I am a LARPer. I came to it through table top role-playing (stuff like Dungeons and Dragons). The great thing about role-playing is that the players' imaginations get to interact with one another. LARP takes that one more step, and we get to act out what we are imagining. For years I thought that the LARPers were just a freakier version of table-top gamers, but it took just one weekend and I was hooked. I learned pretty fast that the people who come out to LARP are generally very imaginative, interesting and lovely people.
If this story sounded at all interesting to you, I highly recommend that you give it a try. You don't have to make a huge investment. You can get the supplies to make weapons at any hardware store. Go to a fabric store and grab a few things from the sale bins to make some clothes and head on out. The worst thing that will happen to you is that you'll come home and have a really funny story to tell at a party.
My son played LARP in high school. My house was an alternate LARP location. Parents were present when a game was hosted. They were at my house (smaller than the others) when the usual usual homes were not available. Many of the players were in the HS drama club. I got to meet the player. I think it ican be a healthy way to socialize.
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