Live Action Role Playing games (LARP) convention – Portal 8 – was held in Zagreb, Black Cat Inn, in March 2020. At this event, LARP game lovers gathered, both physically and virtually. We are presenting you the first part of the LARP convention Geexus clip series and offering a short text tour through the main covered points.
About Mike Pohjola
The first LARP convention speaker was Mike Pohjola, a novelist, playwright, author, and roleplaying game designer from Finland. He introduced us to the subject “Writing for Participation”. Mike was an active member of the scriptwriting process for reality game and social movement “Conspiracy for Good” launched in 2010.
LARP and “Conspiracy for Good” synergy
Mike shared his “Conspiracy for Good” project experience as a case study of using LARP in more regular and mainstream media. As one of the main forces of the project, right next to Nokia and Tim Kring, Mike was more than competent to lead attendees through the main steps and behind-the-scenes moments of “Conspiracy for Good” nascency.
Mike started with a short introduction to his work and insights. He emphasized how global social events had an impact on creating and developing the “Conspiracy for Good” project. For example, the existence of hope and the idea that there is a good conspiracy in the world that is trying to save the world at that time were a good emotional basis for the project.
While introducing us with steps and collaborations that were necessary to bring the project to the light, the level of complexity and challenges behind the scenes were even more obvious.
LARP changing the world
The importance of this “Conspiracy for Good” project is evident in the big and significant positive social impact. “Conspiracy for Good” build and stock 5 libraries in Africa, funded 50 scholarships for schoolgirls and generated over 10,000 books for the Zambian libraries through WeGiveBooks.org.
Mike was quite detailed about his experience so attendees had a few more questions about the subject. How did the project team decide about the level of problem-solving complexity? How did they get people to take part in the event? What happened with the technical equipment provided to participants for the event?
Answers to asked questions and many more details about the subject you can find in the clip above.
Take your seats and enjoy!