Three LARP Writing Lessons

Posted: June 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

This is a guest post I wrote for everwalker last week, about the impact of one of our shared hobbies on our writing. It may also provide an odd insight into where my ideas come from…


Today Andrew Knighton is kindly joining me again and, in complement to my last post, he’s sharing the things he takes away from our mutual hobby. This man has a gift for creating memorable characters – his Stoneburgher mentioned below is still remembered more than 6 years on, and he’s the person the raptor goes to for brainstorming. Listen up, kids!

For many years one of my biggest creative outlets has been live roleplay (LRP), a hobby I’ve heard described as a type of free-form theatre, Dungeons and Dragons with costumes, and even cross-country pantomime. With such a creative hobby it’s hardly surprising that I, like Everwalker, have taken some lessons from it over into writing.

So here, in no particular order, are the three most important of those lessons.

Set your own agenda

A lot of my LRP has been at large festival systems involving thousands of players. Within those…

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  1. glenatron says:

    Stoneburgh were a classic example of a mainstream crossover, the way they broke out of the underground scene.

    Reminded me of happy times when the world was young and Stoneburgh and the McTaffs collaborated extensively on the topics of chaos and hilarity.

    • Those were the days of our lives…

      I’ve still got my creepy clown doll from when Team Taffburgher came last in the Heartland Games. He has the relentless dead-eyed stare of an indie-rock star whose two hits are now remembered only on nostalgia TV shows.

  2. Woot LARPs! I only played a few small ones during my college years, but they were great fun and taught me a lot about acting/character interaction. I actually have my White Wolf Changeling LARP book staring at me from a desk cubby right now. Good times.

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