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Introduction to LARP

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Overview

This page is designed to help explain what live action roleplaying (LARP) is for people who are new to the hobby. If you are new to live action roleplaying and interested in the hobby then don't hesitate to contact us after you have read this introduction and we can answer any questions that you have.

FAQ

We maintain an FAQ of Questions frequently asked by new players which you may find answer some of your questions.

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What is Live Action Roleplay?

The most common question that people who are new to the hobby ask is what is live action roleplaying? A game with rules but no winners or losers, a performance with actors but no audience or script, it is often confusing to the newcomer.
Roleplaying literally means assuming or acting out a particular role. In live action roleplaying we take on a role or character for the enjoyment that can be had by acting out the role. One of the easiest ways to understand live action roleplaying is to look at the similarities with other hobbies.

Online Games

In online games players create a character who can explore the game world and interact with other players. The world is filled with challenges and dangers for the characters to overcome.
Live Action Roleplaying is just the same but it is all done for real. You dress, speak and act as the character you have created once the game begins.

Tabletop Roleplay Games

In tabletop roleplay games, you assume the role of a character you create, making decisions, responding to challenges and engaging in combat as though you are that character. If you've never played a tabletop roleplay game before, you may be familiar with Dungeons & Dragons.

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Live Action Roleplaying is, as online games, the same but it is all done for real. Instead of rolling dice to determine the outcome of an action, you determine the outcome bu doing it.

Acting

It is easy to understand the idea that actors take on the role of the part they are playing. Once they are on stage they act as if they were the character they are portraying, in some cases improvising their lines if needed.
When live action roleplaying, you will be both actor and audience, creating lines for your own character and witnessing the improvised words and actions of the other players in the game. just look at live action roleplaying as one giant improv.

How do you do it?

When you are live action roleplaying you simply pretend to be your character, then act and speak as your character would. Unlike other roleplaying games, you don't describe what your character is doing, instead you simply attempt the action. If you want to challenge another character to a fight, you must call them out, then draw your gun and try to shoot your opponent with it, or fire a psychic blast at them! We strive to make the imaginary world feel as real as possible for all participants, so ask players try to avoid references to the real world and instead remain in their chosen role as much as possible.

Is it difficult?

No. Anyone can roleplay, there is no skill or technique to learn. In essence it is no more difficult than the games of imagination like Cowboys and Indians that children play. If you are capable of pretending to be someone else then you can live roleplay.
Our live action roleplaying games have a set of rules, in the same way that sports like football or tennis have rules. Learning these rules can appear cumbersome, however, established players and crew are always understanding with new players who are still learning the rules so don’t be put off if you can’t remember them all. If you have any questions about the rules then you can find a referee to help, you'll see them wearing Hi-Vis jackets around site.

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What is the point?

Live action roleplaying, like acting, is enjoyable purely for its own sake. Most participants find that by immersing themselves in the character they have created, they can forget about the pressures of real life for a while. In the same way that an action film is different to a comedy or period drama, different games will offer different experiences. Some live action roleplayers enjoy the social interaction, some prefer the thrill of battle, or dive into the politics of the game, whilst others relish the opportunity to create and wear amazing costumes.
There is no winning or losing. Just as real life doesn’t offer clear cut win or lose situations, neither do most live action roleplaying games. However live action roleplaying presents opportunities that you could never normally experience, allowing you to become the protagonist in futuristic, historical or imaginary settings. In the end it is impossible to know whether you will enjoy live roleplaying unless you try it.

Can my character be anybody?

All live action roleplaying games have a setting that describes the world the game takes place in. If you think about a film, you wouldn’t expect Legolas to being fighting alongside The Terminator. You must create a character that is appropriate for this setting. By reading the description of the game world you can get a feel for the kind of characters that are suitable to play.
It is best to avoid trying to play a character taken directly from a film or book. It is much better to try and create a character of your own after you have read through the setting, although you may be inspired by a character you have seen or read about in comic books.

How does fighting work?

Live roleplaying games make use of special props that allow participants to fight each other safely. If you take part in a battle you can enjoy the thrill of actually wielding a weapon and experience the physical challenge of trying to strike your opponents while avoiding being struck yourself. The rules determine the effects of hitting an opponent and of being hit. If the character you are playing is killed then you can create a new character and then resume playing the game as someone different.

Battles can be exhilarating but they are not for everyone. Some people who attend events choose to avoid combat, preferring to focus on the social side of the game. Although you can never be sure what will happen to your character, most players who attend our events have little trouble avoiding combat if they make an effort to do so.

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If you have never done live action roleplaying before then we have experienced members of crew in each faction camp who will give you a quick lesson in how to fight safely at your first event. It only takes a few minutes to learn.

How do I get a costume?

If you take up a hobby like snowboarding or mountainbiking, you need to have the relevant clothing and equipment. Costume is very important in live action roleplaying because you need to dress as your character would. It is particularly important to avoid wearing anything that other players will see is inappropriate for the setting. For Future's End, this means nothing you'd see in a medieval setting, such as plate armour, shields, and ancient style clothing. You wouldn't see a modern day super hero wearing plate armour when modern kevlar is lighter, and stronger.

Some live action roleplayers enjoy making their own costume, and Future's End offers no end of creative outlets, anything from using Eva Foam to create power armour, to wings and horns used for creating an Ethereal character.

What is Future's End?

Future's End is a live action roleplaying game created by Future's End Events. Set in a world of aliens, mutants and superpowers, you play a superhero as part of one of 2 factions, Operation:Alpha, or Project:Omega. The world is changing, and Super Villains are working hard to bend the world to their whim. Players will take the fight to them, in whatever way they see fit!

You can read this basic overview of Future's End to get more idea about the game.