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February 2017

Articles

Unbelievable costumes can be seen throughout the video. This is one of the hallmarks of Conquest.

Epic scale battles with hundreds if not thousands of participants at any one time. Imagine marching into battle with that many foes on either side!

In depth, and intense roleplay. Throughout the video you will see people crying, celebrating and participating in many aspects of daily life.

Want to go to a larp, in North America, that's the same scale as Conquest?

Join The Voyage North to Bicolline!

Dec 16, 2016

We covered this larp a few months ago and it exploded in popularity! So much so that we have literally been asked by a lot of people if we’d be planning a trip to go this larp, in Russia, in a similar fashion that we take people to Bicolline on The Voyage North.

We’re considering it… For this August. If you’d like to go simply put your email in the form above and we’ll get you special pricing as an early bird!

Otherwise – drool over 30 minutes of gorgeous Warhammer brought to life goodness.

Dec 15, 2016

Treasure Trapped is finally going to be available for your home viewing pleasure. If you’ve lived under a rock, or are new to the larp community (welcome!), then this film is a must see and a perfect stocking stuffer for the larper on your list.

Here at Larping.org we’ve been covering this film from it’s infancy in a Kickstarter campaign, to it’s World Wide Crazy Ass Viral success shooting the College of Wizardry Documentary, to finally showing the film in Seattle and meeting their team in person, we’ve been along for the ride the whole time (yes I know that’s a run-on sentence).

I’ve watched the entire film at least three times, and skimmed past clips of it lots more than that (thanks press screener!) and I can’t get enough of it. I already bought my copy and can’t wait to get some more swag, and my hands on a shiny new dvd of the film. Sorry family, we’re having a very larpy Christmas Day when I gift this to one of you…

As of the writing of this post they only have $2,000+, and that’s despicable, because this film is amazing and you should all own a copy. Like in the future other larpers will judge you, in a fun non-asshole way, on whether you proudly display this as one of the last DVDs you ever bought.  Let’s blow the success of this film sky high and help them get over $10,000 in the last few days of the campaign.

Go here and get yourself a copy asap! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cosmicjoke/treasure-trapped-on-dvd-and-bluray

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After a year of theatrical touring, the indie LARP documentary is coming to home viewing!

Returning once again to the platform that launched the film three years ago, Manchester’s Cosmic Joke are running a Kickstarter campaign for pre­orders of the Treasure Trapped DVD

and BluRay.

For those that don’t know, Treasure Trapped is a documentary that explores the curious hobby of Live Action Role Play, a film that saw three British filmmakers on a whirlwind ride around Europe discovering what happens when you take pretending to a whole new level. Critics have described the film as ‘an amusing experience that informs and educates’ and ‘ a solid offering that does LARP proud.’ The filmmakers themselves have described the film as ‘beyond impressive considering we made it!’

The film was successfully funded through Kickstarter back in December 2012 and released two years later in December 2014. Throughout 2015, the filmmakers took the film on tour, screening for cinema audiences and LARP groups alike in over 5 countries with highlights including an appearance at San Diego Comic Con and playing to a sold out audience in London’s favourite indie cinema, Genesis.

Due to popular demand, the film is now making its way to DVD and BluRay for home viewing. Running until December 4th, either version can be pre­ordered through Kickstarter as well as loads of extra merch. Both releases will be filled with unseen special features and more of the crazy LARP shenanigans that have won fans over in the last year’s theatrical tour. Running for a limited time, this might be the only chance to get your hands on the film, so if you’ve seen it and loved it or missed out at the cinema, get pre­ordering a copy now!

All info on Treasure Trapped here: www.cosmicjoke.co.uk/treasure­trapped/

Kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cosmicjoke/treasure­trapped­on­dvd­and­bluray

Nov 29, 2015

A few days ago, Tina Degenhart posted about her experience in April at the College of Wizardry larp, which took place at Zamek Czocha, a castle in rural Poland, and was organized by the Danish larp company Rollespilsfabrikken and the Polish larp company Liveform. We agree with Tina that the Nordic mechanics-light immersive play style and the magical experience of being transported into a world of wizards and mythical creatures was profound. So profound in fact, that we felt we must bring the experience to North America. In June 2016, people will have the opportunity to attend New World Magischola™ a full-scale, high-production value immersive, Nordic-style larp that will run for four days and three nights in the mid-Atlantic United States.

