2018 Malmö Talks

Emergence in Larp – Evan Torner

The structured chaos of larp is difficult to parse, especially when such unpredictability is precisely the point. In this talk, Evan Torner discusses how emergence works as an aesthetic principle in larp, and suggests a rubric for how to understand our incredibly complicated larp experiences in retrospect.

Evan Torner is Assistant Professor of German Studies at the University of Cincinnati, where he also directs the UC Game Lab. Though his primary research focus is East German cinema and science fiction, he has maintained an active presence in the role-playing game scene as a player, designer, and researcher. He co-edited Immersive Gameplay: Essays on Participatory Media and Role-Playing with William J. White, and is currently an editor for Analog Game Studies, which he co-founded. He also co-founded the Golden Cobra contest, and has written numerous freeform larp scenarios.

2015 Copenhagen Talks

Larp as Adaptation – Evan Torner

We have only begun to test all the possibilities of expression made available to us through larp. While adapting material from other media appear ‘unoriginal’ to some, it expands the range of voices expressed in our medium. Evan Torner’s talk focuses on how we seek inspiration from film, novels and the human archive for our future larp work.

Evan Torner (Ph.D.) is an assistant professor of German Studies at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, USA, as well as a larpwright and game event organiser. He has published on a variety of topics, including East German cinema, science fiction, genre cinema and live-action role-playing. His work has been supported by Fulbright, the DAAD, the DEFA Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, among others. Together with William J. White he co-edited the book Immersive Gameplay: Essays on Role-Playing and Participatory Media (McFarland, 2012). He is co-editor of the journal Analog Game Studies.