What’s it like? Norwegian larp documentary

Relevant Film

Norwegian company Relevant Film AS has been granted funds to do a pilot for a series on Norwegian larps and larping culture. The aim is to distribute their series to a broad audience via one of the larger tv channels.

– The idea came to me a few years ago, when a former colleague told me about the larp «1942 – Someone to trust?» Her story of how she experienced being part of this larp, and how emotionally engaged she was when telling about it, made me curious, producer Hilde Nerland says.

- Who are the people who do larps, why do they do it and what’s the scene like?

If you’re interested in participating, please contact Hilde Nerland at hilde.nerland@gmail.com or director Mari Finnestad at mari.finnestad@yahoo.com.

Web: Relevant (In Norwegian, English with Google Translate).

Article by Ole Peder Giæver

The Belarusian Larpwriter Challenge

Grenselandet Kortlaivfestival 2011

The competition invited Belarusian game authors to contribute short, re-playable larps discussing human rights and society. The best games will be played at the international larp festival Grenselandet 2011 in Oslo 28-29 October. Hosted by Laivfabrikken and Fantasiforbundet.

The winner will be announced after the jury has played the games at a larp festival in Minsk later this year.

Web: Grenselandet 2011 & Larpwriter Challenge

Article by Ole Peder Giæver

Norwegian Maoists. Yep, they exist

Illustration: chineseposters.net

Rød oktober (Red October) is a larp about the Norwegian Maoist party AKP(m-l) in the 1970s. The players will assume the roles of activists on a party gathering at a secret location somewhere in Norway.

- We hope to use this larp both to explore the historical phenomenon of AKP(m-l) and the shaping of consciousness and ideology in tight-knit groups, and generally to have fun, says Even Tømte, one of the organizers.

The Maoists movement in Norway grew out of the broader youth rebellion of the 1960s, and probably was the best organized and most politically rigid of the lot. While they never got a significant political following, they exerted an influence far beyond their actual numbers, perhaps particularly in cultural life. This made them not just a fringe group, but a quite important phenomenon in post-war Norwegian history.

– Recent Norwegian history is obviously the most important source of inspiration for us. The organizers come from different political backgrounds, but all of us have worked for the revolution at some point in our lives, and some of us perhaps still do. Exploring conflicts and dynamics on the left, the idea of revolution and the seductive call of revolutionary ideology are to varying degrees also connected to our own personal experiences, says Tømte.

Played primarily in the Norwegian. 21-23 October, near Oslo.

Web: Rød Oktober (In Norwegian, English with Google Translate).
Illustration: Chinese Posters

Article by Ole Peder Giæver

U.S. funds doomsday scenario

A doomsday Eve

The U.S. embassy in Oslo has funded the Norwegian larp A doomsday Eve (En dommedags aften) with 30.000 NOK (5000 USD). The larp took place between 11-13 February, in a fictional 1983 where the threat of nuclear war loomed.

The embassy funds U.S.-related projects. The organizers were invited to a meeting at the embassy to discuss the project. The money will be used, amongst other things, to make a short movie from the larp (shown at Knudepunkt 2011), and to organize a debate about the cold war in Oslo. The embassy wished that the funding should help give the subject a greater audience, in addition to the 75 participants of the larp.

Web: En dommedags aften (In Norwegian, English with Google Translate).

Article by Ole Peder Giæver

Larpwriter Challenge

At Grenselandet, the international short larp festival organized by Norwegian Fantasiforbundet and the Larp Factory in Oslo in November, the jury of the Larpwriter Challenge announced the winner of the competition: J. Tuomas Harviainen with the game “The Tribunal”, which according to the author is a “A participatory scenario about the mechanics of oppression”.

Harviainen receives a game developer grant of NOK 4 000 (500 Euros) and the possibility to go to Belarus on a conference on educational larping to hold the game and a workshop on educational game design. The game will be translated to Russian and/or Belarusian to be used by Belarusian NGOs in their work with young people.

Web: Larpwriter Challenge

Article by Ole Peder Giæver

The Nørwegian virus

Zombie Porn

Since its inception in 2007, the short, free, experimental RPGs from the Nørwegian Style blog have been spreading virally. Translations are available in Spanish, Polish, French, Swedish and Korean (!). The games include gems such as Zombie Porn and the concept of role playing poems (15 minute freeform scenarios), which has inspired Marc Majcher’s book Twenty-Four Game Poems. His book can be purchased at Lulu.com, together with the Nørwegian Style anthology.

Web: Nørwegian Style

Article by Ole Peder Giver