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Can The Hunger Games Become A Larp?
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Can the Hunger Games Become A Larp?

LARP is perhaps one of the geekiest hobbies out there. For those of you who have never heard of it, it stands for Live Action Role Play. Imagine Dungeons and Dragons (or World of Warcraft if you are younger than me) in a real life setting, where individuals put on the costumes and act out the plot.

The best of these LARPs are ones where the plot given is more of a guideline than a necessity and players actions create events which in turn create other events and so on.

My recent fascination with the Suzanne Collins book and now movies series the Hunger Games, sparked the question, can the Hunger Games be a decent LARP?

OK, so my first thoughts were in regards to the setting. The post apocalyptic, dystopian setting of Panem is an awesome LARP setting. Times are hard, food is scarce and the government controls everything. This is just ripe for fantastic, detailed story lines, and could even be fan scripted to give a larger background and history than the author provided.

Of course I couldn't get away without talking about the pivotal aspect of the books, the Games themselves.

I think that the setting would need to be tweaked to have the districts scheming to get the correct "tribute" selected for the games, allowing for some political style intrigue to be thrown into the games.

When the champions are chosen, the main event of the LARP would be the games themselves with the 24 participants battling it out, maybe aided by their districts, rather than in the form of food (though food is good) maybe they supply weaponry etc.

Of course, there is no need to go into any form of back story at all, simply gather 24 people (or more) and have at it over a sole weekend in the woods. For the hardcore of you out there, maybe not even call a time out over night and still be on the hunt or the escape even then.

Of course finding the right Hunger Games costumes is a must, though most seasoned LARPers can magic up some kit in the blink of an eye, it is still a good idea to look around and see what's available so you can keep the feel of the movie going.

Whilst it is true that a lot of the girls will end up in Katniss Everdeen costumes (a Katniss army..) maybe breaking the Panem rules and having some mixed up kit will make the LARP a whole lot more fun.

I would love to know the responses of any LARPers out there. I am pretty sure that somewhere this has already been done, but I still think it has some potential.


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