Larp House Presents: Halloween Survival Guide

Updated: registration link

Pumpking with relief carved angry face

One night every year, the children of the world shed their innocent guises and reveal their true selves: These monsters roam neighborhoods, searching for helpless adults to feed their endless hunger.

Mercifully, we have found that a common household chemical—sugar, of all things—numbs their murderous ravening. You can avoid a grisly fate through preparation and common sense, but you’ll need to keep your wits to do it.

What

Halloween Survival Guide, a lighthearted party larp for one or more hopeful survivors of Halloween.

Designed by Jay Treat
Organized by TLS

When

Wednesday, 31 October 2018 from 6:30 pm to 12:00 am

Where

The larp will be held at a private residence in St. Paul. Full details will be emailed to participants.

Registration

Participation in this event is free of charge, although a potluck offering is encouraged. (See below)

If you are interested in playing, fill out our Halloween Survival Guide sign-up form before 11:59 pm on Thursday, October 25th. There is no upper limit for players, but there is a limit to how many people we can host. In the unlikely event that more than 15 people sign up for the larp we will let participants know what to expect on Sunday, October 28th. Please register so we can plan accordingly!
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Larp House Presents: Old Friends

Spooky abandoned room

Back in the ‘90s you hunted ghosts together. You used an ancient technique that reliably bridged two worlds, and you put a lot of souls to rest. Like any team you were a mess of individual flaws, contradictions and rivalry, but it worked.

It worked until Sara died.

And now here you are, twenty years later. The past has brought you back together. Together for that one last job.

What

A live-action ghost story for four to five players.

Designed by Ole Peder Giæver and Jason Morningstar
Organized by l.p.lade and Shawn Stokes

When

Saturday, 20 October 2018, 7:00 pm to midnight

Where

A private residence in St. Paul. Details will be provided to participants.

Registration

Participation in this event is offered free of charge.

If you are interested in playing, fill out our Old Friend sign-up before 11:59 pm on Tuesday, 16 October. If more people sign up than we have room for, attendance will be decided by weighted lottery. You should know if you are in or out of the larp by Wednesday, 17 October.

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General Committee meeting (Q4 2018)

red apples

The General Committee meeting has been rescheduled to 20 October from 12 pm to 2 pm. It will be in Meeting Room A at the Rondo Community Library in St. Paul. We could totally use volunteers for facilitator and notes master. Everyone who has ever attended a Larp House event can vote and is invited to attend.

If there are items you would like added to the agenda, please contact the Creative Director.

Agenda

  1. Check-in, meet and greet
  2. Creative Director report
    1. Summer larp recap
    2. Social marketing and outreach
    3. Fall strategy rundown
  3. Harassment Committee: Proposal to expand scope and re-title
  4. Brainstorming & free discussion
    1. Changes to event sign-up procedures
    2. Changes to org structure (new officers?)
    3. Strategies for venue rentals
    4. Election promotions

Announcing our fall 2018 season

bonfire by a lake at dusk

We are excited to announce our tentative Fall 2018 event schedule! We are still working out the details for each of these, and the lineup is subject to change. Watch our blog for future announcements about each of these events, or sign up for our email list.

The theme this fall is “Festival: Coming together in fading light.” We are testing the use of a gently connecting motif this season, and also blocking out our schedule a little further in advance. Let us know how you like this approach.

October

👻 Old Friends (Ole Peder Giæver & Jason Morningstar) Twenty years after the incident, a group of old friends reunites to speak with the dead. A horror larp for six.

🎃 Halloween Survival Guide (Jay Treat) Small monsters run wild in the streets, and a band of survivors takes shelter to fend them off. An actual holiday party slash alternate reality game for, um, lots.

November

🍐 Paratopia (Tayler Stokes et al.) Want to meet up and talk about game design with a bunch of people who are really serious about larp, but can’t fly to New Jersey? Do roundtables and playtests here in Minnesota! A nano-con for anyone who can’t make it to Metatopia.

🍍 Screwing the Crew (Trine Lise Lindahl & Elin Nilsen) People in a tight-knit social scene with varying degrees of open relationships have all gotten together for a party. There will surely be no drama. A Nordic scenario for seven to fifteen. (We are not going to try running it on a weeknight this time, honest.)

December

🤵 Will That Be All? (Graham Walmsley) In the time between the wars, an English manor’s house servants have found time to set aside duty and explore their relationships and feelings. A freeform larp for six to ten.

🍖 Uwe Boll’s Christmas Special (Evan Torner & Kat Jones) The world’s worst MOST MISUNDERSTOOD movie director is making a visionary Christmas movie and he needs your help. Certain to contain all manner of off-color, tasteless content that does not belong in a Christmas special, but you can’t let the critics deter you. A comedy larp for eight to twelve.

Documentation for My Jam

Documentation for My Jam
A live-action game about music, magic, and high school drama

Designed by Jeff Dieterle and Eric Mersmann
Organized by Cat Stuntebeck, Jon Cole, and Katherine Shane

Photography by l.p.lade

19 August 2018
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Eight players

Original announcement

Call for fall events

The Creative Director is now accepting submissions for fourth-quarter programming.

The connecting theme for this season (October to December) will be:

Festival: Coming together in fading light

Use of the theme is encouraged (although not mandatory). You may interpret the theme literally or figuratively. This is a good opportunity to run larps that tie-in with any of the many holidays that occur during this time period.

Please note it may be difficult to get people together the week of Thanksgiving or Christmas.

We are especially interested in getting submissions from women, LGBTQIA folx, and people of color.

As always, no prior larp organizing is necessary. We will connect you with a member of the Education Committee for help with running a great larp.

If you have an idea for an event you’d like to run, please fill out our handy event submission form by September 16. The Creative Director will review the pitches, and will announce our fall schedule by the end of September.

Submit your pitch!

Photo credit: l.p.lade

Larp House Presents: I Say a Little Prayer

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Five gay men live together in a shared apartment in New York City. We follow this group of friends over a couple of years in the early 1980s when the AIDS epidemic hit gay communities hard. These men will be personally affected by the AIDS crisis over the course of play.

This larp is a condensed version of the internationally acclaimed Nordic larp Just a Little Lovin’, run in Minnesota last year. The themes of friendship, desire, and death are universal ones. We hope to offer participants new insight on an often overlooked part of US history through this event.

What

I Say a Little Prayer, a freeform Nordic larp scenario for five players.

Designed by Tor Kjetil Edland
Organized by Jon Cole and l.p.lade

When

Saturday, 22 September 2018 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Where

The larp will be held at a private residence in Minneapolis or St. Paul (TBD)

Registration

If you are interested in playing, fill out our I Say a Little Prayer sign-up form before 11:59 pm on Wednesday, September 12th. You should know if you are in or out of the larp by Tuesday, September 18th.

We encourage you to sign-up promptly! If we see there are sufficient sign-ups, we may consider adding additional runs. If way way too many people sign up, attendance in the multiple runs will be decided by weighted lottery.

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