Leaving Mundania by Lizzie Stark
Inside the Transformative World of Live Action Role-Playing Games

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Exposing a subculture only beginning to enter the imagination of mainstream America, this is the story of live action role-playing (LARP) games. A hybrid of games—such as Dungeons & Dragons, historical reenactment, fandom, and good old-fashioned pretend—LARP games are thriving and this book explores its multifaceted culture and related phenomenon, including the Society for Creative Anachronism, a medieval reenactment group that boasts more than 32,000 members. The history of LARP is detailed and is shown to have arisen from the pageantry of Tudor England and is currently being used as a training tool for the U.S. military. Along the way, the author duels foes with foam-padded weapons, lets the great elder god Cthulhu destroy her parents’ beach house, and endures an existential awakening in the high-art LARP scene of Scandinavia.
 

About Lizzie Stark

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Lizzie Stark is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the Daily Beast and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She is founder and editor of the literary journal Fringe and holds an MS in new media journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
 
Published May 1, 2012 by Chicago Review Press. 274 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Non-fiction

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Like her, a great many larpers (derived from the acronym LARP, for Live Action Role-Playing) are highly accomplished people representing a diverse range of professional fields—definitely not the cheeseball-eating basement dwellers they’re so often accused of being.

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She travelled to a Knutepunkt convention where she played Nordic larp games and attended lectures.

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A hybrid of games—such as Dungeons & Dragons, historical reenactment, fandom, and good old-fashioned pretend—larp is thriving, and this book explores its multifaceted communities and related phenomena, including the Society for Creative Anachronism, a medieval reenactment group that boasts more t...

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