LARPing is critical to the success of the future
Live Action Role Playing (heretofore referred to as LARPing or larping) is fundamentally critical to the success of the future. It is the bridge between every race and class in this world. Anyone, anywhere in the world has everything they need to do it at a moment’s notice. It does not care in the least how young or old, healthy or sick you are, and in many cases, it does not even matter what language you speak. All you need to know is how to play. As long as you participate within the framework of any given larping scenario, you are an active part of the game, building the experience for the other players around you. It doesn’t mean you will be great at it, it doesn’t mean you will be the brave hero in every story, and for thousands of players all over the world, you may never fight a single monster or finish a single quest. You will have simply taken another step on your journey, experiencing something deep and rich along the way.
The ability to transcend time and space, remove and rebuild social constructs as you see fit, these are not tools to be taken lightly and they come with some responsibilities for those of us who feel called to organize and support this community. It takes a lot of work and a lot of effort to keep a LARP community engaged, but the rewards are rich and lasting. A community that grows and plays together can experience wonders that literally cannot be found anywhere on the planet. By combining the imaginations of human beings, each infinite in its own way, the endless possibilities for exploring together can become the basis for friendships that last a lifetime, through thick and thin.
My name is Clinton Graybill and I’ve been larping for over a decade. I direct a live-action role playing theater company called Epic Adventurez and we’ve been directing events for adults and children all over the greater Philadelphia area for the last five years. Our core belief is that through play we can dissolve the barriers that plague or society and allow ourselves to become more than we think we can be. I’d like to explore the power of LARPing, its unique properties that make it perfectly suited helping both the introverted to look outside of themselves and the extrovert to learn to care about their own needs instead of being so interested in others. Larping gets the nerdy bookworm outside running around and the sporty jock dressing up and pouring his heart out. It is the bridge we want, it is the game we need, I believe LARPing is critical to the success of the future.