Leaving Mundania: Inside the Transformative World of Live Action Role-Playing Games

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Exposing a subculture often dismissed as “geeky” by mainstream America, Leaving Mundania is the story of live action role-playing (LARP).

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A hybrid of games—such as Dungeons & Dragons, historical reenactment, fandom, and good old-fashioned pretend—larp is thriving, and this book explores its multifaceted communities and related phenomena, including the Society for Creative Anachronism, a medieval reenactment group that boasts more than 32,000 members. Author Lizzie Stark looks at the hobby from a variety of angles, from its history in the pageantry of Tudor England to its present use as a training tool for the US military. Along the way, she duels foes with foam-padded weapons, lets the great elder god Cthulhu destroy her parents’ beach house, and endures an existential awakening in the high-art larp scene of Scandinavia.

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Author Lizzie Stark
Publisher Chicago Review Press
Page Count 272pp
Publication Size 5.5 x 8.5 x .5
Publication Notes paperback
Publication Date May 2012
ISBN 978-1569766057

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