Role-Playing in the News
Aimee Heckel, who glorified NinjaFit in an article earlier, has done a story on LARP-ing, or Live-Action-Role-Playing. I have written a few live role-playing adventures and have acted at the local Renaissance Festival. Stage Combat for venues like this is very different, and actually even hugely different between a stunt show, which is what I’d call the Ren Faire,
and what a “fight” is in LARPing. Also, we use foam swords at the BQC and that’s even quite a different monster. What I dig here is the middle ground for geeks: I played lots of D&D as a kid, which is all sitting around a table just speaking, and I’ve also acted and practiced martial arts, which is all a physical manifestation of what’s happening mentally. What a LARP sitch could conceivably be to some is a balance of these things: as a Fantasy geek, you don’t have to have a lifelong, very physically challenging commitment to join, and yet you can’t stay sedentary–it’s like a geek happy medium.
Enjoy Aimee’s article about it: http://www.dailycamera.com/news/ci_13215918