Here, in a pre-Thanksgiving nutshell, is what’s ringing my larpy bell these days:
- American Freeform. Evan Torner has a great description of the genre up, a manifesto of sorts, that talks about how American Freeform is in dialogue with other gaming traditions.
- I just discovered Peter Woodworth’s Bad-ass Larp Tricks series, aimed at campaign games. It’s a clever collection of tips for players and organizers on topics as diverse as appropriate staff behavior to how to keep players in game and make the most of your experience.
- The Polish larp conference Kola has unleashed its first international larp theory publication in English! Free download here.
- The Blue Eye/Brown Eye experiment is back in this contemporary film about the experiment, unleashed on white students in a college classroom while students of color watch and comment. It’s a long and rough-to-watch, but interesting look at how roleplaying can transform a person’s political consciousness.
- The Alibis for Interaction conference in Sweden looked like a fascinating convergence of interaction designers the world over. Here’s a personal account of what it was like!
- Halat Hisar (State of Siege). It’s a little complicated, but in Finland, Finns and Palestinians collaborated on a game about the occupation, resistance, and activism set in a proxy version of Finland. Early play reports are trickling out. You can read a concise summary here, or a longer breakdown here. Or fire up your Google translate and nip over to the game website.
- Pretty larp costumes from Krigshjärta VI, a Swedish war larp that runs a couple times a year. Petter Karlsson has all the photos of sweet medieval outfits that you could possibly want.
- Just discovered this addictive blog of .gifs for larp organizers!