Down-time can be both a godsend and a blight on a LARPer’s time at an event. During events where the weather is less than favorable, having a moment to take cover in a cabin or tavern is fantastic, after all. However, when the weather is perfect but there’s not much adventure to be had, life can become boring in a hurry. That’s why it’s always a great idea to give your character interests beyond merely adventuring–games, crafts, and other hobbies can kill down-time while adding to the atmosphere and overall enjoyment of the LARP!
There’s more to it though. Realistically, you wouldn’t expect for everyone to exclusively occupy their time with finding strange creatures, slaughtering them, and rummaging through what remains to take anything valuable–In the real world, that sort of person would be viewed as a psychopath, right? There would be plenty of folks doing common tasks like cooking, cleaning, basket-weaving, farming, selling goods…the list goes on! So then, why wouldn’t your character do the same? After all, the LARP’s world should be viewed as a real world, and the characters and NPCs involved should all be treated as though they were real.
So, what might be appropriate for your character to do? It really depends on a number of factors, like the setting of the LARP, the character’s background and interests, and your own personal interests and abilities. There are a number of easy-to-learn hobbies or crafts which you could obtain appropriate equipment for quite easily. These might include…
- Wood carving
- Weaving, Spinning, or Sewing
- Gambling and Gaming (cards, chess, checkers, dice, Put & Take tops, etc.)
Your LARP or the venues it is played at may have rules against particular activities, so it is best to check with your LARP’s organizers before investing in props, equipment, or raw materials. Nevertheless, it is wise to employ something to keep yourself entertained and to keep the atmosphere In Character.