While working on my post for the New Year, summing up my year in LARPing, it occurred to me that it might be interesting to come up with a list of ideas for LARP-related resolutions — not just my own, but ones any LARPer might like to try. I know a lot of this is stuff many of us already do… and some of this is more of a rainy day project than an actual resolution… but hopefully with a big enough list, everyone will be able to find something they’ve never tried but would like to this year.
If anyone has any ideas of their own for LARP related New Year Resolutions, please share! I’ll try to keep this list updated.
Try a LARP form you haven’t yet experienced.
Try a genre you haven’t yet experienced.
Try a LARP written in another country.
Learn the basics of a new type of dance.
(I find belly dancing can work with many fantasy settings, as well as various historical/cultural settings. Or try the waltz, which comes up in a lot of masquerade and ball events. Is your LARP set somewhere between the 1920s to 1940s? Try to learn the basic steps of swing. If you can’t find a class, youtube has lots of great tutorials.)
Travel farther than you ever have for a LARP.
Write a story based on a LARP you’ve played/are playing.
Attend a LARP-related panel (at a convention, or an event like PreCon or NELCO) or a LARP-related discussion group.
Try a new element of costuming you’ve never done before, such as a custom scent. BPAL is popular for this sort of thing. Other ideas: nail polish, wings, temporary tattoos or henna, costume contacts, wigs, fake fangs, fake scars, or historically appropriate undergarments.
If you’ve never made your own costume, try making one this year. (Chitons are super easy and don’t require sewing.)
Learn to put on a garment from another culture, such as how to wrap a toga, or how to wrap a sari.
Try a new hairstyle appropriate to your favorite era to LARP in.
Make a boffer weapon or shield, if you’ve never done it before.
Email the GMs/staff just to say thank you after each event.
Write a LARP. Or run someone else’s.
Make a point after each event to tell one other player something you thought they did or made was cool.
Keep your character at CP cap.
Send in your PELs on time.
Try a new combat style you’ve never done before.
Host a few between event practices.
For all casting questionnaire without a specified due date, respond within three days of receiving it.
Get a group of friends together and do a photo shoot in your costumes. Share your favorite shots online.
Encourage/invite someone who has never LARPed before to try it.
In Game/In Character Experiences
Make a gift for your character to give someone in-game.
Learn a real life skill your character might have. Is your character a medic? Take a CPR class, or watch tutorials on how to suture wounds.
Start an in-character journal.
C00k a dish to be shared in game. (Bonus points if is appropriate for the in-game culture.)
Write a letter from your character to another PC between events.
Learn a few common phrases in the language your character speaks (Alternatively, learn a few phrases from the culture your character’s culture is based on. For example, if you have a character who comes from a land inspired by Russia, learn a few expressions in Russian.)
Learn/teach (or write?) a song appropriate for your in-game culture. Bonus points if it’s relevant to your character’s in-game culture and/or state of mind.
Have any LARP related resolutions of your own to share? Or ideas for others to try? I’d love to hear your ideas!