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2021 Oslo Talks

What Knutepedia Actually Taught Us – Jamie Macdonald

During the pandemic, Jamie MacDonald and Jaakko Stenros ran a series of Zoom-based Nordic larp virtual pub quizzes, called Knutepedia. We ended up learning some things about our community in the process.

Jamie MacDonald arrived at Nordic larp through the theater and performance route, and over the last decade has written extensively on the potentials and pitfalls of that field’s crossovers with larp. He is also the co-creator of a series of theater/larp pieces, like Walkabout and The Lovers’ Matchmaking Agency, along with Aarni Korpela. He is Canadian and lives in Finland, where he is pursuing a PhD on stand-up comedy performance.

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2021 Oslo Talks

I Was Dangerous Player and I’m Really Sorry – Ria Böök

We all make mistakes. But what to do when you are the one who puts people in real physical danger. Ria Böök tells about she being the dangerous player and what she learned from it.

Ria Böök is a Finnish player and organizer. She organized her first larp in 2002. Sine then, she has been responsible of ie. design and character writing (Tartuntavaara / State of Infection with Jae Takala), Empty epsilon scenarios and coding (Odysseus), kitchen (Pyhävuoren perilliset x 5) and safety (Merirosvopoukama / The Pirate Cove). Ria’s special interest is accessibility, especially for visually impaired.

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2019 Odense Talks

The Piss Room – Juhana Pettersson

Whether it’s about the longevity of our community, our ability to break boundaries, or basic safety, organizer wellbeing is an essential design consideration. Juhana Pettersson talks about his own experiences with larp burnout as well as possible solutions.

Slides: The Piss Room – Juhana Pettersson

Juhana Pettersson is a Finnish larp and roleplaying game designer, novelist and writer. The best-known larps he has worked on are Luminescence, Halat hisar and the trilogy of Vampire: the Masquerade larps End of the Line, Enlightenment in Blood and Parliament of Shadows. His most recent larp Tuhannen viillon kuolema (Death By a Thousand Cuts) was about climate change and class war.

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2018 Malmö Talks

Under 25: We’re Here to Take Your Place – Agata Świstak

During her talk, Agata Swistak would like to encourage established larp organisers and community leaders to change their style of management and open themselves to something new. Equipped with a number of tips and advice, she would like to inspire people to discussion on how to be more inclusive and supportive towards young folks in our communities – and why it will make the larp better.

Agata Swistak is a community leader and a professional project manager working with larp and event design. In her work, she puts an effort to create safe and empowering spaces. In 2013 she was part of the group creating one of the loudest larps in the world – College of Wizardry, and later became a main coordinator of the entire event. She believes that empathy and inclusion create not only strong communities, but also unforgettable and transformative experiences.

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2018 Malmö Talks

White Knighting and Why It’s Problematic But Not Necessarily In the Sense You Might Think – Aina Skjønsfjell

White Knighting is a phenomenon Aina only recently has heard about. Fear of White Knighting is currently potentially holding back allies, and in her talk, Aina Sivsdatter addresses the unseen issues with the white Knight phenomenon.

Aina D Skjønsfjell has been larping since she was 15, and has organised a shy dozen of larps in her life. However, it was only in 2014 that she learned that there are several strikes of larps and that her style is called Nordic. In her spare time, when she isn’t larping , writing larps, prepping for larps or playing D&D, Aina works as a translator and is unnecessarily overfond of how languages work.

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2018 Malmö Talks

Emotional Safety, Sorority and #metoo: One Year in Larp Women Unite France – Muriel Algayres

Inspired by the Nordic group by the same name, Larp Women Unite France just celebrated its first year of existence. In this talk, Muriel Algayres will explain how the French group took inspiration from its Nordic counterpart while facing challenges specific to the French-speaking area, to the greater benefit of the larp community at large.

Muriel Algayres is a historian, teacher and game designer from France. She has been creating larp for 15 years, including Dreams of Absinth, Harem Son Saat, and the Belle Epoque trilogy. She is currently working with Rolling international to bring Harem to the Czech Republic, and with the Suffragette! larp international team in Sweden. She also operates as a moderator to the LWU France group, and, as a co-producer of the the “matters of safety” guide, has been active in raising awareness to emotional safety and prevention of harassment in her home country.

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2017 Oslo Talks

Missing Stairs in Larp Communities – Maury Brown