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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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Is a CO2 fire extinguisher safe to use indoors to represent offensive magic or breath weapons in LARP?

In short: my friend, who is also a LARP organizer, has come up with the idea of representing breath weapons and some kinds of offensive weapons (those that are represented by a "cone template" in many ...
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How can I accurately capture the fun and challenge of computer hacking in a LARP?

Occasionally, I like to do CTFs. For the uninitiated, a CTF is a computer security challenge in which a bunch of computer systems are left deliberately vulnerable, and participants exploit those ...
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How should I handle signalling & costuming for an “ascended mook”?

I am a crew member with a LARP system. When I'm playing a minor NPC who isn't very important to the wider plot, I have some fairly standard and basic kit that I just throw on. If I'm a labourer, I've ...
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What is a LARP association?

In one of my recent LARP questions @Ifusaso asked me in the comments: It may help to know what group/association/system this is in (Black Company? Nordic LARP?) However, I would like to know what ...
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How do I get my players' LARP characters to not be a bunch of murderous cretins?

Just as many typical RPGs teach us that violence can solve most problems and that a (truly) dead enemy poses no problems, LARPers around my area (Moscow, Russia) are typically very quick to kill ...
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How to handle falling down during LARP combat?

I am currently working on writing the combat rules for a Dishonored LARP with a team, and we are stuck on how to proceed with a certain point: handling falling. Sometimes during LARP melee combat my ...
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How do I promote the use of crossbows instead of bows in LARP?

Preamble Around my area (Russia), the bow and crossbow energy in LARP is mostly limited by their draw weight, which is around 16 kg for bows and 18 kg for crossbows. However, bows usually have a lot ...
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How can one increase arrow's energy without increasing bow's draw weight? [closed]

Most LARP rules around my area (Russia) limit bow strength by its draw weight, using a spring scale to measure the draw weight when the bow is fully drawn with the arrows that are to be used in LARP. ...
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How do I deal with a friend constantly changing the rules and claiming my characters? [closed]

On behalf of my 12 year old daughter: My sister and I LARP with a friend based on different shows we watch (Glitter Force, Sailor Moon, and others). We have a lot of fun coming up with different ...
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Are anti-personnel catapults used in LARPs? [closed]

In a previous question I saw that cannons do exist in the world of larping, used against gates and castles but not against people. Are there things like catapults that target people instead of gates ...
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What is jeepform / vi åker jeep?

Some games are occasionally termed jeepform. I have also encountered the Swedish phrase "Vi åker jeep" (We travel with/by jeep), which seems to refer to the same thing. There is even a website, which ...
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How can I represent a large body of NPCs in a vote?

I run a large (20+) person Chronicles of Darkness larp. Our story centers primarily on rebuilding the Night Congress, a supernatural organization that keeps the peace between the large population of ...
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Templates for character badges for a larp [closed]

I'm getting ready to run a LARP event at a convention and I want to make badges for people to wear with their character's picture and name so that other people can tell which character they are. How ...
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How can I help inexperienced LARP crew to speak confidently?

I've been crewing as part of a particular LARP system for a while now. The roles I play are almost invariably handed to me. I'll frequently have a short brief and 5 minutes of prep before it's ...
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How do I safely paint a latex-coated larp weapon?

I am trying to re-paint a cheap, kind of ugly weapon I bought somewhere, but I can't seem to find online what kind of paint or mix I need to paint over the current color. It says on the site I ...
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Creating otherworldly opponents on a (time) budget

For an upcoming LARP event we want to introduce a horde of demonic/otherworldly/non-human opponents that our players will have to fight at some point. Due to how we are organised we, the organizers, ...
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Why are rogues always depicted wearing so many belts? [closed]

I have no idea where to put this, but I had a player ask a really good question about rogues: Why are they always depicted wearing so many belts? I've been googling this for a few hours, and while I ...
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Designing LARP player factions [closed]

Background I am co-organizer of a yearly fantasy LARP. Over the last five years we have built up a story and setting, which came to a cataclysmic end this year. We all decided that this story arc is ...
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Are Polypropylene training weapons safe for LARP?

