LARP War Journal: Revisiting The First Experience
When approaching a milestone in anything that you take part in, there’s nothing wrong with taking the time to step back and remember why you still do that thing, and why you still like said thing. Later this month I would have reached another milestone in how long I’ve been LARPing. So for me, I’ve decided to look all the way back to the first day that I decided to step out onto a field and give this a shot. This was an entry I had originally published when I was blogging on MyIGN, but as of recently they have shut that place down, and all such things like this entry would have disappeared along with it.
“So basically what happened was I originally planned on going by myself, but after a night of drunk bowling and watching movies, me and a friend decided that it was something that we wanted to do together. So we headed down there, and what started out looking like just an ordinary park turned into something awesome. We drove in to park and all we see is a bunch of people in some epic looking gear, be it armor or just the creativity of them as a whole. Was a bit intimidating walking past all of them to register feeling naked, and knowing we weren’t allowed to wear that stuff for another 4 weeks being newbies.
So the minute we get to the registration desk we stand there wondering just what we are supposed to do. They said the best way to start off is to mingle and find some country to join. So we started asking each other who to approach, but the guy right in front of us just so happened to be on his second week and quickly befriended us. Introduced us to his friend, and then from there we met up with the country the two had joined. The “Chosen Blood” is the name of the country. Lawful Chaotic to my surprise. I always wanted to play chaotic, but never really expected to end up in that position so suddenly. Definitely something different because they are what’s considered the “heavies”. Which means they wear a lot of armor and wield the biggest shields, or tower shields.
So we got the introduction speech, and from there the real fun began. They gave us a country tabard, and then started training the basics. That meant using 1 handed swords to learn how to both strike and dodge. After that we were given the tower shields and boy were those a doozie to control. Getting the stance right and being able to turn it into an extension of yourself was no simple task. For me mostly because I don’t work my left arm out as much as I do my right or should. My friend on the other hand found it a challenge just because he’s left-handed and mot were right-handed. Good nonetheless for him just for the fact that eventually he’ll learn how to make use of both arms in combat. Sadly he did break his nose because again that shield is no walk in the park to wield. Aside from that the vets really made it all so fun. They really knew what they were doing and showed a lot of passion for it as people who had been LARPing for probably 8 years to 15 as a whole. The other newbies were fun as well, I mean there was even this one girl that was so hardcore about it that it was certainly intimidating when she goes charging at someone with her mace.
After the training came what could only be described as war. Taking what they taught us and going countries versus countries, which turned everyone bloodthirsty. I mean when the adrenaline started to get pumping, you feel like you could take the world on. Even after all the strikes, jabs, and projectiles flying at you. The pain was nothing when you were having so much fun, none of it really registered till I got home and it was then that I knew I was completely committed to LARPing. I don’t regret this for one second and having a friend with me through that experience made it all the more better. Now we just have to make it through these next 4 weeks to show our metal, so that we can get our classes which we have chosen to be a mage/disciple(me) and cleric(friend). In this for the long run, and hopefully can afford all the necessary gear.”