"Once you tear open your packet you will have one hour to create the larp of your dreams… Begin!"

LarpJam created by Larp House.

Presented by the Larp House in Saint Paul, MN  October 2014 for 9 participants.

Organized by Jon Cole and Adam McConnaughey, for the 2014 Golden Cobra Challenge.

Pictures by Jon Cole and Natalie Silverman.

  • Curious about our process? Expect a public playtest of LarpJam in 2015.
  • Curious about our results? Look for entries to Golden Cobra 2014 that credit the LarpJam process.
hatsnboots

finalreverie asked:

Hey! In regards to the post about the mogai Larp group, if any of your followers live in Minnesota, they should look up larphouse on tumblr. It's a Larp collective in the Twin Cities that I belong to. It's not only for mogai people but many of us are bi or otherwise mogai and our values statement encourages diverse people and ppl without much larp experience to join!

a-little-bi-furious answered:

Sweet, spread the word folks.

hatsnboots:

Larphouse is a really fun, really LGBT+ friendly organization. If you’re in the twin cities, you should check it out

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Seriously though, we are committed to building a diverse community of badass larpers.

It only happens once every couple of years. If you’re a Larp House regular, here’s some useful data by Larp House Historian, helpimabug:

some “fun facts” for larp house folks to remember while answering this survey

the LH has run the following events in the past 12 months
Family Business (3 times)
City of Fire and Coin
Hyakumonogatori Kaidankai
Hug Street
Silver & White
Juggernaut
Service

family business uses the Hillfolk/Drama System
city of fire and coin had 21 total participants; service had 19.
silver & white was based on the tabletop rpg of the same name

Larpjam, a workshop where participants will create their very own larps in a round-robin format. In a matter of hours people with no larp design experience can create awesome, fully-playable larps or the seeds that future larps can spring from! This process folds creative invocation, constructive constraints, and peer feedback into one lightning-fast process.
 
This event is being put together outrageously last minute because the Larp House was specially invited to participate in Golden Cobra, a new freeform design competition that concludes October 30th. Seriously, Whitney Beltrán and Jason Morningstar wrote us personally to ask Larp House people to submit. Even if you can’t attend this Larpjam, you are encouraged to design something for Golden Cobra!
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WHO:
Have you played in a Larp House larp before? If so, you have enough experience to enjoy Larpjam.
If you don’t have any larp experience, you are still welcome to attend. Will the process work for you? Let’s find out together.







 
WHAT:
a larp design workshop for 6-18 players
created and organized by Jon Cole

 
WHEN:
1pm-4pm Saturday October 4th  2014

 
WHERE:
Room 403O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library
Saint Thomas University Campus
Saint Paul, MN  USA

 
WHAT GENRE:
exquisite corpse, playstorming, larp design
 
Larpjam is not a win or lose type of game. Participants are encouraged to make their wildest larp dreams come true through a collaborative design process.
We will be operating within the constraints of Golden Cobra, which will be an additional challenge to surmount in design.
HOW DO I SIGN UP:
Sign ups are done by a lottery of all interested people. Enter the lottery by sending an e-mail to larphouse@gmail.com before 9AM Thurdsday, October 2nd. You should know if you are in or out of the workshop by Friday October 3rd, but let’s be real you’ll probably be in because of how last minute this event is.
Anyone is welcome to sign up for the workshop, feel free to invite people and forward this email widely.
 
ACCESSIBILITY:
The play venue is accessible by car, bike, and bus. Car parking is pretty tough around Saint Thomas, Adam and Alex welcome you to park near their home and walk 10 minutes to get there. Wheelchair accessible entrance and elevators. Climate controlled building. Plenty of seating available. Participants must have watches, cellphones, or another means of time keeping. No food or drink will be provided. If you have an accessibility question or request please email larphouse@gmail.com.

