Are they the same or different?



Dec 12, 2008 2:51pm

I find that concept quite distasteful on a personal level... nerf balls should have no place in LARP unless you're a Malkavian.

Dec 12, 2008 3:24pm

LARP is an all encompassing word. Live Action Role Play means any type of stand up role playing game, as opposed to table top games like Dungeons and Dragons. In my circle, we call LARP, the Vampire: The Masquerade game we go to, where we role play as members of a kindred society. It's not too bad... I like it. And it's not an excuse to dress as goth and suck on each other. That's... not even what happens.... We just role play like people who became vampires. There's only one goth there just to be a vampire for a night. Every group has those types.

We also play a RP game where we fight with foam swords, called Amtgard, a less dangerous game that the SCAers play. And they are also asses to anyone who plays it.

SCA LARPers are assholes. =D


Dec 12, 2008 3:26pm

I want to LARP with you all night long ACN.

What's a LARP? NEVERMIND!! It doesn't matter!! We'll do it anyway!!

Dec 12, 2008 3:28pm

Selchie I'll pretend I work in a fish cannery!


Dec 12, 2008 3:41pm

Also, in regards to the "is SCA role playing"? I think it really isn't because they aren't doing it as a game, where their character advances, gains levels etc, like any other type of role play game does, like Amtgard, D&D, and Vampire. I'd say it's more sport just because of that reason.

Why do they stop using their arm or leg when it gets struck? It's part of the rules. Just like when you get a penalty in basketball and you have to shoot a freethrow. It's just part of the rules. Get hit in that arm, you can't use it.


Dec 12, 2008 3:41pm

Larping involves PENISES???? OMG!!! Why have I never heard of this before????

Dec 12, 2008 3:43pm

Selchie, because penises do not equal golf balls.

Dec 12, 2008 3:44pm

That's right! Penises are far superior to golf balls!!

Dec 12, 2008 3:44pm

I'm answering too seriously. I'm over compensating because I'm stoned... -_-


Dec 12, 2008 3:44pm

Selchie, I am not into either.

Dec 12, 2008 3:46pm

I'll have your portion then. :)

Dec 12, 2008 3:47pm

Vampire? Mage all the way dude!!!!

Dec 12, 2008 3:48pm

I will gladly allow you to take over my share.

Dec 12, 2008 3:49pm

They both seem to be geek subculture cut from the same cloth to me. Agree with those who say SCA just seems like another version of LARP-ing.

Dec 12, 2008 3:50pm

I'm going to live action role play banging Selchie


Dec 12, 2008 4:06pm

You're going to need a strong weapon.

Dec 12, 2008 4:19pm

I've done both...they pretty much are the same.

Dec 13, 2008 9:40am

SCA guy here. chainedpunkgirl: I'm sorry to hear that you think we are all assholes. A lot of us are nice folks I promise. Although I will admit there is probably a condescending attitude towards LARPrs in the SCA, especially with the heavy fighters. I think maybe that this occurs when people don't realize that while similar, LARPing and SCA are two entirely different creatures. I would say they are the same in as much as golf and football are the same. As far as acting out blows goes (if you get hit in the leg you lose the leg etc...), I'll admit it is a bit cheesy. And it is often said that the idea isn't that you just had your leg cut off, but that it has been injured enough to make it incapacitated. But overall it is part of the rules of the game we play. I guess in full disclosure I must admit I have never officially LARPed, but I've been around it and talked to LARPers. I've always though it could be fun, but never really found the right people. But yeah... maybe I'm being too serious (perhaps an SCA trait?).. back to your regularly scheduled sexual innuendos.

May 3, 2009 8:36am

My limited experience with the SCA is it is a very limited form of role playing. Back when I looked into seriously joining it they were taking on a different name and picking a role for themselves. Usually a noble person, knight, etc. It had to be historically 'accurate' (and no, I've never heard of anyone choosing 'Peon' or 'enslaved' as their role) and was basically themselves in an (upper class) Dark Ages/Reinassance role. So to me it's role playing but gone about a different way. Some people like Oranges, some people like Grapefruit. Some people love both, some people love only one, some people find both distasteful. To me saying they are not both role playing is like saying oranges and Grapefruit are not both citrus fruits. But there is nothing wrong with preferring one or the other. And there is nothing wrong with preferring tangelos. I wonder if it's along the lines of not wanting the more serious (and many people do approach the SCA in a more studious, 'this has to be right' way... but if you go to one of the SCA's big gathers, see all the people dressed like it's not 2009, calling each other "M'lord" and bowing before the ones crowned as royalty for the event you cannot tell me that is not a kind of role playing!

May 3, 2009 8:56am

SCA and Renaissance Faire people are interested in living history/ historical reenactment, whereas LARPers are playing a game. I was in the SCA for 16 years and still occasionally attend events; I also portray a noble (real historical person) at various Renaissance faires/festivals. So far, I have never participated in a LARP game. There is of course some overlap, but not always.

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