The meaning of “monster” is clear, but what is “larp”?
“Larp” means “live- action- role- playing” and folks who do it are “larpers”. Mr Google can explain at length what that means exactly. It is an expensive, complex, time- consuming, strenuous hobby. I love it and am addicted to it for quite a long time now.
About the author:
My name is Alexander Beseke and I live in Lübeck, Germany. I am over 30 years old and my hobbies are what an online- dictionary calls “handicrafts”... and of course monster hunting; but not on a computer screen: I prefer real environments and real steel armour. Erm- monsters can be made of foam, thank you.
This lead to building the critters myself, and nowadays there are games (called “conventions” or “cons”) where I only see my co- players through the eye- slots of a monster mask.
Mostly I´m active at conventions in the phoenix- gameworld ( www.phoenix-carta.de )- from the coasts of Helingard (vikings), the hills of Anguir (guys with kilts and a faible for blue warpaint), the woods & towns of Aklon (medieval high civilisation) to the deserts of Shai- Anarat and the jungles of Sheldiria. And I can dance a minuet if necessary.
When asked for passions about ancient civilisations I´d call myself an “egyptophile”, whereas in relation to the gameworlds I see the two realms more “with the eyes of a carpenter looking at a wood” (Pratchett).
My oldest edition of “The Hobbit” is from 1974. We also recommend: Moorcock, Zelazny, Lee, Kurtz, Heinlein, Pratchett, Gerrold, Wagner, Harrison, Matthews, and Froud together with Warhammer in high dosage. And I want my own Leonopteryx.