A superb blog post from a LARPer who has seen both sides of the fence (playing and running) from the perspective of being a disabled LARPer.
Under The Stars was a great success not just in terms of plot and game play but in terms of it’s accessibility and it is something we should be aspiring to.
I wanted to write a bit about disablism in the UK LARP scene. Something that might not interest some of you, but interests me.
A quick bit of context for those larpers that don’t know me: I’m a disabled LARPer; I use a wheelchair because of an enduring set of impairments, I have enduring mental health issues and I like to attend collaborative storytelling events. I like to think of myself as progressive and part of the UK (not US) disabled people’s movement, so I use the language we use to describe myself and other disabled people (should you be wondering about the choice of, for example, disablism rather than American terms like ableism).
Photograph of three larpers, including myself using a wheelchair and another using a stick for support (and looking awesome). Photograph taken by Beth Dooner, Empire LRP, June 2017.
Disability is, at it’s root, a function of…
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