Heroes and Monsters: Understanding Live Action Role Playing Games

Interesting article here about a UW class on Liave Action Roleplaying. I’ve actually done this so it may be more interesting to me than to people who have no idea what it is, but it certainly doesn’t seem like an academic discipline.

I could be wrong though. The professor tries to spin it academically:

“My goal is to think about how games can be analytical and critical, how games can tell us about the world around us,” Chang said. “One goal of the class is to realize that live-action has a stigma. It’s about challenging those stereotypes and realizing how live-action games tells us about the different roles and personas we play in real life.”

And there is a reading list on the course page. Still the fact is they are playing a game once a week not unlike the LARP I’ve done (I assume).

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