+Jolyne Kuczynski jumped on the Apocalypse World home on Discord.
+Jolyne Kuczynski jumped on the Apocalypse World home on Discord. I’m an admin there, and all of you are welcome. It’s not G+, and I’m checking out a few other things, but if Discord works for you, this is where I’ll be.
Ground rules basically boil down to “treat each other with the same respect and dignity there that you have shown here, and it’s all good.”
Hello everyone! Apparently G+ is morphing slowly out of existence. I’m sad about that, but so it goes. We will still be here for the next 6-8 months, so don’t fret. Probably till the last day. Meanwhile, the maelstrom has announced future badness, so yes, I’m looking for where to move this community. I’m looking for something without a paywall and with good business practices that feels user-friendly and supports longer discussions. Not sure where that is yet though. Do know that I will let you know where I’m going and where you are welcome to come too, if you wish to join me.
UPDATE: We’ve got 8 months. I’m gonna do the research and see where I want to be. Until then, I’ll be here.
I’m curious: what’s a common or obscure thing you know how to do that could help you and those around you if/when there’s a local apocalypse? Think supply line breaks, floods, power failures, earthquakes. Does this skill ever show up in your games, even as support for some background color?
I for one am not that good at food; given enough supplies I won’t let you starve, but I’m no Maestro D’.
On the other hand, if you want something mended, I’m your best bet. Patches, mends, rivets, ties, seams, skin if I had enough demand to practice – these show up in my “make the world seem real” all the time. That mattress stitch? Works for deep tissue wounds too. Subcutaneous stitch to minimize scarring? Gotcha. Massive, nasty scarring but gets the job done? Sure, couching will do it. How do you take your real-world skills and use them to make your AW seem more real?
I just spent a week in post-apocalyptic Berlin. Radiation storms, psychic weirdness, mutant giant snails, political intrigue, and a murder mystery.
For the past three years, I’ve run a week-long larp in the spring for 20-25 high-school students. The most recent one just wrapped up on Friday April 13.
Bakerhousebrand LARP involves:
– designing a cohesive setting with NPCs, plots, lots of fraying ends of subplots to snag players
– creating specific physical artifacts to support the above
– assembling props and costumes and weapons
– spending from basically 9 AM to 3 PM for 5 days straight switching costumes and characters roughly every 15-30 minutes and doing full-throttle improvisational acting while keeping a watchful eye on the students
– supporting the plot threads the student leaders set in place
– helping implement the new plots kids come up with
– answering in-character and out-of-character questions
– minding the physical and emotional safety and well-being of the kids, including weapons safety and instruction on concepts like fire-walling, bleed, and spotlighting other players
– while on guest property and sorting out transportation shuttling and snacks, on a $30/kid budget.
Also 90% of the time on our feet and outside dealing with weather, ticks, and mosquitoes. Thank goodness it’s not poison ivy season yet.
For my patrons this month, I plan to write out a sketch of what I do, in part to share cool bits about it, in part as a way to get it all down in an orderly fashion in preparation for figuring out a wider way to share this style of LARP support for teenagers, especially in school or camp settings, possibly also for conventions. It’s a fair piece of work but super rewarding.
I’m posting about it here because it’s a PbtA Larp, and if I can get it into a shape that’s useful to other folks, I want you to know about it!
We all know the Show is the thing, the Skinner can make music that’s not noise, and the Doof Warrior is undoubtedly alive and well in the maelstrom, but what else is happening? In a world without reliable electricity, what’s the music of Apocalypse World?
Drop links to acoustic tracks that would show up in your Apocalypse World. I’ll start.