Live Action Role PlayEdit
"A live action role-playing game (LARP) is a form of role-playing game where the participants physically act out their characters' actions. 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.
The first LARPs were run in the late 1970s, inspired by tabletop role-playing games and genre fiction. The activity spread internationally during the 1980s, and has diversified into a wide variety of styles. Play may be very game-like, or may be more concerned with dramatic or artistic expression. Events can also be designed to achieve educational or political goals. The fictional genres used vary greatly, from realistic modern or historical settings to fantastic or futuristic eras. Production values are sometimes minimal, but can involve elaborate venues and costumes. LARPs range in size from small private events lasting a few hours to large public events with thousands of players lasting for days."
In some LARP's combat is determined by dice or cards; however, in most games it is determined by simulated combat. Wandering Ronin is of the latter category.
"Foam Tag" vs "LARP":Edit
In some games, the term LARP is used very loosely. There is little to no actual role playing occuring: there are simply rules of combat and that is all. Such games are commonly known as "foam tag", due to the lack of any character development or character acting on the part of the participants. In other games, the term LARP is taken very seriously, to the point that ANYTHING that is said during the scenario is construed to be in character unless a specific signal is given and recieved before the words are spoken. Wandering Ronin falls between these two extremes. While we certainly want this game to have its share of lively characters on the field and at events, we do not stand on strict formality. Role playing is a way to earn awards: the better you are at it, the higher the award you can earn. However, it is not required: simply encouraged.