LARP stands for Live Action Role-Playing, where a group of people get together to play a game by acting out characters. They dress up, and really try to be someone else for a little while. It’s like a play, only improvised; it’s like a game with rules, only people are the playing pieces.
So yes, it’s considered incredibly nerdy, but LARPers themselves consider that a badge of honor.
Full disclosure: I’ve never actually participated in a LARP before, nor have I even seen one in real life. And honestly most of me doesn’t want to. It’s a really weird activity that takes playing a game a bit too far, and the people who are regularly involved in it are kind of … intense.
But you know what? I’d be lying if I said I never wanted to try it… because a little part of me wants to. Makes sense, right? I like games, I like acting, I like fantasy worlds. It could be fun. But… I’m 35! You know, an adult! I’m all for imaginative playtime among children, but… adults? Really? Wow.
Yeah, I think I still want to try it.
So that’s another thing I’d rather be doing
now someday. Maybe. LARPing.