Leaving Mundania: Inside the Transformative World of Live Action Role Playing Games (Google eBook)

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Chicago Review Press, May 1, 2012 - Games - 272 pages
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Exposing a subculture only beginning to enter the imagination of mainstream America, this is the story of live action role-playing (LARP) games. A hybrid of gamesOCosuch as Dungeons & Dragons, historical reenactment, fandom, and good old-fashioned pretendOCoLARP games are thriving and this book explores its multifaceted culture and related phenomenon, including the Society for Creative Anachronism, a medieval reenactment group that boasts more than 32,000 members. The history of LARP is detailed and is shown to have arisen from the pageantry of Tudor England and is currently being used as a training tool for the U.S. military. Along the way, the author duels foes with foam-padded weapons, lets the great elder god Cthulhu destroy her parentsOCO beach house, and endures an existential awakening in the high-art LARP scene of Scandinavia."
  

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User Review  - BJPetrie - LibraryThing

Leaving Mundania is a wonderful journalistic look at one of my passions, Live Action Role Playing, or LARP. It is rare to see so much effort into researching this often misrepresented hobby. While I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Alexis - Goodreads

I want to get drinks/LARP/go on an impromptu trip to Denmark with Lizzie Stark. She seems like a very well informed woman with a lot of insight. Read full review

Contents

1 The Expert and the Noob
1
2 Growing Up Gamer
19
3 Queen Elizabeth Larper
31
4 The King of MakeBelieve
49
5 The Adventures of Portia Rom
69
6 Closeted Gamers and the Satanic Panic
91
7 The Unwritten Rules
107
8 Playing War
125
12 A Week in Denmark
195
13 Knudepunkt Blew My Mind
211
Epilogue
225
Acknowledgments
229
Glossary
233
Notes
243
Resources
249
Index
255

9 Larp as Training Tool
137
10 Larpapalooza
155
11 Cthulhu Fhtagn
171
Back Cover
259
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About the author (2012)

Lizzie Stark is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the Daily Beast and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She is founder and editor of the literary journal Fringe and holds an MS in new media journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in Edison, New Jersey.

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