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Fastaval – Trauma Ward

(So, yes, I’m so far behind on this blog now that it’s not even funny any more. But! Maybe writing about Fastaval, which has only just now happened, will inspire me to catch up a bit.) What is Fastaval? It’s a games convention that takes place in Denmark, every year over the Easter long weekend. […]

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Tallinn Larp Festival

This was the third running of this delightful friendly larp festival (I also went last year), and it was at a new venue: a dance studio complex in the heart of the Estonian capital. There were 17 larps running, and I think about 50 participants – as well as locals, people had come from Italy, […]

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Knutpunkt

The end of the winter brought Knutpunkt, the Swedish leg of the annual Nordic larp conference, held in Lund. This was my first ‘repeat’ – the first KP that I attended was the previous Swedish run, in 2014 – and also the first time that I attended ‘A Week in’, the programme of events that […]

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Life Lessons

I’m getting a bit ahead of myself here, because this is very recent and there’s still loads of old stuff to catch up on. But while it’s fresh, here it is! I ran a playtest, in London, of a new, experimental, larp idea: Life Lessons. The characters are everyday people in today’s world, who have […]

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The Drinklings

The Beginnings The Drinklings started life in a Facebook thread just about a year ago. I was thinking about the historic Inklings sitting around their table in the Eagle and Child pub in Oxford, discussing the progress of their current work. It struck me that this setup might make for an interesting and/or fun larp. […]

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Experimental Findings

Experimental Findings is not exactly a chamber larp, because you’re supposed to run it out of doors, preferably in a bleak and deserted landscape. But it’s for a small number of players in a short period of time, so it’s chamber-larp-like in that sense. Introduction Experimental Findings came about at a weekend larp retreat that […]

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Playground playtest

Playground was a series of workshops run by Jamie Harper, on the use of play in participatory performance. It took place at Theatre Delicatessen in Broadgate, London – the same venue that we used for The Smoke 2018 – and here’s a bit of video of Jamie talking about it. The playtest So I went […]

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A weekend in Belgium

This is still January, but we’re getting a bit closer. I got the Eurostar to Brussels and had a lovely weekend with friends! Kessel Run IX The ninth in a series of day-long house cons run in Kessel-Lo, Leuven – but the first that I had made it to. It was great to see good […]

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Conscience: a larp about humanity

Ok, so my next bit of catching up is the larp Conscience, which took place in Spain in January. It was designed and organized by the NotOnlyLarp group, across two runs for 85 players each on consecutive weekends. Conscience is a larp inspired by the film and TV show Westworld – the setting is a […]

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The Smoke 2018

Last year was the first year of The Smoke: London’s International Larp Festival, which I wrote about here. And this year was the second year! And again I was one of the organizers (together with Dominika Kovacova, Jamie Harper, Jost L Hansen, Karolina Soɫtys, Laura Wood, Michael Such, and with the wonderful help of Jim […]