Students of New World Magischola

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While not all details about the event (exact dates and location) can be released just yet, here is what we can tell interested players:

  • There will be at least one event running Thursday-Sunday in mid-June 2016.
  • Tickets will be available through our Kickstarter Campaign, which will launch in early-mid November 2015.
  • 80 tickets will be released at the start of the campaign; this is the minimum number of players to make the game work and the minimum level of funding to make the game happen.
  • As interest and funding permit, more tickets will be released up to a cap of 160 players in a single event. With additional interest and funding, we will run a second event on the following Thursday-Sunday in June 2016.
  • We anticipate the ticket price will be $375, same as the College of Wizardry larp in Poland, and is all-inclusive. The cost includes three nights dormitory lodging with linens, 9 buffet-style meals with vegetarian and other special dietary options, a robe and house tie to wear during the game, the design and operation of the game, all magical classes and curricula, a full-scale team of NPCs, scenographers, costume, lighting, sound, makeup, and choreography designers, and a school formal in a ballroom with music. You’ll need to supply your own wand.
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  • Our location has a castle-like feel (complete with mullion windows, archways and towers) yet has fully modern bathrooms, technology, and accommodates people with accessibility needs. You can get there easily by car, plane and rail.
  • The game will be organized and run by Learn Larp, LLC, an American game-design company with the assistance of Rollespilsfabrikken, the Danish company that produces College of Wizardry. The game provides a truly immersive Nordic-style larp experience in North America.
  • Nordic-style larp does not use complicated conflict resolution systems, character build points, or experience levels. Instead it focuses on relationships, immersion, and story. Spell-casting mechanics and play techniques will be taught in workshops prior to the game, and each player will have access to a character coach, to help you flesh out the character concept you are given by the organizers. There are also no minimum costuming requirements. Everything you need to play will be provided.
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A few days ago, Tina Degenhart posted about her experience in April at the College of Wizardry larp, which took place at Zamek Czocha, a castle in rural Poland, and was organized by the Danish larp company Rollespilsfabrikken and the Polish larp company Liveform. We agree with Tina that the Nordic mechanics-light immersive play style and the magical experience of being transported into a world of wizards and mythical creatures was profound. So profound in fact, that we felt we must bring the experience to North America. In June 2016, people will have the opportunity to attend New World Magischola™ a full-scale, high-production value immersive, Nordic-style larp that will run for four days and three nights in the mid-Atlantic United States.

Students of New World Magischola

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While not all details about the event (exact dates and location) can be released just yet, here is what we can tell interested players:

  • There will be at least one event running Thursday-Sunday in mid-June 2016.
  • Tickets will be available through our Kickstarter Campaign, which will launch in early-mid November 2015.
  • 80 tickets will be released at the start of the campaign; this is the minimum number of players to make the game work and the minimum level of funding to make the game happen.
  • As interest and funding permit, more tickets will be released up to a cap of 160 players in a single event. With additional interest and funding, we will run a second event on the following Thursday-Sunday in June 2016.
  • We anticipate the ticket price will be $375, same as the College of Wizardry larp in Poland, and is all-inclusive. The cost includes three nights dormitory lodging with linens, 9 buffet-style meals with vegetarian and other special dietary options, a robe and house tie to wear during the game, the design and operation of the game, all magical classes and curricula, a full-scale team of NPCs, scenographers, costume, lighting, sound, makeup, and choreography designers, and a school formal in a ballroom with music. You’ll need to supply your own wand.
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  • Our location has a castle-like feel (complete with mullion windows, archways and towers) yet has fully modern bathrooms, technology, and accommodates people with accessibility needs. You can get there easily by car, plane and rail.
  • The game will be organized and run by Learn Larp, LLC, an American game-design company with the assistance of Rollespilsfabrikken, the Danish company that produces College of Wizardry. The game provides a truly immersive Nordic-style larp experience in North America.
  • Nordic-style larp does not use complicated conflict resolution systems, character build points, or experience levels. Instead it focuses on relationships, immersion, and story. Spell-casting mechanics and play techniques will be taught in workshops prior to the game, and each player will have access to a character coach, to help you flesh out the character concept you are given by the organizers. There are also no minimum costuming requirements. Everything you need to play will be provided.
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While not all details about the event (exact dates and location) can be released just yet, here is what we can tell interested players:

