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MIGRATIONS LARP AND THE VALUE OF PLAY

After our run at The Smoke in January, earlier this summer Dr Chloe Buckley and myself ran a small LARP workshop as part of the Manchester Gothic Festival, during the International Gothic Association Conference. This game was open to the public and offered participants the opportunity to experience a gothic-style narrative from the inside, as characters. Inspired by the world of HP Lovecraft’s novels and its surrounding mythos, Migrations aimed to introduce participants to the feeling of being trapped and suddenly ignorant of the basic rules of the world – a common enough experience for characters in Gothic novels. read more

A Very Gothic LARP

As part of the upcoming Gothic Manchester Festival 2018, colleagues from the GRN will be running a very special live action role-playing event (LARP). “Migrations” – A Special Exhibition from Miskatonic University will take place on Wednesday 1st August and Thursday 2nd August.

From the Old World to the New World and back again – this special exhibition showcases a host of transatlantic treasures, including a selection of artefacts never before released from the Miskatonic University collections. These items present an insight into the role that religion, myth and superstition played in early settler life, many brought to New England from the variety of cultures across the ‘Old World’. We invite you to delve into the past and join Miskatonic’s Professor Waite for a short talk about the provenance of these artefacts, and learn about their transatlantic journey. read more

Gaming at the Smoke – Designing a Horror LARP

This weekend we attended The Smoke, an international LARP festival in London, now in its second year. We were there to test the design of a horror LARP we have developed for people who have not experienced LARP before, and in the process encountered a range of LARP communities and types new to us both. Attendees at the Smoke had begun to refer to these as “LARP islands” and it seems that each has its own dialect and practices of LARP. read more

What is LARP?

On Wednesday 13th December, we will be running a horror-themed LARP for members of the Games Research Network at MMU. LARP stands for “live action role play”, and may be sometimes called LRP or “live gaming”. LARP was once the subject of derisive mockery in mainstream culture – the 2008 movie, Role Models, provides one particularly excruciating example. However, with the rise of broader “geek culture” to the mainstream, LARP in the UK is becoming more visible and more popular (see this recent article on “The Art of LARP”). Elements of LARP (costume, staged dramatic scenes, live character interaction) are increasingly incorporated into theatrical events and tourist attractions, such as the zombie walk, ghost tours and immersive theatre experiences. read more