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Game creators engaged in live and immersive experiences have over the past year been exploring a variety of ways to reinvent what we do in online settings. Leveraging Second Life’s avatar embodiment and abundance of user-created content—from buildings, to animations, to costumes—renowned larp and participatory theatre designers, including IndieCade finalists, have joined forces to create SLarp Fest, a mini festival of “virtual” larps.

Taking Place at the IndieCade Oasis in Second Life, co-produced with The Playable Theatre Project, hosted by Second Life. Free!

The first SLarp Fest was held on March 21st, 2021.

IndieCade, Playable Theatre, Re-Connect Joint Programming
March 31-April 4

IndieCade and Playable Theatre are pleased to be partnering with Re-Connect, the international online performance festival, to present the following special joint programming:

March 31, 12:00pm-1:30pm PDT
Beyond Screens: Playable Theatre – Re-Connect Special – SLarp Fest Creators Post-Mortem
Creators of IndieCade & Playable Theatre’s SLarp Fest, a mini festival of live action roleplaying games in the virtual world Second Life, discuss adapting and designing larps for a virtual world. Featuring Julia B. Ellingboe, Kat Jones, Evan Torner, Athena Peters, Annika Waern, Celia Pearce & Jenn Frank.

April 7, 12:00pm-1:30pm PDT
Beyond Screens: Playable Theatre – Re-Connect Special – The Theatre Game Connection
IndieCade finalists and friends discuss how methods, techniques and interaction aesthetics from games are being used to inform the creation of online theatre and performative experiences. Featuring Capital W’s Monika Miklas and Lauren Ludwig, AOTW’s Tommy Honton and Dacha Theatre’s Kate Drummond and Nick O’Leary.

April 4, 9:00am-7:00pm PDT
SLarp Fest Re-Connect Edition
An encore presentation of IndieCade & Playable Theatre’s SLarp Fest, an experiment in adapting and developing live-action roleplaying games in an online virtual world.
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Featured Larps for SLarp Fest Re-Connect Edition

  • 9:30 am PDT – First Impressions (aka D&D Speed Dating)
    Find your fantasy character their own adventuring group in a speed-dating-style slarp event –– A fast, zany take on conventional fantasy tropes.
    by Marc Majcher, Adapted for Second Life by Evan Torner (UC Game Lab)
  • 11:00 am PDT – Angel Falls
    A bespoke larp designed especially for Second Life, loosely inspired by the film Wings of Desire: Players attend a funeral as conflicted humans and comforting but flawed angels in a scenario about seeking resolutions when it is already too late to resolve anything.
    Designed for Second Life by Annika Waern, Celia Pearce & Jenn Frank
  • 1:30 pm PDT – Romancing Jan
    A racial, orientation and gender inclusive take on a Regency era matchmaking game, played in full costume at a fancy outdoor tea dance in a period pavilion.
    by Athena Peters – Adapted for Second Life by the Author
  • 4:00 pm PDT – The Sleepover (from Honey & Hot Wax)
    Play as adolescents learning and sharing knowledge about sex, sexuality, and gender identity at a sleepover party during summer camp. From IndieCade 2021 Finalist anthology Honey & Hot Wax
    by Julia B. Ellingboe & Kat Jones (Candyland Games) – Adapted for Second Life by the Authors

Optional Second Life Tutorial included with ticket!

Celia Pearce, Curator/Artistic Director
Jenn Frank, Designer

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