I've seen several apps that aren't seriously meant to be used - are there any ones which are meant to be used, and have actually been used by players?


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    \$\begingroup\$ Great question. There are some talented developers here: it would be better than great if someone were to fill this gap in the world of apps. \$\endgroup\$ – Alticamelus Aug 29 '11 at 7:51
  • \$\begingroup\$ Aren't some LARP mechanics as simple as rock-scissors-paper? itunes.apple.com/us/app/rock-paper-scissors-janken/… \$\endgroup\$ – mxyzplk Aug 29 '11 at 13:16
  • \$\begingroup\$ got a particular system you're looking for an app for? \$\endgroup\$ – DForck42 Aug 29 '11 at 16:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm looking for any single example which works. Most systems end up being relatives of RPS, but are occasionally (typically home made ones, though I think some of the more popular Vampire: The Masquerade rules fit) more complicated. Maybe I'll have better luck looking into AR games? \$\endgroup\$ – blueberryfields Aug 29 '11 at 17:50
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    \$\begingroup\$ Could you elaborate a little bit more on usage of these apps? I can't really imagine that it comes in handy during a LARP combat (not for the GM and especially not the players). All the battles I was in were fought on "good will", without any control mechanism (read: who has still some HP left etc.). \$\endgroup\$ – Bobby Nov 1 '11 at 12:18

At our local LARP group they use a dice roller App (I think it was that one) and they have their characters on a wiki (I think it is a tiddlywiki) that formats nicely for mobile. They keep all their stats there, track of damage taken between sessions and perform random rolls for magic.

They do not use them for LARP combat (which got pretty hairy). I think most of players favour little faux-leather notebooks to keep track of stuff. Not only does a rustic notebook fit into the game world more neatly but there is a worry that the phone would be lost or damaged (I certainly was!).

The ref used his phone for keeping notes - it saved him writing them up at the end of the day.

Each time I've played LARP, the rules have been quite different. Combat is mostly the same but for magic use, healing and so on I think it might be quite tough to write an app that covered them all. Most LARP groups have plenty of house rules that suit the way they play. Tracking XP can probably be done but I think a one-app-does-all might not be all that useful.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I bet siri would be very useful for LARP type situations \$\endgroup\$ – blueberryfields Nov 1 '11 at 20:30
  • \$\begingroup\$ I wonder if LARP has enough generic terms that Siri becomes useful. If Siri is not used to the language of LARP, it might have trouble understanding what you need. It would be interesting to try! \$\endgroup\$ – Dr Rob Lang Nov 4 '11 at 20:46

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