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  1. Annie

    Mind's Eye Theatre?

    Damn international shipping. It's about time someone invented a teleportation machine. And my advice about how to deal with players who flange.... ......let them flange. Then #### them over big style, because they deserve it. That'll learn them.
  2. Annie

    Mind's Eye Theatre?

    Hmmm. You own a gaming store?? Any chance of freebies??? Please? I think you're really quite cool......
  3. Yeah, well said Rain. I'd really like to be involved in a LARP game with minimal/no rules/stats/skills, but I don't think it could work. The reason is that players will always try to f*ck things over, and a no-rules system would allow them to flange and powergame too much. Not all players are like this admittedly, but too many are. I remember a couple of times (skipping classes at uni and being very bored) I wandered into roleplaying chat rooms, and the conversations tended to go a little something like this.... "Maxim the All-Powerful walks in and sits at the bar. He is powerfully built and carries 42 different weapons." "Rhianna waves her hand and produces a huge fireball, she throws it at Maxim and he falls to the floor in a heap of charred ashes." "Maxim leaps aside at the last minute and grabs Rhianna, slicing off her head with his big shiny sword." "Rhianna wrestles with Maxim and because of her superior strength manages to stop him from drawing a weapon and picks him up and drops him in the nearest bottomless pit." "The bottomless pit is not really bottomless, Maxim lands on his feet like a cat and uses a rope to climb up." "Rhianna cuts the rope and Maxim plunges to his doom, landing badly and breaking his neck." I think you get the idea.
  4. Annie

    Mind's Eye Theatre?

    Are you trying to suggest that you are some kind of deranged lunatic in need of restraint? Because although I seem to disagree with almost everything you say, you seem fairly sane to me. In fact even my dog is far more mental than you. (With respect! )
  5. Annie

    Mind's Eye Theatre?

    Why I dislike the MET system:- 1) No phys reps. Okay, I'm a responsible adult, and I'm pretty safe with a latex sword or a fake gun or whatever. And I'm just not impressed by a piece of card with "fecking huge axe" written on it. And some set dressing would be nice, instead of just "Oh I know it looks like a shitty function room but imagine it's an ornate palace....", I mean how much effort is it to get hold of a chair that looks like a throne and hang up a few bits of material on the walls or whatever..... 2) The dodgy paper, scissors, stone thing. Apart from the fact that it looks sad and pants, take the following example into consideration...... Mad Jeff the Malkavian attacks Poncy Boy the Toreador. Jeff's attack skill (whichever one it is, I don't care) is 9. Poncy Boy's defence is 2. They do paper, scissors, stone. Jeff has a 2/3 chance of winning the challenge (if he wins or draws) and Poncy Boy has a 1/3 chance of winning, and not getting hit. Right? Mad Jeff then turns on Eric "The Brick", another Malk, who had a defence of 8. Same situation, Jeff hits him 2/3 of the time, and Eric defends 1/3 of the time. Anyone else see the problem here? Shouldn't Jeff find it easier to hit Poncy Boy than to hit Eric? Surely that would make sense. Anyway, if anyone else cares, I'd love to hear what they think.....
  6. Okay, this month's LARP was the Mind's Eye Theatre vampire game in Sheffield on November 10, 2001. Rain talked me into going to this game. I wasn't particularly enthusiastic about the system, as I had studied the rules before when I was considering running a MET game myself and wasn't particularly impressed. Apprehensive as I was, I thought I'd give the it a go and see if the system was better in practice than on paper. We did arrive at The Queen's Head a bit late, so everyone was already there. My first critisism was that no-one particularly paid me much attention, as a new player I expected to at least be introduced to the important people and bullied into generating a character. As it was it required Rain asking 2 people to help me with a character to get anything done, and even then we only got started a couple of minutes before time-in, so I ended up missing the introduction. I also missed about 30 minutes of play while doing character gen even though I had a very clear idea of what I wanted my character to be like, as the bloke insisted on explaining every single skill even though I told him I knew the system quite well. So nil points for actually listening to the players. When I actually got to play, I found myself involved in a small amount of plot every quickly and easily, as I was playing a Gangrel and there are quite a few Gangrel characters there, including the prince. A couple of times I was forced to used skills (which for those of you who are unfamiliar with the MET system involves playing paper, scissors, stone), and found myself unable to keep a straight face when faced with grown men and women playing such a silly little game with such earnest expressions on their faces. As I've probably said before, phys-reps are not allowed at MET games and this severely hampered my enjoyment of this session. It really does look silly when someone attacks you with a piece of card with the word "sword" written on it in biro. I must be too used to the old rule "No phys-rep, no effect", but it really doesn't help me to feel in character. I know the official reasons for this no prop, no contact thing, ie it's not safe, and could scare "civilians", and people get sued/arrested/whatever, but I fail to see why this applies to "set dressing" type phys-reps. For example, at the beginning of the session the surroundings were described to us - apparently there was a lot of fake fur around. Now my character is a fairly animalistic eco-warrior type, and if there had been actual pieces of fake fur lying around the room it would have given me a great opportunity to pace around sniffing at the fur to see if it was real, and hopefully provoking a reaction from someone......but this was denied to me by lack of phys reps. The game wasn't particularly visual anyway, especially when it came to costumes. The women almost all wore black leather strapless corset type tops, and black skirts, except for a couple who wore black velvet. Hardly original, in my opinion, I felt quite out of place in my blue velvet "hippy" skirt and tie-dyed shirt. And most of the players didn't seem to be very in character, most of the conversations I joined in were out of character. As people, I actually liked the players a lot, they were pretty friendly and nice to me, but they didn't appear to be making much of an effort, which struck me as pretty strange as a lot of them travel all over the country regularly to go to games. I'm sure that most people who do MET have a lot of fun, but it really isn't my type of game, and I wasn't overly impressed. That said, I did enjoy the game, and I will go back again. But I won't take it seriously.
  7. Annie

