A Brief Introduction to Live Action Role Playing
What is Extreme Roleplaying?
Imagine a virtual reality in which you are transported into a fantasy movie like the Fellowship of theRing, Conan the Barbarian, or Willow. Imagine that you could become a character in that movie, butwithout a script. Imagine that you could be a hero in the struggle against evil for a day. Imagine that youcould feel the pulse pounding excitement of a fantasy adventure without real danger. Imagine the feelingof magic at your fingertips. Imagine yourself fighting hand to hand against savage foes, with victorydecided not by dice, but by your own skill. Imagine a world created for you to adventure in, as completeas possible. As real as possible. No dice. No computers. Imagine… that you do not NEED to use your imagination…because it is allthere before you.Also called “LARP” (Live Action Role Playing), Extreme role-playing is a hobby in which you portrayan imaginary character, “Live”, as though you were an actor in a movie, but without a script. To put itmore simply, it’s about picking up a (padded) sword, and heading out into the woods to enter a fantasyworld complete with props, sets, and actors for a d
What is the Maine Adventure Society Inc.?
The Maine Adventure Society, or MASI, is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting “Adventure”,usually though not always in the form of Extreme Role-playing (LARP), in Maine.
How is Combat handled?
Combat is a sport, in which you swing specially constructed padded swords and other weapons at your opponent, while trying to Resist being struck by them. It is not a particularly “Realistic” simulation of sword fighting, but it is fun, safe, exciting, and easy to get into.
Does it hurt?
When conducted properly, no. The weapons used are very safe, but they can sting or bruise when usedwith too much force. Hits to the head and other vulnerable areas are not allowed. Anyone causinganother player pain is breaking the rules, and will be in big trouble if the problem persists.Poorly constructed weapons are another problem. Some people have encountered larp combat withheavy swords poorly padded with too much duct tape, used with too much force, and found it painfuland intimidating. MASI combat strives to Resist this. Even the most delicate person should be able to participate in combat in (relative) comfort.
So it’s like Martial Arts?
Not really. It bears little resemblance to things like Kick boxing. Since the objective is NOT to hurt (or even bruise) your opponent, real life combat skills are not as helpful as they would be in a real fight.However, many of the principles of the martial arts apply, and anyone trained in Martial arts should haveno problem mastering LARP combat.