READER'S NOTE: The fourth meeting of the LARP STs took place this
week and I was present. Since I had volunteered to help out, everyone
thought it was appropriate that I attend. Bear in mind that my contributions to
this LARP is purely in a supportive capacity. That is, I would not offer any
suggestions or opinions unless it was asked for. I was only there to help.
Before I get into that though, please allow me to reiterate to you this little
diddy. Solanna and Michelle actually met for lunch last week. What I am
posting here is Solanna's account of that incident (you all might want to be
Solanna: "Hi Michelle"
Solanna: "So? You ready for lunch?"
Michelle: "Sure, but would you mind if my sister joins us?"
Solanna: "Sister? You have a sister?"
Michelle: "Yeah, I am supposed to get together with her today. I figured she
could meet us here and we could all decide where to eat."
Solanna: "Sure. I'm cool with that."
(Michelle and Solanna wait patiently)
Solanna: "Sooooo. What's your sister's name?"
Solanna: "Is she older or younger than you?"
Michelle: "Younger. She is like the baby of the family but she is spoiled rotten.
We used to get into fights all the time."
Solanna: "That's normal. Marc has a younger brother and the two of them
used to fight constantly."
Michelle: "No, no, you don't understand. Melissa and I are so different. You
see I'm a Capricorn and she's a Leo. The two don't mix."
Solanna: "Okay, if you say so."
Michelle: "Oh. Here she comes."
Michelle: "Hi Melissa, this is my friend Solanna."
Solanna: "Hi Melissa. I'm pleased to meet you."
Michelle: "Solanna is Marc's fiancée."
Michelle: "You remember Marc don't you?"
Melissa: "That's not the storyteller guy you had a crush on right?"
Solanna: "It's okay guys. Yes I am the fiancée of Marc the storyteller."
Melissa: "So you play that game?"
Solanna: "Yes I do."
Melissa: (looking at Solanna up and down) "Oh. I see…"
Solanna: "What? You say that like you are surprised."
Melissa: "Oh, it's nothing. It's just that…well…you look normal."
Solanna: "Why? What am I supposed to look like?"
Melissa: "Oh I dunno…"
Michelle: "She thinks that role-playing games are for geeks and losers."
Melissa: "Shut-up! I never said that!"
Michelle: "Yes you did!"
Melissa: "No I didn't!"
Michelle: "Yes you DID!"
Melissa: "No I DIDN'T!"
Solanna: "*Ahem* Uh guys, can we like continue this conversation over lunch,
I am starving."
Michelle: "Okay. Where would you like to go?"
Solanna: "Well do you guys have a preference?"
Michelle: "Not really, but I want to eat healthy, I am trying to lose weight."
Melissa: "Yeah me too."
Solanna: "Okay. How about Mexicali Rosa's. They have really good lunch
specials and they are healthy too."
Michelle: "I don't like Mexican food."
Melissa: "Me neither."
Solanna: "Okay…How about Katsura's? I haven't had sushi in a while."
Michelle: "I don't like seafood."
Melissa: "Me neither. Plus the Japanese are cruel to fish. I don't like eating
types of food in which the people who make them are cruel to them."
Melissa: "Yeah, for example, the grocery store near our place sells lobsters,
but do you know what they do to kill them?"
Solanna: "Yes I do, they boil them."
Melissa: "Yeah, but they boil them ALIVE! That is so horrible!"
Michelle: "That's the same reason why I don't eat veal. I mean, how can
anyone kill baby sheep?"
Solanna: "For your information Michelle, Marc and I are having veal served at
our wedding reception."
(turns to Melissa)
Solanna: "Lobster too."
Michelle: "Why don't we just eat at McDonalds?"
Melissa: "Good idea."
READER'S NOTE: On Saturday June 2nd, Al, Michelle and Solanna,
arranged for the players to show up at Michelle's place to create characters
since it wasn't happening over e-mail. Michelle expected players to show up
with ready made characters, complete with filled out character sheets and at
detailed background. Solanna tried to explain to her that was not going to
happen, since a lot of the players have never played before and would need to
be coached. Now June 2nd was also the day for the V:tES Canadian
Championships. Solanna and I were already registered for this event. So
Michelle and Al had to handle the player character generation process by
themselves. Curious as to how this went, Solanna spoke to Michelle later on
to find out what happened.
Solanna: "So how did it go?"
Michelle: "It was too long."
Solanna: "Well character generation is a lengthy process."
Michelle: "Yeah, but I was right and you were wrong."
Solanna: "Woa! About what!?"
Michelle: "You said that players shouldn't have to create characters before
Solanna: "Uh, that's not what I said. I said that it is UNLIKELY that players
will show up with created characters, since no one knows the kind of game
we are running."
Michelle: "Yeah well, things would have been so much smoother if players
came with their characters already made. So I was right."
Solanna: "*sigh* Fine Michelle. So what happened?"
Michelle: "Well I am kind of upset with you."
Michelle: "Because only seven players showed up."
Solanna: "So why is this my fault?"
Michelle: "Well it is obvious you didn't send out the notice that the players
were supposed to show up to my place."
Solanna: "Michelle. I did send out the notice. If I didn't, then NO ONE would
have showed up."
