Larp House Presents: Uwe Boll’s Christmas Special

Larp House Presents: Uwe Boll's Xmas Special

(Update: The event is on Sunday, 30 December. We apologize for any confusion!)

Meanwhile, it is Christmas Eve in Jersey City. Families gather for dinner. Hope is in the air. But for one family this Christmas will be fraught with danger. Little do they know that their father, Vernor Cedrac, was involved with the Ultra Sechs program. Or that Karma, loving mother and daughter and host of the family’s Christmas feast, is one of the hidden offspring of the alien vampires. What other surprises lie in store for the Cedracs as they uncover family secrets and learn the true meaning of Christmas?*

What

Uwe Boll’s Christmas Special is a holiday-themed live-action comedy game for 8 to 12 players, designed to simulate the delicious chaos of a hypothetical Christmas special directed by controversial German director Dr. Uwe Boll. Players take the role of miscast actors starring in a genre mash-up gone awry. This game is game a tongue-in-cheek homage to Boll’s work: off-color video game adaptations and tasteless shooter flicks that shock, enthrall, bore and occasionally move DVD audiences worldwide.

Designed by Evan Torner and Kat Tobin
Organized by Josh Krehbiel and TLS

When

Sunday, 30 December 2018, from 2 pm to 5 pm

Where

A North Minneapolis nonprofit located near Broadway and Emerson. Players will be given details after they are registered.

Parking on site. Metro Transit lines 5, 14, 30, and 32 stop nearby.

Registration

We are requesting a pay-what-you-want goodwill donation ($5 suggested) 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.

If you are interested in participating, fill out our Uwe Boll’s X-mas Special registration form before 11:59 pm on Friday, December 21st. We’ll let you know if you are in the larp by Monday, December 24th.

Play style

This is a comedic and absurd American Freeform larp. Players will workshops their character concepts—real-world actors and celebrities shoehorned into roles decidedly unsuited to them—before improvising the movie scene by scene under the direction of Uwe Boll, played by an organizer. Play will take roughly two hours incidentally the length of many of Boll’s films and receive just as much forethought and planning.

Our movie might not make a lot of sense, but we will have fun being way over the top and making it up as we go, all in the name of the holiday spirit!

Costuming

Costuming not required, but your ugliest holiday sweater is strongly encouraged!

Accessibility

Our venue is fully ADA compliant and climate-controlled, with gender neutral bathrooms and plenty of seating.

Content advisory

There is no specific content advisory for this larp, but Uwe Boll’s style—which we will be emulating to some degree—happens to be all about somewhat distasteful content. At the beginning of the of play we will establish some content boundaries and determine a level of raunchiness that suits the attending players.

Contact

Contact us with any questions or concerns!

Legal

This game is in no way meant to defame, slander, or insult the person and/or work of filmmaker Dr. Uwe Boll, a real human being and a pretty decent guy. Boll has directed over 20 feature films without direct German state film subsidies, having written and produced most of them as well, and is a semi-professional boxer with a Ph.D. in German literature. This mere game cannot possibly be so significant as to warrant legal action from Boll or Boll KG, but it also suffices to say that it would be difficult to tear down all of Boll’s considerable achievements even with a game meant to slander him. No profits are being made at Dr. Boll’s expense.

* Copy is meant to illustrate the tone of the game and may not be included as actual game content

Documentation for Old Friends: Behind the scenes

Sometimes it’s just a lucky coincidence when your r-map resembles a pentagram

Documentation for Old Friends, part 3 of 3: Scenography

Lighting and scenography by l.p.lade

Very special thanks to Tayler and Greg Stokes for assistance with facilities and logistics

Soundtrack: “1 Ghosts I,” “36 Ghosts IV” by Nine Inch Nails

Photography by l.p.lade

20 October 2018, Saint Paul, Minnesota, five players

Original announcement

Documentation part one: Photos
Documentation part two: Video

Documentation for Old Friends

Mask in occult circle

You’ll have to admit the ritual is much improved by that blood.

Documentation (part 1 of 3) for Old Friends, a live-action ghost story

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

Photography by l.p.lade

20 October 2018
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Five players

Original announcement

Buy Old Friends at DriveThruRPG

Tomorrow: Video documentation

Larp House Presents: Screwing the Crew

Screwing the Crew

A___ is together with B___, and is making out with C___, who is in love with D___, who is having an affair with E___, who rejected F___… who is hitting on everybody. A lot of people live this way. Sometimes everybody’s happy, and other times it doesn’t really work out that well. What emotions, conflicts and weird situations may arise in a group of friends with somewhat loose sexual relations crisscrossing the social sphere? And how did it turn out that way?

What

Screwing the Crew is a live-action scenario about a holiday party and people with varying degrees of open relationships in a tightly-knit social scene, for 7 to 15 players.

Designed by Elin Nilsen and Trine Lise Lindahl
Organized by Katherine Shane, Shawn Stokes, and Cat Stuntebeck

When

Sunday, 18 November 2018, from 2 pm to 6 pm

Where

A private residence in northeast Minneapolis. Details will be provided to participants after registration. Venue is near transit.

Registration

Participation in this event is offered free of charge, but everyone is encouraged to bring something for the potluck. (see below!)

If you are interested in playing, please fill out our Screwing the Crew registration form before 11 November, 11:59 pm. 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 13 November.
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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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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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