Why You Should Try LARPing

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 This might help you break out of the shell where otherwise you feel withdrawn.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!

Conclusion:

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.

Puppeteers and Puppets

We are exposed to puppets as children in schools, library programs, museums, toys, dolls, movies, and television. We have all been exposed to puppets from early childhood and continue to be entertained by them as adults.

Early television viewing presented children to:

The Punch and Judy Show by Rod Burnett
Kukla, Fran, and Ollie
Shari Lewis with Lamb Chop
Howdy Doody created by Buffalo Bob Smith

What is a puppet? It is an object made from wood, paper, cloth, saw dust, straw, cotton, and other materials which can be shaped to represent a person, an animal, or an object.

The puppeteer brings it to life using his fingers, hands, strings, or rods. A puppet is often times referred to as a doll especially when movements are operated by mechanical or electronic gadgets.

Full Body or Full-Costume Puppet:

Sesame Street characters introduced the full body puppet. One of the most popular characters is Big Bird.

A full body puppet is operated by a human being who is covered completely by a character costume. After the actor is in full costume the character may range in height from six feet or taller. These puppets are always bigger and taller than human beings.

The costume is operated by the actor with his own body which allows more movement freedoms for the character. The actor may also work hand and rod devices and wear a wireless microphone for his voice. This same actor or another operator away from the character may work some controls with a remote device.

Puppeteers:

Do you enjoy performing? Do you have a desire to be an actor? Puppetry is theater and is an art form present in every media outlet.

Most puppeteers are shy. They prefer to be hidden behind the scenes operating with confidence telling a story, while the puppets are exposed and receive attention from the public. Puppeteers have excellent eye and hand coordination abilities as well as timing.

This craft may be learned with on-the-job-training as an apprentice, online courses, local workshops, and more formal training at universities.

What do you need to learn?

Acting
Arts and crafts skills for making props, and other support items
Writing skills for scripts, story telling, advertising, and marketing
Business knowledge
Flexibility to work in television, movies, festivals and events, theater, parties
Mastering the art of ventriloquism and handling different types of puppets
Hours of practice to maintain eye and hand coordination and timing
Puppet construction, operation, storage, and repair maintenance

The craft of puppetry can satisfy creativity and imagination for designing, constructing, and managing man-made replicas of people, animals, or objects to perform amusing feats for entertainment.