LARP stands for Live Action Roleplaying. It is basically Dungeons & Dragons on acid and is the highest form of gaming nerdom possible. Instead of sitting around describing what your character does as you do in D&D, you spend a weekend out in the middle of the forest as your character, doing everything your character does. If your character fights, you fight (yay, weapons!). If your character launches a daring raid on an enemy camp, then you go and actually raid the enemy camp. I’ve always thought that it would be kinda fun and insanely geeky to go and do a LARP.
My workmate Neal and I quickly established when I first arrived that we were both gamers and he is a mad keen LARPer. One thing lead to another and I have been invited to join him at a LARP Con on the first weekend in June. There’s only one catch, the LARP is run in German (obviously, considering where we live). Therefore I have only four months to get my German up to a conversational level, enough to be able to LARP. My character will be a foreigner which will give me a perfect excuse not to be able to speak German well (it would be stupid to play a character from the country the LARP is based in when I barely speak the language), but to get the maximum enjoyment out of it all and not to annoy Neal all weekend, I want to be able to speak German as well as I possibly can. Hence the LARP Con Language Challenge.
All suggestions about how I can fast track my German language learning will be gratefully accepted. I will be heading back to the Bibliothek to get out more children’s picture books and DVDs and trying to speak as much German as I possibly can, but I feel this requires more and I’m not 100% sure how to go about it.
The thought that I must be absolutely insane to do this has crossed my mind more than once.