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The end of the winter season means the instant rush to engage in mortal combat. What is it about Larping that fuels us and drives this passion for making fools of ourselves, in a positive way, of course. We can debate the reasons for days on end, but ultimately it is an individual emotion that no one else but you can understand.
No matter your reason for this passion, one thing is for sure, all of us LARPers have one thing in common, and that’s pure anticipation for the upcoming season. Right now, as the sun begins to shine and the snow slowly melts, you are beginning to read up on the latest set of rules that your Larp chapter has released.
Spring is here, so you are now shopping at your favorite LARP store to find something new to add to an ever-growing wardrobe. Most of you probably are contemplating buying your tenth foam sword or your third medieval armor. Possibly some of you are perhaps attending some medieval banquet somewhere negotiating and creating treaties or trying to recruit your next guinea pig. As for the rest you want to test your luck by creating a new character, so you are now shopping for a new LARP to attend this year.
I consider a LARP to be similar to a family, where emotions run high and where fights break out sometimes ending in violence (Play violence). But mostly it is a place where a bunch of players with over-inflated alter ego’s gather to pound their chest and prove their bravery on the fictitious battlefield. Or where arguments are caused by imaginary people who you may or may not have seen because a devilish witch drugged you. Perhaps where you learn that your cousins gave birth last night to a demon whose name you cannot pronounce or simply that your father was the debt collector for the kingpin. Yup just like family, only this one I could always leave if it gets too crazy. But then again, the game is much more fun when things get crazy.
A LARP group considers themselves family because they tend to stand together and help each other when we are down, depressed, need help or wish to celebrate. It is incredible how different we can yet have a single common interest.
We forget who we are as individuals, and we are united together for the pleasure of causing conflict and discord. It is weird, but yet it seems to work. Where do you know that you can go to get yelled at, beat up and betrayed however make you closer to that person? I bet you can’t think of one real instance where this has brought you joy. Only in LARPing can we get that kind of camaraderie.
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