Morristown on high LARP alert

Bryn Moore, Hussain Aziz, Sarah Brand and Kayla Arold at Dexcon 17 in Morristown, July 4, 2014. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Bryn Moore, Hussain Aziz, Sarah Brand and Kayla Arold at Dexcon 17 in Morristown, July 4, 2014. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

 

Once again, Morristown is in the grip of alien beings from strange worlds.

Toga-wearing couple Nick Stack and Allie Perera landed here from the Isle of Long.

Thad Valentine, 12, brought his stuffed dog and plastic motorcycle all the way from State College, PA.

Wicked-looking Kayla Arold made the trip from Albany.

They are among 1,400 LARPs– live action role players–at the Hyatt Morristown all weekend for Dexcon 17.

Board games, video games, quiz shows and potato chips augment the LARP sessions.

What’s the appeal of LARPing?

'DORN,' a.k.a. McLean, from the game Knight Realms at Dexcon 17 in Morristown, July 4, 2014. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

‘DORN,’ a.k.a. McLean, from the game Knight Realms at Dexcon 17 in Morristown, July 4, 2014. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

“I can geek out and people get it. There’s no place else where I can do that,” said Thad Valentine. “And it’s a weekend of playing games. What’s better than that?”

Well, maybe one thing, Thad.

If Dexcon’s costumed characters had paraded into Friday’s July Fourth celebration at the Presbyterian Church, that would have been something to write home about…regardless of what planet you call home.

MORE ABOUT DEXCON, LARPING

Admission to Dexcon 17 is $55 on Saturday, and $35 on Sunday. See the Dexcon website for more details.



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