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Chapter 3 The Fundamentals Of Roleplay

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    LarpCraft games work better when players engage in the roleplay of their characters. Let's first look at why LarpCraft uses the specific way of writing "roleplay" as opposed to role-play or "role play" because this is asked numerous times during the year. Scientifically, according to most dictionary definitions, role-play is deemed as a detached, medical or psychological term that could be linked to an actual change in one's actual behavior as a verb more than a noun. While this is perfectly acceptable regarding Larping, it is not meant to say we are unconsciously changing our roles as people. Larpers pretend to be characters, and many do not want this to be confused with unconscious medical or psychological definitions that could be a detriment to us as players if referred to incorrectly (news reports, interviews, etc.).

    Larping is the practice of roleplaying. It is the act of playing out a character. Our games use good character roleplay as an essential element that directly impacts the success of the games we play. The only version of the word that is completely uncountable as a medical term is roleplay, so that's how we decided to write it from here on out. In no way shall roleplay be associated with the medical definition and it is why we went with that style of the word.

    Character Types
    Knowing the general type of character you wish to portray is a basic building block of making a character. Is your character just, noble or honorable? Are they deceitful, mean, rude? What does your character believe? Are they religious? Do they have a common enemy? Figuring these things out will help you in how a character behaves.

    How you act as your character should remain consistent throughout your roleplay. Develop your character's behavior traits during their story creation. How would your character behave or respond to situations good or bad? Your character should be developed over time and yes, things will eventually change who they are based on their experiences in the game, but you can flush out a base to work off of first. Character development can be done during practice sessions, online with friends and on the scrolls between games. By the time you go to a game, you should try and have basic character behaviors figured out, so you know how to act in a game.

    Character Interactions
    Does your character shy away from the conversation? Perhaps they are loud or talkative? Do they scare easily and run away from things? Maybe they rush into a battle without thinking? These are some types of character interactions that can be helpful to practice before you put them into a live game environment. Testing out how a character interacts with specific things at practices can significantly help you determine a quick action when at a game.

    Players often do not think about the consequences of their character actions when they are new. Realize that characters in Larp do not act like they do in other forms of roleplay. Say for example that you kill a computer controlled character in your favorite video game. Many times in those types of games, you can randomly kill beings without consequence. In Larp, however, everyone playing a character is real so performing acts like the one above may get you killed, or you may even begin developing a reputation for your character. Actions can be hard to undo once it is set in motion, so be careful not to execute without first thinking of how something will affect your character or party.

    Where your character came from can greatly influence all of the things in this chapter. Give your character a backstory involving their birth, growing up, religion, enemies, allies, family, friends, towns, villages, etc. Some people will write lengthy backstories; others will only write a little bit. The more you write in your backstory, the more information you'll have to talk about and use in games.

    Roleplaying Religion
    Real Religious symbols may not be allowed. If your weapons, shields, or equipment have religious symbols on them, please talk to your local elders about using those items before game day. No real world gods, goddesses, and deities should be used in your roleplay. Please choose (or create) an approved LarpCraft one from the lore section. Do not make idols to worship. The general public will be sensitive to props and people doing things that could be mistaken for real religious actions.

    How to Roleplay Relationships and Sexual Themes in LarpCraft Games
    Being that LarpCraft games are heavily story driven, many times you will see characters fall in and out of love/relationships. Holding hands and such is allowed to show players your characters are together. If the other character is your significant other in real life, your roleplay will be much more intimate but this doesn't give you the right to do things in front of the other players in the game that is not publicly acceptable.

    We are a family oriented game, so please keep the physical contact appropriate. You cannot force anyone to roleplay out anything they are not comfortable with period. If an Elder even suspects someone is uncomfortable in a role, they will break up a scene without question. Never physically touch someone if permission to do so is denied. A single violation of this type will get you banned from the game. Keep it fun, keep it safe and keep it appropriate and you'll be ok. If you take a character too deep into a relationship, it could follow you back to real life. Please use common sense and make it clear to everyone involved this is only an in-game relationship.
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