Adventures in Nordic Larping is a month-long grand tour of selected Nordic Countries (Denmark, Norway and Sweden) to engage in and learn about Nordic-style live action roleplaying games, or larps. A larp is a live narrative experience played in the real world, sometimes (but not always) supported by costuming and scenography. In the simplest sense, it is a participatory, improvised play with no audience in which players take the lead roles, guided by character prompts, and aided by GMS (game moderators/master’s/managers) who move the story forward. Nordic larp has been one of the most influential movements of this unique, participatory, narrative form that combines elements of gaming and theatre. Led by Northeastern game design professor Celia Pearce, Adventures in Nordic Larping will give students the opportunity to participate in a variety of Nordic larps, learn about their social and cultural context through lectures and tours, participate in design workshops with some of the key luminaries in the Nordic Larp scene, and collaborate to design their own Nordic-style larps. They will also experience adventures in Nordic history and culture through visits to museums and historical sites, other media forms relevant to Nordic larp such as theatre and film, and tourism experiences unique to the region, such as a visit to Copenhagen’s famed Tivoli Gardens amusement park, and boat ride through a Norwegian Fjord. Adventures in Nordic Larping is part of larger interdisciplinary research/educational initiative at Northeastern which engages with theatre, game design and live action roleplaying to craft new forms of audience engagement and agency and in live theatrical events.

Adventures in Nordic Larping offers a few distinctive highlights. First, we have gathered together some of the leading influential figures in Nordic Larping to facilitate larp sessions and workshops throughout the tour. Students will be experiencing the "best of breed" of practitioners and scholars in the field. Second, the larps planned have been curated by the entire team as exemplars of some of the range of styles and genres of Nordic larp, both in terms of content, style and venue. Third, the cultural field trips have been designed to compliment the more formal pedagogical components of the tour both through contrast and through context, as well as provide peak experiences for participants. Highlights will be integrated into the everyday experience—such as traveling between locations by boat and train—as well as more “touristy” experiences—from Copenhagen's Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest continuously running amusement parks in the world, to a boat trip through a Norwegian Fjord. Our goal is to create a magical and life-changing experience—beyond simply learning about a creative practice—by immersing participants in a fully curated month-long uniquely regional experience that can be had nowhere else.

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Application Procedure

  • Application Open: November 1, 2018
  • Application Deadline: January 15, 2019
  • Application Extension Deadline: January 22, 2019
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • $500 non-refundable deposit: Deposits must be paid through NUPay. Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.
  • Photocopy of Passport: This is to be given to your faculty leader after acceptance.
  • Essay Questions: Answer each question in 2-3 paragraphs (completed online via GEO application).
    • What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    • How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    • What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    • What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?
    • If applicable, please write a short essay describing any previous experience you’ve had with live action roleplay of any genre or style.

Applications are not considered complete until deposit is received. This deposit will be applied to the full cost of the program.

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Eligibility Requirements

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.
Other Requirements
  • Possible Student Challenges: The main pedagogical experience will consist of live games and workshops, so students should be prepared to engage themselves in an embodied experience. That said, we plan to provide accommodation for any special consideration that students may have to make the program accessible and fun for all.

Courses

Because they merge aspects of theatre and games, Nordic larp provide new perspectives in each craft, and can also be of utility to creators in communication or storytelling fields (such as journalism.) They demonstrate well-developed mechanisms for participatory and interactive narrative forms, and because they are “low tech” can also be used as a mechanism for prototyping and testing ideas in a range of fields from game design to virtual reality to theatrical experiences. This form of narrative, because of its locative, embodied nature, cannot be experienced remotely.

Adventures in Nordic Larping offers students an intensive experience “in situ” of a narrative form that blends aspects of games and theater and provides insight that can be applied to theatre, game design and beyond to film, writing and other narrative media. As the high watermark of the larp form of live gaming, the experience offered can only be had in the Nordic countries. While in the program students will develop critical and creative skills, be exposed to top practitioners in the field, and develop insights that can be gained be obtained through international travel.

Nordic countries provide an excellent starting point for international travel, since residents are typically fluent in English, so students do not have to worry about language competency. Traveling through multiple countries will give students a taste of similar—though distinctive—cultures, and the social nature of larping will require interacting with people from the local areas while both learning and designing larps. Because the class focuses not only on the practice of Nordic larps, but on their cultural context, students will learn to view creative practice through a cultural lens, which will help them to have a broader perspective in their own creative activities going forward. Nordic countries are also known for the communalist societies, which will provide a different perspective to American as well as international students.