  • There will be at least one event running Thursday-Sunday in mid-June 2016.
  • Tickets will be available through our Kickstarter Campaign, which will launch in early-mid November 2015.
  • 80 tickets will be released at the start of the campaign; this is the minimum number of players to make the game work and the minimum level of funding to make the game happen.
  • As interest and funding permit, more tickets will be released up to a cap of 160 players in a single event. With additional interest and funding, we will run a second event on the following Thursday-Sunday in June 2016.
  • We anticipate the ticket price will be $375, same as the College of Wizardry larp in Poland, and is all-inclusive. The cost includes three nights dormitory lodging with linens, 9 buffet-style meals with vegetarian and other special dietary options, a robe and house tie to wear during the game, the design and operation of the game, all magical classes and curricula, a full-scale team of NPCs, scenographers, costume, lighting, sound, makeup, and choreography designers, and a school formal in a ballroom with music. You’ll need to supply your own wand.
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  • Our location has a castle-like feel (complete with mullion windows, archways and towers) yet has fully modern bathrooms, technology, and accommodates people with accessibility needs. You can get there easily by car, plane and rail.
  • The game will be organized and run by Learn Larp, LLC, an American game-design company with the assistance of Rollespilsfabrikken, the Danish company that produces College of Wizardry. The game provides a truly immersive Nordic-style larp experience in North America.
  • Nordic-style larp does not use complicated conflict resolution systems, character build points, or experience levels. Instead it focuses on relationships, immersion, and story. Spell-casting mechanics and play techniques will be taught in workshops prior to the game, and each player will have access to a character coach, to help you flesh out the character concept you are given by the organizers. There are also no minimum costuming requirements. Everything you need to play will be provided.
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A few days ago, Tina Degenhart posted about her experience in April at the College of Wizardry larp, which took place at Zamek Czocha, a castle in rural Poland, and was organized by the Danish larp company Rollespilsfabrikken and the Polish larp company Liveform. We agree with Tina that the Nordic mechanics-light immersive play style and the magical experience of being transported into a world of wizards and mythical creatures was profound. So profound in fact, that we felt we must bring the experience to North America. In June 2016, people will have the opportunity to attend New World Magischola™ a full-scale, high-production value immersive, Nordic-style larp that will run for four days and three nights in the mid-Atlantic United States.

Students of New World Magischola

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While not all details about the event (exact dates and location) can be released just yet, here is what we can tell interested players:

  • There will be at least one event running Thursday-Sunday in mid-June 2016.
  • Tickets will be available through our Kickstarter Campaign, which will launch in early-mid November 2015.
  • 80 tickets will be released at the start of the campaign; this is the minimum number of players to make the game work and the minimum level of funding to make the game happen.
  • As interest and funding permit, more tickets will be released up to a cap of 160 players in a single event. With additional interest and funding, we will run a second event on the following Thursday-Sunday in June 2016.
  • We anticipate the ticket price will be $375, same as the College of Wizardry larp in Poland, and is all-inclusive. The cost includes three nights dormitory lodging with linens, 9 buffet-style meals with vegetarian and other special dietary options, a robe and house tie to wear during the game, the design and operation of the game, all magical classes and curricula, a full-scale team of NPCs, scenographers, costume, lighting, sound, makeup, and choreography designers, and a school formal in a ballroom with music. You’ll need to supply your own wand.
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  • Our location has a castle-like feel (complete with mullion windows, archways and towers) yet has fully modern bathrooms, technology, and accommodates people with accessibility needs. You can get there easily by car, plane and rail.
  • The game will be organized and run by Learn Larp, LLC, an American game-design company with the assistance of Rollespilsfabrikken, the Danish company that produces College of Wizardry. The game provides a truly immersive Nordic-style larp experience in North America.
  • Nordic-style larp does not use complicated conflict resolution systems, character build points, or experience levels. Instead it focuses on relationships, immersion, and story. Spell-casting mechanics and play techniques will be taught in workshops prior to the game, and each player will have access to a character coach, to help you flesh out the character concept you are given by the organizers. There are also no minimum costuming requirements. Everything you need to play will be provided.
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While not all details about the event (exact dates and location) can be released just yet, here is what we can tell interested players:

  • There will be at least one event running Thursday-Sunday in mid-June 2016.
  • Tickets will be available through our Kickstarter Campaign, which will launch in early-mid November 2015.
  • 80 tickets will be released at the start of the campaign; this is the minimum number of players to make the game work and the minimum level of funding to make the game happen.
  • As interest and funding permit, more tickets will be released up to a cap of 160 players in a single event. With additional interest and funding, we will run a second event on the following Thursday-Sunday in June 2016.
  • We anticipate the ticket price will be $375, same as the College of Wizardry larp in Poland, and is all-inclusive. The cost includes three nights dormitory lodging with linens, 9 buffet-style meals with vegetarian and other special dietary options, a robe and house tie to wear during the game, the design and operation of the game, all magical classes and curricula, a full-scale team of NPCs, scenographers, costume, lighting, sound, makeup, and choreography designers, and a school formal in a ballroom with music. You’ll need to supply your own wand.

