Reasons Why I’m Not Missing LRP – #5… ‘Sorry, Are We IC?’
Let’s start by making the key point that many, many LRPers seem to miss. Whether intentionally or not, they seem to miss it.
It’s a game. It’s a game of silly dress up and make believe.
Now, this is quite a difficult post to make without it becoming accusatory in nature, but for me, this is a major, major bugbear. Here, we have people who are not LRPing. Here, we have those people who are camping in a field with their mates and enjoying Out Of Character (OOC) conversations. Perhaps a beer or two. And that’s great. But did you sign up for a weekend party?
No. The clue is in the name. Live Roleplaying.
Let’s make no colourful comparisons here. What you have is a bunch of (mostly) adults playing Let’s Pretend. And that’s all very well and good. But when a roleplayer meets a Weekend Partygoer, it’s like the perennial question ‘what happens when the unstoppable meets the unmovable’? There is nothing worse than getting some cracking IC conversation going and then someone strolls in, plunks themselves down by the fire and starts talking about Eastenders.
THERE IS AN AWFUL LOT OF THIS!
NOBODY is saying ‘don’t have OOC conversations’. But if you really, really have to pontificate on the most recent actions of Phil Mitchell (is he even still in Eastenders? I haven’t watched it in like, ten years), then do it in your own tent with the flap closed so nobody who’s actually participating in the game can hear you. Actually, even better. Why not set your tent up in the OOC area and enjoy your OOC weekend party with your mates there? Even better… I refer you back to my previous post about cost. THINK HOW MUCH MONEY YOU COULD SAVE BY NOT COMING AT ALL!
I cannot stress how much this behaviour ruins the atmosphere of a good LRP event. I have been present when someone was (VERY NICELY) asked if they could either stop their OOC conversation or take it to the OOC area and they got rude and arsey and generally twattish.
THERE IS AN AWFUL LOT OF THIS AS WELL!
If you’re uncomfortable roleplaying in an IC area, perhaps you really, really ought to be asking yourself the following question:
WHAT IN THE NAME OF ALL THAT IS GOOD AND HOLY AM I DOING HERE?
Here’s the answer. You’re ruining the immersive experience for people who are trying to have a good time pretending to be someone else.
(Amusingly, and as a hilarious juxtaposition to this, one of my favourite comments at a LRP event EVER came just after Time Out, when some people were what we call ‘Time-ish’ – which is to say, they were still roleplaying after Time Out was called. The comment was ‘will you stop being IC? You’re ruining my Real Life immersion).
So. If you want to go and spend a weekend chatting about TV, Jeremy Clarkson, shopping or bloody football, consider the people who are making the effort to actually participate. And go somewhere else.
A quick caveat. If you have chopped off your arm/leg/other appendage and need the paramedics, or even if you need to ask an OOC question like ‘where am I camping’… of course you can do it.
This may have got entirely more ranty than I originally intended.
Sorry about that.