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DnD & Larp 6 Years, 2 Months ago Karma: 26  
Hi

A friend of mine is writing an article about larp, and two of his questions were:

"Dungeons and Dragons was the first commercially available role playing game - is this heritage still apparent in today's LARP?"

"Are there any LARPs that inhabit the same worlds as tabletop RPGs?"

Anyone care to venture a response? My DnD experience is limited!

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#10366
Re:DnD & Larp 6 Years, 2 Months ago Karma: 12  
There are two seperate aspects of LARPs that are worth considering here:

IC Worlds

Not all LARPs are fantasy based - there are Vampire, Wild West, Steampunk etc systems that abviously wouldn't share much of a heritate with D&D. For those that are fantasy based though, I would say that they are heavily influenced by D&D. But having saif that, given that originally, D&D pretty much took all og it's inspiration from Tolkien, you could prehaps argue that that's where Fantasy Larps really get their influence from Middle Earth. (Just look at HQs realm of Thranduil!) If a sound-byte was required, I'd say the influence was from Tolkien via Gygax.

OOC Mechanics
I think the influence here is much more overt. Hit Points, Armour Class, Levels; Fighters, Magic Users, Priests and Theives; The "Quest" plot construction are all pretty much a direct lift from D&D.

LARP didn't have a single point of origin, but certainly some early Larp started as desktop players sought to use real combat as part fo their table-top sessions (at least according to Wikipedia.) This may not have been D&D sessions, but even if it were Runequest or something else, these all came from D&D pretty much anyway.

So, the worlds came from Tolkien and the game mechanics came from D&D...

And in answer to the second question, I'm not aware of any, though there are LARPs based on the TV Show Stargate and even one based upon the Fallout computer game. There must be others.
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Re:DnD & Larp 6 Years, 2 Months ago Karma: 6  
The company White Wolf had their "World of Darkness" - a single game world in which all of their tabletop products as well as a number of (usually non-combat, weird hand-waving) Larps were set.

Vampire the Masquerade was the most famous of these.
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Re:DnD & Larp 6 Years, 2 Months ago Karma: 26  
Thanks guys for your helpful answers!
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