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Week ending - Her Most Regal Majesty, the Queen of Snark
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Week ending
Shards, as usual, totally kicked arse. Cait was muchly harshed, fought a magical duel, and I got to love the traum again. I'm such a drama queen at heart.

That's the nice thing about Shards though. The refs are good at making sure everyone gets their turn to take the Limelight. I'm also adjusting to a more grown up style of roleplay where players are given collective responsibility for making a good story, rather than being simply reactive. It means you have to have more courage than the GM lead approach, but it pays off well. I'm not saying we create great art or anything, but it's a lot of fun, and gives me the kind of satisfaction I was only able to get from NPCing in Camarilla games.

Obviously it means that Shards as a system is a lot easier for a bad player to undermine - and yet they don't. I'm not really sure why. Possibly because the culture doesn't support powergaming. Character advancement is very slow (but definitely happens) and the whole culture of the game revolves around creating a dramatic performance in a way that just wouldn't interest a powergamer.

Tired now, and aching. Time for sleep, I think.
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mattmachell From: mattmachell Date: September 13th, 2004 08:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Shards is the closest I've seen in LARP to player authorship (still not perfect, but close). It has quite a cohesive "unwritten social contract", so everybody's there for similar reasons.

If you like the players given collective responsibility shtick, I strongly suggest checking out games like Sorcerer (costs) and The Pool (free). I think you'd appreciate them.
riksowden From: riksowden Date: September 13th, 2004 02:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Shards does highlight a system where the refs come up with a reason for the characters to be there, and the major events, then reacts to what the players want to be doing (and letting them unless there is really good reason not to), which is great and i loves it ;D

Glad you had fun Christi
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