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Larp

Two more dreamed larps

Two larp ideas that came to me in dreams, a few nights ago. Dreams have often been fertile sources for ideas, although often they turn out to be a bit useless. We shall see! The first one So one of these was inspired, I think, by Damon Knight’s short story ‘Four in One‘, which I […]

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Verbal games

A game where you want other people to say your secret word

So I dreamed another game last night — not a larp, more of a cooperative parlour game kind of thing. The way it works is — you go around the circle of players, each person in turn says a noun and performs some corresponding physical action, and together they make up a story. So for […]

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Larp

The Quota

The Quota was a larp that ran in the UK in May 2018. (Yes, I’m now more than three years behind with this blog…) From Avalon Larp Studios and in association with Broken Dreams Larp, The Quota was set in a near future in which the UK has broken up, and England has gone further […]

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General

Alongame

Alongame is a quite novel kind of idea in games, I think. The website describes it as a “world-building legacy game, for a community of remote players who will create several generations of an original world together.” But as well as being that as an overall game experience, it was made up of a mosaic […]

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Larp

Still Waters

I’m not sure how many larps have been written that were designed to be played by people in a hot tub. Probably not a huge number — if you know of any, let me know! My interest in them came about when the venue that’s used by Consequences, the UK’s chamber larp festival, introduced hot […]

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Larp

Larp dreams

This morning I woke from a dream in which I was at a weekend larp, with an Edwardian setting (first decade of 20th-century UK), at a country house of some sort. My character was wandering in the woods, chatting with some others, when they came across a small summerhouse. Laid out inside it were a […]

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Larp

Larp retreat

A few weeks ago I went on a larp retreat weekend — the first for quite a while. (This was ok under UK rules at the time, as it only involved combining two bubbles.) The aim was to playtest some ideas that we had variously been brewing. (As well as lovely company, great food and […]

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Larp

Weave

Just recently I took part in the playtest of Weave, a new online larp from Spark LRP. Weave is played in Discord. It takes place almost entirely via text — the concluding section has some audio and video broadcast at you, but you as a participant don’t ever have to use sound or camera. There […]

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Conventions Larp

Knutepunkt Magic Book Weekend

Last weekend was an online conference in support of the publication of the 2021 Knutepunkt book. Of course normally the book coincides with KP itself, and in recent years people have talked about its contents at the conference itself, or perhaps at the Nordic Larp talks that precede it. But this year, as Knutepunkt isn’t […]

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Larp

Sound Explorers

Sound Explorers was an online larp run by Nina Runa Essendrop as part of the weekend of activity that replaced the original dates of Knutepunkt 2021. It takes place entirely via audio — and was initially designed as an experience for blind people. This run happened via Zoom. And as well as not seeing anything, […]