LARP Alliance is a worldwide non-profit organization established in 2001 by Rick McCoy, Adrianne Grady, and Chris Vrem, that was created to improve communication, support, and education regarding Live Action Roleplaying (LARP) both to the general public as well as to and amongst LARPers. Programs are initiated within the community. Many programs were created that had not existed and those that already did are greatly enhanced, aiming to motivate and inspire the LARP community.
Their work has included assisting LARPers with their on-camera presence, alerting them to media opportunities such as WebTV
programs, History Channel, Documentaries, and Movies, and connecting LARPs and LARPers with legal advisors. They have also brought together LARP-artisans (costumers, weapon and propmakers) with media project directors. Additionally, the LARP Alliance offers services to assist in the enhancement of the LARP community's visual and audio presentation within itself and to the general public by use of special videos and photography.
LARP Alliance brought Iron Liege (U.S.-based LARP weapon and gear manufacturer) together with Universal Studios and David Wain's movie Role_Models. LARPers also were contacted through the LARP Alliance and hired into the project as extras. LARPers (extras) came from the all over the world - ([IFGS], [NERO], Maelstrom, Dagorhir, Adventures Unlimited, Eidolon and more were represented).
Other Programs and Projects
- LARP Meetups are held monthly to discuss and brainstorm over LARP concepts and the overall state of LARP in the world. The LARP Alliance is behind a number of large and small game rules revisions and creations currently in use across the US (Realms of Conflict, Live Effects, Eidolon, and others).
- Fighter Practices - Showcasing new acting/fighting/rules techniques at LARP Alliance events and conventions (WorldCon, Gen Con, ComicCon, and others)
Fighter practices are held in multiple regions to spotlight various LARP styles (such as IFGS, NERO, Adventures Unlimited, Dagorhir, and many others), and give equal opportunity to all current and potential LARPers.
- Supporting numerous Charities
- Multi-LARP and multi-genre events & Maintaining a public LARP Events Calendar (globally-inclusive)
- Workshops/Classes/Training - Weapon-building (in a variety of styles), Role-play and character development, Costuming and Prop-making
- Provide ideas/concepts on rules, business, and more to LARPs and LARPers (Assisted Adventures Unlimited, Live Effects, and others)
- LARP Space - The first online multi-genre and multi-LARP community of its kind - global outreach
- Currently working on the first west coast LARP, in conjunction with Intercon LARP conventions.
- Bi-Monthly globally-inclusive newsletter and articles throughout the LARP community
- Promoting LARPs via websites and articles (assisting in the rapid growth of all SoCal LARPs)
- Spotlight - LARPer of the Year, LARPer of the Month
- Transportation assistance to and from events & Player-Share Program
- LARP Album - "The Gallivanter's Rhapsody"
LARP Alliance is the director and distributor of this compilation album and first of its kind. The LARP Album is a multi-genre collection of original LARP-inspired songs and comical audio pieces (in conjunction with Knollwit Studio) contributed to by various LARP organizations and artists. It spotlights a variety of IC (In-Character) and OOC (Out-Of-Character) pieces - similar to a "Best Of" Album - (upcoming media project "Best of LARP").
The Adventurer's Guild (aka The Academy) is an in-game and in-character assistant directed at newbies (new LARPers or LARPers new to a specific game). This traveling unit provides game rules instructions and character skill practice, teaches strategy/battle prep, all while keeping players in-character and giving them each specific character plot. There currently is no other group which does this.
When The Academy is not in function, the flow of game involvement continues via distribution of character tales, "During Game" cooking recipes, acting and costuming tips, and safety instruction.
They have contributed hundreds of weapons and props/sets/effects to LARP functions and players in order to showcase new product and provide gear to those who have none. They often are known to contribute other items and labor such as food, cooking and construction labor, and talent (musicians, actors, dancers, etc) to enhance the atmosphere of the games.
- Rick McCoy - LARP Historian, Global Promoter, Long-time LARPer, Weapon-maker and designer, Game Rules creator and conceptualist
- Adrianne Grady - Long-time LARPer, Global Promoter, Weapon designer, Costumer, Media Rep and Advisor, Games Rules creator and conceptualist
- Chris Vrem - Long-time LARPer, creator of "Vrem Blades" the well-known weapon-making style of the [IFGS]