Help Us Map the World's Greatest LARPs!

Atlas Obscura loves a LARP (that’s Live Action Role Playing for the uninitiated). If you’re not familiar with LARPing in any of its many forms, you might have seen one at your local park. The group of people showing off skills with with foam swords, or the families milling about in period dress like surprisingly calm time travelers. Or maybe you’ve even attended a full on Renaissance Faire, SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) event, or LARP event, stepping into a recreation of history or fantasy right in your own backyard. All over the world, there are fascinating and fun LARP events going on all the time, and we want to hear about your favorites.

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In the comments below, tell us about your favorite SCA event, Renaissance Faire, or other LARP event. Tell us where it is, what it’s called, and most importantly, share your experiences,as well as any tips for newcomers who might want to attend. And if you have any great pictures of the event, we’d like to see those as well! Your response may be included in an upcoming round-up article on Atlas Obscura. Help us create a map of your favorite LARPs!

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Bicolline!
Quebec, Canada (Maybe a too-obvious inclusion?)

https://www.bicolline.org/public/accueil/

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No LARP is too obvious! Thank you for adding this!

College of Wizardry in Poland.
[edit: the url has changed with the change of ownership, it is now https://www.wizardry.college/ ]

Pax Europa in Australia, an immersive steampunk larp of diplomacy, personal drama and weird science. Steamlarp.com

I do t think it’s running anymore, but apparently Inside Hamlet was amazing.

Empire in the UK
https://www.profounddecisions.co.uk/empire?2

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Nukelanta - Trenton, SC

Nukelanta is a post-apocalyptic LARP based on the Fallout video game series. It’s a fully immersive atmosphere which has adapted most aspects of the game series to a LARP aesthetic. Events are weekend long and Saturday day events are family friendly. Cost is $25 for an entire event which includes space to camp.

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A pretty popular and famous one, but Bristol, WI is such a great one! Pretty big fairgrounds, tons of vendors, joust and other entertainers. Plus, they do a RenQuest where you can LARP as your own character and complete an RPG style quest as you wander the grounds.

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Dead Legends LARP. A weird west LARP in Reinholds, Pennsylvania.

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As a sucker for Bethesda franchises, I’m gonna have to try this one. Sounds awesome. :sunglasses:

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Clavisomni, a 1920s-30s Call of Cthulhu larp group in Italy, near Florence.
It’s awesome. Check our FB page.

Are you in the Washington DC, Virginia, or Maryland parts of the United States? Check out Lost Colonies Larp (https://lostcolonieslarp.com/)

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Oh my, definitely Witcher School in Poland (https://witcherschool.com/)

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We have a great Pirate Festival here in Port Washington, WI.

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I too would namedrop @Empire LRP in the UK - had the honour of playing one weekend last year and it was the best LARP experience of my 15+ year LARP career!

But my favorite LARP of all is the fake one we created for neverland: Amazon.com: Neverland: The LARP Sitcom: Kevin Adams Jr., Eric W. Espinosa, Chrisopher Michaels, Craig Ernest Woodward, Robert Paul Verdi

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Maryland Renaissance Festival in Crownsville, MD.


We’ve attended off-and-on for over 20 years now (before kids) and now they ask to attend every year.
There’s something for everyone. If you’ve never been, put it on your bucket list. Heed the website warning about getting your ticket in advance! Yes, it’s that popular…

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Dammerung LARP in Pennsburg, PA, USA: https://www.dammerunglarp.com/
Dark ages, inclusive, intense and emotional role play.

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New World Magischola and other Learn Larp events, which take place at various locations in the US. NWM events have been held in VA, PA, and MA (and more) in the US: https://magischola.com/ - the main larp is freeform, inclusive, and lifechanging; it’s all about wizard college. The other larps in that world take the main story in new directions.

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Mystical Rome in WA, USA: https://mysticalrome.com/ – will likely have multiple chronicles.

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