Saturday, 11 June 2011

ZombieLARP: Evolution

In the calm before the storm in the run up to the next event, scheduled for September 3rd at the Friar's Walk Mall in Reading, here's a teaser of the chaos that ensued last time ZombieLARP held one of their high-octane Live Action Role Playing events.

Zombie LARP: Evolution

From the ZombieLARP website
Zombie LARP is a physical action game which recreates the thrills and atmosphere of classic zombie horror movies. The dead are returning to life and eating the flesh of the living. The only question is: what are you going to do about it?
(By the way, the word "LARP" stands for "Live Action Role-Play".)

Zombie LARP uses a large crowd of players as zombies who pursue a small team of humans through darkened hallways. When the humans are all dead - or have made it to safety - we swap the roles around, reset, and start again, so that everyone gets a chance to experience the terror from both sides.

The game is run by referees who herd the zombies and devise goals and challenges for the humans. But the outcome depends on the human players' daring, intelligence and survival skills. We've kept the rules to a minimum so that the game is as immersive as possible. Fighting is done using foam-rubber weapons, guns which fire foam darts, and (in the case of zombies) bare hands. This isn't the type of game which stops to check the rulebook: if you're surrounded by zombies, you have to fight or run for your life.

Zombie LARP: a mix of team sport, roleplaying game, improvised theatre, carnival fun house, tactical combat simulation, recurring nightmare, and historical re-enactment of events that will hopefully never happen. But if they do, you'll be ready.

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