Sunday, March 1, 2009

MyWorld Tuesday

Here's something I've wanted to blog about forever, because it's a big part of my world, but I didn't have any good photos to go with it: roleplaying. I've been doing that for over ten years, usually once a week, and it's great fun. What I do it called Pen and Paper because you get a character sheet and just talk about what you're doing instead of acting it out, with costumes and everything (Live Action Role Play aka LARP) or illustrating what you do with miniatures (Miniature gaming/Tabletop)

I game with a group that meets every Thursday, but yesterday my boyfriend and me gamed at a sort of mini-convention: about fourty roleplayers from Hamburg met, several different roleplaying systems were offered and people chose what they wanted to do and we played the whole night, from about nine p.m. to six a.m. Here's my group:
The guy with the makeup is the gamemaster, he tells the story and plays all characters that the players meet. The makeup is not compulsory, just a personal gimmick.


We played Call of Cthulhu, a horror roleplaying system based on the stories by H.P. Lovecraft. Each of us got a character with different skills ect., I was a physician - always useful when people get hurt ;) The gamemaster tells the players what they see, the situation they are in (we were a group looking for our mentor, a rich collector of weird items who had been missing for a while) and then the players in turn tell the gamemaster what they do, interact with each other and the people they encounter during the game. When it needs to be decided if someone will manage a certain feat like climbing over a fence or bribing a guard to let the group into the museum after hours or if your character manages to stay calm despite the monster advancing on him/her, dice are rolled, according to the skills the character has.

Unfortunately, all our characters died... But with Cthulhu, that is always something to be expected, going insane is also very possible. Other roleplaying settings are not that dangerous (although it should always be possible for a character to die, it makes things more real and more fun - being a superhero is more boring than you might think). But we still had a lot of fun, the story gave us the creeps in many situations and despite that fact that there was a very loud Turkish wedding next door and several other gaming groups in the same room, we quickly became so absorped with the story that we didn't notice anything, not the loud music, not the group gaming next to us - it was like reading a really griping book, only we decided what was going to happen next.

It's a great hobby and there are many systems, from fantasy (the classic Dungeons and Dragons, the first pen and paper system ever) to science fiction to horror to Steampunk to Wild West to pirates/swashbuckling adventures - or you invent your own world and system. If you get the chance to game, I recommend that you give it a try!

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Dina said...

Wow, you're really into this! And till 6 in the morning!
Actually, I remember my daughter and her friend sitting for hours with D&D.
Great, have fun with it!
Thanks for the explanation and pics.

Louise said...

Did you sleep all the next day! I'm glad you enjoy something so much. Everyone needs a hobby that makes them very happy.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Fascinating! What fun!

kjpweb said...

Nicely done! You can send me some chips! ;) Nothing like that over here in the states!

Cheers, Klaus

Babooshka said...

This is what you call dedicated. To have a hobby so engrossing is a wonderful thing.

Lawstude said...

looks like fun and exciting. can i join?

My contribution this week is the beautiful island-paradise of Camiguin posted here

Arija said...

It seems you have a great time with this game. I have seen too much horror in real life to do things like that or even watch a war movie.
An interesting post though.
Love your gerbil below.

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Reader Wil said...

Well this must be very entertaining! You must have great fun altogether. I've never heard of this play, but I should like to play it once.Thanks for sharing.

Reader Wil said...

Thanks for the invitation! I'll remember that!

Glennis said...

This game sounds very complicated, but I am sure it must be great fun for you all to play all night. Pity everyone ends up dead, but there must be lots of fun before that happens.