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Ah yes, we’ve blogged on this topic before. My geek gal friends and I still fail to understand why geeky men have unrealistic expectations about women. I like comic books. I would like to blame something other than comic books. However, The Frisky posted a quote from James Cameron.

Fantasy Women Are Easier To Deal With

In the word of Malcolm Reynolds… “Huh.”

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It’s Time For Change – View from a US Larp

When I mention LARPing to someone, the response I usually get is “Excuse you”. Excuse me? No, excuse you good sir for I feel bad that you have not been able to experience the eye opening experience you could have LARPing. Most people when they hear about LARPing they instantly become condescending and judgmental. Funny thing is… I’m not getting the looks like I did five years ago.

LARP stands for Live Action Role Play. LARPing began in the 1970s and although no one can agree to where this term was coined or who exactly thought it up we do know that the first game recorded began in 1977 in Washington DC in the United States. Players who partake in a LARP call themselves LARPers. Eh, so what? I can easily find that on the LARPing wiki right? But read it again… LARPing has been around for 30+ years. This ‘idea’ has been around for a long period of time and this ‘idea’ has not been played around…

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Alright. I’ve seen this MULTIPLE times and I think it’s time to speak out. Being an active and attractive LARPer myself, I’ve also been on the receiving end of these crazy and sometimes cruel misunderstandings.

What the heck am I talking about? You’re an attractive LARPer (either male or female, yes I’m including you guys too!) you’ve attended a LARP long enough to make a name for yourself and get the attention of every other LARPer in the game. You’re on top of the world! The attention is intoxicating and you can’t get enough of it. Until you catch wind of the rumors… about you.

Why is it when you’re getting the right kind of attention people need to say the wrong kind of thing? You know what I mean…

“She’s sleeping with him. AND him. AND him.”

“He’s a player and will sleep with anything that moves.”

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Tara M. Clapper, Marketing Director

Seventh Kingdom IGE

609.694.9831

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Seventh Kingdom IGE to appear at Witches Ball and Game Core Convention

Mount Holly, NJ, August 25, 2009—Seventh Kingdom IGE, an ‘interactive gaming environment’ based in Mt. Holly, NJ, announces upcoming appearances aimed at recruiting new players.

Seventh Kingdom IGE started beta testing its enhanced live action role playing (LARP) environment in June 2009. Participants face theatrical role playing scenarios and boffer weapon combat challenges—like acting out an online role playing game such as World of Warcraft.

Staffed by ten staff members and elite participants, Seventh Kingdom IGE has built a loyal player base and looks to bring the immersive gaming experience to new players.

Seventh Kingdom IGE will have a presence as a vendor at Game Core Convention on September 12, 2009 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. This convention seeks to provide a collective environment for gamers of all types. For further information about Game Core Con: http://www.gamecorecon.com.

Seventh Kingdom IGE will also provide an opportunity for potential participants to sample their game by providing an environment at the Witches Ball 2009, which will take place on October 10 in Mill Race Village, Mount Holly, NJ. Seventh Kingdom IGE players and staff will create and act in an enclosed area. Matt Wagner, the game’s environmental director, will showcase his stagecraft talent in this area. Seventh Kingdom IGE will also assist at the ball’s gypsy village, adding a fantastic flourish to this already popular event. For more info on the Witches Ball: http://thewitchesball.com.

With three game events behind them, Seventh Kingdom IGE will host its next game at Camp Kettle Run in Medford, NJ on September 18-20. For complete rules, game information, photos, and press packet, please visit http://www.seventhkingdomige.com.

Seventh Kingdom IGE also boasts a heavy presence on social media. For updates, follow SK on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/seventhkingdom. MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/seventhkingdom. Search on Facebook for fan page.

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Smile more - LARP!

Smile more - LARP!

Simon Vanderheyden wouldn’t consider himself a LARPer–even though he’s a gamer. We’ve mentioned here before that many non-LARPers have some sort of elitist attitude towards LARPers. Perhaps this is due to the typical nerd insecurities–like many people, even gamers want to have a power trip (in fact, that’s what leads some to LARP in the first place).

I’m happy to say that Simon isn’t that guy. While Simon’s observations on LARPing don’t necessarily apply to every LARP or interactive game (Seventh Kingdom IGE offers an intense story line, for example), the detailed pictures and description of people generally having a really good time is entirely true about most games!

Kudos to Simon for taking the time to truly observe LARPing instead of just bashing it because it’s not his preferred type of gaming. Please check out Simon’s post and the rest of his blog here.

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As a girl LARPer, I’ve received MANY different tips, hints, and straight out rules from guys whether I ask for it or not. It’s just natural for someone who knows something very well to want to ’show off’ to the new people, including to the damsel in distress.

Some of these words of wisdom made me roll my eyes or actually stand up and pay attention. You’re probably thinking ‘how hard is it to just pick a name, class and race and just roll with it?’ Not hard at all actually… but you won’t truly enjoy yourself, and when it comes time to actually role-play your character you don’t want to be stumbling around for history to talk about.

Just ask the LARPers that throw their entire self into creating this second personality, they love it! It always goes back to that saying my mother use to tell me; you get what you put into it.
Your first step in really putting your heart into creating your character is you! Sit down in a quiet, dark and cool room. Close your eyes and just begin to let your mind wander. If your mind begins to wander to the chores you have to do, the bills you have to pay, or going to work tomorrow quickly pull your mind back and imagine yourself walking through a small medieval town. Look at each of the…

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We're all dressed the same but we're all different characters!

We're all dressed the same but we're all different characters!

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LARPing in the Fall

LARPing in the Fall

We’ve covered cold weather LARPing and hot weather LARPing and what we suggest wearing. But with the seasons slowly changing from hot to cold what is a LARPer to do?

Fall is one of the best times to LARP. Personally I would say it IS the best time to LARP. Perfect temperature; warmer during the day and cooler at night. Less bugs. Nice breezes. Beautiful scenery. What more could you ask for? A nice cup of warm cider if you’d ask me. But anyway, I’m straying from the point. What to wear to warm up your outfit but not to make it too hot?

Layers here are your friend. Light layers during the day with heavier layers for night. Some layers I’ve come to appreciate when LARPing would be: Under Armor, they have so many different styles and weights now it’s perfect for those fall days. Cloaks, another thing that comes in all different weights and styles. I have capes to cover my shoulders and full blown head to toe woolen Guardian cloaks that you can lose yourself in. Long Johns, these are nice if you can’t afford the much pricier Under Armor. Having some sort of head covering (hat, ear muffs, some sort of hood, etc.) on hand never hurts along with gloves and scarf. Warm socks are a plus.

Now, you don’t want to go ALL out. This is fall and not yet winter. You’ll have days where you can wear your summer outfits and be perfectly fine. I would say pack more then you think you’re going to need, rather be safe then sorry. Especially for night. When the sun goes down and you’re laying still your temperature is going to drop quickly and you’ll need the extra layers to contain heat.

So pack up those layers and enjoy yourself! This really is the best time to get out there and experience the world of LARPing!

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