One of the things I’m looking into as I put together tons of stuff for GreyWorld1, I’m also thinking in terms of LARP.
One of the tag-lines we joked about, as we were discussing the original pitch of what became (is becoming?) GreyWorld, was
our cosplayers are different
And indeed, considering the huge and highly active steampunk cosplay community, we thought it would be nice to use GreyWorld to
- promote some new costume and prop styles
provide cosplayers with an easy, Savage Worlds-based live action roleplaying system for their dos.
But here I face two problems.
Problem #1 – there is no Savage Worlds-based set of LARP rules that I know of 2
Problem #2 – I’m no larper.
I grew up at the gaming table.
I’ve played a tonne of systems, I gamed in an million settings, but my LARP experience is close to zero.
I have read a number of rules systems – the World of Darkness LARP rules, Cthulhu Live and the Passion Play rules for the Fading Suns setting, and there were LARP guidelines for Castle Falkenstein in the original handbooks.
And I have a general idea of the dynamics, having played as an extra or NPC in a pair of convention games.
But I can’t claim any hands-on experience setting up, running or refereeing (?) a LARP game.
So I feel rather inadequate.
And while a GreyWorld LARP is not my top priority, I still think it would be a nice addition to the handbook.
The look of our game will be one of the winning factors – and I love the visuals I’m collecting as references.
Ergo, I think that GreyWorld cosplays would be just gorgeous.
And I still love the idea of GreyWorld cosplayers playing GreyWorld live3, so here I am putting down snippets of guidelines, stuff like suggesting the use of playing cards instead of dice, etc.
I found some great resources – such as Shoshana Kessock’s indispensible Larp Reading List.
Which is where I’d like to get suggestions and pointers from the readers out there.
Consider I am a LARP beginner.
Where do I start?
What do I absolutely need to read?
What am I missing?
Thanks for your help, folks.