Jaakko Stenros at the Nordic Larp Talks Oslo 2013. Photo: Johannes Axner
Let’s move on to the aesthetics. Where is the beauty in larp?
Larps are created by a combination of game organizers and players and people that fall somewhere between the two. However, these groups are not comparable to performers and spectators. Larp is not staged by one group for another.
This means that the conventional aesthetics of, say, theatre, do not apply. You are not just someone sitting back and appreciating something beautiful, nor are you projecting an excellence in performance from the stage. You are participating in the doing and appreciating the action created.
Read the talk Living The Story, Free to Choose – Participant Agency in Co-Created Worlds by Jaakko Stenros, that was presented this month at the new conference Alibis for Interaction in Landskrona, Sweden.
Jakko is a games and transmedia researcher and a doctoral candidate at the Game Research Lab, University of Tampere and of the authors of Pervasive Games: Theory and Design. He is also the editor of several iconic works, such as the Nordic Larp book.
Peter Munthe-Kaas as Christer Von Lünow, the schools psychology and philosophy teacher. In-game. Photo: Frida Karlsson Lindgren
Lindängen is definetly one of the better larps I have participated in. Comparable only to larps as Just a little lovin, Den hvide krig and Brudpris both design wise and in the actual play experience. I predict that we will see more productions of Lindängen in the future and would recommend everyone with an interest in the psychology of schools and group dynamics to sign up.
Danish Peter Munthe-Kaas has written about the larp Lindängens Riksinternat (Lindängen Boardingschool) held in Sweden 16-20 October 2013.
The expedition in the Töfsing valley from the larp Terra Incognita. Portrait taken after game 2. Photo: Johannes Axner
Terra Incognita was a small and very well organized horror larp in the Cthulhu Mythos that was started with the stories by H.P. Lovecraft. The story was set in Sweden in 1922, telling the story of an expedition searching for a missing researcher, last heard of in a desolate village in the Töfsing valley.
The Monitor Celestra was larp inspired by Battlestar Galactica. The scene was the monitor class spacehip Celestra. This was the navigation table in the bridge. Photo: Petter Karlsson
The Monitor Celestra was a Battlestar Galactica inspired non-profit larp project in Nordic style that was held during three weekends in March 2013. It was an action-packed high drama experience that took the real Swedish destroyer-class ship Småland and turned it into a real frakkin’ spaceship.
“1982: It was the summer AIDS came to New York City” Photo: Karin Ryding
Just a Little Lovin’ is a larp about friendship, desire and fear of death. It tells the story about a group in or close to the New York gay community during the early 80’s and the impact of the HIV-virus.
The larp Till Death Do Us Part was organized in August in Birzeit Palestine. It was an amazing experience and through thoughtfully portraying Arabic and Nordic cultures during a wedding celebration. And as it was live role-playing I will now point out that this was not a real wedding.
I have never before been amazed by contrasts. Seeing Palestine with all it’s beauty, fantastic weather and lovely people clashing with memories and ongoing horrible actions due to the illegal Israeli occupation was mind blowing.
I spent last week outside Vilnius in Lithuania, helping out with a ground-breaking project in the Nordic larp scene, the Larpwriter Summer School 2012.
Together with Morgan Jarl I have written the larp When Our Destinies Meet. It is not really “only a larp” – it would be better described a system for creating short larps.
Yesterday I held a lecture about Nordic Larp. Here you can watch the presentation and my collections of links for further watching, reading and of course also playing.
I våras besökte Lärarnas Nyheter science-fiction lajvet Omicron som jag var med och arrangerade med LajvVerkstaden, för en 9:e klass ifrån Västerås.