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Fairweather Manor: The Latest Iteration of the Blockbuster Formula?

22
Dec
Fairweather Manor: The Latest Iteration of the Blockbuster Formula?
Fairweather Manor is a historically-inspired international larp for 140 whose first run took place in Zamek Moszna, Poland, on the 5-8th of November 2015. It was created by the Liveform/Rollespilsfabrikken team already behind the creation of College of Wizardry. As such, the format, creative team, and overall design of the larp connects Fairweather Manor to the previous games considered as following the Blockbuster Formula, while also having its own, unique identity. This article will therefore...
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Larp Review: Rebels on the mountain

07
Sep
Larp Review: Rebels on the mountain
I Ribelli della Montagna (“Rebels on the Mountain”) – When Larp teaches us about war Can Playing Games Teach Us About War? Many Larps have handled this question before, but its pertinence certainly comes to mind when considering the efforts that have been put on designing “I Ribelli della Montagna”, an Italian Larp set in the early days of September 1944, as fascist Italy is crumbling from the defeat of Mussolini but fighting still rages on. In addition to being an extremely ambitious...
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5 writing tips I’ve learned…

04
May
5 writing tips I’ve learned…
…from designing female characters in a gender-segregated patriarchal Larp subculture Most roles in historically-inspired Larps tend to be gender-segregated, involving patriarchal societies (which were mostly the norm, at least when European Christian societies – in the broader sense of term – are concerned). This makes the creation of female characters more challenging. I am not talking here of larps actually focused on gender oppression. I am rather addressing social, historical...
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Larp Review: Skoro Rassvet

30
Mar
Larp Review: Skoro Rassvet
Foreword : this article is a loose translation of an article that was originally written in French with the French-speaking audience it mind. It establishes comparisons with a sub-genre of historically inspired Larps that have been called “romanesque” in our own gaming culture. Romanesque means literally “that would have its place in a novel”, especially something emotional or very dramatic. As Larp goes, frenchstyle Romanesque larps have focused on character-based stories, 360...
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Larp Review: Last Will – Second run

02
Feb
Larp Review: Last Will - Second run
Foreword : this article was originally written in French and intented to present the main features of the game to the french-speaking audience, as well as highlighting what were, in my opinion, the incentive behind painful roleplaying. Some aspects of this article should therefore be read keeping this cultural bias in mind. The second run of the international Larp “Last Will” took place in Stockholm from the 2nd to the 4th of January 2015. This Larp displays modern slaves in a gladiator...
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