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What does Croatian larp scene look like? June 2013 update.

It's been nine months since the last scene update on Who's who portal. In the meanwhile, there's been quite a growth pretty much everywhere - which is awesome. There has never been a larger number of larps organized in Croatia than now, and there's never been as much difference in various larps as it is now. The scene is vibrant and numbers can now match those of 10 years ago (although it's more separate now as there's more diversity than it used to be).

The majority of larps organized still belong to the groups using Amtgard's or similar rules - which includes the Barony of Krvomeđe (which is the Amtgard chapter) and its events (Krvomeđe, Rajski Vrhovi, Labuđa Rijeka), Ognjeni Mač and its larps (Maksimir, Jaska, various feasts), Gaia's Utvrda Svjetlosti, Sunčev Potočić, and various other events. All these larps share a world, characters and storyline, and they culminate in a yearly national event: Crolarp, the largest larp in Croatia, and if indications are right this year it will be the bigger than last year (last year had the first Crolarp). I'd say these larps probably account for at least 60% of the Croatian larp scene, and last year's Crolarp was twice as big as anything else.

There are few fantasy larps apart from these. Terra Nova is the only other running series, and one-shots are rare - last year there was Tragači zore, and next year will (likely) bring us the first mythological larp. There are some non-fantasy series though. Steampunk: Para pokreće svijet series already had four major events. Fallout had two. Carmen had one. All those series started in the last year, except for Carmen which had its first event this year.

There's also Izgon, but it's not really a series. It was a one-shot. It will have a sequel, only one and that's it. As pervasive urban fantasy larp, it was certainly different from anything else - and it lasted over a month.

Chamber larps are a relatively new scene... From their humble beginnings - Love is Blue was translated back in 2011., there were a few one-shots afterwards by SRP, and I wrote Death of the Japanese Emperor in December last year - the scene properly started at PoRtaL this year. It was the first larp convention in Croatia.

More details about certain larps and larp groups are summarized on the Who's who website, which I updated today to reflect the freshest info. And I added some historical information. Check it out.


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