Because LARP involves a controlled artificial environment within which people interact, it has sometimes been used as a research tool to test theories in social fields such as economics or law. For example, LARP has been used to study the application of game theory to the development of criminal law.
During a LARP, player actions in the real world represent character actions in an imaginary setting. For example, a rope could signify an imaginary wall. Realistic-looking weapon props and risky physical activity are sometimes discouraged or forbidden for safety reasons. There is a distinction between when a player is in character , meaning they are actively representing their character, and when the player is out-of-character , meaning they are being themselves.
Some LARPs encourage players to stay consistently in character except in emergencies, while others accept players being out-of-character at times. While most LARPs maintain a clear distinction between the real world and the fictional setting, pervasive LARPs mingle fiction with modern reality in a fashion similar to alternate reality games.
Bystanders who are unaware that a game is taking place may be treated as part of the fictional setting, and in-character materials may be incorporated into the real world. Many LARPs have game rules that determine how characters can affect each other and the setting. Because referees are often not available to mediate all character actions, players are relied upon to be honest in their application of the rules.
Some LARP rules call for the use of simulated weapons such as foam weapons or airsoft guns  to determine whether characters succeed in hitting one another in combat situations. There are also LARPs that do without rules, instead relying on players to use their common sense or feel for dramatic appropriateness to cooperatively decide what the outcome of their actions will be.
LARPs can have any genre, although many use themes and settings derived from genre fiction. LARPs set in the modern day may explore everyday concerns, or special interests such as espionage or military activity. Such LARPs sometimes resemble an Alternate Reality Game, an Assassin game, or a military simulation using live combat with airsoft, laser tag , or paintball markers. LARPs can also be set in historical eras or have semi-historical settings with mythological or fantastical aspects incorporated.
Fantasy is one of the most common LARP genres internationally and is the genre that the largest events use. These settings typically have magic, fantasy races , and limited technology. Many fantasy LARPs focus on adventure or on competition between character factions. In contrast, science fiction LARPs take place in futuristic settings with high technology and sometimes with extraterrestrial life. This describes a broad array of LARPs, including politically themed LARPs depicting dystopian or utopian societies and settings inspired by cyberpunk , space opera and post-apocalyptic fiction.
Horror LARPs are inspired by horror fiction. Popular subgenres include zombie apocalypse and Cthulhu Mythos , sometimes using the published Cthulhu Live rules. World of Darkness LARPs are usually played in a chronicle , a series of short events held at regular intervals, and are also popular at conventions. An international chronicle is run by White Wolf's official fan club, the Camarilla.
LARP events have a wide variety of styles that often overlap. Simple distinctions can be made regarding the genre used, the presence of simulated weapons or abstract rules, and whether players create their own characters or have them assigned by gamemasters. There is also a distinction between scenarios that are only run once and those that are designed to be repeatable.
Theatre-style , or freeform , LARP is characterised by a focus on interaction between characters that are written by the gamemasters, not using simulated weapons for combat, and an eclectic approach to genre and setting. Events in this style typically only last a few hours and require relatively little preparation by players and are sometimes played at gaming conventions. Some murder mystery games where players are assigned characters and encouraged to roleplay freely also resemble theatre-style LARP.
Some very large events known as fests short for festival have hundreds or thousands of participants who are usually split into competing character factions camped separately around a large venue. There are only a few fests in the world, all based in Europe and Canada; however, their size means that they have a significant influence on local LARP culture and design.
Nordic larp emphasises a collaborative "play to lose" strategy, keeping rules unobtrusive, and often explores emotionally complex issues. While some LARPs are open to participants of all ages, others have a minimum age requirement. There are also youth LARPs, specifically intended for children and young people.
Some are run through institutions such as schools, churches, or the Scouts. Denmark has an especially high number of youth LARPs. Roleplaying may be seen as part of a movement in Western culture towards participatory arts , as opposed to traditional spectator arts. LARP is not well known in most countries and is sometimes confused with other role-playing, reenactment, costuming, or dramatic activities.
While fan and gamer culture in general has become increasingly mainstream in developed countries, LARP has often not achieved the same degree of cultural acceptability. This may be due to intolerance of the resemblance to childhood games of pretend, a perceived risk of over-identification with the characters, and the absence of mass marketing. It is often shown in a positive light in mainstream media, with an emphasis on the dramatic and creative aspects.
