This summer, I will be taking between 10 and 40 inner-city youth out LARPing once a week for around 2.5 hours a session. What can I do to make the experience more entertaining for them?
Basically, I work for a Youth organization and I have a decent amount of kids who LARP with me. Most of our stuff is pretty basic and fun, but I fear they are getting a bit bored as attendance has dropped a bit over the past couple months.
To combat this, I enlisted the help of a second staff, and we will now be going to a neary by park to play once a week. The park is cool, it has some tree coverage and old stone pathways and a little bridge. I figured the change of location would peek the interest of our players, but I want to be able to give them one hell of an awesome summer experience!
The weapons we have are mostly level 1 Boffer swords, the kinds made from pool noodles, tape, and PVC cores. They work well for the kids since they are pretty soft. But we don’t have much variety.
What are some ideas I can do to make the story more interesting or the game more engaging?
Phys-rep everything. Put your monsters in full makeup and costumes. Build a dungeon maze with tomato stakes or PVC pipe and black plastic tarp (or some other cheap mazey-making material) and make it as real as you possibly can.
Nothing makes the immersion of larping as fun as it can be like easing suspension of disbelief.
[–]shash1 3 points 4 days ago
Small sessions, low level equipment. Hmm here’s something
Play some bloodbowl. That is – find a suitable opening, mark a small playfield. Get/make a “ball”. Rules are simple – basic combat ones. Ball related ones – on every round ball it tossed in the middle of the field by the referee. The ball can only be carried by hand in an empty hand. Passing by throwing is allowed. Scoring is only done via a touchdown.
There ya go. thank me later.
[–]TonightsWhiteKnight[S] 1 point 4 days ago
AWESOME! So, if I understand, you could still lop of the other teams limbs or kill them in the middle of the game while they are running the ball?
[–]shash1 3 points 4 days ago
Well duh… thats why its called bloodbowl.
[–]Salaris 1 point 3 days ago
This is a good idea. There are some more formalized versions of this game out there, such as “Jugging” in Amtgard.
You can make changes to suit your needs, of course.
[–]brumguvnor 3 points 4 days ago
Circle of treachery!
Everyone stands in a circle and you can kill anyone you like; you can form alliances, gang up on people, turn round and backstab your partner: anything goes: last man standing wins!
[–]Lady_LARPer 2 points 4 days ago
If you’re going the short fun games route there’s always gladiator or kill your killer.
Gladiator is where you get all the participants to stand in a circle with all the weapons in a big pile in the middle. When the ref calls go everyone rushes in and grabs whatever weapon they can (if they can). Normally this is more dramatic with a wider array of weapons but lvl 1 boffers work too. Players can’t go past the original circle where they started and the last one standing wins 🙂 Really what makes the game is the ref calling out the action, and deciding the fate of the last battles victim like an actually gladiator match. That and the players who fall early continue to cheer on the remaining players.
Kill your killer is pretty much dodgeball rules. When you get killed you stand out, and can only re enter the game when the person who killed you gets killed by another active player. Simple rules, simple game, amazing fun. Last man standing wins.
Hope this helps, and good on you for introducing Larp to the next generation!
Post script fun fact; I fell in love with my soon to be husband during a game of gladiator. 🙂
[–]Valkeron 2 points 4 days ago
Shinobi hunt is always fun if you have a nice wooded area. split the group in half, or 1/3-2/3 the 1/3 being the shinobi, and send the shinobi out into the woods, the samurai count to 50 and the shinobi hide, standard killing rules apply and the shinobi get a backstab if they remain undetected. It’s like super intense team hide and seek.
[–]elosodiablo 2 points 4 days ago
I was going to mention Jugging, but Bloodbowl got mentioned and is probably way easier to teach and the kids will probably relate to it more.
[–]hyperspacedisco 2 points 4 days ago
How many experienced larpers have you got helping you? Do you do much in the way of RPing? Maybe increasing immersion might help keeping them interested?