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A LARP is a live action role-playing game in which participants physically interact with each other, taking on the roles of characters. The word is coined from the first letters of the phrase live action role playing. LARP may be used as a noun or adjective. LARPer is a noun used to describe one playing a LARP and LARPing describes the process of playing. LARP may be spelled lowercase as in larp, but in most cases LARP is capitalized, with the derivatives spelled in uppercase and lowercase letters.

LARPing began in several different places throughout America, Europe and Australia in the late twentieth century. The first recorded LARP group was founded in 1977 in the United States of America, its play focused on fantasy battles. Next, U.S. science fiction conventions ran role-playing games and in 1982, the Society for Interactive Literature was founded. Also in 1982, in the United Kingdom, the first British LARP game, “Treasure Trap”, was formed. The next year, LARPing made its way to Australia.

LARPers participate in the games for fun, acting practice, or to learn history in an amusing way.


LARP weapons are made of PVC pipe and wrapped in foam-core and plastic. (Business Insider)

The event is a LARP (live-action roleplaying game) in which “Potter” fans can travel to a castle in Poland and pretend to be professors, students, and other characters at the imaginary Czocha College of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  (The Christian Science Monitor)

Claus Raasted of the Danish LARP organisation Rollespilsfabrikken, which runs the College of Wizardry as a not-for-profit event with Polish LARP group, Liveform, told the Telegraph that he he has been speaking to Warner Bros since first contacting them in December after the volunteer-run College of Wizardry gained worldwide fame. (The Telegraph)

Perchance to Dream: LARPing Hamlet at Castle Elsinore (The Atlantic)

District officials declined to confirm social media reports that the noodles were part of a massive live-action role-playing, or LARPing, match that had been planned in the school cafeteria as a senior prank, according to (The Texas Observer)

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