LARP Trek: Boldly Larping Where No Crew Has Larped Before


Thu, Nov 29th, 2012 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

The idea behind LARP Trek is that the characters of Star Trek: The Next Generation are role-playing the characters from Deep Space Nine (or Deep Space Sixty-Nine if you ask Riker) when their out-of-commission Holodeck has them explore "an ancient Earth custom Geordi calls a 'role-playing game'." It's kinda funny.

LARP Trek started as a jokey conversation at a Metafilter meetup about a year ago; sitting around a fire, a few drinks in me, I pitched the idea that Deep Space Nine wasn?t a real thing that happened in the Star Trek universe, but was in fact a role-playing game that the crew of Next Generation played when they were on one boring milk run or another in between the exciting stuff that we got to see during the weekly episodes. All of the character pairings I proposed (Picard as Sisko, Dr. Crusher as Dax, Riker as Dr. Bashir, Troi as Quark, etc.) were just vehicles for commentary on the Enterprise crew?s psychological foibles and insecurities and delusions of grandeur; DS9 was a soap opera because the people playing it were straight-laced Starfleet bridge officers letting their hair down.



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