by Joe Bethancourt © 1999 W.J. Bethancourt III
Gaming comes in several forms:
- LARP (Live Action Role Playing): this sort of thing involves folks playing what amounts to a much more elaborate version of "Cops and Robbers" and may very well take place all over the hotel during the Convention. Participants might be in costume, and will be "in character" while they interact with the other gamers .... and with you.
This can also involve historical re-creation / re-enactment, or out-and-out fantasy.
The games below can be "RPGs" (Role Playing Games) wherein each player plays as an individual character represented in miniature or simply in the imagination.
- Computer Games: there may be a room at the Convention set aside for computer gaming. Go take a look, but don't bother the gamers.
- Board Games: classic board gaming, like "Risk"
- Card Games: of which the best known these days is "Magick"
- Wargaming: this can involve miniatures, and usually divides into
- Historical: actual re-recreation of famous battles
- Fantasy: could be -anything- from cavemen versus dinosaurs, Barsoom, Starship Troopers, or whatever!