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LARP in the Park – Planet J’s Live Action Role Playing Theme Park in China Opens 2015
Date:2014-11-26   Views:1396

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Today in news of the fabulously nerdy, we bring you an announcement that may encourage you to put down your XBOX controller, your comic books, your latest Minecraft project and actually leave the house. Planet J is bringing LARP to China at Macau’s Sands Cotai Central – a multi-hotel and entertainment destination that already offers some amazing themed entertainment including DreamWorks experiences such as How to Train Your Dragon Training Camp, character breakfasts and parades.

Planet J will be roughly 100,000 square feet of family-friendly play space where guests adopt a fantasy character and role play in games to pursue objectives and interact with other guests. The setting will be Magic Stone Kingdom and the planned opening is Spring 2015. Each guest will choose a character and get a magic book which will likely be a tablet or other portable mobile device to guide them through the user experience in the park. It’s being promoted as a LARP experience (live action role playing).

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The park’s magic book allows players to interact with the more than 200 game challenges in the park which test “wits, stamina and speedy reactions” at themed game areas. Challenges will fuse tech and storytelling elements and the gamer’s results will be posted on the Planet J system – every good game needs a leader board. On return visits, guests will earn the right to level up and face challenges of increasing difficulty so each experience isn’t just a replay of the same old game.

From the look of the early sketches, it actually seems more like a blown up version of the Disney interactive in-park games than a full-on live action role playing experience per the hype. When I think LARP, I think of home-crafted armor, foam swords, tabards and faux jousting. The definition of LARP, according to Wikipedia, is “a form of role-playing game where the participants physically act out their characters’ actions. The players pursue goals within a fictional setting represented by the real world while interacting with each other in character.” The look of this park is somewhat anachronistic and it seems that while you are immersed in a world you can interact with via your provided device, you’re not fully in character.

If they plan to augment through costume rental or even by providing costumes, that would bring it more to what most would consider a true LARP experience. Without the cosplay element, it feels more like you’re just taking your video game system for a walk. Also, LARPing is a social experience, and face planting into a smart device doesn’t promote the communal spirit of being in a fantasy world with other people.

But if Planet J is anything like Disney’s Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure, it will be a lot of fun. If you haven’t played, Agent P’s, it begins with you being given a spy device (aka a smart phone) and a mission in one of the regions of Epcot. We chose the UK when we played. From there, you follow clues to certain locations and the device triggers action from Easter eggs in the area. In the golf shop, a trophy turned to provide us a clue. Later, at the toy shop, several toys in the window display moved and talked to us. Disney offers an iteration of this experience in most of the theme parks. It was pretty fun and I can well imagine that an entire park of similar experiences would definitely entice tweens and younger.

For the more sophisticated gaming enthusiast or those looking for a real LARP experience the plans, as announced, fall short. True LARPing is about taking on a character identity, and role playing in a fantasy world. When I heard LARP theme park, I was thinking more of a Westworld/Futureworld experience – check out these still-great 70s flicks to see how fulfilling and frightening a truly immersive theme park could be. I look forward to seeing more details on the park as they emerge, but for now, Planet J looks to be a fun arcade on steroids.

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