Period is a term used to describe the setting, clothing and time of a LARP event such as clothing (garb), scenery, backdrop pieces and even smaller details such as silverware or even dialect. For many, period is what defines their hobby, many putting time and effort into their costume or "kits". In this article, we are going to explore what the true meaning of the term period is because the term is subjective for many people which can lead to arguments if these people are part of the same LARP.
All LARPers, regardless of experience, are looking for immersion. The most direct approach to immersion often stems from physical scenery and costuming. The more in depth these elements are, the less likely the real world will interfere with their immersion process. People LARP to do something outside the real world, not to be reminded of it (picture a barbarian wearing blue denim).
The main issue that raises all these arguments is the debate on what needs to be physically shown and what can be left to the imagination. Unless complete and total historical accuracy is the goal and requirement for all members, it is safe to say that imagination can make up for any gaps in quality regarding kits. This should not be used as an excuse to create a poor kit out of laziness and lack of effort. Nor should the standards ever be so high to the point where they become exclusive only to a select few. Too little imagination is worse than no imagination and too much attention to the little things can kill the spark of imagination that people have.
Despite this compromise, the question still remains as to what is the acceptable standard? The answer depends on what LARPers can agree to in their respective games and sports. Those who want a higher standard should set an example instead of critiquing and arguing with their fellow players. They do not have to like you, but they should want to be like you. And for those who ask "Why?" or, "What is the point of trying to look good?" comes down to a manner of self respect. Treat your hobby or lifestyle as a living thing that can always be honed, and it won't let you down.