Live-Action Roleplaying Games (LARPs)
What is LARPing?
Live Action Role Playing (LARPing for short) is sort of like acting out the characters in a book, except the book is missing all but the first few chapters. You are cast as a pre-created character with their own backstory, skills, goals, friends and enemies. You might have items in your possession to help you, or special abilities that you can use on your fellow players. You will act as your character would; pursue their goals, take the actions they might take, even try to talk as they would. (Although no one expects you to speak with a fluent Russian accent or anything). Games take place in one or more rooms, which represent locations in the game world: an office, a back alley, the surface of the moon, anything. LARPs can take place in settings that range from the fantastic, to the historical, to the far-flung future. Players play in games that last 2 or 4 hours, or sometimes in games that run across an entire weekend.
Dice Bubble 2015:
When/Where: February 13-15, 2015 at RPI's Carnegie Hall
Event Coordinator: John "Izzy" Isabella & Robert Wensley - firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: RPI's semi-annual weekend of minigames.
Link: To view the schedule or sign up, click here
All Quiet on the Potomac:
When/Where: April 3-5, 2015 at RPI's Sage Labs
Lead GM: Steve Kohler - email@example.com
Description: This semester, Lime Shirt is running All Quiet on the Potomac, an alternate-history game set during the American Civil War. After a major Confederate success, a Peace Conference has been called to discuss a possible peaceful resolution to the war between the Union and the CSA. Much of the game is drawn from actual, albeit somewhat obscure, history, mixed with politics, social intrigue, and of course, war. Characters range from the famous to the unknown, with everything in-between. The starting points may be historical, but the decisions are yours; will you change the course of history? Will the South never fall? Will the British come to save the day? Will Abraham Lincoln's hat get even more awesome? Only time will tell!
Link: To sign up, click here
Games we've run in the past
- Miskatonic Class Reunion - October 22, 2011
- Secrets of the Necronomicon - November 11-13, 2011
- Dice Bubble 2012 (Weekend of minigames) - February 10-12, 2012
- King's Musketeers - March 23-25, 2012
- Hart Manor (NRB Event) - August 22, 2012
- Marlowe 2020 (NRB Event) - August 22, 2012
- Uberman's Wake (NRB Event) - August 22, 2012
- The Final Voyage of the Mary Celeste - September 1, 2012
- Time Bubble 2012 (Weekend of minigames) - October 5-7, 2012
- Once Upon a Time in Tombstone - October 26-28, 2012
- Dice Bubble 2013 (Weekend of minigames) - February 15-17, 2013
- Haven - March 21, 2013
- Nexus - April 5-7, 2013
- Hart Manor (NRB Event) - August 21, 2013
- Marlowe 2020 (NRB Event) - August 21, 2013
- Blasters and Bug-Eyed Monsters (NRB Event) - August 21, 2013
- The Final Voyage of the Mary Celeste - August 31, 2013
- I was a Teenage Mutant From Outer Space! - Spetember 22, 2013
- Time Bubble 2013 (Weekend of minigames) - October 11-13, 2013
- Lace & Steel - October 25-27, 2013
- Dice Bubble 2014 (Weekend of minigames) - February 14-16, 2014
- Masks: Super Heroes Have it Damned Tough - March 28-30th, 2014
- Hart Manor (NRB Event) - August 20, 2014
- Marlowe 2020 (NRB Event) - August 20, 2014
- Blasters and Bug-Eyed Monsters (NRB Event) - August 20, 2014
- The Final Voyage of the Mary Celeste - August 30, 2014
- Time Bubble 2015 (Weekend of minigames) - September 26-28, 2014
- The Game of Empire - October 17-19, 2014
Who runs LARPs? Here at RPI, most LARPs are run by Lime Shirt Larping, a local organization currently headed by Steve Kohler, but anyone who wants to is free to run one. We also have two annual weekends of four-hour games called Dice Bubble and Time Bubble which take place in Fall and Spring Semester respectively. These events are headed by John Isabella and Robert Wensley, but the games are run by various members of the LARPing community.
Is costuming required? No. But it is encouraged. Costumes make it easier for other characters to interact with your character, and help you get into your character's state of mind.
If I'm in a game, do I have to stay the entire time? Generally, yes. Your character will most likely be involved in other characters' plots, and the removal of your character from the game could cause major issues. That said, if you absolutely need to duck out of game for a few minutes, let a GM know.
I was cast in a game, but now I can't come. What should I do? Please don't sign up for a game until you are sure you can make it. If you signed up for a game, we generally expect you to be there, as we have cast the game under that assumption and the removal of a character will most likely cause problems. That said, if an emergency comes up, let the head GM know ASAP. Don't let the first we hear about it be when you don't show up to the LARP, as there's very little we can do about it at that point.
Where are the armor and foam bats? You're most likely thinking of boffer style LARPing. While we have nothing against that style of LARPing, we generally don't run that style of games here.
How much will this cost me? Depends on the LARP. Most LARPs we run are free, others (mostly the weekend long ones) can cost up to $25. This is to cover the cost of printing (with 30+ players, there's a lot of paper involved) and usually includes at least one meal.
How can I hear about upcoming LARPs? The best way would be to get on our mailing list. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. To get more information on Dice Bubble or Time Bubble, e-mail email@example.com. Also check back here. We'll try to keep this page up to date.
I'm interested in writing/running a LARP. What should I do? That's great! Feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions, we're always happy to help new games get started. If you contact us, we can help you book rooms. We'll also post an announcement for the game here to help you get the word out.
This Page Last Updated 2/9/15
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