Live action role playing, or LARP as it is in gamers’ lexicon, is when people decide to take the board role playing games outside and play the characters themselves. Scandinavia is one of the most active role playing areas of the world. It comprises the three kingdoms of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. It is a historical and cultural-linguistic region in Northern Europe characterized by a common ethno-cultural North Germanic heritage and related languages.
Enthusiasts enjoy LARPing because these role plays make them feel excited and in a way, they can make their fantasy into reality. Not only that, it is also an art. LARP started in the early 80’s in England, USA, and Australia. There is nothing you cannot play and any topic in a film is a good topic for a role-playing game.
The annual conference “Knutepunkt” is an important meeting place of LARP’ers in Scandinavia. Danish LARP association “Eidolon” set up a meeting in October 2008. Apart from discussions, they also played role plays and learned new skills in workshops. The main idea of the workshops is to make the fights look realistic. This is where they learn the stunts they can use in their role-playing games. It makes their experience even more exhilarating. The participants just need a great imagination and some supplies from game masters.
To play LARP, they will need a minimum of two people and a maximum of four thousand participants. The game masters may use basements or bigger venues like a medieval castle, a factory, or a hotel.
The great thing about LARP is that it is a way to make reality and fiction meet again. People wear costumes and they get into character when the game starts. Osterskov Efterskole in Northern Denmark is a place where fiction and reality meet. In this place, students learn the same as in traditional schools. They do it through role-playing in all subjects. The students fulfill the tasks being the characters of the story. It is believed that role-playing will boost a person not only in fact-finding but also in developing their ability to work in groups.