So! Time to bother you all with my idea for the most awesome LARP system ever.
First off, it would be a combat-heavy LARP. Roleplaying would happen, and ideally would be a big thing, but you don't need rules
for the roleplaying- that would just be a thing for each individual group to figure out.
There would be no class and level system. Whatsoever. What you can do is what you can do. There might be some form of "loadout" feature- IE, different abilities, magical stuffs, et cetera that you can only have a certain amount of. How many of these things you have would be variable, with the caveat that everyone in the game has the same amount. You could have one special ability, two, five, fifty-six, or none; it wouldn't matter. This is the bit I'm still working on.
There would also be no mathematics involved. You'd die when you should be dead. See below for more on that. Cheating would be met with permanent expulsion; mistakes are one thing, cheating is another.
Everything would be done with live steel. Yes, you heard me, live steel.
Everyone and I do mean everyone participating would be in full HEMA safety gear at all times. You can wear clothing and such over top of it, but under no circumstances is the armour to come off. *
Things like arrows and other high-velocity things would be tipped with something other than metal. Guns, if possible, would be heavily modified pellet or paintball guns.
Anyone who wished to join would spend a while beforehand learning:
- HEMA basics. How to handle a weapon, how to put on your protective gear, etc.
- Safety. How to keep from injuring people with the very real sword in your hands without sacrificing any of your ability to fence (or do fencing-related actions, like this). Ties in with weapons usage.
- How to figure out what a given strike would do to you. Essentially, basic anatomy and physiology. No, that arrow in your bicep will not kill you; yes, that slash to an important artery will. This will make your arm useless; this will put you in some much agony your best best will be to just lay there. That kind of thing.
As far as what the individual games are? That's up to the groups that run them. One might have epic Heroic Fantasy
; another might just have weekly free-for-alls or tournaments; another might have highly tactical mass-scale battles lasting hours or even days at a time. Personally, I would favour the last option, but the system would be flexible enough to handle anything.
edited 2nd Aug '12 12:52:57 PM by Exelixi
Mura: -flips the bird to veterinary science with one hand and Euclidean geometry with the other-