Kinky Larp

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My first larp experience was at Knutpunkt 2014, in a run of Kink & Coffee, “introduction night at your local local BDSM club”.  It was a particularly challenging choice, as both larping and BDSM were some way outside my comfort zone.  I’d persuaded Frederick to sign up as well, but as we waited for things to begin he was having serious doubts.

“This is exactly why we have to stay,” I told Frederick. “Right now, we’re shit-scared – and that means that at the end of this we’re going to feel amazing.”  I half-believed myself.  I remembered feeling just as scared at the beginning of a tantra course on intimacy that I’d attended two years earlier.  Persuading Frederick to stay made it easier for me to quell my own worries. Continue reading

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… and I don’t like Star Wars

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When the first Star Wars film came out in 1977 I was 7 years old and I thought it was the best thing ever, apart from Disney.  The Empire Strikes Back (1980) was utterly amazing to my ten-year-old self.  By 1983 I was struggling a bit with The Return of the Jedi.  Mark Hamill had a troublingly raddled look about him; the new Death Star made it too obvious that George Lucas was running out of ideas; and the Ewoks … well, anyway.  I was only 13, but I just couldn’t get the old enthusiasm going. Continue reading