Fantasy live role-playing was created when a group of role-players wondered what it would be like to actually play their character for real. The idea quickly took hold and plans were set in motion to try this out. In 1982 a club called Treasure Trap opened, operating from Peckforton Castle, a 19th century mock castle in Cheshire. This club founded most of the basic concepts and ideas still used in live role-playing today.
During the four years of Treasure Trap's existence, many players who attended Peckforton started up their own clubs around the country. These clubs continued to expand and some are still running today. Although each club or company has its own set of rules, most of them are based on the same underlying principles. In Britain there is now a wide variety of live role-playing available, from small clubs running short linear adventures or modern horror weekends, to ourselves, the Lorien Trust, running large scale battle and theme weekend events during the summer.
As the main Lorien Trust events became more established, a sanctioned event system was established. This system allows smaller, subsidiary events to take place using the Lorien Trust's rules system, game world and campaign. Any club or organisation may run a sanctioned event, provided they gain permission to use the rules system, game world and campaign for each event. A club or organisation interested in running a Lorien Trust sanctioned event should contact head office for more information.