Winter is coming, and geeks know what that means: actually going out of the house to join a massive live-action role-playing (LARP) game called Bellum Aeternus hosted by the Darkon Wargaming Club in Maryland. The next game will be held in August 2013 and Sean Gallagher of Ars Technica explains what we can expect from this Game of Foam:
On a cool Sunday morning in November, I found myself heading south from Baltimore with three warriors from the nascent nation of Asaheim, their swords, spears, and banner stashed beside them in my minivan. War was brewing, and as we drove, they discussed battle plans and the revenge they would take on a particularly bothersome foe. But before they could unleash hell upon their opponents, I was told, we needed to make a quick stop. Their mage had mislaid his "burning hands" and needed a new pair.
As we strolled through a discount department store in Glen Burnie, Maryland, people stared at my costumed companions. A middle-aged woman whispered, "Are they Goths or something?"
"No, wrong tribe," I answered. "I believe they're more like Vikings."
Read the rest over at Ars: Link