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Larping in Croatia is nothing new really. It's been going on since '97, and it got its own small community. However, its internet presence had always been rather lacking. Therefore, I decided to start this blog (among other larp projects) in April 2011 to keep track of what's going on on Croatian larp scene and report it to both Croatian and international larp community. Together with local larp news and reviews you'll also find theory articles and other related larp articles. (BTW, if you wonder why am I writing larp in lowercase, the answer can be found here.)



My name is Ivan Žalac. Aside from my regular IT job for Zagreb Stock Exchange, I've been a larper since 2001., member of the larp association Lateralus, the author and organizer of several Croatian larps (there's a few one-shots available for free download on the above link so check it out). I'll be proud to be your larp blogger.

You can contact me on Google+, Facebook and Twitter. Possibly on some more social media where I'm present, but I'm less active there. You'll also find me involved in various Facebook groups and Google+ communities. I'm always interested in meeting other larpers and networking with them. I want to learn what your larp is like, and if you want to do a story on your larp we can probably arrange that too. You can also join some Google Groups (which can function either as mailing lists or forums) - I've got a general one, and specific ones for Terra Nova and Izgon larps.

Want to repost, translate or build upon the content of this blog? You can! Read this. You will also find a number of posts from this blog reposted on LARPBook and Electro-LARP.

I also contribute to larping.org, with original articles, The Larp Group video panel series, and an (occasional) repost or a rewritten article.

The best way to support this blog is to larp! Improve your local larps. Expand or start a scene. It's not as hard as it looks. Visit a larp of a different style, which you wouldn't have visited otherwise. Approach everything with an open mind, and allow yourself to learn. Allow yourself to immerse in the authors' vision of larp. Larp is a lot of things, it can be run in a lot of ways, and the best way to learn it is to experience it yourself, or to create it. Bring your friends into larp!

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