable.

Wednesday 15 June 2016

The survival of non-remunerated larp organizers

Organizers often feel that they sacrifice themselves in exchange of... nothing.
After more than eleven years as a larp organizer I do not consider myself better than the newcomers, but there is a quality I have proven to posses and they still not: I am a survivor.
Why have I survived and so many others have not?

Sunday 12 June 2016

Design mistakes as opportunities

After my encounters with different larp cultures I got shocked to find that what defines them, what makes them unique, was not new to me. In fact those elements used to be part of our larps until they became marginal, design mistakes to implement if no other option was available.
For this countries these elements were their biggest advantages. Their larp designers had taken a complete different approach and where we saw outdated elements they found their trademark.

Errores de diseño a modo de oportunidades

Tras conocer varias culturas de larp me quede sorprendido al encontrar que lo que las define, lo que las hace únicas, no me era nuevo. De hecho los elementos que usaban solían ser parte de nuestros larps hasta que se volvieron marginales, errores de diseño que implementar si no había otra opción disponible.
Para estos países estos elementos eran su mayor ventaja. Sus diseñadores de larp habían tomado una aproximación completamente diferente y donde nosotros vimos elementos desfasados ellos encontraron su distintivo.