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post #31 of 44
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Originally Posted by globetrotter View Post

sorry, not to highjack, but the whole idea of role playing strikes me as wierd. you want to hit people with a sword, fence. you want to wear tights? be a tranny. I just don't get the whole thing.

I'm not going to talk smack about role playing (and the tights comment is silly as my kids play football and wear tights) as I think kids should be allowed to live out their imaginations (rather than repress stuff and then do it as adults) but I don't understand teens and preteens hanging out with an adult in this type of role. I've coached kids from 9-13 years old, the thought that I would go on vacation with their families is bizzarre to say the least, the thought that I would spend any significant amount of time with any of them alone is just something that doesn't even begin to compute. My 13 year old plays those japanese card games and spends a lot of time in public places with what I guess you would call nerds/outcasts (probably some LARPers in there), the day he needs to spend time alone with someone 10-15 years his senior is the day he stops playing the game.

I'm not going to blame the victims as there is only one person here that committed the crimes and should burn in hell for but If the OP as a 16 year old knew the type of people LARPing attracts, how did the parents of these young kids not know this?
post #32 of 44
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Originally Posted by Gibonius View Post

There's actually a sport for that. Fencing is awesome, and no roleplaying required. Lots of nerds at the lower levels, but the better people are good athletes.

I might try that some day, but I doubt I'll ever find it as enjoyable since you dont have very much freedom in how you fight, and what you fight against is usually the same. In the LARP I play we have archers, javelins, flails, spears, armor, and we can also shield bash, tackle, kick people's shields, and grapple. Fencing cant compare to that kind of experience.There is no respectable sport that offers all of that.

I know we look ridiculous, but I cant see how it's fundamentally different from airsoft or civil war reenactments.
post #33 of 44
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Originally Posted by edmorel View Post

I'm not going to blame the victims as there is only one person here that committed the crimes and should burn in hell for but If the OP as a 16 year old knew the type of people LARPing attracts, how did the parents of these young kids not know this?

A lot of early-mid teens didn't go to the national events where all of the drugs, alcohol and sex was. Simply showing up at the local park for regular practice in broad daylight is relatively safe, even if you are around a bunch of weirdos. I went to national events and my knight's house so much because I was mature for my age, and because of that my parents had a lot of trust in me to not do anything stupid, and I didn't. I was offered drugs by a few, and alcohol by nearly everyone and always refused.

As for the victims in the story. I've done some emailing to people that I knew at the time, and I'm very sure that victim who was 6 years old when the abuse started was my friend. Her mother(single mother) joined the group and became friends with Lotek. Lotek and his wife would often babysit the girl, and the abuse happened then. At the time, the girl did not tell anyone about the extent of her abuse, but wrote in her diary about some inappropriate questions that the abuser had asked her. When the mother went snooping in her diary and read it, she immediately left the group and broke off all contact with everyone from it. The 6 year old only told the extent of the abuse when she was a late teen, or in her early 20s.

I don't want to ask her about it directly. I'm sure she must feel a lot of guilt knowing that he went on to abuse others.
post #34 of 44
Reggs, I'm really sorry to hear this story. I was involved with LARPers when I was 16 -17 and my mum was worried sick, seems she may have known best. It was my first real exposure to people from alternative culures which I appreciated, but there were definitely a few 'strange birds' around. I don't know how long ago these events were in your past, but it is good you have contacted people you know from that time, I hope they can benefit from any support you can give.
post #35 of 44
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Originally Posted by Reggs View Post

I might try that some day, but I doubt I'll ever find it as enjoyable since you dont have very much freedom in how you fight, and what you fight against is usually the same. In the LARP I play we have archers, javelins, flails, spears, armor, and we can also shield bash, tackle, kick people's shields, and grapple. Fencing cant compare to that kind of experience.There is no respectable sport that offers all of that.
I know we look ridiculous, but I cant see how it's fundamentally different from airsoft or civil war reenactments.

I can understand the appeal of the SCA/LARP style thing, but if you liked the intensity of sword combat, you get that along with actual athleticism and an enforceable scoring mechanism. It's a hell of a lot of fun. One on one combat sports are great.
post #36 of 44
i'm sure LARP had a scoring mechanism for their duels
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Originally Posted by yjeezle View Post

i'm sure LARP had a scoring mechanism for their duels

Sadly enough , I'm sure they have...
post #38 of 44
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Originally Posted by lasbar View Post

Sadly enough , I'm sure they have...

Less sad than MMORPG'ers...imo.
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Originally Posted by whiteslashasian View Post

Less sad than MMORPG'ers...imo.

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post #40 of 44
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Originally Posted by whiteslashasian View Post

Less sad than MMORPG'ers...imo.

WTF is that???

MMORPG''ERS?
post #41 of 44
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Originally Posted by lasbar View Post

WTF is that???
MMORPG''ERS?

MahMorPerGers! Massively Multi-player Online Role Playing Gamers. World of Warcraft, Guild Wars, Everquest, EVE Online, etc.

At least the LARP'ers get some sort of physical movement and workout due to their nerddom.
post #42 of 44
front page of the arts section of today's nytimes has a full color mmorpg "photo"
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I want to make jokes but this is a kind of serious thread. frown.gif
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I want to make jokes but this is a kind of serious thread. frown.gif
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Originally Posted by lasbar View Post

Sadly enough , I'm sure they have...

i feel like my grammar is getting worse frown.gif
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Originally Posted by GQgeek View Post

I want to make jokes but this is a kind of serious thread. frown.gif

yeah. i thought this was a troll post at first. then the photo popped up frown.gif
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