Hello all, my name is Dav and I’d like to talk to you about LARP. Live Action RolePlay is a broad term we use to describe any number of different types of games, but they all share a common element – the players become the characters in a literal sense and play out their game together. LARP can be about the combat or it can be about the interpersonal relationships of the characters and very often is about both. The game you’re playing might be a one shot at a convention or a part of an ongoing world telling its own story through player actions and GM’s plot ideas.
The first time you play a LARP you will probably feel more than a little bit self conscious and kinda silly, especially if you’re used to playing tabletop RPGs where you can happily describe what you’d like your character to do. Most games will have a games master of some description and the bigger events will have several so that the various clusters of players will always have someone on hand to supervise any plot critical actions or tell them the results of their investigations etc.
Here in Ireland we have some brilliant teams of people running games of all shapes and sizes that fall under the umbrella of LARP. The IGA’s own Academy of Eblana
But there are many other styles of LARP that run regularly at the games conventions all around the country. Higher Powers
Several of the Airsoft sites around Ireland have incorporated elements of LARP into some of their special events and what they call MilSim
As for me, I am involved with Team Midway and we currently run a Sci-Fi Space Opera LARP called Gilgamesh
So, if you’re thinking about it and aren’t sure, all I can say is that you will get as much out of a LARP as you put in, so throw yourself into it and be careful where you land when it throws back! The few options I’ve mentioned above only represent a small slice of the sorts of LARP you can get involved in here in Ireland and indeed across the continent. Before you know it you could find yourself seriously contemplating €800 on a full set of plate armour.