Michelle: "Well you must have sent out notices to a bunch of wrong e-mail
Solanna: "I only sent out e-mails to addys that YOU gave me Michelle!"
Michelle: "Yeah well….I am still upset with you."
READER'S NOTE: I had to contain myself from laughing when Solanna
called me at work to vent over this. After calming Solanna down I quickly
wrote down all of this for prosperity. Despite it all, I was looking forward to
actually seeing with my own eyes how Al, Michelle and Solanna go about
preparing for the LARP. Surprisingly, it was very productive. Michelle only
did a couple of things worth mentioning. Before we sat down to start
preparing, we ordered some take out.
Delivery guy: "Two souvlaki pitas!"
Me: "That's mine."
Delivery guy: "Two chicken pitas!"
Solanna: "That's mine, thank you."
Delivery guy: "One club sandwich!"
Delivery guy: "One small salad!"
Michelle: "Tee hee."
(later, while we were eating)
Me: " I haven't seen you in a while Michelle. What have you been up to?
Anything new and exciting in your life?"
Michelle: "My sister's pet rat died."
Me: "Your sister has a rat?"
Michelle: "Actually it's a very large gerbil."
Me: "How tragic."
Michelle: "Actually I think it's pretty funny, my sister loves animals but is
clueless when it comes to taking care of them."
Me: "How's your sister taking it?"
Michelle: " Not as bad as when our dog 'Buster' died. That was really heart
Me: "How long ago was that?"
Michelle: "Oh a long time ago. Buster was so intelligent. He would save his
dog biscuits and would trade them for table scraps."
Me: "He would trade them?"
Michelle: "Yeah, it was really neat. He would come to me and give me a dog
biscuit and I would give him a table scrap."
Me: "What did you do with the dog biscuits the dog gave you?"
Michelle: "I ate them."
Me: "You ate them!?"
Solanna: "Just what do dog biscuits taste like Michelle?"
Michelle: "Dry…but they clean your teeth."
READER'S NOTE: Al, Solanna and myself broke down and started laughing.
We were in hysterics for a good ten minutes. I even started to cry.
Al: "Thanks for agreeing to help us out Marc, we could use some ideas."
Me: "I'm here to be used, abused or just give moral support. Anything you
want me to do specifically?"
Al: "Well we could use you as an NPC."
Me: "Sure. Anyone in particular that you want me to play?"
Al: "Do you have a preference?"
Me: "No. Like I said, I'm here to fill any gaps that you guys might have…"
Me: "What's that Michelle?"
Michelle: "I want Marc to play a Toreador! Hee hee…"
Al: "But Michelle, we already have Toreador PCs and NPCs. I was thinking
of making Marc play a Brujah or a Nosferatu considering we don't have
anybody from those clans."
Me: "Michelle, Solanna tells me you are playing the Prince correct?"
Me: "And the Prince is a Toreador right?"
Michelle: "*giggle* Yes."
Me: "So I am basically subservient to you."
Michelle: "*giggle* Yes!"
Solanna: "Uh-oh, Marc has a smile on his face."
Marc: "Well I would be perfectly happy to play a Toreador. They are of
course, the BEST clan out there."
Michelle: "Huh? They are?"
Marc: "Aye, considering how the Toreadors are, and how your story is laid
out, I could be the one who would betray Prince Michelle's dealings with the
Al: "Hey ! Brilliant! I like that!"
Solanna: "Yeah that's a cool idea. You could drop some juicy gossip to one
of the PCs who in turn might…"
Michelle: "Uh, excuse me."
Al: "Yes Michelle?"
Michelle: "I don't like this idea."
Solanna: "Why not?"
Michelle: "Well Al is right, we already have enough Toreadors in the game
READER'S NOTE: Talk about dodging a bullet.
Me: "So Michelle. Just exactly how are you planning on playing the Prince?"
Michelle: "I am going to be very commanding."
Me: "But you're a Toreador right?"
Al: "What's wrong Marc?"
Me: "Oh nothing, it's just that the Toreadors typically garner respect through
popularity, not through command."
Al: "What do you mean?"
Me: "Well think about it from a high school perspective. Those who are the
most popular are those whom everyone else tries to emulate. Those that are
popular don't demand that kind of respect, they earn it simply by being
beautiful, flirtatious, rich and trendy. So do the Toreador typically garner their
Michelle: "Well I already made my character and at this stage I am not going
back to change it."
Me: "I'm just throwing my thoughts out there. You guys are of course free to
use or reject them."
Al: "Wait a minute Michelle. Since you are a Toreador, shouldn't you be at
least be doing, Toreadorish things?"
Michelle: "Like what?"
Me: "Oh, I don't know…something artistic in nature perhaps?"
Michelle: "No. I don't want to."
Me: "Then why bother playing a Toreador? Why not be a Ventrue instead?"
Michelle: "Look this isn't important! You all want to kill my character
READER'S NOTE: We actually did resolve this issue. Michelle has a book
with some pretty *ahem* unique works of art. Giggling as per usual Michelle
style, she showed it to us. I would describe them here, but I am scared I
would be violating the Forum's use terms. Michelle plans on scanning them,
blowing them up and posting them up all around the play area. This should
prove to be interesting.