Larping’s reality bleed: ‘I’m basically falling in love with a person that does not exist’

Live-action role play can make an ordinary life extraordinary for a couple of hours or days but reintegration is not always easy

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For 52 hours, Davide Orazi didn’t break character, not even when retiring to his bunk. In this live-action role play (Larp) called Conscience, based on HBO’s Westworld, he’d been assigned the role of a guest, the type that gets to flaunt their power over the host robots of the amusement park, without consequence.

Ultimately, Orazi found a path of redemption for his man in black, but an added complication came in the form of a romance with another character within the plot – when both he and they were married to other people in real life. “Which is problematic, because your brain doesn’t know,” Orazi tells Guardian Australia. “Now my brain is full of endorphins and I’m basically falling in love with a person that does not exist.”

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