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  1. bateleur
    bateleur July 23, 2013 at 8:05 am |

    it has some unhelpful connotations

    For those of us who’ve barely even heard the term, any chance of a summary?

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    1. undying-admin
      undying-admin July 23, 2013 at 9:00 am |

      It is a somewhat contested term, but I think this very brief note gives a reasonable summary of what the main group of proponents intend by it.

      I think people in the mainstream of UK larping/freeforming are a bit wary of it (inasmuch as they know about it at all) because the idea of intentionally blurring emotional lines between player and character is generally rather frowned-upon here: at least, that’s my perception. ‘Good role-playing’ in the UK hobby requires being able to pick up a character, play it convincingly, then lay it down and be yourself again. Taking your own emotional baggage into the character portrayal, or bringing the character’s emotional baggage back into your own life, would often be seen as a fault rather than a virtue.

      Then, more specifically, Nordic larp has a reputation here for being obsessed with sex, and for cheerfully condoning people involving themselves in sexual acts in character which their real-life situations might not usually permit. This is a parody of the movement as a whole: but certainly such things have happened. I think Nordic larp is sometimes franker and more open about sex than the UK version, as a result of the way that Nordic society generally is so. But sadly it does mean that if we billed this game as a ‘Nordic-style larp’, a lot of people would take that to mean (or would at least wonder if it meant) sexual content.

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      1. bateleur
        bateleur July 23, 2013 at 9:32 am |

        Nordic larp has a reputation here for being obsessed with sex

        I want you to really feel what your character is feeling… in my pants!

        (Joking apart, thanks for the summary – not quite my thing, but I can certainly see the appeal.)

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