Communities have formed around the creation, play and discussion of LARP. These communities have developed a subculture that crosses over with role-playing, fan, reenactment, and drama subcultures. LARP has been a subject of academic research and theory.
Much of this research originates from role-players, especially from the publications of the Nordic Knutepunkt role-playing conventions. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Form of role-playing game where participants act out the roles.
For other uses, see Larp disambiguation. Main article: History of live action role-playing games. Embodiment means that the physical actions of the player are regarded as those of the character. LARP participants may dress in the costume of their character and carry appropriate physical props e. Whereas in a RPG played by a group sitting around a table, players describe the actions of their characters e. Most importantly, we treat 'larp' as a word in its own right, not an acronym L.
Rules of Play: Game Design Fundamentals. The MIT Press. ISBN Live-Action Role-Playing Games can take place in indoor or outdoor settings, in private or public spaces. In Markus Montola, Jaakko Stenros ed. Playground Worlds. Ropecon ry. The character's costume and accessories, or kit, aids this transformation Physical structures may be used as game locations, and sometimes even purposely constructed to enhance the game world Players frequently use physical artifacts as props and tools in their role-play, primarily to back up their character roles.
In essence, the GM creates the magical circle around the game. The GM can also be responsible of [ sic ] hunting down cheaters or other rule breakers. The GM is generally, unless the LARP is small in terms of number of participants, not responsible for keeping the narrative flow. The GM can however oversee the progress of the game and help or influence where needed Establishing a hierarchy of GMs and NPCs to monitor the game and ensure everyone is entertained and activated within the shared game space is a typical way of controlling large fantasy LARPS.
This structure is usually established before the game commences. Though not all games will require them, it is occasionally necessary to have a support staff to help coordinate events and NPCs as a stage manager or running crew might. The physical performance necessary to pull off a performance in a LARP makes it impractical for a single person to handle many NPC roles. As a result, there is often a cast of characters who take on the roles of other NPCs.
Unlike the players, the NPCs usually know the game's plot and have some idea of the narrative. NPCs, then, are a form of pseudo-player. They play the game, their characters have somewhat more limited goals, but they are ultimately constrained by the plot. Players from all of these continents claim to have hosted the oldest LARP, however, it appears that LARPs developed independently and with marked cultural differences.
Knudepunkt Archived from the original PDF on Retrieved Dagorhir website. Archived from the original on John Kenneth Muir website. IFGS website. LARP Writing. In , Walt Frietag and some friends at Harvard University "invented" what they called "interactive literature.
Frietag called his group the "Harvard Society for Interactive Literature", which was shortened to "Society for Interactive Literature" the next year. Dicing with Dragons. Arcanacon I - 83 Handbook. Skotos Tech. Live Action Role Playing. Die Entwicklung realer Kompetenzen in virtuellen Welten in German. Tectum Verlag.
Since the year there are two organisers who hold about once a year the so-called "big Cons" where there are no maximum limits to the number of participants and in which there are usually between three and seven thousand live action role-players including people from around Europe. Archived from the original on January 17, Retrieved April 25, Professional, full-time LARP sites also exist As Larp Grows Up.
Role Playing Materials. Maastricht University. OCLC BBC News Online. Nordic art larp is more about exploring a particular emotion, or taking a journey into your own psyche. Journal of Interactive Drama. The purpose of such dialogue can be politically or artistically motivated. These games have a message that is aimed either at the players, at bystanders, or society as a whole.
Larp, the Universe and Everything. Knutepunkt Masters Thesis. Hamilton: McMaster University. From the "Basic Rules" section: " 1 - No Touching. This means none whatsoever, even with consent Similarly, the Rules to Live By system forbids certain sorts of physical action, and recommends against realistic-looking weapons: "A participant should never have to run, climb, or jump over anything Participants should never, ever use real weapons, even as props.
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Story-based LARPs, on the other hand, often have no-touching rules. Breaking these rules may result in disciplinary action, such as a temporary ban or point deduction. Many LARPs require you to be in character. You have to indicate when you are not in character. How you do this may vary from group to group.
Create your character, and make sure that they fit the LARP's world. Some types of LARPs may have a character sheet for you to fill out, complete with stats like strength, luck, agility, intelligence, etc. Other types of LARPs only require a name and a brief backstory for your character. Some LARPs require costumes. When creating a character, you might want to keep this in mind, especially if you plan on making the costume yourself. Get a costume, if needed.
