One of the panels I attended at the last NELCO (the New England LARP Conference), was a presentation run by Erik Trinkl, titled “Introduction to Foreign LARP.” It was a really interesting look into LARP in Europe (primarily in Germany.)
You can read the powerpoint here: Introduction to Foreign LARP.
Some of the facts I found most surprising and/or interesting:
- Denmark has the highest number of LARPers per capita.
- There are LARP stores in Europe — not online, the brick-and-mortar sort.
- Nearly half of all German LARPs use some variation on DKWDDK, which stands for Du Kannst Was Du Darstellen Kannst — you can do what you can show.
- I had heard of Knutepunkt, but I had never heard of MittelPunkt, a LARP conference in Germany.
- There are unaffiliated campaigns that allow people to use the same character — i.e. players can take one character from one campaign to the next, not unlike how players can take one character from one NERO chapter to the next.
Someday, I’ll make it to a major European LARP… …Or Bicolline.