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A Few Cool Things I Saw at Knutpunkt 2014

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A few cool social things I saw at Knutpunkt 2014. Read More

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Pocket Guide to American Freeform Launches

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My short ebook, Pocket Guide to American Freeform, which explains how to play, run, and write American freeform, launches at online retailers. Read More

Knutepunkt for Noobs

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Some stuff to consider if you're a first time visitor to Knutepunkt, which is Knutpunkt this year, since it's in Sweden. Read More

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Race in Larp Checklist: What to think about

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If you want to make your larp less racist, here are a few things to consider, design-wise. Read More

Building Larp Communities: Social Engineering for Good

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Everything I know about building larp communities and how to make them functional. My Living Games keynote. Read More

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Jeepform for Noobs

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They're not larps, they come from coldest Nordica, and they'll make you bleed. Jeepform games, explained for rookie roleplayers.

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Nordic Larp for Noobs

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In light of the upcoming all-women run of the Nordic larp Mad About the Boy (October 5-8, Orange, CT, register here), here’s a primer on Nordic larp and its ilk for Americans new to the style of play. What is Nordic larp? It’s a style of larp created by gamers from the countries of Denmark, […]... Read More

What Is Larp?

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For all the writing I’ve done about larp, I haven’t made much effort to define it in this space. Larp, or LARP, is an acronym for “live action role play”; it’s a type of game that tells a story, which is acted out in real time by players who improvise all their lines. Asking, “what […]... Read More

A Primer on Safety in Roleplaying Games

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Spurred by the post-Dreamation discussion, here's most of the tactics and methods I've heard about for creating psychological safety in roleplaying games.

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A Game Hack By Any Other Name

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Hacking games is part and parcel of the indie gaming scene, and to a lesser extent, many live game communities. But what does "hacking" really mean, and why do it?

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New in Larp: American Freeform and more

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The American Freeform Bundle drops. Is edu-larp going to the White House? The D&D Campaign swapping dice for yoga and more!

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Race in Larp: Some Initial Musings

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I’ve noticed that there’s this one thing that everyone wants to get right in a larp. Organizers and designers want to get it right so much—and the complementary fear of getting it wrong is so strong—that it seems that organizers rarely try to address it at all. I’m talking about the thorny topics of race, […]... Read More

Organizer Fatigue: Larp’s canary in the coal mine

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You've heard the story before: so and so loved larp and organized a trillion events. Until they didn't. The story of organizer fatigue and its possible cures.

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How to Run a Post-Larp Debrief

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Post-larp debriefs help players process their experiences and strengthen player community. My quick and dirty guide to this steal-able Nordic technique.

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New In Larp: November 2013

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Palestinian larp in Finland, Polish conference proceedings, awesome photos of Swedish larpers, and of course, American Freeform in this installment of New in Larp.

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How to Plan a Basic Pre-Larp Workshop

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Ever wanted to add a pre-larp workshop to your game, but didn't know how? Here's my quick and dirty, er...detailed and possibly helpful guide.

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Introducing American Freeform

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Introducing American Freeform

An effort at defining the new genre of American Freeform.

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Stockholm Scenario Festival: Super-Nordic Roleplaying

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A visit to the wonderful Stockholm Scenario Festival, and a play report from the mind-blowing symbolic black box larp White Death.

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