This is an archive of the pages that we had during the creation of the book. Basically there is nothing that is currently relevant on this page, and it is here only for those few who are interested in the process.

Call for Proposals

We are putting together a book showing the different forms and styles of Nordic larps in texts and photographs. This document is a call for proposals on games that should be included in the book. While the texts themselves will be rather brief, all cases must be also presented with a number of quality images. The papers will be selected in an editorial process, based on abstracts or samples.

During the recent 10 or 15 years, a number of great larps have been organized in the Nordic countries, in and around the Knutpunkt community. Unfortunately, only very few of those have been documented in any proper fashion. In an effort to correct the problem, we are editing a book focusing solely on documenting larps; their innovations, designs, significance and expressive power. This book will be a celebration of the unpaid effort and creative work that has been put into building the Nordic tradition of larp.

Our plan is to publish a high quality coffee table book. Larpers are the focus audience, but we hope to also gain the attention of people in theatre, visual arts, street art, game research and game design. Thus, the book should be self-explanatory, readable, intelligent and ambitious.

The book will include approximately 20-25 case descriptions, selected with numerous criteria.

  • Spectrum. The book should be representative of the different sides of Nordic larp.
  • Photographs. We need photographs of sufficient quality (technical, aesthetic, journalistic).
  • Impact. The significance of the game within the scene either as having impact on the scene or as having been influenced by the scene.
  • Description and analysis. The quality of the proposed text about the game.

The first criterion is the most important. In practice, we will use “soft quotas” in the process: If we have one Vampire proposal and five fantasy proposals, it is a reason for favouring the Vampire. Similarly, we will have soft quotas for countries and organizer groups.

In a Knutepunkt 2009 workshop we compiled a wish list for games we would like to include, in order to form an understanding on what the book should be like. The list can be found from the blog https://nordiclarp.wordpress.com/. In an ideal world, we’d include all those games, but all proposals are welcome.

We will look for funding from cultural grants. In addition, there is a contingency plan of possibly looking for a commercial photography book publisher for the book.

Editorial Process

The editors will both ask specific people to contribute descriptions of certain projects, and accept open submissions. Expression on willingness to contribute on a game can be expressed immediately. Papers are selected based on abstracts or representative samples of 500+ words and a few full-resolution images, with an editorial review. The editors need to have the first abstracts by September 20th, 2009. The selections will be made during the end of September and the submitters will hear back from the editors in the beginning of October. Final deadline, including photographs and relevant permissions, is November 15th, 2009.

The editors will provide feedback in all phases of the work, consulting external experts if needed. You should expect around two-three rounds of feedback on the text, one based on abstract and another based on full paper. The editors will provide help and guidance in the process.

The length of the papers is 1500-2000 words, plus captions and references. In addition, there will be fact boxes including credits, number of players and so on. In addition, the authors should submit 6-15 images with captions, out of which approximately 5-10 will be included.

The authors are responsible of procuring the photographs, and all the necessary permissions from copyright holders and people shown in the images. The editors may be able to help in the process.
Submissions should follow the style guide.

Production Crew

The book is edited by Jaakko Stenros and Markus Montola. It is produced by Anna Westerling and Anders Hultman. In addition, we have enlisted a number of country contacts: Eirik Fatland (of Norway), Susanne Gräslund (of Sweden) and Bjarke Pedersen (of Denmark). With photography, we will consult Britta Bergersen and Katri Lassila. We are still looking for a graphic designer.

Contact Information

https://nordiclarp.wordpress.com
Jaakko Stenros: +358 40 752 0515, firstname.lastname@gmail.com
Markus Montola: +358 44 544 2445, firstname.lastname@uta.fi

Inclusion Criteria

Nordic Larp will include approximately 20-25 case descriptions, selected with numerous criteria.

  • Spectrum. The book should be representative of the different sides of Nordic larp.
  • Photographs. We need photographs of sufficient technical, aesthetic or journalistic quality.
  • Impact. The significance of the game within the scene either as having impact on the scene or as having been influenced by the scene.
  • Description and analysis. The quality of the proposed text about the game.

