Artist Nick Edwards has posted a wonderful illustrated guide to LARPing, or live-action role-playing, that oft-mocked practice of dressing up and physically playing/acting out fantasy campaigns and battles in the real world.

This introduction covers the basics of LARPing, such as the different genres, reasons why someone would take an interest in this kind of role-playing, and tips on costumes. It also discusses some of the dangers of LARPing and how it can affect real-world relationships.

The best part of the short guide, though, is Edwards' art, brimming with muscly minotaurs, burning cyclopes, and a green cube thing. I've included a couple more pages below, but you can see the entire thing online at the artist's LiveJournal.

[Via i09]