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30. Why we’re doing the Larp Design Conference 2016

In a couple of weeks, on Sep 1–4, Palac Krobielowice in Poland will play host to a different sort of larp conference: the very first Larp Design Conference. Here are some thoughts on it.

Experience, not theory

The idea is pretty simple. We want to gather people from different larp cultures and organiser traditions, and have them share knowledge and ideas. But we have a very specific format.

The nuts and bolts

One of the things I’ve discovered by going to a lot of larp conferences over the years, is that we seldom have time to go into detail. Someone will say that they did a two-hour character workshop and that the players really got something out of it. But what actually happened? How did it work and how to copy it, or be inspired by it?

Networking and new contacts

Another key aspect of the LDC is that we want people to meet each other and have time to talk. As a longtime regular at the Knudepunkt conference (where I’ve been since ‘99), I’ve come to accept that an event of several hundreds of people is awesome at some things, and bad at others.

Luxury, good food and relaxing

The LDC is also a conference about luxury. It takes place in a small castle, and it’s a very comfortable one. The food is great, the rooms are high-quality and the whole place reeks of comfort and relaxation. It’s a venue that’s often used for weddings, after all!

So who should go?

The answer is threefold. Of course there are more reasons for going, but these are the three primary ones.

  1. The new organisers and organisers-to-be should go. There are talks to hear, workshops to be part of, and people to chat with. There are people who’ve been where you are, and who can help you along the way, and people who you can inspire with your new takes on things. And even if you’ve never organised anything yet, you can still end up providing fascinating insights to old-timers who’d forgotten what it’s like to be new.
  2. Those somewhere in the middle of the spectrum should go, because they get the best from both of the other crowds. They have experience, but haven’t stagnated. They’ve been around the block, but haven’t forgotten their first time. And they want to learn and teach and talk and listen. Preferably all at once!

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Director, The College of Extraordinary Experiences & Coach at McKinsey

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