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Star Wars resort LARP survey on Swagbucks – would you pay $900 for 2 nights?

Star Wars, resort, and live action roleplaying (LARP) sounds like a winning combination to me. It may never happen, but we can be sure someone is considering it because there is a marketing research survey on Swagbucks right now.

The potential Disney resort would feature a Star Wars theme where guests stay stay in a starship. It’s interesting that video games often go with strong science fiction or fantasy brands. I’ve seen games based on intellectual property (IP)s inlcuding Star Wars, Star Trek, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, Marvel, DC, and more. LARPing is a much smaller business and the business model doesn’t include money for licensing a name brand. There was a magic school LARP recently that was either inspired by or a ripoff of Harry Potter, but they didn’t actually use / pay for the Harry Potter IP.

So a Star Wars LARP would be pretty unique – so far we’ve never seen a LARP based on such a famous IP. What do you say to $900 per person for…

  • 2 nights in a luxury resort that looks and feels like a starwars space craft
  • Rooms for up to 4 people with a galaxy view or a pool/atrium view
  • Meals provided, including buffet breakfast and dinners with entertainment (Jaba the Hut style entertainment?)
  • 1 day of Walt Disney World admission to Hollywood Studios
  • Live character chance encounters
  • Take part in a Star Wars story through personalized secret missions, flight training, starship exploration, and lightsaber training.

Please leave a comment to let us know what you think about a Star Wars LARP. Also, if you’ve taken the survey, please let me know if I’ve missed any important details.

Traveling around the world for Live Action Roleplaying

Long time readers may recall that one of my hobbies is live action roleplaying (LARP). I’ve never traveled more than a few hundred miles for a LARP, road trips from Atlanta to Gettysburg and from NY to Ohio and West Virginia are as far as I’ve gotten. But some people get much further from home for their gaming fix.

There’s an ad here, about a LARP in Yas Waterworld in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Though lacking in detail, the page says the LARP draws on the region’s culture. Players “join a Pearl Tribe where you will be part of a clan-family and will learn the rituals and traditions of one of the five tribes.” It sounds pretty cool, but also very hands-off compared to some LARPS – there is no mention of character creation or roleplaying themes on the site.

For example, this story mentions a guy from Brooklyn who went to Poland for a LARP. It sounds like a long trip to play a game, but this game took place in a castle, which sounds pretty amazing. It’s kind of like being a tourist who gets to visit the castle in addition to being a LARPer who gets to play a game.

The LARP I play with my friends is called Alliance. It’s more than just a game. It’s a camping trip. I don’t get to enjoy nature much while working on my dissertation so I really enjoy spending a weekend outdoors – usually you sleep in cabins although 20 years ago I used to sleep in a tent at LARPs. Last year I went to a LARP in Gettysburg in October and realized it was a great way to spend hours surrounded by Autumn leaves.

But even better than spending some time in the great outdoors is I get a chance to hang out with friends I have known for years and don’t usually see.

Larping tomorrow in Tampa

Long time readers might know of my peculiar LARPing habit. Living in Korea, I missed Live Action RolePlaying, though I did get to hit a few LARP events over the years when I was back home to visit.

Anyhow, now that I’m back in America, there are LARPs around. So tomorrow I visit Tampa to LARP in Florida for the first time. If you live in Florida and like Larping, this should definitely be on your list of things to do in Tampa. I won’t be doing the usual (although the usual in Tampa can be really good, like Big Cat Rescue). I’ll be doing something like this: