Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Larp and IC fora

These days it's unthinkable to imagine a world without the internet.
The same goes with a larp without an IC forum.
In some larps the forum is used as a place where the players can have IC chats with their IC friends. But I'm seeing more larps using the IC forum as a place to undertake actions that can have big impact on the Larp itself.

I personally use the Manticore IC forum only to fill the gap between larps, but the actions taken on the forum are mostly without consequence on the Larp itself (unless the PC makes bold statements or such).
But now there are some larps that have e.g. a whole court action going on at their IC forum instead of having that whole scene on the larp itself. Personally I find that such a thing is becoming more a form of online-forum-rpg instead of a larp forum.
People who don't read the game forum (and there are plenty of those) can not follow that said court action and thus miss out on a part of the larp. In the end this can result in a lot of actions having happened in the larp world which only happened on the IC Forum. The result is that those who don't visit the IC forum may find the next larp event in a totally different setting.

Personally I find that a wrong direction, but what are your idea's on larp and IC forum, what is your opinion in how far one should be able to go on the IC forum? Let me know via the comments.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Oneiros vzw

One of the largest Larp associations in Belgium is having trouble.
Yesterday was the General Meeting of Oneiros vzw, the Larp association where I organise Manticore. While some good came out of this meeting (e.g. the ellection of two new board members who are, in my view, more capable than some others in the General Board) I left the meeting with mixed feelings.
On one hand do I have a good hope in getting out of the downwards fall that Oneiros has been into since more than a year, but on the other hand some decisions were made that, in my opinion, continues with that downwards fall.
But the current president of Oneiros gets my approval and I'll see what happens on the 24th of September when the new General Meeting will take place, I just hope that it'll show signs of a new upwards direction and break with the current strategy that has been in place for years.

One thing I hope for is that the mandatory membership will be removed as I believe that has been one of the worst decesions ever made (and the main reason why I left the board last year)