Cold Steel (as pictured above) and other companies make polypropylene training weapons. Are these safe to use when LARPing?
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Determined but Terrified [closed]

A few days ago I stumbled upon LARPing, and was instantly drawn in to it. The clothes, the characters, the weapons, the stories, all of it. But, of course, if there were no problems, I probabky wouldn'...
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How could I phys-rep a swarm of flying creatures?

Suppose my referee friend wanted to send a swarm of bees, bats, crows, or some other small flying creatures at some players. How could he simulate something that'd evoke the right reactions? The ...
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Prop Coins: How to get many coins for little (real life) money? [closed]

This related question on prop coins inspired me to revisit an old problem we're having at a fantasy LARP I'm co-organizing. So far we have not yet found a currency which we can use throughout the ...
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LARP Cannon with actual projectiles

This years story of our fantasy combat LARP features the siege of a city. Eventually this will culminate in a battle, where there is an actual siege of a palisade-type fortification, including siege ...
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How deep information should players have in a political negotiation-focused edu-larp?

I am considering an educational larp, perhaps even suitable for a lesson of one and half an hour in length at gymnasium (roughly: high school) level or at yläkoulu (roughly: middle school) level, ...
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Taking Larp sword in plane cabin [closed]

Is it possible to take a foam boffer sword on a plane without checking in the suitcase?
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Is expanding foam a suitable material for LARP weapon construction?

I've seen a few images on Pinterest (unfortunately all go through to dead links) that show people making the general shape of a weapon with expanding foam, then carving the excess off. Hers an ...
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Is there a Fate LARP?

I was wondering whether there is a LARP implementation of Fate Core or Accelerated anywhere? I did take a look at Fate SRD, but they don't seem to mention that. I am really curious at this point, ...
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Larping space and recruiting help [closed]

I am setting up a LARP meet up with a friend.We have most of our supplies like weapons and costumes,but our main problem is finding a safe place to larp.The only place that resembles a woodland area ...
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Small-Scale Steampunk LARP for beginners

I am looking for a LARP rules set that allows me to run a relatively small (in the order of magnitude of 20–25 people) game with the following parameters: It works with a steam punk aesthetic. It ...
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How to make sure items are untradeable? [closed]

In RuneScape, certain items such as skillcapes are untradeable. This is because someone with 99 Attack shouldn't trade a skillcape with a lvl-3 for obvious reasons. How can we ensure someone with a ...
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How do I convince players that I'm not necessarily a murderous cretin?

I am a crew member with a sci-fi LARP system. Rather than having a player character, I usually play as a disposable mook, and my characters spawn in, attack the players, then die in an entertaining ...
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What is the most widely used safety standard for larp weapons?

I'm trying to find the most widely used published safety standards for larp weapons. The pretty latex covered ones, not the ones that are tape covered pool noodles. Ideally this will include: ...
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Are there any generally accepted standards for larp weapons? [closed]

Many historical and fantasy larps use latex covered foam weapons for combat simulation and some of these larps (presumably) have minimum standards for these weapons. I know that many games have ...
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LARP: Group psychology in antagonistic player groups

I am part of a GM committee which organizes a yearly 3 day LARP near my hometown and it has been going on for quite a while. The setting is a custom made low-magic fantasy world, and the rule system (...
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How do I make it absolutely clear that I'm shooting you in the face?

I play live action roleplaying games (LARPs), where myself and the players around me adopt actual physical characters. I've had a problem in the past where I hold a gun and want to shoot someone, ...
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Is there some ready-made LARP scenario suitable for complete beginners?

I would like to introduce my friends to role-playing games. I have played some D&D and a few parlour LARPS organised by other in the past, now I'm thinking about organising something for friends ...
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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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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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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 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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What's the name of the game about LARP de-briefings?

Players sit or stand in circle. Each player gets a note with something they must include in their de-briefing. Then, in order, they start telling what they liked or didn't like about this LARP that's ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...