Some LARPs require you to be in costume at all times, while others do not. In either case, the costume will help make your character more believable, and the world more engaging. Many people find it easier to get into character while they are in costume. Many action-based LARPs only require costumes for the actual game or battles. They do not require costumes during training sessions.
Stay in-character whenever possible. Typically, you would be in-character when the LARP is taking place; you would be out-of-character before and after the LARP, such as when plans are being made and points are being tallied. If you need to get out of character, such as during an emergency, remember to indicate accordingly; again, how you indicate will depend on the group you join, as they all have different rules. If you're having trouble staying in-character, try to think about your character's motivations.
Consider what your character would be thinking in that moment and let that guide your actions. Find a place to roleplay or a group to play with. Most LARPs will have websites telling you where their roleplays take place.
Many LARPs have multiple groups in multiple locations, all playing the same game—that is, they use the same character types and rules. If you find a LARP that interests you, look it up and see if it is playing near your city or town. If they don't, then see if you can register a group of your own, and start your own game.
Some LARPs take place at anime, comic book, or science fiction and fantasy conventions. Check the schedule to see if there is one planned. Most cons will post their schedules ahead of time on their website. Be well-prepared for longer roleplay sessions. Some LARPs take place in public areas, such as a park, and last only a few hours.
Others may span over the course of a weekend, and take place at a campground, forest, or lake. Some of these longer LARPs may have accommodation for the players, such as cottages or hotels, but others won't. In these cases, you will need to pack for the trip, and bring items such as: tents, sleeping bags, food, medications, change of clothes, etc. A costume and prop repair kit would be highly recommended for any weekend-long LARP session. Even the sturdiest costumes and props break, and not every place will have a repair station.
Don't be afraid to interact with other people, but don't take the spotlight either. LARPing is all about interaction. Once a session starts, you will walk around and talk with other players, while in character. This means that if you are playing a year-old vampire, you will be using lots of Victorian-era mannerisms.
Don't be afraid to go out of your shell, but don't take the spotlight and try to be the center of attention. Let other players talk as well!! If this is a combat-based LARP, have your boffer ready, because people might start charging at you. There is not much chatting or "acting" in combat-based LARPs once a battle starts.
Play hard! Method 3. Choose tabletop roleplaying if you like video games or storytelling. Many tabletop games focus on the story, but they also focus on building your character. You will typically sit around a table with a group of people, and take turns describing what your character does. One of the most popular tabletop roleplay games is Dungeons and Dragons. Find a game that you want to play. Some games require you to be there in person, while others can be played online.
There are lots of different settings and genres, ranging from fantasy, to science-fiction, to historical, to horror. Some may have other themes too, such as steampunk or western. There are lots of game guides and rule books available online, in bookstores, and at libraries. You can always pick one of these up, and start a game with your friends.
Choose a play style that suits you, your personality, and your lifestyle. Some group meet regularly, while others meet occasionally. This can be as often as once a week to a seldom as once a month or only a few times a year.
Also, some games are lighthearted and easy-going, while others are very serious and focused. If you are just starting out, a lighthearted, easy-going play style might be the best for you. Choose a roleplay whose focus appeals to you. Some roleplays will focus more on story or setting, while others will focus more on battle and combat. If you are a very active person, a story-focused roleplay might bore you. On the other hand, if you enjoy a good story, a combat-focused roleplay might not be engaging enough for you.
There are three main types of roleplays: Game-oriented roleplays focus on leveling characters via challenges. The battles and monsters become more complex as the characters gain more power. Simulation-oriented roleplays focus on exploring the setting, genre, or theme.
Combat tends to be dangerous in these games. Narrative-oriented games focus on how a character's decision affects the story. These games tend to give players more control over setting and story. Every tabletop roleplay will have its own unique set of terms, but there are some terms that remain consistent across all the different games and genres. The most common ones are:. Game master: the in charge of the roleplay.
They are the narrator, and lead the story. Adventure: the game, but limited to a single story or plot set by the GM. Campaign: a series of adventures. It typically follows or continues the story and includes the same characters from previous sessions. Create your character. How detailed your character is will depend on what game you are playing. Some games will give you complete freedom during character creation, while others will require you to add stats.
