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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...

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...

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...

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...

Larp Review: Ash wedding

21
Mar
Larp Review: Ash wedding
Original post: http://www.electro-gn.com/461-critique-lesnocesdecendre — The LARP « Les Noces de Cendre » (Ash wedding) takes place in 1945 in Argentina with its troubled politic events. Two sessions have been organized by the association Rôle, in april and may 2012[1]. Véronique Gresset, who signed here her first game, worked during three years to achieve this result. The writing was long; the fictionalized character sheets let us see complex characters mixed up in many plots; the...

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Interview with the Larp Girl: Kaza Marie Ayersman, Avegost larp

06
Mar
Interview with the Larp Girl: Kaza Marie Ayersman, Avegost larp
Original post: http://www.crolarper.com/2012/11/interview-with-larp-girl-kaza-marie.html — There are many people who love larp, but only some decide to take an extra step to actively promote it where they can. Kaza Marie didn’t just take an extra step, she took a giant leap as she’s active on Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and Youtube – she literally has tens of submissions every day. She quickly became recognized online under the Larp Girl pseudonym. But...

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Review – Mad About The Boy – Part 3 and the end

05
Nov
Review - Mad About The Boy - Part 3 and the end
Original post: http://www.electro-gn.com/6194-critique-mad-about-the-boy-partie-3-et-fin Translation: Leïla Teteau-Surel – – – Mad about the boy is a game of Grandeur Nature Nordic role in which a disaster has struck the men of the land surface. Women survived and a pilot program will allow some of them to carry a child, through the government that controls sperm banks. Find the previous parts of this article here. Part 1 Part 2 In this final section, we will focus on the use...

Review – Mad About The Boy – Part 2

29
Oct
Review -  Mad About The Boy - Part 2
Original post: http://www.electro-gn.com/6192-critique-mad-about-the-boy-partie-2 Translation: Leïla Teteau-Surel — Mad about the boy is a Nordic larp in which a disaster wiped the men off the Earth. Women survived and a pilot program will allow some of them to get the permission to carry a child through the government that controls sperm banks. Find the first part of this article here. We will talk in the second part about game design, workshops, and the issue of transparency in larp....

Review – Mad About The Boy – Part 1

22
Oct
Review - Mad About The Boy - Part 1
Original post: http://www.electro-gn.com/6189-critique-mad-about-the-boy-partie-1 Translation: Leïla Teteau-Surel — Between the 24th to the 30th of June 2013 two sessions of the larp Mad About The Boy were organized in Sweden. A game in which all (except THE boy) the characters are women but which is sometimes run with some men (mixed run). A review of my poor attempt to turn into a woman and of the design of this incredible Nordic Larp. This article is divided into 3 parts. This first...

Larp Review: Just a Little Lovin’

10
Sep
Larp Review: Just a Little Lovin'
Just a Little Lovin’ is a game designed by two Norwegians, Hanne Grasmo and Tor Kjetil Edland. It was played three times since 2011, and I had the chance to play the third run in Denmark this year. We were about 70 people there, during 5 days. The larp is described on its website (http://just-a-little-lovin.blogspot.fr/) as a larp about friendship, desire and the fear of death. The game takes place in America during the early 80’s, among the gay/lesbian/trans/drag community in New York...