2022 Linköping Talks

Reading Larps – Hanne Grasmo

Larps exist outside the ephemeral reality of the activity of larping. Larps are published as books and archived as PDFs. In these formats, larps can be read, without playing them, if you have the literacy.

In the spring of 2022, Hanne Grasmo browsed through 2303 documented larps in search of European larp scripts published in English or Nordic languages. In this talk she discusses the importance of the larp script, rants about archiving larps, and ponders what features are needed for a larp to be published.

Hanne Grasmo is a Norwegian larp designer, sociologist, educator, and writer. She published the first popular science book about Nordic Larp in 1998, co-founded the Knutepunkt conferences, and is well-known for the world-touring larp Just a Little Lovin’; last year the full larp script of 630 pages was published as a book. Hanne is currently employed as a Doctoral researcher in Game Culture Studies at Tampere University, researching Role-play and Sexual Arousal.

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