UPDATED April 6, 2009. For those who are role players in DnD, this article here will go hand in hand in learning about what LARPing is in further detail.
Original Article Below
LARPing is Live Action Role Playing. I didn’t know that is what this is called.
Most of us may know about the Star Trek Conventions. Many of the true-blue Star Trek fans will LARP into their favorite characters. They will learn their mannerisms, the talk or language of their character, and any thing else that is involved with their character.
Live Action Role Playing Events in Kansas
I do know that in Kansas there is the Renaissance Fair which is now held as the Sedgewick County Park. In prior years, it was held at Friends University.
The Renaissance Fair here in Wichita, Kansas, has Live Role Playing. Many of the participants dress up as their favorite characters of the time.
Another type of adult role playing is a local church put on a nativity scene every Christmas. People would dress as the three wise men, Mary, Joseph, and other people who are associated with this particular passage in the Bible.
My husband and I attended a Scottish event in the Southeast area of Kansas one year. This is another instance of adult role playing in Kansas. This particular group had the full dress of Scottish descendants. We watched the log tossing and axe throwing contests.
Just last year, The Rocky Horror Picture Show was at the Orpheum in downtown Wichita, Kansas. A friend of my daughter partook in the characters who run up to the stage in parts of the movies. Those who attend The Rocky Horror Picture Show as the movie watchers and participate in the audience are role playing. I went to The Rocky Horror Picture Show right after I graduated high school with some friends. We participated with the rest of the audience. It looks like I was a role playing and didn’t even know it.
DND, also known as Dungeon and Dragons is a LARPing event. This is one event my daughter has participated in with some of her college friends.
LARPing Events in Oklahoma
Then there are those have partaken in a mystery story. At one time in Guthrie, Oklahoma, they had a weekend event at one of their bed and breakfasts where the guests could be part of the mystery story for the weekend.
I know there is more to LARPing than I have mentioned in this article, but for those who are like me, may have not known what LARPing is or was.
Larping 101 Aliens in the Desert Blog provides more information on LARPing.
The Futon Critic on Wife Swapping A family of LARPers were on one of the Wife Swapping episodes.