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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 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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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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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, […]

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Larp

Alex the Great playtest

Today I ran a playtest of a new idea for an online larp, called Alex the Great.

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Larp

Some thoughts about story, and about Story

Different people will have different expectations about what Story there will be in their larp experience, and how much, and where it will come from — and this is one of those things where a mismatch of expectation versus actuality can lead to misery.

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Larp

Rei’s Guide to Online LARP Design

[Note from Mo: this is a guest post, written by the very wonderful Rei England.] The risk of CoViD-19 and the resulting lockdown may have put a temporary halt to the style of LARP we are most familiar with, but that doesn’t mean LARPing must stop. Our wonderfully creative community is already experimenting and finding […]

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Some thoughts about historical larp

This is not a manifesto. But it contains some considerations that I think are important. Designers of a larp set in a historical period have double responsibilities: to the real people of the period, and to the present day. It’s impossible to experience a historical larp, or to design one, other than through our present-day […]

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Larp

The Sense of an Ending

So this is actually some notes from a few years ago, but I thought it might be good to capture them here, rather than in the Facebook post where they first appeared. I was thinking about ways of ending a larp: and this is an initial attempt to categorize possible endings. Here I’m talking about […]