Saturday, February 23, 2008

Nerdery Week, The End

I was going to post pictures of my LARPing last night for the last day of Nerdery Week, but my camera died, and the few pictures I did take were too dark. (Boo, camera, boo.) So, instead I'll just write about it.

Imagine a group of 20-30 20-somethings standing around outside at a college campus. They seem to be organized into loose groups, and most are talking pretty loud. There might be two or three women in the group, but most of them are men.

A couple guys step forward and start talking about the goals they have for the city. Then, a few visitors are presented, and everyone goes back to arguing and talking amongst themselves. Suddenly, someone pulls out an old sheet of paper that's falling apart at its creases, unfolds it, and gets into a fighter's stance with one hand behind their back. Their foe mirrors them, and anyone else who wants to get in the fray.

"Okay, one, two, three." Someone calls.

At three, everyone throws out a hand, some have it balled into a fist, some have it laid out flat, palm down, and some have it with two fingers sticking out of their fist.

"Okay, Brian's rock beats Gabe's scissors, but Gary's paper beats Brian's rock."

Did I mention that these people are dressed up in costumes? The rock paper scissors determines who's won a particular round of battle. The papers carry the stats for their characters, and they usually stay out for four to five hours then go for pizza and continue talking about the game and strategizing.

This is what I do at least one day a week.

This is OWbN LARP.


Thomas Kingsley Troupe said...

Dude! That sounds like loads of fun. At first I was like...LARPing? Do people really do that? But the rock, paper, scissors element not only confirmed nerdiness, but also makes me hope someday there will be pictures.

Nerd up!

Wendy Withers said...

Oh, I will have pictures.

Pictures from MegaCon, where there is a national LARPing event.

Joeprah said...

I need to see pictures of this. I am not quite sure what is happening here. I have no experience in these matters. You inspired me to do a nerd post of my own, had to let you know. You are a great nerd.