An acronym for "Live Action Role Play". A style of roleplaying game where players use movement, costuming, props, and scenery to enhance the experience. LARP often, but not always, has players perform or simulate the actions of their characters.

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“Phys-repping” a large creature at a LARP?

A 'phys-rep' is something used by a LARP to phys-ically rep-resent something that isn't present at a game. For instance, in a local system I play in, a red hat "phys-reps" being invisible. (I don't ...
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Are there any serious smartphone apps for handling combat in a LARP situation?

I've seen several apps that aren't seriously meant to be used - are there any ones which are meant to be used, and have actually been used by players?
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What essentials do I need on the site of my LARP?

I am planning on holding a 20-50 person LARP near my home in England. I would like to know other than notifying the Emergency services (police/ambulance) that I'm holding the event and where it is, ...
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How can you balance a system without making it bland?

In one of my long-term PvP LARP games, we've done a lot of work trying to balance the system we're using, either by banning certain "classes" or "powers" or by altering their specs slightly to make ...
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Any tips for two-weapon training in LARP?

At my local LARP I have a character with a skill called Ambidex, which lets him swing two weapons round like a boss. It doesn't however help me with fighting, and I'm just not that great. I've seen a ...
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How do I role-play as a dragon?

I have an NPC in our game that is called a "drake," but in terms familiar to most of you, he would probably be considered to be a dragon. In our game, drakes are classified based on the plane that ...
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How can I safely represent non-combat fire magic?

I'm looking for something to visually represent non-combat fire magic. It needs to be small enough to carry discretely, short range (to reduce the risk of setting people on fire), cool- flames and ...
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How should I handle nerfing a player for the purposes of game balance?

Background I run a Live Action Role-Playing game on a monthly basis (from March through November) for anywhere from 10-30 PCs (with 3 other Plot members and anywhere from 0-10 NPCs). The majority of ...
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When is a shield wall a viable tactic?

I have often seen 3-4 people try to form a small shield wall but it falls apart. From this I would have to guess that this is not a viable tactic, at least not with those numbers of people involved. ...
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What to bear in mind when I make banded mail?

I've been planning on making some banded mail for a long time, and I've found some aluminium to make it out of. I'm looking to use 2 sheets of 1000mm by 250mm by 1.2mm aluminium, and a 12 in 6 ...
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What is a good mechanic for a test of will power?

I like rules-light larps and I like larps where abilities can be resolved in real time without needing an artificial mechanic like paper-scissor-rock or some kind of card system. Combat is ...
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How can large weapons be used in a small forest?

My main LARP character has a honking great 6'6" Dire Mace as his paladin weapon (Read; attuned to so cannot be replaced with a smaller weapon). Our LARPs are commonly in small forested areas making ...
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For a group of 20-50 people, what would be some apocalyptic survivalist LARP set ups that would work with the group size and skill level?

Next year for our high school reunion, my wife and I are considering the possibility of doing an apocalyptic-themed survivalist LARP at a camp in the middle of nowhere Colorado. This is something that ...
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What collaborative mapping software would meet my needs?

Background I am the head of plot for a boffer LARP that runs monthly. A given game has anywhere from 10 to 50 players. We have around 5 people that run plot. I need the entire plot team to be able to ...
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How can I use lights at night without breaking immersion?

What techniques do people use at a LARP to provide light at nighttime without breaking immersion? Especially when some players complain about ruining their 'night vision'. There are some constraints, ...
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Making an actual system for “playing war”

When I was a kid, we used to play soldiers on a field outside the school. We would make our own toy guns out of wood and make camps, sniping each other in the tall grass. It was a bit like a ...
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What are the most popular/well known larp systems that meet our requirements?

We've got a local LARP group in my area and we've been struggling with getting a good set of core rules. We've borrowed for a few system, but none of them seem to fit exactly what we want to do. ...
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Best practices for balancing separate enemies in an encounter?

I'd like to run a game where a Mage has killed a necromancer, who has re-animated himself and is after the mage. The mage himself is evil. The necromancer makes up the majority of the session. The ...
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What different styles of LARP combat exist?

I've been seeing a lot of variety in the answer to my questions about LARP, some mentioning NERO and Amtgard. Others saying things about Light-touch and lightest touch. Some conflicted ideas about ...
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Will a silicon spray really keep my weapon healthy?

Silicon spray is often touted as keeping Latex larp weapons in good condition, but how effective is it? Is it worth the money? What environments does it protect against? Please note, I mean this ...
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How to force a group to choose a leader?

We have a LARP group which is composed of experienced players but has a major drawback, it has no leader. It kinda works for the group, but every decision which needs to be made yields lengthy ...
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What's the best practice for an Indie-LARP?

I'm starting a Sci-Fi LARP near where I live and so far only my close friends are going to attend, What would be the best way to increase my player-base? Also it'll be my first event that I've ...
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Advantages and disadvantages of using props to represent Magic at larp?

As the question says I'd like to know what the advantages and disadvantages of using a prop for magic spells are. I'm specifically interested in the idea of throwing bean bags at people, and why it ...
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How can I make rituals convincing and evocative?

Most LARP systems feature an option for ritual magic; Long drawn out magic scenes involving a variety of actions, words and props, as well as having to fit to specific timings (longer rituals for ...
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How could I procure an Illithid mask?

I'm playing going to be playing Elementum, a LARP (or in french, Grandeur Nature) on the south bank of Montreal. Their rulebooks account for Illithids (mind flayers), which seem to be really fun to ...
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How do I patch up my weapon?

The other week I caught my larp weapon on a barbed wire fence, and it cut a tiny notch into the face of it. No foam was pulled out but it left a mark. This is the sword as it appears from the ...
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How do I estimate puzzle durations?

I'm looking to run an immersive/ARG style LARP and I'm trying to block out the time that I'm estimating players will spend on different tasks. One part of this is going to involve puzzle solving, and ...
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What content and format does a MET: VTM character submission need?

I'm about to start playing a Mind's Eye Theatre Vampire the Masquerade game using the rules from the "Blood & Betrayal: Secrets of the Grey Ghost" preview packet, and I need some help to create my ...
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What should I use to represent the Stronghold point in my LARP?

My Sci-Fi Larp system is faction based, The team with the most territory at the end of the event (day/weekend) gains additional points towards character progression as well as in game Credits, this is ...
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Should a dedicated sword-and-boarder use their on or off hand for their shield?

At LARP I mostly see people who focus on Sword and Board (or Sword and shield as it's sometimes known) holding their shield in their left arm, sword in the right. I'm sure I've heard some historical ...
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Recommendations for murder mystery party

I want to run a murder mystery party. Basically, a party where, in addition to all the drinking and dancing, there's also a murder investigation LARP going on. At first, I was thinking of designing ...