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Where Were You During The LARP In Question?

December 24, 2018 Jamey Alea 0 Comments

Me, in costume as Scooter Rex

I was a little nervous as I walked up the gravel path to the event site for The Night in Question. I had come to Austin, TX, all the way from Buffalo, NY for Jackalope Live Action Studios‘ uniquely immersive Vampire: the Masquerade LARP experience. I didn’t know anyone beforehand, but I had my character, I had my costume, and I was ready to go all in. I’d gotten a ride from the workshops earlier in the day to the event site from a new friend. We stopped for Whattaburger on the way and chatted excitedly in the car about how fun tonight’s party was going to be. It was already starting to feel real.

The game was meant to take place in 1998. As we walked up the path towards the just-starting rave, someone commented on my friend’s Nirvana shirt, “Sorry about your boy Kurt.” We chatted idly in character, about how we know each other, what we hoped to do at the party, and nineties current events.

A few minutes later, someone from the game staff came on the loudspeaker to make an announcement: “Ten minutes until the start of game.” It hadn’t occurred to me that the game hadn’t already started from the moment I started walking down the path. It seemed to me that when it all felt so real, the organizers couldn’t really control when the “start of game” was. We were all already playing.

Read the whole article on Sidequest! Playing in The Night In Question was honestly one of the coolest experiences I have ever had gaming. I really did my best to get across how immersive and fun it was, and the way it brought all of us there together. Plus, Scooter Rex is one of the best characters I’ve ever designed. Malk fam for life!

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