5 Tips for Beginning LARPers

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As a relative newbie to LARP, I’ve often wished I had known a few pointers here and there before I started.

So I’ve decided to put together a list of my 5 tips for beginning LARPers.

"It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to." – Bilbo Baggins

Dress up


Even if you don’t have a full blown costume, dressing up makes LARP more fun…for Everyone!

You can make a simple cloak, dust off an old Halloween costume (that fits the style of LARP you are playing!) or borrow something from a friend. Some LARPs even have costumes you can borrow if it’s your first game!
If you are interested in buying a costume, there are some great websites out there that are affordable and offer a wide variety of gear. Some of my favourites that I browse daily are Of Science And Swords, Epic Armoury, Arm Street and Medieval Fight Club.

Choose your weapon...wisely!


When you are learning how to fight in LARP, the easiest weaponry to hold is a short sword and a shield. Shields make it easier to defend yourself on the battlefield while you are learning your new combat skills, making you more effective on the battlefield. (ie you don’t die)

The last thing you want to do is pick something that will be hard to hold and you won’t know how to wield, so make sure you pick something that you are comfortable with.
Also, make sure it is made of LARP safe materials! Check out my review of my favourite sword from Epic Armoury, which is great for newbie LARPers!

Accessorize


Part of the fun in LARP (besides creating a character) is accessorising!

I love finding the right pack of accessories to help tell my character’s story, as well as help carry things during the game. A small leather pouch on your belt loop is almost always essential for carrying coins, or other trinkets.

Also a small pen and notebook for writing spells or other important story info that you can refer to later on.

Bring water/snacks


I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…bring water! Also a light snack to help keep you energised.

You’ll thank me later.

Know the rules


Above all else, read the rulebook and get to know the rules of your LARP. Most LARPs will have a rulebook online that you can read before your first game.

Knowing the rules will make the game more enjoyable, as well as keep the story telling more seamless.

The last thing you want to do is break character and ask someone what hit points mean, or what spell effects are!

Read the rules…your character’s life may just depend on it!

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