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The Truth Behind Live Action Role Playing
Is Role Playing Really Role "Playing"?
Have you ever live action role played before? It is a pass time many enjoy and even more take seriously. What is it that makes role playing so addictive? This so called "game" has people from ages 5 to 95 "playing". Out of all the different types of games out there, there has never been a following with such a large age range. Take Candy Land for example. Young kids start playing this game and most by the disappointing age of ten, do not what anything to do with it. Many people say "Grow up already!" or "I am too old for this game anymore." When people reach the age of maturity they tend to leave their self, behind with them. It usually takes someone a whole lifetime to find themselves again. Then why is live action role playing admired by all ages? It is because this "game" is a game changer!
Live Action Role Playing or LARPing for short, is a game where all ages dress up in costumes and role play a fictional character they created. Costumes vary from simple store bought outfits to hand woven wardrobes. The main purpose of creating your own attire is to help define who you are as a character, as well as set the time period. There are many LARP groups that form themed events where players battle with blunt swords and other weaponry. The fun of LARPing is you can be whoever you want to be and wear whatever you want to wear, all the while playing with others who want to do the same.
The reason why people love live action role playing is because they have an excuse to be themselves. Under this "game" grown men and woman find their childhood dreams and live life as if they were a child again. Some are afraid to "play" because they do not want to be mocked or ridiculed by their friends. While others say "Hey it is just a "game" guys, ok?" Usually people are so desperate to "play" the "game" that they will use this excuse. What does this mean? Why do grown ups loose their love for games? And why is this game so different?
The truth of the matter is this: all people love playing games, you just have to find yourself first. Real life role playing is not a game. It is 5 to 95 year olds being kids. When it comes down to it, we are all little kids just wanting to play Candy Land for the twelfth time. :-)