PC, NPC and Boffers: Are You a LARP Expert?

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What does LARP stand for?
land and agrarian role-play
live-action role-play
LARP is an acronym for live-action role-play (or role-playing).
long-range role-play

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What game is this similar to?
Dungeons & Dragons
LARPs are similar to a game of Dungeons & Dragons, but the game is acted out instead of being played tableside.
Magic: The Gathering
Walrus

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All LARPs are based in what kind of setting?
fantasy
horror
western
romance
Any setting will do.
Historical periods and fantasy and science fiction worlds are just some of the settings, which are up to the players' imaginations. Most LARP events are based in fantasy settings, but any setting you can imagine will do.

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What are LARP players known as?
LARPers
People who play are called LARPers, which stands for live-action role-players.
members
actors

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LARPers create in-game personas known as what?
performers
personas
player characters
Player characters (PC), are the personas each LARPer makes up for in-game play. A player is a person at the event and is responsible for his or her actions out of play; a character is a player-created in-game role.

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What is considered the first LARP?
An Tir
Dagorhir
Dagorhir, a medieval-set battle organized by "The Lord of the Rings" fan Bryan Weise in Maryland in 1977, is believed to be the first LARP event.
The Gathering

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Who did the local radio station promotional ad invite to Dagorhir?
anyone who wanted “to fight in Hobbit wars with padded weapons”
An ad on a local radio station invited anyone who wanted “to fight in Hobbit wars with padded weapons.”
anyone who wanted “to hit other people with foam swords”
anyone who wanted “to spar with padded swords”

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What does it mean to fight "sword and board"?
fighting with a one-handed weapon and a shield
Fighting "sword and board" means you're using one hand for a weapon and the other for a shield.
fighting aggro-style
fighting until death

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What is a "boffer"?
a contact or melee foam weapon
A "boffer" is a usually handmade contact or melee weapon such as a sword, mace or hammer. It's lightweight (such as a PVC tube), padded with foam and used during "boffering" (simulated combat).
a realistic-looking latex weapon
flourishes affixed to a foam weapon

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Some participants attend LARP games for free in exchange for what?
a foam weapon
chain mail
playing a nonplayable character (NPC)
Some LARP events and LARPers agree that those who act as nonplayable characters (also called "monsters") may attend for free.

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Where in the world is LARPing most popular?
Denmark
Denmark is the hotspot for LARPing.
Germany
Japan

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What is considered the largest LARP in the world?
ConQuest
ConQuest is filled with more than 6,000 players, about 1,500 full-time NPCs and tribe-actors.
Mythodea
Rittergut Brokeloh

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Where is Alliance, is one of the oldest LARP groups in the U.S., based?
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania-based group Alliance is one of the oldest LARPs in the U.S.
Washington

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Which documentary film chronicles the showdown between the Mordom and Laconia kingdoms at another of America's oldest LARPs?
Darkon
Darkon is one of America's oldest LARP clubs, founded in 1985 in Baltimore. The award-winning documentary about it and those in its community was also called "Darkon."
The Dwarvenaut
The Great Kingdom

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Which is considered unsafe gameplay?
charging
corkscrewing
turtling
all of these
Charging (crowding your opponent), corkscrewing (walking circles around an injured opponent who cannot stand, forcing them to spin during battle) and turtling (hiding one's full body behind a shield) are all considered safety violations during gameplay.
none of these

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True or false: The only type of contact allowed during battle is by a weapon.
true
Unless specifically stated otherwise in a LARP's individual rule book, LARPers aren't allowed other fighting types, such as hand-to-hand combat.
false

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In what movie does Erik's epic quest to win back his lady, Evelyn, happen at the time of the LARPers' big battle?
"Monster Camp"
"Knights of Badassdom"
"The Wild Hunt"
In "The Wild Hunt," Erik joins a LARP to try to get his girlfriend, Evelyn, back after she confesses that's what she does on the weekends.

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What does it equal when you add up your character's armor points and body points?
how much damage the character can still take
The total of a character's armor points and body Points is equal to how much damage that character can still take (hit points).
how much celestial magic that character can use
how much damage the character has dealt

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If you take a hit to an arm while you're not wearing armor, what happens?
You lose that arm.
You lose your arm in-game, which means it can't be used for anything.
You lose half your body points.
You lose the game.

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Which WON'T help keep you in combat-ready shape during the off-season?
cosplay
Cosplay is fun but won't keep you in tip-top shape. Physical activity like fencing and dancing can help keep you in combat-ready shape.
fencing
dancing

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Which is an illegal hit during gameplay?
below the belt
to the head
to the neck
All of these are no-nos.
All of these are illegal hits.

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In many LARPs, what does the acronym "CP" stand for?
campaign points
character points
CP stands for character points, which are like experience points in tabletop role-playing games. They're earned by participating in the event and used to increase character stats and in-game abilities.
crunch points

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Which documentary film goes inside the Seattle-based LARP group NERO?
"Mazes and Monsters"
"Monster Camp"
Cullen Hoback's 2007 documentary "Monster Camp" is the story of NERO Seattle. (Actually, that's it's complete title — "Monster Camp: The Story Of NERO Seattle").
"Role Models"

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What does the acronym "GM" stand for?
game model
game mechanics
game master
Just as in tabletop versions of role-playing games, such as Dungeons & Dragons, "GM" stands for "game master." This is the person who runs the game.

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What is an acceptable reason to yell "hold" and pause gameplay?
a nonplayer enters the site
You're hit by an unsafe weapon.
You broke your glasses/lost a contact.
all of the above
All of these are acceptable reasons to yell for a pause in gameplay.
There is no pause in gameplay.

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What is yelled when a "hold" in gameplay ends?
Game on!
Huzzah!
Lay on!
With a countdown of three, "Lay on!" is yelled when gameplay ends.

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In which comedy do LARPers accidentally conjure a succubus from hell during gameplay?
"Knights of Badassdom"
It's in the "Knights of Badassdom" where LARPers — specifically, Steve Zahn's character of an almost-level 27 wizard — accidentally conjure a demon from hell during gameplay.
"Thaco"
"Zero Charisma"

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True or false: The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is a LARP staged in pre-17th century Europe.
true
false
While it's true the SCA does recreate pre-17th century Europe, the organization is not considered a LARP.

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If it's not a LARPing group, what is the Society for Creative Anachronism?
a nonprofit educational organization
SCA is a nonprofit educational organization that recreates the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
a real kingdom
an annual tournament

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Name one thing in a LARP that ISN'T part of the SCA experience.
dark elves
heroic quests
hit points
spells
None of these are part of the SCA experience.
Okay, name four things. Whereas the SCA re-enacts a historical experience, a LARP is a game, complete with fantasy, magic and hit points.

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