Last weekend, Yours Truly was in the City of Bridges for a LARP convention called SLARPA, which sounds like a dermatological fungus, but it isn’t. At least, I don’t *think* it is; I’m not a dermatologist, though, so I don’t really know. It could be. Anyway, the thing I went to was decidedly not a dermatological fungus. The SLARPA folks have been asking me for some time now to please come up to their fine city and run a Live Action game for their convention. So this year, because I had a Secret Weapon in my arsenal, I decided that this, I would do.
The Secret Weapon, of course, was MrGod2U, who ran the LARP that I think I have had the most fun playing, of all the LARPs I’ve participated in. Apologies for the TERRIBLE sentence structure there. We do what we can. Anyhow, he and I (MrGod2U, not the terrible sentence structure) thought it’d be Mighty Cool to run a Cthulhu Live game. I was terribly nervous at the thought of running Cthulhu Live, because…well…because if you eff up the story for this particular system, you are royally screwed.
So time passed and MrGod2U and I had Planning Sessions in which we cackled and tapped the tips of our fingers together in mad glee. This past Saturday, we executed our horrible plan. I won’t go into too many details about the actual story, because we may try to get it published with Skirmisher Publishing (who do the Cthulhu Live rules and modules). I think the game went well. IT sure *looked* good. And peeps, you were wonderful roleplayers. It was like watching “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, but better, because we wrote it.
But here’s something I’d like to ask you about.
Why do you play Cthulhu Live?
By way of explanation – the setting of the game makes it very difficult for player characters to interact with, alter, or change the story. Also, there are generally only two ways to end the game: dead or insane. Sometimes there’s a third: fleeing in terror. So do you play the game for the story? Do you play it because you love to play LARP? Do you play it to explore the theme and/or setting? Why do you like (or not like) Cthulhu Live?