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Synergon is a fully-playable ruleset for BLARPing (Business Live-Action Role-Playing).
posted by BitterOldPunk (21 comments total) 31 users marked this as a favorite

 
Some people think LARPing is absurd. But frankly, BLARPing is far more ridiculous.

Yeah, except for the part where I get to pay my fucking mortgage.
posted by nanojath at 2:06 PM on November 3, 2010 [4 favorites]


Woah, wasn't the possibility of this a running gag of sorts during the Spaceship LARP thread from a few days back? Did this thing spring up in the meantime?
posted by chaff at 2:13 PM on November 3, 2010


Holy shit this is hilarious.
posted by wuwei at 2:14 PM on November 3, 2010


it's a real life version of Apartments and Accountants.
posted by oonh at 2:23 PM on November 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


I can't wait for the Rougelike.
posted by clockwork at 2:28 PM on November 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


"Miscellaneous Frenemies:"
That Lady Looking for a Sexual Harassment Lawsuit:
When The Lady loses all MP, the last employee to attack her must roll 1d10, LC 5. Failing to pass the LC gives the attacker Written Up status.


Yeah, not so much.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 2:39 PM on November 3, 2010 [2 favorites]


I can't wait for the Rougelike.

Yet another stupid downsizing?
posted by cmfletcher at 2:44 PM on November 3, 2010


Satire!
posted by johnny novak at 2:58 PM on November 3, 2010


Collaboration (project): The Team is tasked with getting multiple departments to collaborate on a project, meaning the Team must Demoralize the relevant frenemies in order to make them subservient enough to work together. For instance, Design and Content must collaborate on a company manual, so the Team must fight through both departments and Demoralize the middle managers of both departments to get them to cooperate.

Yeah, I've played that one...
posted by Artw at 3:08 PM on November 3, 2010


I don't like how they shook up the metaplot with the Financial Crisis. Makes any new campaigns far too grimdark.
posted by Apocryphon at 3:44 PM on November 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


Previously (sorta) (but more the sort of thing I would be doing if I was idling my time at my day job pretending I had a totally different dayjob that was worse. For whatever I'd do that for.)
posted by ardgedee at 4:57 PM on November 3, 2010


For some reason a portmanteau of "synergy" and "energon" makes me think you're about to transform into a douchebag.
posted by mhoye at 5:26 PM on November 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


Smug Nerd Alert: This doesn't seem like LARPing to me. It's just a regular RPG.
posted by muddgirl at 5:39 PM on November 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


Yes, from the About page it is clear that Synergon is just an RPG, while your real-life office job is a BLARP.
posted by muddgirl at 5:41 PM on November 3, 2010


Computer: +2 to rolls for CC Email, BCC Email, Twitter Gossip, Blackmail, Email Went to Junk Folder, and Scrutinize. +3 to Tech Savvy. Immune to Carpal Tunnel status. By this point in human history there’s no excuse for not knowing how to use a computer, and yet right-clicking is still an “advanced” skill for so many.

That last line. It hits home.
posted by Nauip at 5:50 PM on November 3, 2010


[...]while your real-life office job is a BLARP.

Sorry, had lunch at Taco Bell.
posted by JHarris at 5:52 PM on November 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


By this point in human history there’s no excuse for not knowing how to use a computer, and yet right-clicking is still an “advanced” skill for so many.

Cute, but you do realise that 'human history' extends outside the first world, right?
posted by pompomtom at 8:12 PM on November 3, 2010 [3 favorites]


The most amusing thing about this game is imagining myself trying to keep a straight face while suggesting to my regular RPG group that this be the setting of our next game.
posted by Halloween Jack at 7:30 AM on November 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


This does look to be viable. I'm adding it to my personal short list of awesome RPGs, along with:

Call of Cthulhu, Paranoia, Baron Munchausen, Bad Attitudes, Puppetland and The Drones which is NOT AT ALL related to Synergon.
posted by JHarris at 12:42 PM on November 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


JHarris (and, indeed Halloween Jack), you have seen Violence [pdf download], I hope?
posted by pompomtom at 7:30 PM on November 4, 2010


If we're going there, we might as well drag in Encounter Critical or Kill Puppies For Satan.
posted by JHarris at 8:34 PM on November 5, 2010


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