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Notes on Ritual Improv

The following notes should be useful for people who have attended the Ritual Improv course and want to teach the same techniques to others. It won’t make much sense for those who haven’t. Ritual improv at Knutpunkt 2010. Photo: Li Xin

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The Frame and the Canvas

Every larp design, and the activity of designing larps itself, can be divided into two inseperable halves: (1) the system or procedure, which I’ll call “frame”, and (2) the components or unique elements inside the system, which I’ll call “canvas”.

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Does Larp Design Matter? (Nordic Larp Talks 2014, video + transcript)

(video courtesy of Nordic Larp Talks) Full text and images:

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Elements of Larp Design (video + slides)

What is it larp designers actually design? Watch me try to answer this, and other hot-button questions of immediate practical concern in this 45-minute talk I did at Knutpunkt 2014.

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Dark Empathy

One of the traditional claims about (live) role-playing is that it increases empathy, our ability to feel what others feel, to effortlessly experience the world through other peoples eyes. This claim is supported by plenty of anecdotal evidence, and no real evidence. It makes sense, though.

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Does your larp have a zombie?

Imagine two larps: the first one is about angsty teenagers figuring out the meaning of life in a remote mountain cabin. The second one is exactly the same, except those teenagers are being atacked by zombies. Which larp do you think will attract more players? In “Talk Larp”, one of the three downloadable anthologies published […]

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2011 Knutebooks on-line

The 2011 Knudepunkt Books are now dribbling onto the web. At the time of writing, two of the three books can be downloaded as PDFs: The three books are devoted to respectively academic research (“Think Larp”), organizer write-ups (“Do Larp”) and rants & opinions (“Talk Larp”). The last volume, rumours have it, is bound to […]

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[book review] Pervasive Games – theory and design

(this is the English text of a review published in Finnish translation in issue #23 of Roolipelaaja magazine) Markus Montola, Jaakko Stenros, Annika Waern: Pervasive Games – Theory and Design This book is important. For years, people have been playing different kinds of games that occur in public spaces, that mix play with reality and […]

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