LARP events with international players can be tricky. The biggest problems will occur if you are assuming things. It is important to prepare your team for problems related to problematic players, differences between cultures, and players’ expectations. The safety part must be a MUST in your LARP creation process.
Although LARP events are not that popular outside of Larper community, there is a lot of LARP around the world. International Larpers are willing to travel to play. Your mission is to get them to play your LARP.
Esperanza Montero was talking about important points you should think about while the international LARP events are on. She was talking about important tips on the Portal 8 LARP Convention through her subject “Internationalization of LARP”.
About Esperanza Montero
Esperanza is creating and organizing international LARP events as a part of Not Only Larp team and by herself. She is an activist and is using LARP as a political tool too. For her, handling the team during planing and providing LARP to players is a pleasure but also maybe the biggest challenge.
International LARP events – safe and ready
In previous articles, we were writing about the LARP and the important preparation steps we should follow. Since we don’t want to repeat ourselves, we are going to talk only about a few things that are maybe more critical in international LARP.
LARP is a big potential in many fields and can be fun and useful. I believe most of us agree with that. When the fun comes around we should be aware of the need to make it safe for us and players. To make it useful we need safety too. So, let’s prepare and make it fun and useful with safety measures.
Main obstacles in international LARP events
Of course, there are challenges and obstacles in international LARP as in any other LARP. Nonetheless, we would say some situations/problems are though more likely to occur in international LARP. There are also some things you should think about at a higher level when organizing international LARP. We will write about few tips Esperanza mentioned.
So, what could possibly go wrong?
- Clarify theme and location (Design)
- Awareness about communication problems
- Secure methods
- Workshops to practice
Let’s explain why we pointed out the items above!
Clarify theme and location
You should be really clear what is your LARP about so you can describe it in one sentence. There are people who maybe don’t want to be a part of some themes and related situations. Also, you should be clear about the location too. Some locations are hard to get so it is important to be sure you got all needed permits to use the desired location.
Awareness about communication problems
Assuming that someone is ok with sleeping in the room with 10 other people can lead to general chaos when they arrive if that is not the case. Also, sexual identity (bisexual, homosexual…) can also occur as a problem in the group of people from different cultures.
Related to all mentioned above it is important to have secure methods. Some of them are questionnaires about conditions and other components that could be questionable interculturally. The second important thing to define is “sign code” in case someone’s boundaries are crossed and wants to stop what is happening, but also if someone likes something that is happening and wants it to more. Of course, there can be more “sign codes” for other variations and areas that you think it is important to secure. Psychologists are also a part of security planning.
One other thing is very important! Where are a lot of people, especially from around the world, there can also be predators. We are thinking about people who will use the trust of the players and harm them during the play. Organizers must secure players from mentioned and have a “person of trust”. That person has to have the authority to exclude predators from the game if talking to them doesn’t help.
Workshops to practice
This part of practicing rules, roles, and general preparation for LARP is important for players who are reading instructions sent via email. It is even more important for those people who don’t read instructions. There will always be people who don’t read instructions and information you are sending them so prepare yourself for questions and lack of knowledge about your LARP.
These are some general tips Esperanza learned on her own mistakes and pointed out for us to learn. Since she gave us examples of many situations, it is worth taking your time, watch Geexus clip above and hear all about it.