Uk's Independent just featured a great interview with a teenaged LARPer from South London, who explains the hobby very well, and gives a taste of what makes it so engrossing:
Dressing up as an elf and heading out to the woods to engage in battle with a whole cast of other elves, humans and "half-orcs" is not how you'd imagine an average kid from south London would spend his weekend. But if you knew the feeling you get when it is 1.30 in the morning, it's pitch black, you're in the middle of a forest and you know there's a big nasty monster out there who wants to kill you, then you'd understand why. At this point, you completely forget that you're in character and all you can think is: Oh my God, I'm going to die! It's the best adrenaline rush I've ever had.
Read the full story here: [article
(In totally unrelated news, this is the 100th post to the new blog! Huzzah!)