Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about LARP (But Were Afraid to Ask including a Whole Lot about Sex in LARP)

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Okay, this video thingie is cute and a half while addressing some rather important issues such as SEX in Interactive Drama or LARP (Live Action Roleplaying) or Live RPG . . . a subject near and dear to me as my doctoral dissertation was on the subject (well, on interactive drama with a sub-discussion on sexuality as it related to scenarios).

One point brought up by Sarah Lynne Bowman (http://www.sarahlynnebowman.com) is that there is a schism in which society and LARP communities reinforce a glorification of violence but whenever sex enters a scenario, there is often – usually – a whole lot of squeamishness. Now, keep in mind, she’s not talking about scenarios being acted out with underage participants (where violence is evidently still pretty damned okay) but with adults and she’s not implying that there’s actual making of the beast with two backs (although clearly, that happens). Speaking of Bowman, check out her excellent interview on immersive gameplay and her talk on How Emotions Affect Role-Playing Experiences
 from the Nordic LARP Talks series (hint, I believe some of the most innovative academic discussions of interactive drama are coming out of the Scandinavian countries – a movement that has revitalized Western formal discourse on the subject elsewhere as well).

As many regular readers here know, I’ve written about this very subject of sex in interactive drama roleplay a few times and published in the old ILF/LARPA journal as well as the more academic oriented peer-reviewed Journal of Interactive Drama (http://www.interactivedramas.info) which I am also an editor of. You can find my piece on “Revisiting Interactive Drama, Sex, and Issues of Consent and Harassment” in the July 2006 issue and a very brief kink-friendly scenario of mine “Fall of the Dream: An Adult Interactive Drama Scenario” in the November 2008 issue, both issues still available from the archive at the journal. Yes, the journal is still active and as soon as there are enough accepted pieces, a new issue will be published. The scenario archive on the same site has a section of adult-friendly scenarios as well.

In any case, here is the delightfulish video:

Oh, not sure what the deal is with the bananas? That’s an inside-joke sort of fun reference to a scenario by Nathan Hook (http://nathanhook.netii.net) from his “The Green Book: Psychodramatic Roleplay Scenarios” which you can purchase here. No, he doesn’t say shove bananas into folks mouth, his scenario uses the sharing of fruit to simulate sex . . . and there seems to be a difference in how folks play based upon which fruits are used.

As a side note, some of you are also familiar with my work in combining immersive interactive drama or roleplay with trance or experiential hypnosis which I’ve written about in the Journal of Experiential Trance (http://trancesociety.net/journal) – yes, that journal is also accepting submissions. Our Vicarious Experiential Machine work fits this sort of thing perfectly.

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