What is a Live Action Roleplaying Game (LARP)?
A live action roleplaying game is somewhere between traditional pen and paper roleplaying games and improv theatre.
In these games, you create a character that fits the game you want to join. The creation of the character should be done with the advice of your storyteller. The background of your character is largely dependent on what you want to play and what your storyteller allows, but his/her capabilities are defined by a game system called a Storyteller System (TM), authored by White Wolf. In this system, you choose a set of abilities your character will have and record them on a character sheet, telling you how good your character is at certain things. Rulebooks sold by White Wolf define those abilities, and any reproduction of them here would be a copyright infringement.
Once your character is defined, you dress up like him or her, much like you would if you were acting in a theatre play. From then on, when you enter the game proper, you act in line with your character’s motivations and capabilities to the best of your ability, but you have no written lines: you must decide by yourself, on the spur of the moment, how your character would react in the situations that will occur in game, improvising while using your predefined character as a guideline.
Newcomers sometimes feel a bit scared at first, but it passes a lot more easily than stage fright does. If you are new to LARPs or roleplaying games in general, it might be a good idea to take another player as a mentor in the game, so that he/she can show you the ropes before you are set on your own.
Many of us feel that this Live Action Roleplaying is one of the most exhilarating experience games or theatre can provide. Its mix of theatrical grandeur and game aspects (where you want your character to succeed as best he/she can) is unique.
We hope you will join us in this grand adventure of roleplaying!