The first criterion is the most important. In practice, we will use soft quotas as an important selection criterion: If we have one Vampire proposal and five fantasy proposals, it is a reason on behalf of favouring that Vampire proposal over one more of the fantasy larps. If we have ten larps from country X and three from country Y, we are likely to give a preference to a proposal from country Y. Finally, we have soft organizer quotas; several larps from the same organizers will be included only as special cases.

Game Wishlist

This is the list of games we would like to include in Nordic Larp. The list was created based on a public workshop in Knutepunkt 09. The list is not final; there might be games we have completely missed – or just brainfarted and forgotten. Also, it is doubtful that there are pictures from all of these games and it may prove to be very difficult to find people who were there and are willing to analyze these games. It is possible to suggest other games as well (especially from the bubblin’ under list, below) as soon as they are not too similar with the games that are already included (list of criteria here). The games that have been confirmed as being included in the book are listed in bold.

Oh, and I’m sure there are typos in the names of these games. Please point them out in the comments.

Denmark
Zombie – The Night of Terrors
Totem
System Danmarc
The White Road
Begyndelsen
A representative children’s larp
A 700% game

Finland
Ground Zero
Helsingin Camarilla
Dragonbane
Luminescence
Executive Game
Pehmoydin 3: Bratislavan syntiset yöt
A representative of Adventurous Romanticism
Ghost Express
A historical game by Harmaasudet

Norway
Panopticorp.
Europa
inside:outside
13 at the Table
1942
Once Upon a Time…
A collective larp (preferably Kollektivet)
New Voices in Art

Sweden

Knapnållshuvudet
Carolus Rex
Hamlet
(and Hamlet Innifrån)
Mellan himmel och hav
Föreningen visionära vetenskapsmäns årliga kongress
Prosopopeia series
Futuredrome

Trenne byar

En stilla middag med familjen
Club Felis

Bubbling Under

Pelageya 1 and 2
Wanderer
.laitos
Haavena 2

A Harry Potter game
Helsinki FTZ
Agerbörn
Babylon
Bolvaerk

E-project
U359
7 Deadly Sins VII
Krigslive

A representative of the Danish LT-series
Alien
Kybergenesis
Lögnens Rike
Project Phoenix
Enigheten
Amerika
1944
Vreden
Nyteg
Moira
Ringblomman
Sista maltiden
Ingemans land
Force Majore
Innan hösten
OB7
I skuggan av ringen

Interacting Arts games (Scen 3, Mask spel, Salon, Veil workshop)
Ett vintereventyr

Crowdfinancing Nordic Larp

Help Us Crowdfinance the Nordic Larp book!

The Nordic Larp book project is moving forward. We are working on almost 30 games; the texts are almost finished, the selection of photos is underway and lay outing has started. While we have secured numerous partners and benefactors and have reached our minimum financing goal,  we still fall short of our dream budget that enabled the book to be as well produced as possible.

You can support the book project by pre-ordering it now for a special benefactor price of €50. The retail price of the book once published will be around €29.90, so you’ll be paying a little extra to get your name in the book and the book (and the bragging rights that go with helping this dream become reality) and the book will be delivered to you as soon as it is published. If you want to help us even more, please contact us for a reasonably priced pre-order of multiple copies.

The Nordic Larp book project is a concentrated effort to document our unique form of expression. This is a book about playing, creating and experiencing larps: Each of the games is presented with six to ten pages of photographs and text. The book opens up with an introduction to Nordic larp, and closes with a contextualizing essay connecting Nordic larp to arts, theatre and games in general.

The featured games will include some of the most influential or archetypical larps in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden in the last 15 years. In a sense, Nordic Larp is a book on the history of the Knutepunkt scene.

The project was started in the spring of 2009 and the book will come out latest for Knudepunkt 2011.

If you participate, you’ll get:

  • The warm and fuzzy feeling of helping this documentation project.
  • A copy of the Nordic Larp book as soon as possible.
  • Your name listed on the benefactor page – and the bragging rights that go with that.

The crowdsourcing is handled by our partnet, The Story Labs, so if you want to contribute, click here!