Hey there people, welcome back to my hobbies and leisure blog. Anyone make a New Year’s resolution this year to be more active? I did, but I am having a hard time fitting it in with all the new video games and other things that I have gotten for the holidays. Thankfully, I have discovered something that I can do outside while still pretending I am playing The Witcher. I am talking about LARPing, or live action role playing. Live action role playing is a type of role playing where players physically play out their characters actions. Players pursue goals that are set with a fictional setting that is represented but the real world that they are interacting with. Action outcomes are determined by game rules or a consensus previously agreed upon by players. The event organizers/arrangers are called gamemasters, similar to the dungeon masters in Dungeon and Dragons.
LARPing was first started in the late 1970’s and spread internationally during the 1980’s and since then has diversified into a wide variety of style. Some games are very similar to the tabletop versions that made LARPing so popular, while others times the game is more concerned with artistic and dramatic elements. The genres that these games focus around vary greatly, and have grown by a large margin since LARPing was first popular. Some events have huge production values, with hundreds of participants wearing costumes and wielding weapons that cosplayers would be envious of. Sometime elaborate set pieces are used as well, although these are more often than not for sponsored events. Have any of you ever tried LARPing? If you, what was your favourite genre, and what role have you played before? Leave your answers in the section below, and as always have a great time everyone.