Gaming technology can include many aspects of hardware and software and we are going to talk about both. Also, we are going to find out how to use technology properly in fantasy LARP. The appearance of technology in LARP is not always logical and has to be hidden. According to that, we are going much deeper into the LARP technology matter.
We think this was one of the rare gatherings where everyone was thrilled about the bomb in the room. 🙂
Ilina Konakchieva introduced us to many different gaming technology tools. She brought the technology subject on the Portal 8 LARP Convention, through her lecture “Technology in Fantasy LARP”.
About Ilina Konakchieva
Ilina is a leader of a gaming crew, from Bulgaria, named The Fog. The crew has around 400 participants and was founded in 2013. Ilina said that her technology tools are magical so we left the magic for the end of Portal 8 LARP Convention journey.
Let’s see what kind of magic Ilina prepared for us!
In what way is gaming technology useful in LARP?
Gaming technology in LARP can be useful in many ways. For example, it can make it much easier for organizers to communicate with each other, to track players on the map, and to add extra effects and skills in the game/characters.
What is important to think about while using technology in LARP?
You have to be careful about fitting gadgets into the story. If it doesn’t fit into the game and setting, it can ruin the game. According to that, Larpers started camouflaging gadgets. For instance, by using magic sticks as remote controls.
To sum up, adjusting the technology through the setting and having technology in the LARP is important on the same level.
What are the problems and challenges that can appear?
- Players’ negative attitudes related to gadgets
- High costs
- Speed level of gadgets
- The power supply is hard to hide or/and can be discharged
- Meteorological conditions that can mess things up and ruin the signal
- You can never be completely sure about the player’s location
- There is a need for staff attention
Gadgets show off
Ilina brought a lot of gadgets and gave practical examples. During her lecture, she showed us how we can use gadgets, sounds they make, and how we can hide them in the different objects. There are not enough words to describe what we saw – that is why you should watch the whole clip above.
Portal 8 memories
Although we came to the end of this story, you can easily remind yourself about Portal 8 LARP Convention moments by:
- watching Geexus clips on the Geexus youtube page,
- reading the articles on the Geexus community portal series or
- checking activity and comments on the Geexus Facebook group.
Thank you for learning with us!