In just a few days, the whole idea about Nordic larp has become... much more accessible than it used to be. There's no excuse not to read these two books. It's possible that your outlook on larp will be forever changed. Mine was.
Which is why I'm making a Nordic-style larp of my own. U raljama zvijeri, or In jaws of the beast is a Nordic-style larp I'll run in about 10 days. It's about cults and the methods they use. Plenty of potential triggers there - I wonder how it will go? It's one-shot, one of the very few larps which have all characters pre-written (as self-writing them is considered the standard here) and probably the first one which is fully transparent - with both characters and the plot published beforehand. It will be an interesting experiment. Sign-ups begin tomorrow at noon local time, and you can find more info about it (although all in Croatian) here.
Oh yeah, by the way - do you see those icons on the right side of the page? Those that look like PEGI icons on PC games for content description? They have been designed for larps actually - by Jeremiasz Bremer, and created for Replay Festival (11-13.04.2013, Zielona Góra, Poland). Which is a very very cool idea. I present you the full set:
18+(adult) players only
Full touch (for all players) - all forms of physical contact are permited, including direct violence and sexual-oriented behavior
No pain (for all players) - only the forms of direct phycical contact that dosn't discomfort other players are permited
No touch (for all players) - no forms of direct physical contacts are permited
Player-prepared costumes needed
The game incorporates the topic of bets and gambling
The game incorporates the topic of discrimination or taking advantages over someone
The game incorporates the topic of drugs and addiction
The game incorporates the topic of religion
The game may cointain scenes of sexual intercourse involving the players (using the mechanics provided)
The game may cointain strong and vulgar language
The game may contain scary or disgusting elements
The game may contain scenes of violence involving the players
Yes, these are the graphics I mentioned in my PoRtaL2 review. These seem pretty universally appliccable for any larp and allow you to visually identify both its' content and whether you'd encounter any issues playing it. I'm in love with the idea - I think I'm gonna be using them for my future projects as well :)
P.S. if you're disappointed because you expected this post to contain some fantasy, congrats for reading until its' end! Here's a reward for you - a Drachenfest 2014 trailer (although you should really check the Nordic larp book as there are several truly inspiring fantasy larps there... and Vampire too).
The following 15 rules (warning: strong language) were written some years ago in Great Britain, and have been pretty much generally accepted on the British larp scene. Especially popular is rule 7 - widely known by its number and commonly considered to be the most imortant rule of all (and I agree). Even the biggest British larp forum has taken Rule7 as its name. The rules have been originally created by the Drunken Monkeys and edited by Rick Wynne who added some extra stuff in the explanations to make them more understandable to international audience (it still contains some British larp lingo though), more work-safe and to throw in his two cents. (copy of the original wording is available here ) 1. Don’t play a mighty warrior; play a warrior and be mighty. Don’t label your character. As soon as you say that you are the best swordsman in the land someone will come along and kick your ass. Just get into the mindset of the person and role-play it out. 2. No one cares about you
Available on DriveThruRPG Just under three years ago I wrote a review for Mind’s Eye Theatre: Vampire the Masquerade rulebook . It was the first book published by By Nights Studio, and a year later I reviewed one of its supplements - Storyteller Secrets . Now, after a long period of work, after the success of their kickstarter campaign, By Night Studios finally released the full version of the new larp rules for Werewolf the Apocalypse setting. This was preceded by various alpha, beta, gamma, delta and omega slices - each containing a different playtest version of the rules, slowly released from September last year until July this year. First impressions were that the artwork is very cool, and that the book is HUGE. Numbering at 762 pages, that's over 200 pages more than Vampire the Masquerade. But before I start going in-depth, I'd like to mention that this blog's readers come from various backgrounds - and I'll adjust my review accordingly. I assume I'
Today Croatia has acceeded into the European Union as its 28th state. EU has loads of diverse and different larp scenes and cultures in them. Some of them are local, some are national, some encompass all speakers of a certain language, some are regional, and some are world-famous. Here's a short window into a couple of EU larps and larp scenes, carefully selected and profiled by the criteria of "those I actually visited myself" and "those who bothered to answer my survey on facebook on a short notice", with a dash of "this is like elementary culture you should know". So this is not a full list - not even close - and not even the fully representative one, despite it being the largest post on this blog ever. Even keeping track of the Croatian scene is quite a job and there are still many language barriers around. But hopefully you'll find plenty of new and interesting material here. If you want your larp represented - whether it's battle
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