15 Minutes of Panopticorp; ‘An Advertisement Agency from Hell’ Larp

Larp is all about roleplaying.

The first in our ‘Larp is…’ series is Nordic-style larp, featuring Cosmic Joke’s documentary of Panopticorp, ‘the advertisement agency from Hell’. The documentary covers in-game play, how it was set up, and how the larpers created and portrayed their characters.

Nordic larp is much different than boffer larp. There is often no combat, and bleed, experiences from a larp affecting your daily, personal life, is highly prized.

This style of larp is an open door; anything can be larped, from a futuristic fast food shop to a political prison camp.  Most Nordic larps are very free-form and easy to understand from a mechanical standpoint. If you can portray the character, you can play, no weapons, spells, or hours of rules research necessary.

If Panopticorp sounds familiar, you’ve right! Cosmic Joke documented their experience filming this larp in their journal entries (Larp Culture Shock, Panopticorp Opens, The Plot Thickens, and The End). Take a look at them after the video for behind-the-scenes extras!

5 thoughts on “15 Minutes of Panopticorp; ‘An Advertisement Agency from Hell’ Larp

  1. Xavi

    Hey , Great!

    One good thing about nordic larpers is that they document and show to the world their work. It is funny to say that they are creating sort of a brand with things like “nordic larp talks” and the Knutepunkt books. And it is funny beacuse this larp is about an advertising company.

    So do you think other countryes or areas should try to create this kind of communication to the outside world in which they try to explain how are they larping? And how to do it propery?

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  2. Claus Raasted

    Hi Xavi

    Thanks for the post. Personally, I think that other larp cultures definitely should think about doing some of the things “we” (whoever that we is) do. In 2009 I did my first big documentation project, which was a 200 page photo book featuring larps we’d done in the past year. It never paid for itself (mostly due to my hugely unrealistic ideas about how much it would sell), but still sold 300+ copies. The real impact came later, though, when we started using it as a business card and a presentation item. Having people leaf through a photo book containing nice pics from a variety of genres and styles (and with both adults-only and kid-centered larps) really worked as a communication thing.

    So point one. YES, others should do this.
    Point two. How? Do something small. I sometimes do small pamphlet style things.
    http://www.rollespilsakademiet.dk/pdf/100000swords.pdf is a short text on kids and larp.

    Petter Karlsson does small videos.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWSkaQMVv5k is about a larp project in Palestine.

    Start small. And contact people who have experience if it seems overwhelming.
    I’m always up for helping people document better. And even though it’s awesome having great stuff (I’m thrilled we have a 15 minute Discovery Channel piece coming up soon, for example), it’s also great just having SOMETHING. After all, right now http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_ekugPKqFw (the Lightning Bolt video) is still our most seen piece of documentation. ;)

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  4. Petter Karlsson

    Really glad to see this post here.

    As Claus said, documentation is key and I rarely see documentation this good.

    Several people are doing great initiatives in with this and It is really fun to see a more and more professional approach in the same time as good articles and mobile videos from anyone can help spreading the word about your type of game.

    I love your idea of talking about different styles of larp as I think it is important to see what differs to really see what connects our hobby.

    Will continue to follow this :)

    For some more reading on PanoptiCorp you can check out my summary of the larp here:
    http://petterkarlsson.se/2013/10/18/welcome-to-panopticorp/

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  5. Xavi

    Thanks for the reply to both of you!

    To Claus: Thanks for the ideas, adn the paper. Though I read the knutepunkt books – sorry if ther’s misspelling in the word – i never saw this one.
    To Peter: thanks for the link, I enjoyed your insight of the monitor celestra some months ago and i enjoyed this article too.

    I think you’d be happy to know that spanish larper-bloggers like, comment and translate your work:
    http://elcuervodelmaster.blogspot.com.es/2011/09/analisis-larp-nordicos-1-between.html
    (it’s in spanish of course but you’ll identify the words “Do Larp KP2011″ and “Kansler Mellem y Krone” ).

    So what people from other countries think? Do larpers from U.S: agree with that? Anyone from canada, Europe (non-nordic)?

    In my opinion it’s good to show what we have got, so i would like to help with that in my country ( which is spain by the way). I think we need to use english though if we want people from other countries to know about us.

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