LARP stands for Live Action Role Playing. It’s where a bunch of people, likely between the ages of 16 – 45, get together and act as if they are warriors, wizards, thieves and elves, among various other types of fantasy species. Together they fight, throw pieces of paper in the air, and ponder over such ethical questions like, “If we don’t kill nature, how will we build our houses?”
Usually one of the elves or wizards has the ability to conjure video cameras from the future and record these battles. That same person also owns a PC and spends an afternoon adding hard rock music to the battles, highlights the various “serious scenes” and might even add in an effect or two.
In one case, I was inspired enough by a particular clip that I felt compelled to add some effects to it. With the help of the soundtrack of the movie “The Last Samurai,” an awesome quote by Sun Tzu I got from the back of the Ikaruga box, and a bit of technical modern day wizardry (After Effects) I was able to take your average lame LARP scene and make it into an above average LARP scene. Kudos if you spot the Grim Reaper from the original Castlevania.
I’m sure you have seen this clip in some form or another. You most likely saw the original clip before, and if you frequent the Smorgas Board often you probably saw this version before as well (no matter, it’s worth watching again, and again).
As you can see, I’m fascinated by LARP. Video clips like this are so amazing I can’t help but watch them over and over. Thanks to the mid 30s balding guy in a kilt, “lightning bolt” was stuck in my head for about a week of my life.
After doing some research, I found that there are many different types of LARPs. Here are some examples.
Some adult LARPers spread the love and force their children to take part in LARP activities. If you ever wanted your son to join the military, take him to a LARP event at the age of 10. He will never forgive you. Its okay, it’ll be better that he’s in the military, because he’ll be involved in things such as “real world conflict” and “real time gun fights.” He will be helping the world and his services will be appreciated.
Apparently Espionage LARPs were big in the 80s. I didn’t even know LARP existed in the 80s! Since sneaking is the name of the game, these LARPs can be played in what people like to call reality. See the guy across the room from you? He could be a spy. Tell tale signs of an Espionage LARPer consist of the following: bad BO, trench coats on top of a Zelda T-shirt, wearing sun glasses inside buildings. For gun fights, it is said that they would blast each other with various types of Super Soakers.
I would never take part in a game of LARP. However, as long as people keep doing it and putting it on the web, I’ll keep on watching it.