 
CONTENT WARNING:

Participants will be randomly assigned into groups. Play will include talking and writing in small groups. This event is held in a quasi-public space. If you have an question about this content warning please email larphouse@gmail.com.

 
CONTACT THE ORGANIZERS:
For more information about Service email larphouse@gmail.com. Your inquiry will be forwarded to the organizers best suited to answer it.

 
THANK YOU:
Thank you to the early playtesters of Larpjam, whose enthusiasm and experience shaped this presentation of it.
The Golden Cobra Committee, for inviting us and implicitly challenging us to step up our design work.
Larpjam, a workshop where participants will create their very own larps in a round-robin format. In a matter of hours people with no larp design experience can create awesome, fully-playable larps or the seeds that future larps can spring from! This process folds creative invocation, constructive constraints, and peer feedback into one lightning-fast process.
 
This event is being put together outrageously last minute because the Larp House was specially invited to participate in Golden Cobra, a new freeform design competition that concludes October 30th. Seriously, Whitney Beltrán and Jason Morningstar wrote us personally to ask Larp House people to submit. Even if you can’t attend this Larpjam, you are encouraged to design something for Golden Cobra!

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Service is a freeform larp about residents of the United States called up for military service during a brutal war.

Each player takes on the role of a citizen who has been torn out of their everyday life and brought to the Orientation Center for deployment to basic training. Everything they own has been removed from them as they are about to embark on the transformational experience of becoming a soldier.

Service is game about saying goodbye to the life you’ve known, about patriotism versus the reality of war, and issues of personal versus societal responsibility. 


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WHAT:
a close-to-home US Freeform for 10-20 players
written by Shoshanna Kessock
organized by Ben, Jon Cole, Rebecca


WHEN:
7pm-11pm Friday September 26th  2014


WHERE:
10K theater
Dupre Hall basement
Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN  USA


WHAT GENRE:
social realism, ethical dilemmas made personal
 
Service is not a win or lose type of game. Players are encouraged to play characters that are physically, mentally, and emotionally similar to themselves.
HOW DO I SIGN UP:
Sign ups are done by a lottery of all interested people. Enter the lottery by sending an e-mail to larphouse@gmail.com before 9AM Saturday, September 13th. You should know if you are in or out of the larp by Monday September 15th.
COSTUMING:
No costuming is needed for Service. Characters will not be assigned in advance. The game takes place in a very near future US where regular residents arrive at the draft office for mandatory military service.
 
ACCESSIBILITY:
The play venue is a basement, accessible by elevators and stairs. Players must have cellphones, or another means of contacting organizers when they arrive at the play space (organizer numbers will be provided to players). Very limited seating available. No A/C. A minimally appointed off-game decompression space will be available. No food or drink will be provided. If you have an accessibility question or request please email larphouse@gmail.com.


CONTENT WARNING:

Play might include shouting, mandatory military service, discussions of war violence and casualties. If you have an question about this content warning please email larphouse@gmail.com.

 
CONTACT THE ORGANIZERS:
For more information about Service email larphouse@gmail.com. Your inquiry will be forwarded to the organizers best suited to answer it.


THANK YOU:
Special thanks to the Macalester Gaming Society for partnering with the Larp House to host this even on their campus.
Service is a freeform larp about residents of the United States called up for military service during a brutal war.
Each player takes on the role of a citizen who has been torn out of their everyday life and brought to the Orientation Center for deployment to basic training. Everything they own has been removed from them as they are about to embark on the transformational experience of becoming a soldier.
Service is game about saying goodbye to the life you’ve known, about patriotism versus the reality of war, and issues of personal versus societal responsibility. 

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"If this machine does half of what we think it does, then it is more important than the atomic bomb. JUGGERNAUT is the most important invention in the history of civilization.”

JUGGERNAUT written by Jason Morningstar.

Presented by the Larp House in Saint Paul, MN  July 2014 for 7 players.

Organized by Arnold Cassell and Jon Cole.

Pictures by Arnold Cassell.