Re: Winter 2012 Event: "apocalypse Ascendant" - The Details
Posted by: Derek H
Date: January 24, 2012 12:53PM
Let me start by saying that you are absolutely right. In a perfect world, every rule and interpretation would be in the rulebook. That way, everyone would be on the same page. However, the ever-changing world of science makes that pretty difficult. With every event, our imaginative players come up with ingenious ways to apply science. This sometimes causes us to come up with new calls for our rules. This is rare, but it does happen. When it does happen, we try to make the call as informative as possible, so that if someone calls "Math, Drop Trousers!" on you, it's pretty evident what is being asked of you (No, that call will never happen in-game. Don't worry.)
If you're ever confused about a rule or a call, there are a couple of things you can do. First, "Clarify" is your friend. If confused, simply ask "Clarify" from the person who made the call, then ask them for details. For example:
"Clarify, did you say Drop Trousers?!"
"Yes, yes I did."
Second, we encourage spirit of the rule with this LARP. That means that our rules are intended to create a particular effect, regardless of the literal interpretation of them. When in doubt, roll with what feels right. As a guideline, if you ever hear the word "Technically" in an explanation, you're likely going against the spirit of the rules. For example:
"Yeah, it's suppose to cause you to stop running and move awkwardly."
"Well, I am wearing a skirt, so technically it doesn't affect me."
"That's not how the Procedure is meant to work."
"You're right. I'll take the effect. Well, darn..."
In short, don't worry about mastering all of the rules. We are a very supportive and friendly group who understands that the rules won't cover every contingency. Feel free to ask for clarifications from your fellows and, if all else fails, come to Cast Center and talk to us. We'll be glad to help.
Hope this helps,