When you’re into roleplaying and LARPing (live action role playing), character and your presentation of it is usually very critical. Your character’s quirks, backstory, clothing, manners and mannerisms can determine whether other characters will risk their lives to save her or laugh as a monster strikes a critical blow.
Here are four ways you can develop your existing LARP character. (Some of these points can also help you with any “Dungeons & Dragons” or other types of fictional characters.)
Your character’s clothes are an easy way for others to recognize him quickly. Think about your favorite movie heroes or comic book characters. Most of them have recognizable and recurring colors, styles and clothing. If your character’s outfit changes (which can be necessary as seasons and temperatures change), consider one constant costume piece.
Try to keep it within the theme and scope of the game, but don’t be afraid to be bold. No one forgets the woman in full armor or the guy with the tall hat.
This is also the easiest way to get other characters to interact with yours if you aren’t the most outgoing role player. A large piece of jewelry or a family crest gives others something to approach your character about.
If you’ve got a bit of time and want some guidance in character development, consider filling out 100 Questions to Ask About Your Role Playing Character. Quite simply, you’ll learn more about her and you’ll be able to answer other characters’ questions efficiently.
If you are into tarot cards (for entertainment) or know someone who knows how to read, you can use them to further develop your LARP character. You can do this in one of two ways:
- Have a reading in-character.
- Have a genuine reading and use whatever aspect you discover about yourself to further your character.
Archetype cards are similarly used and can assist you in learning more about your character.
Add Accents and Quirks
If you’re the outgoing type or wish to become more outgoing, exaggerate and ham it up! It’s time to add a quirk or accent to your character. Perhaps your character has a limp, a missing eye or an exotic accent. (It’s easy to explain the addition of some quirks but not others if the character is pre-existing.)
Additionally, you can also have outside forces affect your character. Perhaps he received a letter indicating that his brother has died. Outside events will change and affect your character. If necessary, clear such detail with your LARP’s plot team before proceeding, especially if the information affects the game world.
Do you have additional tips for LARPers? Please leave them below.