Looking at the roots of larp makes the hobby easier to take seriously and divorces the desire from childishness.
Their numbers prove that larp taps into an essential desire of human nature: the desire to experience stories firsthand.
If the spiritual heritage of larp is ancient, its gaming roots are unapologetically modern.
More directly, the U.S. embassy in Oslo last year gave a local group nearly $5,500 for the Cold War larp A Doomsday Eve.
Currently, she is working on a book about the hobby of live action role play, or larp.
She also edits the lit-mag Fringe and is at work on a narrative nonfiction book about Live Action Role Play, or larp.
In the U.S., hopes that larp may one day find federal funding are rising.
The history of larp as a hobby for the rich and famous illustrates the superficiality of its current geeky stigma.