Larp-A-Palooza is an event held by the UAA Game Club scheduled for March 5. At this event, students will have the opportunity to meet new friends and participate in an imaginative part of the UAA community. Social work major Jackie Odena, who is the current president of the UAA Game Club and a member since 2012, talked to TNL about the feature event.
TNL: Tell us about Larp-A-Palooza!
Odena: “Larp-A-Palooza cosists of two days of live action role-playing (LARP) events. Participants will be able to make their own foam saber, then engage in epic battles the following week.”
How long has Larp-A-Palooza been around at UAA?
“This is the first time we have held an event like this. We’ve been interested in hosting a LARPing event for a long time now, but due to time, cost and a shortage on manpower, we’ve never been able to — until now! We’ve raised the money though participating at events like Haunted Halloween Fun Night over the years and through Club Council. This is also the largest event that we’ve planned, so it’s definitely been a learning process and we hope to do this again next year.”
What do you hope this event will bring to UAA?
“One of the purposes of our club is to encourage members to get out of their comfort zones and try new things! Not many of us have ever tried LARPing before and thought it would be fun to share that experience with other students. We also wanted to give UAA students an opportunity to try something different. It’s also an event for those who do participate in LARPing activities to bring their skills and enthusiasm on campus. We’d like to encourage teamwork, cooperation and a sense of community through fun and friendly competition!”
Is there any additional information that you would like to add?
“Although our ‘Make Yer Own Saber’ event has passed, we still have our Larp-A-Palooza event this upcoming Thursday, March 5, starting at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Cafeteria for students and members of the public to come and LARP it up! We will have some foam sabers on hand to loan to students. We will be releasing rules for the LARPing event as within the next week. We encourage students to attend!”
This event is free for UAA students and $2 for members of the public. There will also be board games, card games and video games set up in the North Cafeteria.