Go to Pseudopod and take a listen to elanya's story, Ice. It's well worth it, and is also available in written form in the short story anthology "High Seas Cthulhu" (amazon) (uk).
Also today, come to LARP Aid! It's a cross-system, low rules, non-canon charity event and tournament. You can't lose your character, and depending on the system you usually play in, you might even be able to bring your experience back with you (ask your ref!).