Lessons learned from re-running the larp Last Will

Last Will Larp

The great team of Frida Gamero, Sofia Stenler and Annica Strand, a part of the organizations Ursula as well as makers of the blog Arrtankar (Organizer thoughts) have just finished the second run of their larp Last Will. As a part of their great tradition of documenting their work they have now written a summary of change made between the two runs. A great read for any larp designer and also great reflection on how to run a signup process.

This is a breakdown of the changes between the first and second run of Last Will. It will include changes in the sign-up procedure, design, information to the players, workshops and also situational changes that greatly affected the outcome, for the players and for us organisers.

Head over to Arrtankar to read: Practice makes perfect

A glimpse into the Heart of War – Photos from the larp Krigshjärta VI

Storm forces from The Guild. Portrait. Photo: Moa J-Molitor

Storm knechts from The Guild. Portrait. Photo: Moa J-Molitor

The Swedish campaign Krigshjärta (Heart of War) is known for running great war larps several times a year. Every other summer a bigger event is held, and this year it was Krigshjärta VI. In this post you will find some stunning photos from the larp as well as concept art inspiring the participants into making all the amazing costumes and gear that makes Krighjärta come to life.

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Arrtankar – Reflections from three larp organizers

Sofia, Annica and Frida, the authors of Arrtankar. Taken while they are running the larp Debt and Deliverance. Photo: Caroline Holgersson

Sofia, Annica and Frida, the authors of Arrtankar. The picture was taken during the first run of the larp Debt and Deliverance. Photo: Caroline Holgersson

 

This year, the three Swedish larp organizers Frida Gamero, Sofia Stenler and Annica Strand  started their blog Arrtankar. There write and reflect on larp organizing, while preparing for upcoming projects. Previously they have made great projects such as Understockholm and Next stop Kymlinge. Arrtankar currently holds a bunch of great reads, and my guess is that they will produce a lot more articles. The blog is in Swedish but you can find a translated link below.

I asked Frida Gamero why hey started Arrtankar:

The blog is about the many different aspects of producing a larp. We started the blog to show how all the parts of fiction, creativity, communication and practicalities come together to form a larp thats is ready for the participants to take part in. By writing about how we work we hope to inspire and help others in the process to take an idea and create a larp, from start to finish.

Arrtankar – (translated with Google translate)
Arrtankar (in Swedish)

Thomas B: Larp critique: Mad about the Boy

The man and a woman. From Mad About the Boy in Norway 2010. In-game. Photo: Li Xin

The man and a woman. From Mad About the Boy in Norway 2010. In-game. Photo: Li Xin

 

From a gameplay point of view, MatB proved me that yes, it was possible to have fun roleplaying daily life: no complicated plots, nothing to hide or save, just living life as someone else. Of course everything was more interesting because I was trying to do it «as a woman» but still, it worked.

Read the larp review of Mad About the Boy written by Swiss larper Tomas B who participated in the Swedish run, during the summer of 2013.

The larp was organized by Morgan Jarl, Annika Waern, Ulrika Wiborgh and Qla Zetterberg as producers and the original larpwrights Margrete Raaum, Tor Kjetil Edland and Trine Lise Lindahl as artistic crew. Read more on the Nordic larp wiki.

Lindängens Riksinternat

Peter Munthe-Kaas as Christer Von Lünow, the schools psychology and philosophy teacher. In-game. Photo: Frida Karlsson Lindgren

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 lovinDen 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.