A larp idea that came to me last night… set in a writers’ colony in an authoritarian regime that starts as idealistic but becomes increasingly repressive. Writers are given free housing and food in the colony, but their work will only be published if it’s approved by the state. Some are secretly informers.
(This might not make much sense outside of the context of Allegiance, which I really need to write something here about. But anyway I wanted to capture these thoughts, originally shared on Facebook.) One of the interesting (I think) things about Allegiance, the larp in Norway that I’ve recently been involved with, was brought out […]
Organizers put in lots of time and emotion and sometimes money to make larps and larp events happen. Let’s talk a little about how organizers can become burnt out – and how to avoid it.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]