For a long time larp has been something that was done primarily out of sight at boy scout camps, masquerading at a local bar, and occasionally stumbling into the public’s vision at a local park. However, that’s slowly but surely changing for a couple of different reasons. The first is simply that many people who were exposed to larp years ago have now matured into their careers and life stages and are bringing their love of larp into their life. The second reason is that larp is entering into the media more and more all the time. Everything from TV shows on MTV, Disney and movies like Role Models to big exposure from books like Leaving Mundania by Lizzie Stark.
Larp as a Tool
Now that larp is making baby steps into main stream culture there have crept up some very interesting ways to use larp as a tool, primarily for teaching. There have been several different projects that we’ve seen using larp to teach kids varying skills or pieces of knowledge. This is a really cool use of larp and we hope there are more that come up on the future. Check out these two different projects:
According to their Kickstarter page, Hit Seekers is a “Hit Seekers is an educational live action role-playing game that aims to help students in mathematics.” Essentially, students take on the roles of music label executives and then take on the responsibility of developing an artist and then making as much money as possible for the artist and the record label. The curriculum helps students focus on their math skills and includes “royalty percentages, income projections, budgeting, word problems, ratios and rates, and, as they promote the albums at different (fictional) clubs in geometric shapes, area and even trigonometry problems.” Stuff most students won’t think about until long after high school. Consider donating to them.
Larp Adventure Program
Larp Adventure Program: Faros Trailer. This program is set in a sci-fi, fantasy setting and is part of the larpadventureprogram.com that also puts on summer camps for kids centered around larping. This is more of a personal development tool than it is for education, but is still really interesting as the students are participating in a really well laid out atmosphere and game program.