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

Documentation for Athena’s Chosen

Documentation for ATHENA’S CHOSEN, a live-action game about women in ancient Greece seeking empowerment through the favor of Greek goddesses.

Organized by TLS and Kathy Shane

Photography by TLS and Jon Cole

Twelve players, Minneapolis, Minnesota in May 2018

Larp House Presents: Space Squids

You are between 4 and 7 feet in length, possess a head, mantle, eight locomotive limbs and two manipulative tentacles arranged symmetrically around your central axis. You respire through osmotic absorption of oxygen suspended in liquid hydrogen dioxide. You are, in short, a space squid.

The evolutionary advantage your species enjoys is that while engaged in mating behaviors using your two tentacles, your ganglia meld with those of your partners, combining your intellect and skills, but also your attitudes and biases. Which is critically important today, because your deep space colonization vessel has broken down! If you can keep the ship habitable, restart the engines, and plot a new course you should be able survive to settle on a planet. If you hope to survive, you will have to work together!

WHAT: SPACE SQUIDS, a parlor larp playtest for 6 – 24 players (the more the merrier!).
Designed by Kevin McIntyre and Jon Cole
Organized by Jon Cole, Kevin McIntyre, and Kathy Shane

WHEN: Saturday, June 30th from 2pm to 6pm

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Larp House Presents: QUILTBAG

Larp House Presents: QUILTBAG LARP

The University would like to invite all queer, questioning, intersex, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, asexual and gay students, faculty and community members to join the University Queer Life support group. This will be a safe, affirming and confidential peer led monthly support group for all local members of the queer community.

A parlor larp about the lives and identities of 8 regular people through the lens of their monthly support group.

WHAT: QUILTBAG, a playtest of a parlor larp for 6-8 players

Designed by Frank Beres, Quinn D, E. Chris Garrison, and Susan Weiner

Organized by Kathy Shane and Jon Cole

WHEN: Sunday, February 18th from 2pm to 6pm

REGISTRATION:

If you are interested in playing, fill out our QUILTBAG sign up form before 11:59 pm on Friday, February 9th. 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 Sunday, February 11th. If less folks than max sign up, registration will be open after the deadline for stragglers.

WHERE: A North Minneapolis Nonprofit located near Broadway and Emerson Avenue in Minneapolis. Accessible by bus.

We are requesting a voluntary good will donation $5-10 to support the work of the nonprofit in appreciation for the use of their space. No one will be turned away if they are unable to make a donation.

PLAY STYLE:

This is an Intercon-style parlor larp. Play will alternate between playing support group meetings and workshopping what happens to characters in between meetings based on event prompts. Players are cast as prewritten characters before the larp. Each character is sheet 3-4 pages long.

THEMES: QUILTBAG is a game about the development of identity through community.

ACCESSIBILITY:

The play venue is ADA accessible. Plenty of seating. Water available. Climate controlled building.

COSTUMING: No costuming is required, but you can costume if you get excited about that sort of thing.

WHAT IS A PLAYTEST?

A playtest is a larp session intended to find design flaws in an in-development game. Often, designers will ask players for their thoughts on the experience after a playtest.

CONTENT WARNING: This game deals with issues of gender and sexual identity, experience of bias (outside the group), family rejection, offstage violence, discussion of violence, relationships and community, and gender transition. Sexual violence is not included in this game.

ART: Airman 1st Class Celeste Smith, 354th Comptroller Squadron customer service technician. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Nicole Taylor/Released

Larp House Presents: Potluck Larp

Larp House Presents: Potluck Larp

Everyone loves a potluck!

This winter, we are hosting a larp that is more than the sum of it’s parts. Using the framework Play With Intent we will build a larp and then play it in one evening. Let’s design the game in order to play it, including while we are playing it! And yes, we’ll also share food in a potluck fashion.

WHAT:

Play With Intent, a freeform larp for 4-6 players + casual social potluck

Designed by Matthijs Holter and Emily Care Boss

Organized by Kathy Shane and Jon Cole

WHEN:Friday, January 19th from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm

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Larp House Presents: Sign

Larp House Presents: SIGN

A silent game for 3-6+ players in 2 hours.

Nicaragua in the 1970s had no form of sign language. If you were deaf, you had simple gestures with a trusted few, likely nothing more than a form of pantomime you negotiated with your family to meet basic needs. In 1977, something happened. Fifty deaf children from across the country were brought together to an experimental school in Managua. Without a shared language to express themselves, the children did the only thing they could – they created one. In Sign, we follow a small piece of their journey.

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