Live Action Role Playing or LARP (sometimes shortened to LRP) came about when a group of people who had been playing tabletop RPG (Role playing Games) wanted to know what it would be like to play the characters for real instead of on paper and using dice. They made costumes and weapons and wrote a set of rules (often known as a system) and LARP was born.
There are LARP clubs spread out all over the UK, each has its own system and genre. Some are science fiction based, some are fantasy based. In fact there is probably a LARP system out there to suit anyone's role playing wants
Again this is very dependent on the clubs and the systems. The small systems run with only a group of friends coming along to join in. The bigger systems have 8000+ people turning up for the events. On average the weekend events run by Faded Glory have around 50 people attend them.
This varies from club to club but for the most part clubs have a minimum age of 18. The main reason for this is because of insurance companies will only insure adults to take part in events. Having said this recently the insurance companies have changed their policies. Therefore it is always best to ask the club you are looking to attend.
As with any sport there is the chance of injury while at a LARP event.  However, most good LARP clubs do everything they can to ensure the safety of those who attend their events.  As long as you follow the safety rules laid out by the clubs organizers there is very little chance of you being injured at an LARP event.
We are based in the UK and we run events near Northampton, Bedford, Banbury and Milton Keynes
This depends on whether you are playing or crewing. If you are crewing we provide all the costumes and weapons you will need so you only need to bring sleeping gear, clothes and food. We reccomend dark clothing and comfortable, sturdy, waterproof footware. If you are playing in addition to the gear you need to crew, you also need to provide your own costume, weapons and other items you feel you need to play your character the way you want to.