"Live Action Role Playing." In the TRS sense, it refers to someone agitating for impossible political reforms. Subject to overuse. Tread lightly. We all LARP to some extent.
LARP is an acronym for Live Action Roleplay. Thus the act of going to LARP is LARPing or Live Action Roleplaying. We just like to call it larping. Many people ask “What is larping?” and truthfully it’s tough to come up with a larp definition. At it’s simplest you could say that larping is a continuation of a table-top roleplaying game that people choose to act out by becoming a character and staging a fantasy world experience in which their character lives. But larping is more complex than that. There’s more that goes on at a larping event than simply a game. In an effort to explain this we created a series of posts titled “What is larping?”. Below is our effort to describe the phenomenon and experience that is larping. In the end it’s not a complete definition of larping. What larping is and will become is an open conversation that we’d like you to participate in.
A live action role-playing game (LARP) is a form of role-playing game where the participants physically portray their characters. The players pursue goals within a fictional setting represented by the real world while interacting with each other in character. The outcome of player actions may be mediated by game rules or determined by consensus among players. Event arrangers called gamemasters decide the setting and rules to be used and facilitate play.