LARP (also known as “larping”) is a very misunderstood activity; most people don’t even know that it’s an acronym for “Live Action Role Playing,” much less that it’s not a bunch of nerds in bad costumes running around public parks with a tenuous grasp of reality. Well, that it’s not JUST that.
In an attempt to educate, as well as exercise his illustration skills, Nick Edwards put together a LARP guide book that touches on the basics of larping—genres, costumes, weapons, why people do it, the dangers, and relationship dynamics. The comic doesn’t go into the history of LARP too much, or really argue for it as a legitimate activity, leaving that to a brief infodump on the first page; instead the intended audience is people who are looking to join a LARP game. The most useful part is the “dos and don’ts” section, which clearly and humorously lays out what you should and shouldn’t do in order to make the LARP experience enjoyable to everyone.
However, my favorite section is probably the “dangers” page, because it doesn’t use words to explain, letting the images do all the work in showcasing some of the common problems.
I larped back in high school, and let me just say this: YEP.