Most Larpers have concerns about Airsoft and those should be adressed; the list is of course not complete…
- The weapon looks real and I don`t want to get trouble with the police
- The Airsoft Community is immature, I don`t want to be seen with those people
- I have to wear those goggles all the time, they interfere with my immersion
Most Airsofters on the other hand have concerns about going “LARP” during an airsoftgame. Reasons?
a. I want a fun afternoon/weekend in the woods with my teammates, not exploring depths of human behaviour
b. Airsoft is a physically demanding activity, I can`t run around all day AND play a character
c. What do I do, when I die?
- Yes the weapons look real. Running around in public with Airsoft weapons is dangerous and the police WILL interfere. Therefore, Airsoft-LARPS have to be in secluded areas with no visitors, and the police and local authorities must be informed beforehand!
- Personal experience: yes, some are immature but not more than on an average LARP or on your average workplace. Most airsofters on the other hand are responsible adults, having family and jobs like lawyers, dentists, police, engineers, IT-guys, medical-emergency-technician etc…
- The goggles are for your safety, the only part of your body that can be truly damaged by the BB pellets are your eyes. For immersion: Tactical goggles are all around the place in real MEMC.
a. Yes, granted that, but you could explore so much more if you are willing to let us take you on a whole new experience.
b. The exhaustion you feel is real, so it is real for your character, too. The outside world/experience is “bleeding in” your character.
c. You respawn as either “the new guy in the squad” (simple solution) or as one of the new guys of your former enemy (complicated, but more interesting solution)