LARPing groups thrive, play out epic storylines in Utah

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SANDY — On any given Wednesday night, you might see a group of people, dressed in medieval attire, battling it out at Dimple Dell Park. It's just one of several locations the group, Mythic Realms, frequents to play out the ongoing storyline of the world of Cyrillia. Among the group, Suzanne Jerman plays a Red Skull Orc, known as Sonya Garadetzki.

"I play kind of a mean character," Jerman explained, smiling. "I'm very people-pleasing in my job, and it's fun to come out and play someone really rude."

Jerman, as well as several others, like Zach Martin have been doing Live Action Role Playing, also called LARPing, for well over a decade. Martin says his father got him started as a child.

"It gets me out. It gets me social interaction with people," Martin said. "I get to meet a lot of cool, new people, and it fuels a lot of ideas for writing and creativity and stuff."

For Steven Cook, LARPing is all about getting out and interacting with others.

"Instead of sitting in a movie theater with popcorn, I can go out on the battlefield and kill things," said Cook.

To find LARPing groups around Utah, check the links below.

Mythic Realms - Salt Lake County

Living Adventures - Salt Lake County

The Wastelands - Murray - a comprehensive list of LARPing groups around the country.


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