A live-action role-playing game (LARP) can be also referred to as LARPing. It a sort of role-playing game where the participants of the event will physically play their characters. The participants are going to pursue certain goals that are set inside the fictional setting that’s represented within the world of the game. The result of the player’s actions is often mediated through game rules set by gamemasters or the consensus of the players.
Every year, there are thousands of individuals who attend LARPing events or festivals. They would often bring their costumes, shields, armors, equipment, and their dedication to participate in the event. Their numbers still increase per year. For a newbie, getting to your first LARP event is often intimidating and overwhelming, especially if you’re not prepared.
Tips for First-time LARPing Players
Research or Ask About the Fictional Setting of the Event
Before getting to the LARPing event, it’s important and crucial that you simply know what the setting or event is all about. Newbies can study the settings, characters, backstories, game world, the combat types included, and the specific rules. You’ll discover certain testimonials that other LARPers share on social media or forums.
One can gain knowledge about the experiences in a LARP event by joining in forums or social media groups dedicated to LARPing events or LARP participants. Most of the members are excited at the prospect of a new person joining their community. They’re going to be very glad to share their experiences and teach the newbies. Don’t be afraid to ask people from the community as they’re going to more likely assist you.
Tag a Friend Along
Nothing calms the nerves of newbie LARPing players than having someone they know to tag along for the event. Bringing a family member or someone familiar will lessen the strain and can assist you to feel at ease in the activity much easier. Having a friend by your side will help calm your nerves. It’ll also make the event more fun for you as you’ll share their enjoyment, without the nerves that may ruin the fun.
If You’re Unsure, Start By Playing a Non-Player Character
Non-player characters are characters that are within the fictional world and a part of the setting. Unlike, player characters (PC), NPCs don’t have a personality arc that develops inside a game which can be great for first-timers. As an NPC, newbies can observe what goes on in a LARP game. This may prepare them for the other events that they’re going to attend in the future.
When you play an NPC character, it will fit into the fictional world of the game, genre, setting, and rules. If you play as a PC, choose an appropriate backstory. This is the fun creative process in a LARPing event. Newbies can get inspiration from TV series, movies, and books. It’s something that they’re going to stick with as to how to develop their characters. Backstories also aid other LARPers to know your character.
Don’t Spend Too Much on Your Costume or Gear
For your first event, you don’t have to spend so much money on your gear, props, or costumes. First-timers are always advised to get the items needed by an NPC if you select to play it initially. Later on, you’ll grow your gear as you continue attending other future events. LARPing doesn’t need to be expensive, especially for a first-timer. You’ll grow your costume and gear collection as time goes on but as a beginner, it’s best to stay with the essentials for your character.
Do Not Drop Your Character For So Long While Inside the Game
The point of LARPing is to immerse yourself within the fantasy world as other equally passionate people participate also. It can ruin the game if there’s a LARPer who breaks character for an extended period of your time.
Some hardcore LARPers will never break character. They’ll get annoyed if a newbie will break character all the time. If there’s something non-related you would like to talk or ask someone, do it during breaks or step aside when nobody can hear it. First-timers are advised to not bring their electronic devices. Modern items must be put away for full fantasy immersion and escapism.
Every LARPer starts as a newbie. the most important factor is to enjoy the event. LARP is about bringing passionate people together. Participate and convey your creativity into your character.