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September 20, 2012 in Mundane Business

Hi Guys,

I’ve been talking to a lot of people lately about how we can make the game more immersive and lively for the players. Over the last year, it seems we’ve had a lot of growth in the game, and what was once considered general knowledge through out the player base has become obscure and archaic lore. I’ve been doing my best to just put the info out there at events, answering questions to the best of my abilities and pretty much making things when I need to.

It’s the way we’ve handled Lore in Eldaraenth for as long as I’ve been playing the game, but it isn’t a good way to do it.

If the entire world is living in my head, then none of it is living in your head.

Eldaraenth LARP events are collaborative in nature.  The power of role play comes from the fact that it is interactive. We all work together to make the entire group have a good time.

The players who attended the recent Disillusionment event wrote that event for themselves, all of it. From the Drow to the mysteries, to the possibly world changing plot choices made entirely through role play (Sorry Bri, I tried to stick to your rules, but the players sucker punched me on it), that event was created by everyone in attendance. All I had to do was show up  and not get in the way.

Oh, and say something cryptic like, “It’s a New Moon…. The Moon is dying.” and let you guys run away with it.

What I’m saying is this: What makes the game grow, what makes the game better, is collaboration.

Now, sure, I can’t say “yes” to everything, but I think I get a lot more done if I say “yes” than if I say “no.”

So, I’m putting together some projects that I’ll be rolling out over the winter. The projects will all be designed with the intention of growing not only Eldaraenth as a game, but as a world. It will hopefully help players grow as players and characters grow as characters.

The first part of this is going to be a Blog Post Series here on the E.org site entitled “Master Your Lore”

There will be two different types of MYL posts:

  • Q&A Posts where you send me questions and I (probably with collaboration from other players) answer them.
  • Myths and Legends – Where we. well, literally just tell you stories.

Don’t be surprised if other regular segments pop up in the future.

In the meantime, if you have questions for Master Your Lore, please email me (gariff@eldaraenth.org), post them as comments on this post (and subsequent ones) or message me through the E.org site or Facebook.

 

Let’s all work together to make the game better,

-M.A. Brotherton

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