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LARP stands for Live Action Role Playing. It is a type of game in which the participants assume identities and act as specific characters, and where the action takes place following the scenario written by a moderator or Game Master although, in the end, it is the individual decisions made by the participants that make the story unfolds one way or another. LARPs are typically divided into two types, combat and theatre, although the boundary between these is quite flexible. Does it sound familiar?

Yes, surely with this explanation you were thinking of a scripted game of airsoft, but the activities that fit within the broader definition of LARP are very varied and have coexisted for at least a century. Although this “discipline” gained popularity during the seventies due to the success of tabletop role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons. Today we talk to Olle Nyman, so he can tell us about his group, Machine Dogs, so we can delve a little deeper into this spectacular modality.

You are not new or few, but this is a rather unique activity among the general public, how did you start?

I was looking to set up a group back in 2015 to be able to attend the LARP BBr, my idea was to put together a group that was a kind of mix between the Vuvalini and the War Boys from Mad Max Fury Road (two of the wildest factions in that universe). Therefore, we are talking about “born from a vehicle”, but much more barbaric and boheme-chic. And that was just pure evil. 

Back then we were originally about...

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