LARP Out of Character

The Characters that bring LARP alive

About This Project

As a LARPer for about 25 years now, I have probably been in more LARP theory discussions than in actual games.  I also find it a little sad how much is lost between conversations; how much I forget.  So I am trying to listen better, and trying to set up opportunities to have conversations I can record, be that with interviews or by recording panels at LARP conferences.



The LARP Endowment provides funds for LARP organizers and authors, as well as sponsorships to Intercon for groups of university students.

NELCO 2013

I have tried a lot of LARP styles, and in my experience, the people matter as much as any other aspect of a LARP.  Who I play with, who I write with, and who I run with has as much impact on the final product as all the mechanics, acting tricks, plot brilliance, and set design.  This project – LARP Out Of Character – will focus on those people and their experiences.

We will talk to LARPers out-of-character and, hopefully, see how the character of those LARPers makes LARP what it is. See all the interviews from NELCO 2013, or see the interviewees compiled answers for each our 3 LARP Questions:

  1. How Do You Define LARP?
  2. LARP: Art or Game?
  3. What Makes a Good Character?

NELCO 2014 

Panels, Presentations, and Discussions from NELCO 2014 on a variety of topics:

  1. So you want to write a LARP (Theater LARP Writing 101)
  2. When Theater and Boffer Collide
  3. What Live Action Roleplaying Games Do Well
  4. Stuffing: Making Sure the LARP you Wrote is the LARP they Get
  5. Designing LARPs for Repeat Players
  6. Introduction to Foreign LARP
  7. The Future of LARP
  8. Describing LARP Mechanics & Rules
  9. GM Services: What Services Could we Provide to Support LARP?
  10. 5 Plots Every LARP Should Have

NELCO 2015

  1. Death in LARP: Resurrection, Permadeath, and Replacement Roles
  2. Creating LARP Plots that Players Want to Talk About
  3. Group Dynamics in LARP
  4. Campaign LARPs: Logistics for the Long Haul
  5. Larp Library (coming soon)
  6. Game Wrap (coming soon)

Coming soon:

  • Short LARPer Interviews from Intercon O (2015)
  • NELCO 2017

If you have questions or comments you can email me at my gmail address: larpooc@gm…


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