On forums, message boards and social media sites, I see messages from would-be LARPers (live action role players) every day reading something like this:
I really want to LARP, but I'm afraid to.
I'm so shy but I want to LARP.
I wish my friends would go LARPing with me. I don't want to go since I don't know anyone.
These are frequent reasons cited for not attending a LARP. While I agree that it can be easier (and sometimes more fun) to LARP with friends, an outgoing character and a fearless personality, none of those things are required to start LARPing - and you shouldn't let the lack of them stop you.
Every time I see posts like this, I want to just take the poster by the hand and ask her or him to please come LARPing with me. Unfortunately, my friends and I don't live near everyone so I can't always do that. However, there are plenty of friendly, encouraging LARPs all around the country that would love to have you attend their games.
If you feel like you might want to LARP but are afraid to give it a try, consider utilizing the following online resources to learn more about the hobby and ask questions: