Live Action Role Playing or LARP as it is popularly known involves participants playing out a favorite or fictional character in a fantasy setting. Imaginative, inventing and entertaining, LARP is an immersive experience that is being increasingly viewed as free-form amateur dramatics. Those who love live-action role-play describe it as a form of interactive storytelling. In LARP, battle and games are reenacted with a group of LARPers who dress up and act like specific characters inspired by a game, book, or movie. In case you have designed a completely original look, the costumes and actions in LARP are all expected to be realistic. But, why should you try it? Well, here is a full list of reasons for you…
1. It’s a great way to make new friends.
LARP creates an ideal atmosphere to make new connections, especially for those who are introverted or shy. Such organized social affairs remove the pressure of approaching new individuals. Additionally, communicating with someone new who shares a common interest or passion is exciting and a great ice breaker!
You can take on the traits of your chosen character and can wear a mask of sorts. This might help you break out of the shell where otherwise you feel withdrawn.
2. It enhances your creative skills
LARP gives you a great opportunity to develop and create a character. Not only do you get the opportunity to design your LARPing weapon or armor, but you also get to name your character. Problem-solving, designing, and a chance to show off your skills on the battlefield!
Larping styles vary from country to country. The Nordic, Scandinavian countries are known for their artistic approach, with a greater focus on themes and story-telling instead of combat. The US with its competitive culture, approaches it more like a sport.
3. It is extremely active.
Not only is LARP great for friendships and creativity, it can keep you health too. In this you play out the real-life versions of your favorite video and computer games. You’re constantly moving around while keeping tabs on your surroundings and protecting yourself from getting hit. Running, jumping, and battling is a great way to stay heart-healthy and shed a few of those extra pounds.
4. It’s a great stress relief!
LARPing offers a great chance to get away from your present reality and enter a totally new world. Regardless of whether it is an extremely challenging day at school or work, or you’re just searching for something fun and engaging. For most people, this is their holiday – they come into this to get away from the real world. LARPing rules out our major addictions – no internet, no phones and no bad news!
5. It is a Great chance to Dress like your favorite historical character!
Always dreamt of being a princess, a pirate or a knight in shining armor? Here’s your chance!
6. It is Harmless!
You strike your friends or opponents with foam or latex LARP weapons such as axes, swords, clubs, or arrows. So if you get hit, you lose a limb (not literally) but it’s all in good fun!
So whether you want to dress up like your favorite historical or fantasy character or are looking to make new friends, there are plenty of reasons to try LARP.