    Mind's Eye Theatre?

    As Amrath mentioned, I was there at the last vamp game in Sheffield, and it's the official November LARP of the Month, which I will post when I've finished this......I'd appreciate people's views of the system, so tell us what you think when you've been to a game Golgotha. And anyone else feel free to add their bit too....
  8. I'm struggling to find another LARP for November, since several appear to be cancelled. Any ideas anyone?
  9. Apparently Rain knows someone who can give you a lift, Spider. If that's any help at all.
  10. Sorry, Golgotha! Actually I'm not sorry at all, why should we stop having fun just because you're sad enough to live in Australia?? I hope you find something cool to play, anyway. And nice to hear from you Doyle, glad you enjoyed yourself. I thought your deck was way cool, by the way. And wow. People are actually replying to this! Cool. Keep it up.
  11. Chaos!!! What a classic game.
  12. October Part 2 I was expecting that in the smaller room the game would be much less violent, but that wasn't the case. There was plently of gunfire, and even a character death or two (messing with the wrong gang member ). I think that the restricted environment forced players to interact more with each other, it was impossible to sit at a table without being next to someone, so of course there was more friction, and dodgy dealing, and so on. I even got caught up in plot slightly, despite the fact that I was trying to avoid it by doing my own little plot to explain why my character was there at all (basically it involved me sitting around all night doing nothing and waiting for someone who never turned up). I must admit at times it was pretty scary being the only character in the room without a gun, especially at one point when some gang members came in and got into a fight with some members of a different gang, and Security got involved, and the room was full of people holding guns to each other's heads and shouting "Point blank! Head!" (check out the rules at http://www.mirrorshades.co.uk if you want to see how nasty the point blank rule is). In general I was pretty impressed with the game. I can't really speak for the other players but I think everyone was very enthusiastic and really got into the spirit of things. I know most of the players quite well as I see them every Friday night, but even so I noticed that the atmosphere was very friendly, lots of jokes and piss-taking, and despite the fact that half (or most!) of the group seem to have developed a knee fetish over the weekend , I really enjoyed myself. The one complaint I have really is that I was the only girl there. In a way it's pretty cool as I get lots of attention (!!) but I couldn't help feeling at times that I'd wandered into a gay bar...... Anyway, in summation, I thought Mirrorshades was cool. So if you live anywhere near, try to get to the next session which I believe is on the 17th of November at the Old Queen's Head near the bus station in Sheffield. Rain, correct me if I'm wrong, okay? Please come and buy me drinks cos my birthday is on the 13th..... And last of all I want to say a big thanks to the refs, so thanks Rain, Nails and Tris, also thanks to all the players for just generally being cool. You know who you are. And that's me done. Feel free to comment, question, give me money, whatever......
  13. October Part 1 LARP of October 2001 was Mirrorshades, which was run in Sheffield on the 20th. As you probably know, I've been playing Mirrorshades for quite a while now and I can probably safely say it's my pet system......this session however was pretty different to what I'm used to. Mirrorshades is a Cyberpunk system, set in 2034 on the manmade island of Freeside. The actual in-character area is the interior of a nightclub and althought I forgot to do a head count (silly me!) I'd say there were around 20 players, including 3 newbies. This was the relaunch session, and I'd been looking forward to it for a while. When I first saw the function room where the game was to be played I was a bit dubious....it's much smaller than the room we used to use, and it's decorated in dodgy Victorian style, and I wasn't sure if it would spoil the atmosphere, but I was pleasantly surprised. Black material was hung up to create separate rooms, coloured lightbulbs put in, a couple of plasma balls and some appropriately punky music and the place was transformed into a seedy nightclub. To be continued.......later, when I'm not so busy.....
  14. Right. Let's go for it then..... Every month I will attempt to attend at least one LARP event and tell you what I think of it. Admittedly not all of them will be Cyberpunk, but I'm sure no-one will mind. Hell, no-one even reads this forum anyway!! If anyone else wants to add their 2 pence worth, please feel free. Any LARPs you know of that are a) not stupidly expensive and somewhere near Chesterfield, please let me know and I'll try to review them too. The things I do for LARP, honestly.....
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