Solving the Larp Image Problem – Lizzie Stark!
April 22, 2012
Role-playing games have been covered unfavorably in the media for most of their 38 years of existence.
See Exhibit A:
And Exhibit B:
We in the RPG hobby have what you might call an image problem.
Enter journalist Lizzie Stark.
She’s young, bright and holds advanced degrees from Tufts, Emerson and Columbia.
Rather than making loads of assumptions about role-playing as a hobby, she instead intensively researched and interviewed various larp groups around the United States and (later) in Europe to create a complex portrait of the individuals involved.
This form of dignified presentation matters, especially when it’s coming from neither the camps of fandom nor the halls of the cynical media machines.
Now she’s got a whole non-fiction book full of this kind of material.
Image problem provisionally solved.
Finally, one of the most maligned of contemporary art forms – live action role-playing – gets the high-powered, literary treatment it deserves.
The question is: where and when are you getting YOUR copy?