“Conspiracy for Good can best be described as an amalgamation of an alternate reality game, a street theater show, and a social movement”, Wired Magazine writes. In this Alternate Reality Game, the players were charged with bringing down Blackwell Briggs, an evil global security firm. The game was financed by Nokia (an evil global cell phone manufacturer), and free to the players. 

– We achieved four newbie but pretty hard-core larplike street-events using prototype image recognition tech, telling a contemporary cyberpunk story about activism, surveillance and corporate greed. The players helped major NGO’s (Doctors of the World, Room to Read, KidsCO and Thames 21) as well as local charities while playing, says Martin Ericsson, previous creative director of Swedish The Company P, one of the organizers of the events.

Creator of the television series Heroes, Tim Kring, created a lot of the background story and scripts. The online ARG lasted for three months. In addition, there were four one day events in London.

- Think of a cell phone based rail roaded larp with SWAT teams in city cruisers, boat chases, and weird corporate expos. At one point in the game, there were even 100 Bollywood dancers, says Ericsson. 

The Company P has previously won the International Interactive Emmy Award for Best Interactive TV-service in April 2008 with “The Truth About Marika” and Conspiracy for Good has also received great critical acclaim. Awards include two Banff World Media Awards in Best Cross-platform Project and Best In Interactive, International Digital Emmy Awards 2011 nomination, finalist in SXSW Interactive Award and SXSW Interactive Award and a Webby Award Honoree.

Web: Conspiracy For Good

Article by Ole Peder Giæver

Video recap from Knudepunkt 2011

A central meeting ground in the Nordic roleplaying scene is the annual conference Knudepunkt (en. meeting point or nodal point). The conference changes location every year within the Nordic countries and locally the term is translated into Swedish Knutpunkt, Norwegian Knutepunkt and Finnish Solmukohta.

Even though it’s a nordic thing, the impact and academic edge has put Knudepunkt on the map and every year participants are coming from all over the world.
Knudepunkt 2011 - Denmark
On this years Knudepunkt year the Danish organizers had the aim to film several of the sessions which you of course should watch. Also, quite a lot of the documentation from the sessions are available on the site.

For next year, mark April 12th-15th in your calendar and prepare for Solmukohta 2012 in Finland. It’ll be worth the trip, and also, the have saunas.

Article by Petter Karlsson

A peek inside the Roleplaying Factory

A key element in the Danish larp has scene been the association The Roleplaying Factory (Rollespilsfabrikken). Being one of the first organizers of easy access pay ´n play kids larps as well as creating games with higher standards and more adult themes, the Roleplaying factory still continues to play an important part in the thriving Danish larp community.

The video gives you a guided tour inside The Roleplaying Factory located in Copenhagen with Nynne Søs Rasmussen. She explains both about the actual place and the different kinds of games that the Factory makes.

Filmed during A Week in Denmark prior to the role-playing conference Knudepunkt 2011,

Web: The Roleplaying Factory
Music: Seeminglee – Yesteryear Motion (CC)

Video report and article by Petter Karlsson