I've been thinking lately that we need better terminology to talk about these styles, and this in this post, I'll attempt to work out some of that terminology.
Whenever possible, I'd like to use terms that are already well-known and understood in the larp communities we're active in. When that's not possible, I want to find terms that are descriptive, so that people unfamiliar with the term can understand what it means, and non-judgmental, so that larpers who identify with these forms of larp won't feel as if the term denigrates the style they love.
Above all, I think it's important that larpers be able to talk about their games in ways other larpers understand. I'm under no illusion that we'll ever get to one standard set of terminology, and this isn't an attempt to get everyone to talk about larps the way I do. Instead, I hope this can serve as a reference point for one (incomplete) set of terms that I plan to use in the future.
It's also worth noting here that I don't think these terms are mutually exclusive. A larp can draw influences from multiple traditions, and indeed, I'll mention a few of ours below that I think could be defined multiple ways.