We’ve designed a new magical universe for North America that intertwines with actual colonial and indigenous history, people, and practices. In the game you can play a first-, second- or third-year student or a professor. You’ll be selected for one of five houses, each with its own traditions and founder (first-years will be drafted into a house as part of the game). You choose to follow one of five scholarly paths or majors: Cryptozoology, Healing, Artificery, Cursebreaking or the Path of the Marshall. You’ll take classes related to your major, and you can join a variety of clubs and extracurricular activities. You’ll live the life of a wizard in a magical world, with encounters with magical creatures, villains, and perhaps traitors in your midst.

 

Information about the world is being released weekly at our Facebook page www.facebook.com/nwmagischola and our Twitter feed www.twitter.com/nwmagiscola. If you’re interested in learning more or helping out, you can also join our Worldcrafter’s Brigade. A new world awaits …

Get Sorted Into a House!

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The Voyage North

Looking for your next adventure? Join us on The Voyage North. It's not Harry Potter, but it's freaking Magical...

  • Our location has a castle-like feel (complete with mullion windows, archways and towers) yet has fully modern bathrooms, technology, and accommodates people with accessibility needs. You can get there easily by car, plane and rail.
  • The game will be organized and run by Learn Larp, LLC, an American game-design company with the assistance of Rollespilsfabrikken, the Danish company that produces College of Wizardry. The game provides a truly immersive Nordic-style larp experience in North America.
  • Nordic-style larp does not use complicated conflict resolution systems, character build points, or experience levels. Instead it focuses on relationships, immersion, and story. Spell-casting mechanics and play techniques will be taught in workshops prior to the game, and each player will have access to a character coach, to help you flesh out the character concept you are given by the organizers. There are also no minimum costuming requirements. Everything you need to play will be provided.
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We’ve designed a new magical universe for North America that intertwines with actual colonial and indigenous history, people, and practices. In the game you can play a first-, second- or third-year student or a professor. You’ll be selected for one of five houses, each with its own traditions and founder (first-years will be drafted into a house as part of the game). You choose to follow one of five scholarly paths or majors: Cryptozoology, Healing, Artificery, Cursebreaking or the Path of the Marshall. You’ll take classes related to your major, and you can join a variety of clubs and extracurricular activities. You’ll live the life of a wizard in a magical world, with encounters with magical creatures, villains, and perhaps traitors in your midst.

Information about the world is being released weekly at our Facebook page www.facebook.com/nwmagischola and our Twitter feed www.twitter.com/nwmagiscola. If you’re interested in learning more or helping out, you can also join our Worldcrafter’s Brigade. A new world awaits …

 

Editor’s Note: Though comparisons are inevitable, because of wizards attending a school, this game has no relation to the world of Harry Potter.

Oct 22, 2015

Today’s post comes from Tina Degenhart. She’s a badass on the battle field of the SCA, a long time larper, and a horse whisperer by day among many other things. Go tell her how much you love this post on Twitter @tinadegenhart.


 

I count myself very lucky to have experienced and grown up with the world of J.K. Rowling not far from my mind.  For ten years I waited in eager excitement for the next book to be released.  Many times it would be released when we were on our family vacation during the summer. My parents would patiently bring me to some unknown bookstore, stand in the long line and then begrudgingly let me shove my nose back into the familiar setting of Harry Potter while they went about playing on the beach or seeing some tourist attraction. My escape and vacation would be with Harry, Ron and Hermione.

As the series progressed it was with a deep sadness that developed knowing it would someday end. When it did, I consoled myself with the movies, board games, video games, buying every flag, snow globe and potion making set out there. A robe and wand were never far from my bed and the window constantly left open for potentially receiving ‘that’ letter. Then the theme parks which just increased my desire to experience something more involved. But nothing could fill that hole in my chest that developed after reading the last page of the series.

