Lizzie Stark is a freelance journalist and the author of Leaving Mundania, a narrative nonfiction account of larp. She is founder and editor-in-chief of the literary magazine Fringe, and blogs every week at


Lizzie Stark, author of a new book on live action role play, chronicles the lavish cultural history of the burgeoning hobby.


Larp is an interactive storytelling medium. Just as books or film can tell a wide range of stories, from stream-of-conscious narratives to adventure, so too can larp, says Lizzie Stark, author of Leaving Mundania. Here are some of the different types of games and stories in the larp universe.

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