lepsydreaming: Hello! I've been searching with google and tags but not been able to find this question, so I apologise in advance if it's already been asked. Obviously it's important to write CoC, but where does the line get drawn with white people RPing them in tabletop? LARP would be surely unacceptable (lest blackface etc), but when you're speaking for the character, gesturing, etc, where does the line fall? Is it closer to writing or LARPing?
This is a great question and hopefully the rest of the community will weigh in on it.
Personally, for me, it all comes down to respect. If you are playing a CoC and you make them a stereotype, that is not respectful. I’ve seen plenty of white players who make black canon characters speak AAVE when it never happened in canon. Or they make a Mexican character some thug in a drug cartel who speaks Spanglish and gestures wildly. If you are writing, speaking, gesturing in some stereotypical manner, then that is where the line needs to be drawn. You don’t have to darken your skin to create a hurtful (and racist) depiction.
I think too it depends on what you are tabletop RPing. In some fantasy setting like D&D, there would be no need for stereotypical race markers so there should be no question. In something like V:tM or ones set in the “real world” then it’s just a matter of making careful and respectful choices. If you can’t create a character without resorting to stereotypes, better to just not make the character you know?
As far as writing vs. LARPing, I think tabletop is that area right in the middle. You are writing but it is more than that as you take on the mannerisms/gestures/etc of your character but it isn’t quite LARPing because you aren’t becoming the character exactly.
Community, your thoughts?
nudiemuse replied to your post: “larping is the shit bitch, my black cousin and I would do that for a weekend straight.”:Strangely where I grew up Larping was one of the few places that was pretty not racist/comfortable for me as a kidlet. I did it a lot.
that’s good to know. i never heard of larping until watching fucking supernatural so i’m like… of course white boys would be the face, but it’s nice to know that the space you’ve experienced hasn’t been stiflingly racist
Where I grew up is really White and the LARPing nerds, D&D nerds were really some of the few people when I was a teenager who were absolutely never putting up with racist shit.
Let me tell you a cute story.
I am awful at D&D and VTM. But my local game master was very patient and loved my ideas for VTM so he let me be the story teller. We went to a big nerd place dedicated to table top gaming and because I was really shy I couldn’t speak up when someone said some racst shit to me I just kind of wilted and tried to leave.
My metalhead nerds got so angry they chased the person who was talking shit out of the venue and told a bunch of other gamers so that person got basically 86d from a bunch of nerd spots.
I haven’t LARPed in for like ever but it’s fun as shit.
Dress up in whatever costume goes with your system, run around outside, hit shit and people with swords. It’s actually pretty awesome.
Also remember I’m old as shit and haven’t LARPed in like 15 years.
I have done storytelling for some folks and like to RP when I have my homies to Rp with.
YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE PPL.
Anonymous: Hello I was wondering if there were any other roleplayers of color playing Final Fantasy XIV. I also wanted to say that it is refreshing to find a website of this nature.
Thank you so much. We don’t post much but we do try when we see something interesting or someone needs help. So..can anyone help?