This reference came to me via a comment on LARPbook and I’m glad it did. I’ve mentioned LARP Workshops before primarily with regard to Nordic Larp events and establishing the guidelines for how a society and social interactions work. The Workshop Handbook takes the concept of the workshop and assists you in making a practical reality.
The site comprises set pages on essential background information such as the concept of flow and the methods of running a workshop (with an emphasis on methods used in Denmark). Alongside this is a body of workshops.
Each is categorised by purpose; for example group building or cultural calibration. What I liked about each workshop is that the objectives, practice and conclusion of the workshop are all clearly identified. If you need a workshop for a group of players that would for example show how characters in new game setting react to certain common events. The idea being to give the players a guide to how they will be treated and how others will expect to be treated before play starts in order to get a better game. For example if the game setting is an analogue to say Feudal Japan understanding the class system, honour and who has rights before starting out would greatly improve play.
There are also group and team building workshops – great if players who have never met in person but who are expected to suddenly play members of a close knit group. This lets people get a feel for each other before play commences.
As you can see I like the idea of workshops. They are not for every game and every group but I do feel that used right they can really improve a game. The Workshop Handbook is a good resource for those needing help and guidance on this concept. I would heartily recommend it.
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