We’ve been exploring LARPs that focus on children recently. This is out third set of listings – this time covering organisations in continental Europe.
Anecdotally we’ve heard of great things throughout Scandinavia and also the Netherlands. However for the purpose of this series we’ve focused on organisations where we either had an organiser talk directly to us or a champion come forward and evangelise to us. This is true of our lists for the UK and USA as well. We felt that as children were involved we needed just a little bit more than checking out a website. Its not possible for us to check everything in person so using these personal recommendations has been important to us.
We’re also very happy to expand this list. Keep sending in recommendations and we will happily keep adding them in.
However despite saying that we have been passed a list of larps in Denmark that includes larps for children. Here is the link to that resource: http://www.spilrollespil.dk/kampagner
Here is the list of Larps for Children.
Web : http://www.sindeon.hu/
Programs for Children 8 – 18 yeears of Age throughout the year. The main event is a 2 week summer camp. Educational goals are included within the games via both social inclusion (learn from anothers point of viwe) and more practical skills such as money management.
Games – N – Stuff
Info: Runs games for Ages 6 to 12 and has been operating over the last decade. Many of the children who go here have moved onto play and NPC in big Fest larps such as Conquest of Mythodea.
Artago specialises in providing larp experiences for 8 – 13 year olds and runs 3 events per year.
Expatio is a long running larp in the Netherlands that provides a larp experience for 12-18 year olds. There seem to 4 games a year – including an introduction.
Web for Junior Games: http://juniorrollespil.dk/billeder/
Magic School (College of Wizardry Universe): http://rollespilsakademiet.wixsite.com/denmagiskeskole
Winners of a DUF award in Denmark. DUF is a national level organisation that promotes and enables the running of events of young people. In 2016 RollespilsFabrikken won the Youth organisation of the year award. Which is notable as it was a larping organisation up against all other types of youth activity. Though having met some of its members not too surprised.
Running accross Germany. WaldRitter aims to develop children in accordance with the guidelines of the UN Children’s Rights Covention. The result is a mix of events that work with youth clubs, schools and others which provides a range of experiences for young people. I’d recommend reading their website as there are a lot of good ideas going on here in the field of childrens larps
Country: Czech Republic
Cave Canem runs events based around Baltic and Slavic fairy tales aiming to look at themes and content of these. Children have their own story lines in Cave Canem allowing them to take part at the clubs events.
Dromen van Ankoria
Operated by Oneiros, Dromen van Ankoria is a Belgium larp for children of the ages 6 – 13. Events generally run from a Friday Evening to a Sunday Afternoon. The game takes place in a fantastical world. Protagonists are either other children or adults.
Also run bu Oneiros is Vortex. This larp is for players aged 12-18. Allowing a younger to player to experience larp in a peer group before moving on to adult events. Family group participation is encouraged in Vortex.
TidsReiser specialises in creating larps for children. In addition to their own planned events, Tidreiser can also supply larps to schools or as birthday entertainments. Providing both an educational and or fun experience.
Aaron Vanek, Will O’Bourne, Kelmon80 (via Reddit), Tar_alcaran (via Reddit), Zarremgregarrok Ondřej Palovský, Annelies Van Duppen, Arjen de Jong, Anders Gredal Berner
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Ok this came up in Facebook today and I’m posting it now as I think this could be a series of things to exam in 2017. The subject is the cost of larps. Historically event prices at LARPs (at least in the UK as these are the prices I know), have been generally quite low. However venue costs are rising (amongst other things). So are expectations. This drives the price up.
Then we came across this – (via Claus Raasted). An article that gives a financial breakdown on the cost of a larp. Here’s the article – GYRM – How We Made A Loss
I think that next in 2017 this is going to be topic that we’ll be looking at
The image used comes the Flickr User: Richard Elzey. You can learn more about this picture and it’s licence here.
When LARPBook lists events its normally a page of information that gives you dates, locations, costs, genres and so on. Well this event entry is going to be a little different. Dziobak Larp Studios (famous for College of Wizardry and other blockbuster larps), have released their 2017 schedule as a video.
Since these are games of very high quality we feel that they may be of interest to you. So here you are:
If you want to learn more about Dziobak Larp Studios – here is the link: http://www.dziobak.studio/
How do you write a larp character? How do you write a character for blockbuster style larp? Well this video is a personal, practical and experience based account on how to do this. The lecturer is Edin Sumar. I should add that he is a bit of a mischievous dude and great at pushing and prodding character relationships. These are excellent characteristics for a character designer.
Who should watch this? Well anyone designing a game, anyone trying to create a group of characters and anyone wondering about the process of creating a game, Its a long list but then the character is at core of good larp.
So here is the video.
At this initial posting 11th December 2016 this list is short. However I will update this if people let me know about more larps in the USA that accommodate children either through the Larpbook.com website or our Facebook page.
The first thing I discovered that American Summer Camp culture includes larp experiences. I was absolutely delighted to see this. This allows children and teens to have an exciting and immersive with groups of their peers, conjoined with the experience and excitement of being away on their own. A god many of these camps build learning right into the experience and the many of the organisations you’ll in the summer camp section below are absolutely aware of and capitalising on the educational potential of larp. This gives the child a holiday, larp and education rolled into one package.
The Summer Camps
The Wayfinder Experience
LARP Adventure Program
Wizards and Warriors Summer Camps
Note we’ve not going into details for these camps. Summer camps offer a wide array of stay duration’s, and larps. Though the style seems to be mostly fantasy inspired there is simply too much to cover and sum up in a few short paragraphs. Our recommendation – go take a closer look if at each of them
So lets move on to clubs and groups. There number of larping groups in the USA is enormous. Some of these split some themselves down into local clubs that stem from a larger national whole. This “Chapter” based system is very common in the USA and seems to be the result of having a very large country. The first entrant on the list is an example of such an organisation.
Larpcraft is a major system that runs events across the USA and I believe that it also has a number of International groups as well. Though Larpcraft is designed for players of 13 years of age or higher their rules also state that children can be taken to games provided there is a parent of guardian present. We’ve had a number of people anedotaly quoting Larpcraft as providing a supportive environment for younger players via its members.
Special thanks to Aaron Vanek, Zorts (Via Reddit)
The picture used in this post is via LARPBooks own Stuart Edwards.
This guide comes from the blog of the Quintessential Editor – which is a good read. This particular piece is designed for writers. However if you are looking to create a world for a larp – there is good guidance here.
Today, I wanted to talk about style guides. No, not the Chicago Manual of Style. I’m talking about self-generated style guides that serve as a bible for your universe(s). I’ve been working with the Human Legion recently, and I’ve spent some time organizing world buildings notes spanning multiple authors. Different authors, writing different series, but […]
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