  • ARTE2500 - Intro to Nordic Larping : (Exploring Creative Expression and Innovation (EI) and Interpreting Culture (IC) NUPath) Adventures in Nordic Larping is a month-long grand tour of selected Nordic Countries (Denmark, Norway and Sweden) to engage in and learn about Nordic-style live action roleplaying games, or larps. A larp is a live narrative experience played in the real world, sometimes (but not always) supported by costuming and scenography. In the simplest sense, it is a participatory, improvised play with no audience in which players take the lead roles, guided by character prompts, and aided by GMs (game moderators/master’s/managers) who move the story forward. Nordic larp has been one of the most influential movements of this unique, participatory, narrative form that combines elements of gaming and theatre. Led by Northeastern game design professor Celia Pearce, Adventures in Nordic Larping will give students the opportunity to participate in a variety of Nordic larps, learn about their social and cultural context through lectures and tours, participate in design workshops with some of the key luminaries in the Nordic Larp scene, and collaborate to design their own Nordic-style larps. They will also experience adventures in Nordic history and culture through visits to museums and historical sites, other media forms relevant to Nordic larp such as theatre and film, and tourism experiences unique to the region, such as a visit to Copenhagen’s famed Tivoli Gardens amusement park, and boat ride through a Norwegian Fjord. Throughout the tour they will be asked to blog about their experiences, including photo documentation where applicable. Adventures in Nordic Larping is part of larger interdisciplinary research/educational initiative at Northeastern which engages with theatre, game design and live action roleplaying to craft new forms of audience engagement and agency and in live theatrical events.
  • ARTE2501 - Nordic Larp Design Intensive : (Exploring Creative Expression and Innovation (EI) and Interpreting Culture (IC) NUPath) Adventures in Nordic Larping is a month-long grand tour of selected Nordic Countries (Denmark, Norway and Sweden) to engage in and learn about Nordic-style live action roleplaying games, or larps. A larp is a live narrative experience played in the real world, sometimes (but not always) supported by costuming and scenography. In the simplest sense, it is a participatory, improvised play with no audience in which players take the lead roles, guided by character prompts, and aided by GMs (game moderators/master’s/managers) who move the story forward. Nordic larp has been one of the most influential movements of this unique, participatory, narrative form that combines elements of gaming and theatre. Led by Northeastern game design professor Celia Pearce, Adventures in Nordic Larping will give students the opportunity to participate in a variety of Nordic larps, learn about their social and cultural context through lectures and tours, participate in design workshops with some of the key luminaries in the Nordic Larp scene, and collaborate to design their own Nordic-style larps. They will also experience adventures in Nordic history and culture through visits to museums and historical sites, other media forms relevant to Nordic larp such as theatre and film, and tourism experiences unique to the region, such as a visit to Copenhagen’s famed Tivoli Gardens amusement park, and boat ride through a Norwegian Fjord. Throughout the tour they will be asked to blog about their experiences, including photo documentation where applicable. Adventures in Nordic Larping is part of larger interdisciplinary research/educational initiative at Northeastern which engages with theatre, game design and live action roleplaying to craft new forms of audience engagement and agency and in live theatrical events.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: $12,613
Dialogue of Civilizations Fee: $3,250
  • Northeastern Tuition and DOC Fee Includes: 8 Northeastern credits, international roundtrip airfare from Boston, accommodations for program duration, international security and emergency support, and program related expenses (local transportation, field trips, excursions and group meals)

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Dialogue of Civilizations programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Resources

Additional Resources
  • Tentative Itinerary : This is a tentative itinerary for the DOC.  A finalized itinerary will be supplied by your professor in Spring 2019.

Destination

The program will take place in three Nordic Cities: Copenhagen, Denmark; Oslo, Norway; and Stockholm, Sweden. All three cities are known for their historic architecture and landmarks, and the tour provides the unique opportunity to experience three countries consistently make top ten lists for quality of life and happiness. The Nordic region is particularly beautiful in the early summer, with its lush vegetation, and the visit to each city will include a taste of the region’s culture, as well as hands-on workshops with top practitioners and researchers in the Nordic Larp scene.

The U.S. State Department lists travel advisories, local laws, alerts from the embassy, and other important information about Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Please review this information before applying.

Accommodations

  • Hostel: The accommodations will primarily be in youth hostels located in the hearts of the cities being visited. These will include shared rooms and breakfasts, and most youth hostels also have a cafe or pub attached to them. Additionally there will be some short side trips to experience, including site-specific larps and workshops that have a lodging component. Primary accommodations will be Youth Hostels. In addition, in some locations, larps or workshops will include accommodation. In Copenhagen we will be attending an overnight workshop at the Larp Writers Cabin, which includes lodging. The LARP “An Nice Evening with the Family” is a three-day residential larp in which housing and meals are included.

Host University or Organization

In Copenhagen we will be hosted by the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and will be using classroom facilities there. In Oslo and Sweden will be be housed at the headquarters of our co-instructor/hosts.

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