Tuesday, 11 November 2008

How To Fight An Orc

The current FHM is out now, including my epic tale of being beaten senseless by a pack of orcs in a forest at 2AM. Or, to put it another way, what happened to me when I hooked up with Heroquest, the UK's oldest Live Action Role Playing society. The superb photos are by Peter Kindersley.

They're compensating for the world around them – one which just doesn’t offer men the excitement and challenges that it used to. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that so many LARPers are IT guys who came of age at a time when boundless futurism promised that come this millennium, we’d be living in an evolved world of circuit boards and video wrist-watches. The escapism, excitement and utopian future that they hoped technology would deliver never quite arrived. But every two weeks it actually exists in an old youth camp on the Welsh border.

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