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4 definitions by C. Don Wilson

 
1.
Larping (or LARPing) is short for "Live Action Role-Playing". A live action role-playing game is a form of role-playing game where the participants physically act out their characters' actions. The players pursue their characters' goals within a fictional setting represented by the real world, while interacting with one another in character. The outcome of player actions may be mediated by game rules, or determined by consensus between players.

The first LARPs were run in the late 1970s, inspired by role-playing games and genre fiction. The activity gained international popularity during the 1980s, and has diversified into wide variety of styles. Play may be very game-like, or may be more concerned with dramatic or artistic expression. The fictional genres used vary greatly, from realistic modern or historical settings to fantastic or futuristic eras. Production values are sometimes minimal, but can involve elaborate venues and costumes. LARPs range in size from small private events lasting a few hours to huge public events with thousands of players lasting for several days.
"I got a ton of exercise last weekend larping. It sure is more fun than sitting around playing videogames all day."
by C. Don Wilson February 13, 2009
 
2.
Live-Action Gaming (or LAGging) is the act of playing or running a 'Live-Action Game'. This is a form of game where the participants physically act out all of their characters' actions. Unlike LARPs, which were inspired by role-playing games and genre fiction, live action gaming traces it's root to sports and computer games.

To make a comparison to computer games, LARPing is the live-action form of a computer RPG like "World of Warcraft" while LAGging is the live-action form of a videogame like "Doom" or "Quake".
"I prefer Live-Action Gaming to LARPing. I don't want to spend all that time figuring how to best spend my experience points."
by C. Don Wilson February 13, 2009
 
3.
All-black clothing worn by stagehands and other "behind-the-scene" personal in live theatre, some movie production, and live-action gaming.

Black clothing is hard for the audience to see, allowing stagehands to move scenery while attention stays focused on the actors.
"As long as you have a good set of running blacks, we'd be happy to have you help out as a stagehand for the school play."
by C. Don Wilson February 13, 2009
 
4.
LARPing is short for "Live Action Role-Playing". A live action role-playing game is a form of role-playing game where the participants physically act out their characters' actions. The players pursue their characters' goals within a fictional setting represented by the real world, while interacting with one another in character. The outcome of player actions may be mediated by game rules, or determined by consensus between players.

The first LARPs were run in the late 1970s, inspired by role-playing games and genre fiction. The activity gained international popularity during the 1980s, and has diversified into wide variety of styles. Play may be very game-like, or may be more concerned with dramatic or artistic expression. The fictional genres used vary greatly, from realistic modern or historical settings to fantastic or futuristic eras. Production values are sometimes minimal, but can involve elaborate venues and costumes. LARPs range in size from small private events lasting a few hours to huge public events with thousands of players lasting for several days.
"I got a ton of exercise last weekend larping. It sure is more fun that sitting around playing videogames all day."
by C. Don Wilson February 13, 2009