Tuesday, May 1, 2012

LARPing while Injured - Know your Limits!

This post was inspired by my sprained ankle, and the fact that I've got an event coming up (two, actually) that I may not be 100% for.

It's tough when you are unable to perform at your best during a LARP game.  It's even worse when you're hurt and further strain might cause more of an injury.

For me, the question arises on whether or not I'll be able to function as a non-combatant at the events.

Exiles is a very combat oriented game, and my character there is combat oriented, so being unable to run may be a no-go.  That, or start another gentleman character.

However, at NERO, my current character is a merchant who is very economically and politically motivated, so it would be very easy for me to play light or even go completely non-combative.

It's of the upmost importance for a good LARPer to know where they have to draw the line.  It would be selfish of me, to both other players and game staff, to try and LARP beyond my capacity.  If I were to get injured, it could put them in hot water and could stall the game for my fellow players.

I've seen far to many people try and push past their injuries, and more often than not, it ends up backfiring on them.

So here's the PSA:  If you're hurt, don't try and be a hero and don't be selfish.  If you don't think you can do something, don't do it.


  1. Protip: If you've recently had open heart surgery and a blow to the chest from a boffer sword will kill you, don't come to the event. Oh, and if you do, for some stupid reason, come to the event... don't be a fully active combat caster.

    Somehow he didn't die, but that was not a well handled situation.

  2. Mark Henry ~MariusMay 2, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    I have found their is always something to do in the game. I hurt my foot saturday at the most recent event, it sucked but I found other ways to keep entertained.

    Injured NPC? run monster desk, host more roleplay encounters, design a mod for another to run.

    Injured PC? get yourself a roleplay encounter, interact in game.

    On your death bed? wtf dude, go home!

  3. Let's also add that having to call an ambulance on site mid-game is VERY disruptive...and if it's because of your health issues, you might find yourself asked not to come back for your own sake. Yes, I've seen this happen at a LARP. Don't be That Guy/Girl. There will be other events. Be healthy for the next one instead.