My LARP history:
I played White Wolf LARPs weekly for several years (Vampire and Werewolf, including one immersive LARP event weekend in the desert that I adored). These regular games were fun, in the way interactive theatre always has been for me, but often ripe with teenage drama and unnecessary (out of the game) cowpoop.
Then I discovered New World Magischola (a psuedo-Harry Potter LARP), and Fedora and I attended two events, a winter break Yule weekend and a summer semester weekend. I fell in love with interactive theatre again, and made some amazing friends.
Since then, and especially since discovering Larp House, MoMo O’Brien, and The Irish Will on YouTube, I’ve been pining for more blockbuster immersive LARPs (to include SCA events and related immersive weeks/weekends).
There are a few out here in WA, but social situations in which I know no one intimidate the hell out of me. Also, the theme of the ones out here are….meh.
So here are my top 5 LARPs I would basically do anything to attend.
Downton Abbey, brought to life in a real (privately owned) Polish manor house! Bonus: in 2018, folks playing the downstairs servants get a massive discount (apparently I’m the only one who thinks playing a maid would be more fun?)
PIRATES. Although, to be honest, I’d also love to be one of the tallship’s regular crew/NPC for the LARP. Like, for months.
Part reality show competition, part twisted fairytale retelling, this game features puzzles, secret story arcs, *and* it’s still Nordic style (my favorite kind). It sounds pretty darned unique. This one is actually in the US!
The Harry Potter-esque Nordic LARP that started the modern Nordic LARP revolution- this one has had over 16 sessions and is still going strong, with people happily traveling all around the globe to attend. How could I resist that siren’s call?
This one is run by an NWM staff member I know and admire, and it’s an awesome concept- scifi world-settling LARP on a continuous storyline (so the second event happened 30 years after the events of the first, which means you can see the real ripple effect of actions and decisions you made last time). Also, it’s on the west coast, which means I could conceivably someday attend this one.
Playing a teen (or faculty) with superpowers in a world that views us with suspicion and fear, in an English country manor? Yes, please!
So if you could jump into any setting or story, and be one of the characters, what setting or story would you pick?
I’m a coffee-fueled, hobby-addicted bibliophage who makes cruelty-free mineral eye shadows (inspired by novels). I’m usually in front of a screen (writing, reading, or gaming), but I’ve been known to emerge for geekery, good food, and dark chocolate.