Live Action Roleplay?
Yes it’s a geeky hobby
(aren't we all geeks in the end?). Its taking up to much of my time and too
much of my cash…..but I love it…! What’s it all about? Good question, you
get an idea from the videos on this page,but to explain more...
Here we go...
Its hard to describe
to some-one who has never done anything like tabletop Dungeons and Dragons
( Game that came out many years ago where you play a character and roll dice
), theatrical acting ( To be or not to be ), paint balling/laser quest ( I
got gun, I must shoot people ), or Historical re-enactments ( Real armour,
real weapons, real food, real smell ;) and fake dieing, all done for a big
audience ). It’s a mixture of all four, but with a distinct difference.
First is – You take
on the roll of a character, the character depends on what type of system you
are playing and how far your imagination/ cash will go. You play all the intricacies
that living the day to day life of your character needs, Eating, Drinking,
Socialising and Fighting, all within a set place and time period eg: an evening
in the local pub ( with permission of the landlord of cause ) or a weekend
away to the local scout camp. Live Role-playing in a pubic place is seriously
Second is – You are
set in an imaginary world, but it is replicated in real life through physical
representation. For example wearing costume, fake ( but usable ) weapons,
equipment and monsters….yes people dressed as monsters/ non-player-characters
( NPC’s ).
Thirdly – There are
rules and there are referees/ marshals that police the game, but most of the
time you self-police – yes cheating does occur and is not really in the spirit
of the game, very like any physical sport….
Fourthly – You fight
for real using specially made weapons, made of foam and latex, using very
strict rules so nobody gets hurt. Each monster and character has a thing called
stats that represent how good it is. You have these stats available on a battle
board or character card, but most of the time it’s easy to remember.
To put this a little
simpler – think of your favourite historical/ TV/ film/ fantasy/ sci-fi character,
imagine if you yourself could be that character, have their adventures, making
your own decisions and fighting your own fights – in a relatively safe environment
– then that’s live Role-play.