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You’ll feel like you’re right in the middle of this GoPro-filmed LARP session

OK, you've sold us on LARP battles. This looks awesome.

 

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Internet Culture

Published Jun 16, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 2:03 pm CDT

LARPing, also known as live-action roleplaying, is getting very intense these days.

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Earlier in the year, we heard about a 5-day Battlestar Galactica LARP session aboard a retired German warship. Now we find a Swedish historical LARP session looks like something out of a war movie.

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LARPer Martin Merkel took his GoPro camera into the battle, producing first-person footage from inside the crowd of people dressed in historical costumes. Smoke bombs, fake weapons, and pretend deaths all add to the realism of the scene, and they’re backed up by a dramatic orchestral soundtrack. When did LARPing become so awesome?

Screengrab via Martin Merkel/YouTube

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*First Published: Jun 16, 2015, 9:12 am CDT