LARP stands for “Live Action Role Play.” Under the proper definition of the term, LARP’ing or LARP means you and other people are getting together to Role Play. A movie in a way is LARP’ing (but only in a way). Unlike a Movie, LARP’ing is usually not scripted (for the players), you have goals you are trying to achieve, and at its heart, it is, in fact, a game! Rules can vary from event to event and be simple to highly complex.
Usually, any LARP event will have rules of some type to make the event feel like at the same time you are playing a game or immersing you into a story. The stereotypical example of LARP’ing would be when people that play Dungeons and Dragons may get together in the woods and dress up. Perhaps instead of dice to perform “rolls,” they use Paper, Scissors, Rock, Lizard, Spock.
This of course then leads to the accessories one will use when LARP’ing. As you can imagine, Garb completely falls into a desirable product for this hobby, and in turn, this hobby is very instrumental in helping drive that market.
With all of those things said, the thing that will jump out to the forefront of many people’s minds when the word “LARP” is used is foam weapons! Foam weapons have been around and are utilized for a lot more then LARP’ing as you know. What LARP has done though is elevated the foam weapon to a whole new level.
Special shafts made out of Fiberglass or other materials, measured foam densities, thickness, and weights. The purpose to be to create equipment that you can SAFELY BEAT someone else with, will NOT hurt them, and feels like the real thing! In fact, some of the highest quality LARP’ing weapons be intentionally made to replicate the actual thing for practice and sparring purposes.
PRODUCT CARE, PRODUCT CARE, PRODUCT CARE! All of that technology going into crafting you replica weapons that are as much artwork as function also means more money. As such you want to be sure to take proper care of it! The Foam and latex breaks down over time. Following the regular maintenance instructions on a bottle of protectant is a must!
I, Stile Teckel, Hereby dedicate this guide to the Shroud of the Avatar Convention. AKA SotA Con. A huge thank you to those involved with the convention who approached me with the idea of creating this guide, as well as providing suggestions and feedback.
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