Some games will also limit what stats you can use based on what class or race you pick for your character. Depending on the game you play, you may have to use the sided die to determine your character's stats. Understand the basics. After you have created your character, the GM will establish the plot and setting. The players will then take turns describing their characters' actions, and the GM will then decide on the consequences of those actions.
Sometimes, a sided die will be used to determine the outcome. For example, if your character comes across a treasure chest, the GM may have you roll the die to determine whether or not your character succeeds in opening the chest. Be descriptive but only to a certain point. For the most part, you will be in charge of describing your character's actions, and the GM will be in charge of describing the results of your character's actions.
He or she will also be in charge of describing any scene changes. For example, if your character enters a dungeon, the GM may describe the dungeon. He or she may even throw in a monster for your character to battle. Just say "Do you mind if we end the roleplay? I have something urgent to do. Not Helpful 5 Helpful Whenever you perform an action, never decide how another role-player is effected: for example, "Devon will slash his machete into Jamaila rapidly, and Jamaila will collapse and die".
Let the other role-player decide how it affects him or her. If you're deciding how someone's action affects you, be fair. Another tip is to try and avoid performing multiple actions in one turn or move. Not Helpful 4 Helpful Amino Apps is a good choice, as they have a wide variety of mobile communities. Not Helpful 7 Helpful Not Helpful 8 Helpful The most important things when roleplaying is being devoted.
If you plan on being a canon character, learn to roleplay as them correctly. If you have an OC original character , be devoted to developing them and getting used to roleplaying as them. If I'm in a text based roleplay, one-on-one, and a third person comes in without asking, what do I do?
Tell them that they are invading a personal closed roleplay and politely ask them to leave. If they continue, block or redline them. If they persist, contact the admin or moderator of whatever site you are using, or consider moving to a different place. Not Helpful 0 Helpful A lot of people believe it can help relieve stress, help work out your brain, or help you relax. It really depends on the roleplay, however. Not Helpful 2 Helpful Ask your students to adopt roles, like shopkeepers and customers.
Not Helpful 9 Helpful It isn't just a roleplaying app, but if you want to role-play you can just join one of their roleplay Aminos. They're good for all ages. If you need more help to understanding Amino, then there are numerous YouTube tutorials.
Not Helpful 3 Helpful I was invited to a live roleplay by some friends who need a damsel in distress. How should I play that part? The best way to be a damsel in distress is to act as if you are always completely helpless. Not Helpful 2 Helpful 2. Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered.
By using this service, some information may be shared with YouTube. Avoid controlling other people's characters. Helpful 3 Not Helpful 0. Despite being called a "game" not all roleplays have a "winner" at the end. Usually, combat-based LARPs and table-top roleplays have winners at the end of the game. The other types do not have winners, because there is no battle being fought, but a story being created.
Helpful 2 Not Helpful 0. In text-based roleplays, talking in parentheses usually indicates that the person is talking out of character. Sometimes a person may only use one parenthesis at the beginning of the message to save time. Online, generally this is generally frowned upon as immature and annoying. Helpful 3 Not Helpful 1. Text-based roleplaying focuses on writing the story. Live-action roleplaying focuses on acting out the story.
Tabletop roleplaying focuses on verbally telling the story. Helpful 1 Not Helpful 0. Be respectful, regardless of where you are roleplaying. You should be polite to your fellow roleplayers, and listen to your group leaders and game masters.
Always ask what the other roleplayer is comfortable with. Never do something they aren't! On the flip side, make sure to communicate any discomfort on your side. Live-action roleplays can last a few hours to even a few days! If you are attending a weekend-long LARP, make sure that you are well-prepared. Include details about your character's actions, appearance, thoughts, or mood if they are connected to the plot.
If your character is secretly a vampire, you might include how your character's teeth seem pointier than usual when they smile- this is a good way to give hints your partner about an upcoming plot point or event, and give them a fair chance to discover this secret instead of suddenly springing the vampirism on them. Helpful 1 Not Helpful 1. Do not god mod or powerplay. God modding is controlling another person's character, giving your character perfect skills, or killing other person's character without express permission.
Helpful 30 Not Helpful 1. Try to stay within your partner s post range. While this doesn't mean you have to match every time. If you're writing a couple lines and they're writing paragraphs, or you're writing paragraphs and they're writing lines. It probably won't be a good fit. Helpful 18 Not Helpful 2. You Might Also Like How to. How to. Expert Interview. About This Article.
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