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Summon Your Inner Adventurer with UAT LARPing!

UAT contributed to the enduring legacy of LARPing (that’s Live Action Role-Playing, if you didn’t know!) by holding a LARP Tournament on campus this past spring. What happened next was a chaotically fun event where imagination knew no bounds!

Whether you're a seasoned adventurer or a curious newcomer, there's a place for you in UAT’s vibrant LARPing community. Grab your boffer and embark on an unforgettable journey through time, fantasy, and camaraderie!

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LARPing Through the Ages

Curious how this adventurous activity got its start? We’ll take you step by step:

LATE 1970s — The Birth of LARPing

LARP is just too quirky for a single point of origin! Independent groups began the activity in North America, Europe, and Australia, taking elements of tabletop RPGs and genre fiction to a physical setting.

1982 — Treasure Trap

After LARP as a hobby grew in popularity leading into the 80s, the first ever large-scale LARP event, Treasure Trap, took place in the U.K. at Peckforton Castle. Treasure Trap was particularly influential on the British LARP scene.

1997 — Amtgard Established

One of the most prominent LARP organizations, Amtgard, is founded in Texas. Amtgard chapters can now also be found in Canada, Germany, Croatia, and South Korea.

LATE 90s TO EARLY 2000s — LARP in Pop Culture

LARP as a hobby gained mainstream recognition through exposure in films and television shows, such as Freaks and Geeks (1999), Role Models (2008), and Community (2009).

2020s & BEYOND — LARP Levels Up

Despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, LARPing communities demonstrate resilience and adaptability, exploring virtual and hybrid formats to maintain connections and creative pursuits. As LARP evolves, an increasing emphasis on inclusivity, diversity, and accessibility has enabled participants of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities.

Looking ahead, the future of LARP promises even more innovative experiences and a thriving, diverse community.

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