Spotlight on live action role-playing
Published: Friday, September 13, 2013
Updated: Friday, September 13, 2013 00:09
There were quite a lot of clubs at the Involvement Fair last Wednesday and chances are you overlooked many of them because you didn’t have the time or there were too many clubs to keep track of. For those who are still looking for clubs to join consider our campus’ LARP (Live Action Role Playing) group. Otherwise known as SMAC (Society for Medieval Arts and Combat), the LARP group meets every Wednesday night from 7pm to 9pm in the field behind Laurel Hall to practice fighting each other with “medieval weapons.” Of course, SMAC is not just about fighting. They also take part in LARP events such as tournaments, quests, and feasts. These events usually take place on weekends with other groups from all around Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire participating.
“For new members it’s a lot of fun! You can enjoy a more athletic experience than you might expect, and get to make friends with new people who often have similar interests.” Says Nick Quadrini, the President of SMAC. Nick has been LARPing ever since he joined SMAC 4 years ago and as the president he hopes to get new people to become just as involved as he is.
SMAC understands that there can be a lot for new LARPers to learn, which is why they take their time teaching new members about events. “In past years we have given new members a taste of questing with the ‘Newbie Night Quest’,” says Quadrini. The ‘Newbie Night Quest’ usually happens about a month into the fall semester, but this year he plans on expanding it into several installments “giving newer players an easy way to experience questing.” The ‘Newbie Night Quest’ would be a helpful for new members to take part in since the first event SMAC usually attends is held in mid-October. In fact, several events are held on campus in the Hick’s Arena.
Quadrini wants to point out that “as far as the role playing aspect of it is concerned, there is very little pressure to go to events and if it’s not for you but you still like to fight, then our practice works great!” It is up to each member to decide how much they wish to immerse themselves in the fantasy driven world of LARP. But for those who enjoy the fantasy genre, “LARP lets you live it and gives an experience unlike any other.”
Last Wednesday there were over sixty people who came to the SMAC meeting. Some might not return, but veteran members are always excited for new people to try it out. For those still on the fence about joining, Quadrini has one last thing to say. “Come and talk to us! Everyone is very friendly and we have a wide variety of people who come and join our group. We have new people come and talk to us all the time, so take the leap and try it for an hour or two. You just might love it!”