Mistakes I Made Making My First Character

Everyone, meet Jynx.

Jynx was the very first PC I ever made for Alliance.
The problems with Jynx are common problems that aren’t really talked about much when new players come into game.
Let’s go through these problems together and how, in retrospect, I would have changed her so that I wouldn’t have ended up retiring her early in my LARP career.

Mistake Number One In Creating Jynx

I didn’t.

When NPCing you need to be versatile

Yup, I didn’t create Jynx.
You see, I had been LARPing as an NPC at my old home chapter [Traverse City] for a year or so before choosing to travel to South Michigan for the first time. read more

The Courage To Try

I am well accustomed to the dread in my heart and the tightness in my chest that I feel every time I step foot outside of my front door. That doesn’t make it easy. Social interaction does not come effortlessly to me and it never really has. Everywhere I go in the back of my mind I am cursing myself for every word that comes out of my mouth. I over analyze every single moment I spend in another person’s presence and I never truly feel calm when I’m in a room with more than one person.

I know that I am not the only person in the world that feels this way and I know that there’s never going to be a cure that gets rid of these feelings. Social Anxiety is something I will always have inside  of me. It is still sometimes hard to accept and I still have days where it defeats me. read more

A Place Where We Belong

Most people think the type of people who attend LARP, or enjoy other role playing games, are social outcasts. “Nerds,” “Geeks,” “Thirty year old guys who live in their mom’s basement.” I’ve heard it all. The terms nerd and geek have never really bothered me and quite frankly maybe some of the thirty year old guys playing do live in their mother’s basement. So what?

I’ve played with all types of people at the LARP I attend. Two of them have three kids and just got engaged (they actually met at our LARP.)  One of them is a successful lawyer, another works in the fast food industry. Oddly enough, a lot of them seem to be engineers. People come from all walks of life to spend a weekend in the woods battling with foam swords. read more