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The award-winning, sold-out Nordic Larp is now available as a free digital edition. Up until now, the book, edited by game researchers and life-long role-players Jaakko Stenros and Markus Montola, has been a difficult to find treasure for role-play enthusiasts, researchers, and artists.

Live action role-playing has developed into a unique and powerful form of expression in the Nordic countries. Nordic style larps range from entertaining flights of fancy to the exploration of the intimate, the collective, and the political. This unique tradition combines influences from theatre and performance art with gamer cultures, in order to push the boundaries of role-playing.

Recently the Nordic larp tradition has gained attention internationally. This book presents a cross-section of this vibrant culture through 30 outstanding larps, through stories told by designers, players and researchers, with over 250 photographs. In addition the book contains essays explaining the history and rhetorics of Nordic larp, and contextualizing it in relation to theatre, art and games.

The book has been hailed as “mandatory reading” (Aaron Vanek), “a remarkable tome” (Mike Tice), and a “major cultural service to game, culture and art studies” (Frans Mäyrä). According to Lizzie Stark “Anyone interested in the future of larp and its possibilities as a medium should read this book.” In 2012 Nordic Larp received the Diana Jones Award for Excellence in Gaming.

The digital edition of Nordic Larp is available from the University of Tampere: http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-91-633-7857-7

Edit: Don’t be intimidated by the Finnish on the site. The site translates into English from the upper right hand corner.

You can now order the book online from the webshop Fëa. It offers worldwide delivery from Sweden, so the price of postage and packaging varies based on how far from Jönköping you live. In the future Fëa will also stock other Nordic books and magazines on role-playing games and larp.

(Edit: Low-resolution sample pages are available now!)

 

The proud parents. Based on Jaakko's grin he is planning on taking over the world with the book.

The book arrived from the printing press today! It was printed in Estonia and reached Finland today. It should be in Stockholm tomorrow and in Copenhagen and Oslo latest on Wednesday just before the release party.

Strategic measurements are as follows: weight 1,9 kg, height 28 cm, width 24,6 cm and thickness 3,5 cm.

Yes, we did open a bottle of champagne.

Don’t forget to come to the release party on Wednesday at 19:00 is Helsinki, Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen!

Juhana Pettersson, one of the authors, just happened to stop by. He surveys the book here as the editors look on.

We have decided to postpone the publication date of Nordic Larp beyond Knutpunkt 2010. While this has not been an easy decision to make, the reasoning is simple: We want to make the best book we possibly can, and we would need to rush too much to get it out of the printers in April. Even with our experiences from Beyond Role and Play, Playground Worlds and Pervasive Games, every phase of work has turned out to be more time consuming than we expected.

The good thing, however, is that this is going to be a book worth waiting for. Speaking of the texts, half of the stuff we have is mind-blowing and all the rest is really good. On the visual side, we’ve rediscovered some hidden gems we are itching to share.

We have some exciting announcement coming soon-ish, as well as previews of early spreads coming soon, but that’s all for now.

Now that we have more time, we are looking for new writers to replace some that had to drop out due to time issues. Currently looking for someone to cover Trenne byar. Know anyone of the old guard who’d want to contribute?

Photo from En stilla middag med familjen, by Johan Röklander.

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We lanched this book project in Knutepunkt 2009, in Norway. There we presented the preliminary plan, discussed it and formed a vision and enlisted help in realizing that dream. A number of people were interested in helping. Unfortunately we have forgotten some names and lost some business cards. So if you were there and volunteered, but have not heard from us, please drop us a line at nordiclarp (at) gmail (dot) com.

In the Nordic countries, live action role-playing has developed into a unique and powerful form of expression. Nordic larps range from entertaining flights of fancy to the exploration of the intimate, the collective and the political. This incredible tradition combines influences from theatre and performance art with gamer cultures, in order to push the boundaries of role-playing.

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