LARPing and Trigger Warnings

Have you ever experienced a traumatic event that affected you for the rest of your life? I have, and I think about it often. Even at LARPs (live action role playing games), I am occasionally reminded of a past traumatic incident.

Several years ago, I was in a car accident. I was a passenger in a car that hit a concrete wall at 60 miles per hour. I live with back pain every day and will have to do so for the rest of my life. This affects how I LARP, what types of characters I play, and how often I play them. It also creates situations in which I am triggered – by that I mean I am immediately reminded of the car accident. This produces a state of anxiety which is common among those who experience triggers. I was diagnosed and treated for PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and find that LARP has helped me become stronger than my fear and anxiety. Read the full article at

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About Tara M. Clapper 274 Articles
Tara is a lifelong geek and the founder and publisher of The Geek Initiative. Her interests were forged in an early appreciation for "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Jurassic Park," and many historical fiction and fantasy novels. Tara is a game designer, LARPer, and frequent convention attendee. The author of over 1,000 individual blogs, her content has been featured on HelloGiggles,,, and The Billfold. She holds a B.A. in English from McDaniel College and has attended many events as press (including New York Comic Con). Tara has a professional background in marketing and publishing. She lives in the Philadelphia area. A Marvel fan, her favorite superhero is undoubtedly Thor. View her portfolio at:

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