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April 2018

Before reading this, please take the time to watch the full video. I think it’s important to understand the context of my thoughts before reading them in full. 

You know, many times I sit down to watch this kind of video about LARP as I prepare a small pillowed area over my keyboard. This is of course to save both my face and the keyboard once I begin slamming my face into desk in utter aggravation and bewilderment that LARP could be misunderstood and misinterpreted so badly. Normally this type of thing is followed by angry ranting over the phone to our editor or director and asking how we can improve LARP’s public image to help people better understand it.

Another important thing about this video was the ability for the filmmakers and Lawrence Leung (Our narrator with the mad sword skills!) to look past the unimmersive elements of the event and really become engaged and taken over by the mood and adventure of the whole thing. The closing scene with the feast does an amazing job of capturing the difference in Lawrence Leung’s attitude and comfort level at the beginning of the event to the end.

Well, today I took a risk and didn’t prepare the pillow, and my trust fall of LARP representation was rewarded with this, a fantastic video that captures both the quirky and enjoyable side of LARP with the comradery and friendships that tie it all together.  We even got a chance to see a little “Winning by losing” as our Hero, The Elf Lord Elin Gelosai (I’m guessing on the spelling for that one) looses his duel with his brother, taking an epic strike to the body and his inevitable death.

LARP being represented in a positive light?!

WHAT DOES IT MEAN?!

Although this is not at all the first time we’ve seen LARP represented positively, it does mark a trend of more encouraging public relations between LARP organizations/players and the media. Whether this is a change in public perception due to more exposure to the scene, or a result of the “pop culture nerd appreciation boom worldwide” (I have no better term for that), this continuing trend of interested onlookers signals feelings of hope that we hope don’t disappear any time soon.

Leave a comment below with your thoughts on this video!

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Thomas Miller

As Creative Director of LARPing.org, Tom's time is spent doing everything from research, design, development, writing and editing. This Detroit native attends LARPs all over the US, and enjoys everything from Post-Apoc to Modern Culture LARP settings. He currently sits as Lead Plot and Story designer for The Voyage North.

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