Notes and links from Nordic Larp Talks

The first Nordic Larp Talks event is over. Thank you to everyone who made it possible, despite volcanic disruptions, and thank you for joining at Café Klara or through the live broadcast!

Here are some notes and links that were mentioned during the event:


Jaakko Stenros and Markus Montola have edited two anthologies on Nordic larp. Both are available online as pdf downloads:

Beyond Role and Play

Playground Worlds

They are currently working on a coffee table anthology about Nordic larps, read more about it on the project blog:

Nordic larp conference Knutpunkt

The annual conference on Nordic larp, Knutpunkt, is in Sweden this year. Nordic Larp Talks was part of the programme preceding the conference.

Knutpunkt 2010

Educational larping conference ELIN

Once day before the Knutpunkt conference, and still has space.

EDU-LARP – Live Role-Playing as a Teaching Method


Nordic Larp Talks – April 17th, c/o Stockholms Stadsteater

Two hours of entertaining, thought-provoking and mind-boggling lectures about the culture of the future, participatory storytelling and interactive theatre. Hosted by geek, journalist and games critic Johanna Koljonen.

Volcano update! Nordic Larp Talks has several speakers and production people stuck in various places in Europe, but we’re still on! We have a great programme still, so come along! 

April 17th, 16.00-18.00 at Café Klara, c/o Stockholms Stadsteater. The event is free, but you can reserve a seat here if you like! A number of seats will also be held for people without reservations, but if you want to make sure, fill out the form!

Speakers: Jaakko Stenros, Emma Wieslander, Andie Nordgren, Peter Munthe-Kaas, Markus Montola, Johanna Koljonen, Mathias Gullbrandson, Martin Ericsson. Speaker bios.


Space monsters on Russian submarines. A mechanical dragon the size of a house. Gender-deconstructed space bedouins at the National Theatre. A decadent Hamlet in a 1930s bunker. Six weeks of adventure and every-day life in a parallel Stockholm. Asylum centres, bomb shelters, medieval villages, hippie communes, mental landscapes – worlds for the participants to experience on their own bodies.

The Nordic countries are the best in the world when it comes to role-playing games as a story-telling medium, an art form and a pedagogical tool. In conjunction with the Knutpunkt conference, which gathers the movement’s top Nordic, European and US names to Stockholm, c/o Stadsteatern will be hosting two hours of entertaining, thought-provoking and mind-boggling lectures about the culture of the future, participatory storytelling and interactive theatre.

From extreme emotional experiences in abstract rooms to detailed simulations of virtual worlds, from gripping societal criticism to total escapism, this Nordic movement has achieved what the games industry, institutional theatres and political communicators have only dreamed of – participatory Gesamtkunstwerk of a high artistic quality. Nordic Larp Talks is a useful and entertaining two-hour presentation of some of the movement’s most fascinating experiences and the most exciting lessons learned.

The event is produced by games producer and social commentator Andie Nordgren and hosted by journalist and games critic Johanna Koljonen, who will also give the introductory talk. The talks are aimed at cultural producers and the general arts audience and do not require previous knowledge of game design or gamer culture. The event is in English.