Live-action role-playing, or larping, can be just a nice way to spend a weekend. But especially in parts of Europe, it's also an educational tool — and that doesn't necessarily make it any less cool. On February 4th, a retired German destroyer will become the site of a five-day, 80-person larp based on Ronald D. Moore's Battlestar Galactica.
According to the organizers, it's being funded with money from the German Federal Agency for Civic Education. The agency is devoted to fostering political and media literacy; among other things, it's published comics, set up training program for local journalists, and funded international exchange programs. Other national governments have supported role-playing as an edifying activity as well; in Sweden, grants are available for larp and gaming hobbyist groups.
Вот это круто, прямо так, что awesome. Побольше бы таких людей в правительствах.