LARP, stands for Live Action Role Play and can generally be understood to be an RPG video game or tabletop game but acted out, by you, in real life. This may sound daunting but you dont really have to act much! There are loads of different types of Larp, from Vampires to Steampunk, to Sci-Fi, to Fantasy and really to any area you can think of. There are many active Larps throughout the UK which operate with various sizes and structures. Some of the largest, such as “Empire” Larp consist of over 3000 people participating in a collective story and world. Smaller Larps can consist of a few dozens or even less.
Popular representations of Larp such as that in the ‘Role Models’ movie and the 'Hawkeye' series are not a terribly good representation of UK Larp as American systems differ massively in many areas and each system even within the UK changes a huge amount depending on what the system is about and who runs it.
If you have any questions about LARP in general please do message us on the Discord, email, Facebook and we’ll answer your questions as best we can :)
How we plan to run
There are two main activities we are going to be running this year. Crafting sessions and combat training. We will also be running social meet ups throughout the year.
These will be our primary weekly sessions and will be centered around the creation of kit for LARP events. On commitee we have some experience with the making and procurement of kit so we will be avaliable to help. As well as this though this time will be the time to chat all things LARP. This includes discussion of what LARP systems to join, character ideas, roleplay advice, and (if we know enough about them) advice for partcipating in specific systems such as Empire.
Our combat training will be primarly run on Sunday afternoons on a field near the Oadby Student Accommodation. It will be based on Empire LRP's comabt system as that is the system we are currently most familiar with. The skills should be largely transferable to any medieval based combat system though. Even if you don't intend on doing combat at your chosen LARP we recommend you consider coming along a few times as the basics will aid understanding (and survivablity) in any system where there is combat. If you investigate a LARP with a different combat system and would like to practise with that do let us know and we'll be happy to aid in practice with that.
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