When Not to LARP
A really superb checklist. I know waaaaaay too many people who take pride in being “hardcore” about attending larps when they’re sick or broke, perhaps not realizing the rest of us aren’t impressed by adults who don’t know how to take care of themselves (and put others at risk of illness). Fun is fun, I get it – I’ve been that college kid who spent money on larp when I should have allocated it elsewhere – but there’s definitely a limit.
When I was eighteen, any time I couldn’t make a LARP weekend felt like a cardinal sin. I wasn’t able to escape; I wasn’t able to spend time with my friends or do the cool things that they were going to do. I wouldn’t see the story, and I feared the story would move on without me. I did everything in my power to make it to a LARP weekend, and it often put myself in less-than-great real life positions because I felt like I needed to be at game. There were years where I went to 32+ weekend events out of a 52 week year. Of those games, I couldn’t tell you how many I should have considered my self-care before heading to an event.
Don’t get me wrong – LARPing is super, super important to me. But it took me a long time to realize that my body…
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