San Francisco Hosts Largest LARP Event For Batkid!
Holy Mighty Morphin’ San Francisco, Batman!
On Friday, November 15th, 2013 San Francisco put on what was probably the largest LARP event in history. If you don’t know what LARP is, that’s okay. I learned it from Supernatural when the boys found out people were dressing up like them and pretending to hunt ghosts. LARP stands for Live Action Role Play. In essence, it’s a role play that’s acted out as opposed to being text based or an MMO on the computer.
In a heartwarming, tear-jerking, restoration of faith in humanity, the combined efforts of the Make a Wish Foundation and the City of San Francisco – a little boy named Miles Scott was transformed into Batkid, and for a day he got to be Batman’s superkid sidekick.
This brave boy, made of pure awesome, has been battling leukemia since he was just one year old. Now five, it was just recently in June, that Miles kicked cancers butt and found himself in remission. Already a superhero of epic proportions, Miles wanted to be just like Batman. Upwards of 12,000 volunteers transformed San Francisco into Gotham City and Miles, an ordinary superhero, got to LARP the streets as none other than:
This fantastic caped crusader had a day filled with crime fighting and adventure. Batman was at his side the entire time, starting from the Chief of Police personally asking for Batkid’s assistance. Saving a damsel in distress, thwarting the nefarious plans of The Riddler, and saving Lou Seal (The Mascot of the San Fran Giants) from The Penguin was a fantastic feat for Gotham’s smallest superhero. Batkid traveled the city, thinking not of himself, but of the good citizens who needed help!
As the day went on, Batkids story went viral on news, net, and through the hearts of people everywhere. It was insanely hard to keep a dry eye. The people of San Francisco came out in thousands to cheer on Batkid. An entire city united over one little boy. It was an inspirational geektacular day – one that San Francisco, the world, and most assuredly Miles Scott won’t soon forget.
I want to move to San Francisco.
I’m not kidding. The community and people are phenomenal! Who wouldn’t want to live in a place where a city would put on a massive LARP for a little boy in need of some hope? Make a Wish and San Francisco, thank you for making Friday, November 15, 2013 a day I’ll remember – not because of tragedy, but because my faith in the good and the kind nature of people was restored.
Batkid, in all his fantastic glory, was awarded to the key to the city by the mayor for his efforts against crime. Lois Lane and Clark Kent were among two who reported this fantastic story in the Gotham City Gazette. This day, especially for the kid behind the mask, will live on infamy.
Batkid, you are an inspiration in more ways than one. Keep up the good fight. We’re all rooting for you.
For more information on Batkid you can check out:
And please, make sure to follow and support the Make A Wish Bay Area. After all, without them, Miles Scott may never have been transformed into Batkid, and the largest LARP event on the planet may not ever have taken place.