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Need research for a film I am making about LARPing 5 Years, 7 Months ago Karma: 0  
Hello fellow Larpers,

I am currently in the middle of pre-production on a short film I am making about a Larper character who sees it as a way of escaping his average everyday life at home with his single mum and lousy day job.

We are looking for some information from anyone about what motivates people to partake in Larping events.

Some other questions I would like to ask are:

Why do you do it?
How do you feel when in battle?
Do you always see a clear boundary between the Larping world and everyday life? This question is unique to the character in our film who does not see it this way.

These questions exist so that I do not stereotype our character or make him out of cliches. I want him to be an interesting conflicted character.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

Cheers.
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Re:Need research for a film I am making about LARPing 5 Years, 7 Months ago Karma: 2  
Hey

Why do i do it? because i find real life stressful and people stressful, this way i get to go with like minded people into a field and enjoy being someone else for a few days and being something different, thing the way to describe it is like the song dream warrior, (www.chivalry.com/cantaria) contemporary. its something that i think everyone craves at some point.
Feel in battle? When i do reenactment i fire rifles and sometimes swing a sword, when i'm in larp combat i can think strategy and i can think about how the character would feel. the adrenaline goes and all my mind is dedicated to one thing. its like ecstacy.
Do i see a clear boundry? My personal life in larp is kept seperate when it comes to my character only difference to my personality when i am thinking larp is i will often ignore people while on the forum unless someone directly talks to me. most larpers will not allow our daily life to become intertwined. it would cause a lot of problems and i can imagine it would also cause a lot of distress to the person due to humanities pre judgements and hard prejudices.
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Re:Need research for a film I am making about LARPing 5 Years, 7 Months ago Karma: 9  
Hi Jacoolh

Your best bet would be to come on an event as the written word (for me at least) can't adequately convey the answers that you seek. You'd get first hand accounts and alot more feedback from our club members. These forums are a limited source as not eveyone uses them to the extent that you would probably desire.

Depending on your timescales, check out the events calendar for future games. Also check out www.live-roleplaying.co.uk/ for dates.

My immediate thought having read your post is that the inference that larpers blur real life and fantasy is probably the oldest cliche and stereotype attributed to Larp. Changing the arena of your question, i've often wondered what it is about football that inspires people. Rumour has it that there are Larpers that enjoy the game but they rarely admit such to other larpers for fear of ostricisation (sp?) and ridicule!

Jokes aside, come on an event and you'll get more data than you can wave a rubber and latex covered carbon core at!

If transport is an issue, there are many of us able to provide lifts from various areas of the country.

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Re:Need research for a film I am making about LARPing 5 Years, 7 Months ago Karma: 2  
hey rich

they need to play rugby "real mans game." lmao.

no i am a fan of rugby but i do think people are silly to go make stereotypes on other people because of what they play or support.

But thats humanity.
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Re:Need research for a film I am making about LARPing 5 Years, 7 Months ago Karma: 8  
Got to agree with Rich, you'll find as many answers to those questions as role-players and the best way you can get an appreciation of the hobby is to take part.

RPGs have had a troubled relationship with film from the start. See "Mazes and monsters" with Tom Hanks. Most role-players are actually well adjusted with normal lives outside the hobby, From all walks of life. Sure it's an escapist hobby but that doesn't mean we are all desperately unhappy in real life, in the same way that those who watch films or read books or play sports as escapist pursuits. I have been live roleplaying for over 20 years and have tabletop roleplayed since the early 80's and have probably met hundreds of role-players and not a single one has ever had a problem with blurring real life and fantasy life. Problems of that sort would be indicative of real mental issues such as Schizophrenia. Yet as Rich points out that does seem to be the cliche to use when exploring RPGs on film along with the "problems in real life you need to escape" type of character

Anyway as Rich says text is a poor medium of communication for this topic, come along and meet the people at our events
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