My partner and I are both sociable but shy types who have failed to get to know many people despite living in our town for a good few years. We’d like to get into doing some more social-type hobbies and one thing that really appeals to me is Live Action Role Playing — aka LARPing. I was one of those kids who loved playing make-believe games and dressing up, and was gutted when all my friends grew out of that. From what I’ve heard LARPing is basically for those people who didn’t grow out of it, so it sounds right up my street. Partner is not so sold but willing to experiment. But… it is scary! I know there are a couple of groups in our area, but what if I show up to a meeting and don’t know how to act and it’s all awkward and weird?
I know there are tons of LARPers out there. How do you find a good group? What should first-timers expect when they go along? Is it cool for us to turn up as a couple? What else should we know about testing the waters here?
Hey Zooey, I feel ya! LARPing looks awesome. I know a few people who partake of the LARP, and I asked them what they thought. Here’s their advice:
Look up the website for your local LARPing group of interest. Hopefully there will be a contact page. Hit ’em up and tell them you’re interested — even ask them some of the questions you have.
Or attend a battle and afterwards ask to talk to the “leader” about joining their ranks.
LARPing Homies, what is your advice to people who want to get in on the action?