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Two positive roleplaying articles: one for tabletop, one for LARP

Posted by WJWalton on Mon 13 of June, 2011 08:56 PDT
Two positive stories on the hobby hit my inbox recently:

First, Roll Play: Knoxville's Adult Board Gamers examines a group of gamers at a popular game store in Knoxville, TN:
It provides practice in personal interactions. “It helps you learn to deal with people, being diplomatic, speaking in public.” He adds, “Before Dungeons & Dragons, I would never have talked to a reporter. I’d be saying, ‘Please don’t talk to me!’”

Some gamers are frank about the stereotypes, some of which may be accurate. “For a lot of socially awkward teenagers like myself, D&D was a formative experience,” says proprietor Hardy. “It’s a structured social activity. If you go to a bar, there’s no rules, no guidelines. That’s awkward for some people. This is a structured way to socialize with people in a non-confrontational setting.” Hardy calls it “cooperative storytelling.”

Read the full article here: [ article | archive]

Next, nj.com published a positive story on live-action roleplayers, titled N.J. role-playing enthusiasts gather to act out games, stories [ article | archive] ... then, in a followup piece, gave LARPers the opportunity to respond to the myths and stereotypes that surround them:
It might be a bit weird - but at least these folks are out there enjoying the outdoors, using their imaginations, etc. Certainly no weirder than people who spend their weekends hitting balls into little cups with expensive sticks or casting hooks into water to catch fish you have no intention of eating!
[ article | archive]

nj.com also has a great photo album to go with the article - you can view it here.

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