First it was just a whisper. Then a picture spotted on Facebook. Could it be? No… that’s impossible. But there! Another twitter status. It’s cruel to get my hopes up… but maybe?

A LARP that goes by the name College of Wizardry was popping up all over my social feeds. Pictures of robed figures with their wands out, grand meals with house colors and delicious treats, house elves and more importantly… a castle! They had just finished their first run through and two of my friends had attended. What?! This is madness! I instantly needed to know more. Some research later a whole new world was revealed to me.

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It was a four day Harry Potter inspired LARP event ran by a Polish/Danish team from the organizations Liveform (from Poland) and Rollespilsfabrikken (from Denmark). The first run through was such a success that they were following it up with a few more runs but the tickets were limited and highly sought after around the world. Oh it’s on. I barely knew anything about any details but I just knew I had to have a ticket. I’ll always remember launch day, counting down the seconds at work with a laptop that I had borrowed from my boss. 3… 2… 1… PURCHASE! TICKET ACQUIRED! Tickets had sold out in a matter of seconds. Once a ticket was safely mine it was time to understand the details of what I had just got myself in to.

College of Wizardy was, and is, held at a beautiful castle called Czocha Castle in Poland. It was my responsibility to secure a flight to the Berlin airport, which I did and landed the night before. There was a hotel walking distance away and it gave me a chance to slowly adapt to the time change (6 hours difference). I was also able to try some of the best soft pretzels I’ve had in my life. That morning myself and a few other ‘students’ that had met at the hotel bar the night before walked back to the airport to hop on the bus provided by CoW. As we loaded onto the bus my throat tightened, my chest turned into a knot and my eyes filled with tears. At that very moment I was 10 years old and boarding my very own Hogwarts Express. This was really happening. I was a mite embarrassed but as I looked around I realized not only was I surrounded by like-minded people but we were all experiencing this amazing moment together.

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Bounding onto the bus we instantly became comfortable. Pulling out wands and showing them off to each other. Some homemade, some purchased and some that have been collecting dust for years in the back of someone’s closet now about to be used like it was meant to. We shared stories about our love for Harry Potter and how we came to be together on this bus. We discussed character backgrounds and traded candies that we all brought from our home countries. Even though people were from all over the world English was the language that the game was ran in and the language everyone defaulted to. Some better than others but it gave us all an even footing so we could all enjoy the moment together. There was never a moment that I felt lost or struggled to figure something out when it came to language barriers. So many languages were present we were always happy to help each other out.  I even learned a few words in German, Polish, Italian, Spanish, and French.

The ride from Berlin to the castle in Poland wasn’t bad at all. Long but I almost didn’t want it to end. The bus ride gave us all a chance to get to know each other a little better.

Then finally…. That moment.

I’m actually having a hard time writing about it without choking up. The moment the bus pulled up outside the castle grounds. There was a silence among the occupants as we stared at the stone walls wide eyed.  I was almost scared to get off. Like it was a dream and if I moved too quickly I would wake up. Then with a jolt, we all couldn’t wait to get off the bus and just take it all in.

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We quickly filed out and walked through the small town that surround the courtyard that encircled the castle. Dragging our suitcases and giggling like children. It was exhilarating and freeing to embrace our childhoods with complete strangers that were quickly becoming friends. Each step brought more and more beauty into view until we were standing on the bridge that led to the front door. The grounds and building was absolutely gorgeous! Small stone huts with manicured yards scattered in the shadow of the massive castle. Fountains and statues that you swore if you looked away would come alive. The crisp air and unknown feeling of Poland herself added another layer of magic. When I closed my eyes I could have sworn I heard the distant howl of a werewolf in the Forbidden Forest. Or the thump of a hippogriff’s wings down in the gardens. Even with some of the castle being under repairs it just made it all that more magical, as if it had recently survived a Dementor attack.

Every step of the trip was extremely organized from the moment we loaded into the bus to when we shuffled over the bridge and through the front doors. As soon as we walked into the beautifully detailed foyer we were handed a robe and tie in your house color that the game provided for loan and you were able to purchase at the end. Also included was a map as the castle was gigantic, class schedule, class book, name tag and room number.

Standing there with my arms full of my robe, wand, school books, class schedule, and suitcase I couldn’t help but look around at my fellow shocked classmates and come to a realization: the hole in my chest was finally filled.

What’s the magical adventure that you’re missing in your life? Would you travel across the world to attend a larp with that theme if it existed?

Oct 09, 2015