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  • 1. What is LARP?

    I don't know....go ask that guy over there.

    Guy over there: LARP stands for Live Action Role Playing. and the TP in front stands for Twin Ports. Let's break it down, shall we?

    (Guy walks over to a Chalkboard, and begins to write.)

    R...o....l....e....p...l..a...i...opps...hold on..... (Guy erases and continues to write.)

    Roleplaying. What is it? Basically, when you Roleplay, you pretend to be someone you're not. You act out what your character would do. Either this, or you take on the role of another character. The second choice is the basis for many RPGs (Role Playing Games).

  • 2. Okay, so what does Roleplaying have to do with LARP?

    Aha! Now comes in the "Live Action" portion of our name. Hmmm....well, let's make this simple. LARP is basically Dungeons and Dragons for people who don't like to JUST sit around eating nachos and talking about what your character is doing. LARP is for people who like to actually act out their character. Instead of saying, I hit the monster with my sword for 11 damage, we actually go out and hit someone who is playing a monster with a sword and call out the damage. We actually pick locks on chests, sneak around in the dark, listen in on secret conversations, go on quests, save towns, and slay monsters.

  • 3. What?? Swords? Don't they hurt?

    We don't use real swords. We use "Boffer weapons." Boffer weapons are representations of swords (or axes, maces, etc) that are made out of PVC piping, Pipe Foam, and Open Cell Foam. When used responsively they are less dangerous than little plastic toy swords you find in a toy store. We also base our combat system on strategy, not going and whacking the heck out of someone! For instance, here is the basic safety rules of swordfighting:

    1. NO swings more than 90 degrees.

    2. NO baseball swings (ouch!).

    3. NO hitting in the head, hands, or groin (ouch again!).

    4. NO charging people (physically moving them).

    5. NO physical contact (except weapon on weapon, and weapon on person).

    6. NO machine gunning (hitting the same place with the same weapon less than 2 seconds after the previous hit)

  • 4. Monsters? Chests? Saving Towns? What are you smoking?

    All of these things are taken care of by the Staff members. Monsters are actually people in monster masks. Chests and locks are purchased, and the towns we actually build on a piece of land that we either own or have permission to use. Then the Staff member in charge of plot decides what we should do on this land. This is called an "Event." Events usually last 1-2 days and is the time when we dress up like our characters, and roleplay, or act exactly how our character would act in the position that plot puts them in. Events usually take place every 4-6 weeks, while fighter practices happen every week.

  • 5. So basically what you're saying is that people DO this?

    Oh yeah! Some people think we're crazy (and probably have the right to think it), but come to one fighter practice, and you'll be amazed at the variety of people, the enthusiam we have, and most of all the FUN we have doing it!

  • 6. Ooo! Ooo! I Want to Join!!!

    Ok! Ok! Slow down there buddy. Probably the easiest way to join is by attending fighter practices. All of the dates/times/locations of our fighter practices are on the "Up-Comming Events" Page(on your left). Also, you should join our mailing list - simply go to the main page and scroll down until you see the sign up box. Just enter your e-mail and Viola! It's that simple. After you've joined, feel free to send us an e-mail telling us about yourself - and don't be afraid to ask questions! You'll always get an answer.

  • 7. Hold up! I still have questions!

    Any questions can be directed to our logistics guy, Ty. Hey! That rhymes! You can reach him at tpal_logs@yahoo.com.