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Are You Ready to LARP?
Live action role-playing is a hobby, and like any other hobby there's a certain amount of stuff you need before you can jump into it.Some hobbys require more gear than others. For example, football requires pads and helmets, cleats, uniform, and of course, footballs, whereas something like darts requires... well, darts and a dart board.
Each live action role-playing association is going to have certain guidelines for what is required to participate, so be sure to familiarize yourself with the rules before showing up with what you think you need. You can save yourself from spending a bunch of money on stuff that you find later you didn't need or wont be able to use.
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One of the first things you'll think of when creating your LARP shopping list is the armor, which I've covered in another article. The next thing to think about would be your weapons.
When dealing with any hobby, safety always comes first. They're not going to let you into the event swing a razor-sharp battle-axe or firing arrows from a repeating crossbow. remember, this is a game, not a crusade. Be absolutely certain to read up on the weapon safety guidelines of the LARP association you're LARPing with. If you have made a weapon or already have weapons to use, make sure you have it inspected and approved by the management of the event. The last thing you want is to hurt someone by being reckless. It would get you and the LARPing association in trouble, not to mention the damage you would cause to your fellow participants.
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Where Can I Get LARP Weapons?
When looking for LARP weapons, keep in mind that it's a game. The object of the game is to have fun, while looking as authentic as possible. Broomsticks and baseball bats might do the job, but let's face it... you're going to look ridiculous.
If you're a crafty type of person, you may want to consider making your own LARP weapons. LARP weapons can be made of foam. I have never made a LARP weapon, but for some creative ideas on making LARP weapons read these articles.
For a more professional LARP weapon, check with the LARP association you'll be LARPing with, they may have a list of approved manufacturers to help send you in the right direction.
Some of the most popular LARP weapons are made of Latex. This offers a good durability, and they are very light, so you don't get bogged down. It's not uncommon for LARP associations to prefer that your weapons be crafted by professionals in a mass-producing environment. This helps to ensure that the quality standards of the weapons are uniform. For more information on LARP weaponry, visit this website, and again, always know the rules and standards before purchasing your weapons!