The larp program of TLF will happen from Monday to Wednesday, from 30th of March to 1st of April. The larp program for the festival is curated by Simon James Pettitt.

There will be three game slots during a day, beginning at 9 am. The festival offers short 2–5-hour scenarios to both the international audiences of Solmukohta and related events, as well as to anyone wishing to participate even without attending Solmukohta. The scenarios are easy to approach and do not require any pre-preparation. We are offering everything from free form scenarios, to black box larps with sound and light effects, as well as simple chamber larps with a minimalistic feel.

TLF schedule

Below you will see the complete program for the Tampere Larp Festival and the other program for the week before Solmukohta. Click on the image to open the pdf file.

A Google Sheets version of the program can be accessed via this link

Larp locations

Teatteri Telakka, Telakka 3rd floor, Tullikamarin aukio 3, 33100 Tampere
Vintti, Monitoimitalo 13 top floor, Satakunnankatu 13, 33100 Tampere
Telakka 2nd floor sauna, Tullikamarin aukio 3, 33100 Tampere
Idealinna, Kulttuuritalo Laikku 4th floor, Keskustori 4, 33100 Tampere

Tickets

Tickets to each of the TLF larps are 5 €. You can purchase them from the Holvi webshop.

We do not offer any refunds for the tickets but you can resell or gift your ticket in case you cannot make it yourself. When arriving at the larp venue, have a copy of your ticket at hand to show the game runner.

Please note! The Wild Hunt: 3 AM Forever is organized by Participant Design Agency, more information about the larp on their facebook group. Tickets and signup not through Holvi.

Larp program

A Day at the Office

Designed by Piotr Zbigniew
Run by Jukka O
Duration 3–4 hours
Number of players 5

Office – Comedy – IT company

Welcome to the office. A world filled with computers, anonymous meeting rooms, post-its and broken dreams. A place where ambition comes to die, and where apathy rules with a lazy hand.

5 employees in a medium sized IT company are stuck in their careers, but something is about to happen.

A new project is stirring and threatens to upset the old office. The battle is about to begin. Will the employees overcome the apathy and stand up to the challenge? And will they stand together or separately?

The stakes are great. After the project a much more dangerous beast lurks, its many unholy names whispered softly on the fluorescent-lit hallways: competence analysis, outsourcing, downsizing – and the most vulgar of all: layoffs.

So much is at stake, for even though life at the office can be harsh, it’s nothing compared to the despair you find in the desert of unemployment, where caseworkers torture the damned with their horrible paragraph whips.

Shiver at the thought, dear reader, and come inside.

The office awaits.

Schedule

Run: Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 14:00-18:00
Location: Idealinna, Kulttuuritalo Laikku 4th floor, Keskustori 4, 33100 Tampere
Tickets: 5 € from the Holvi webshop

Cherry, Dust, Chair!

Design by Frida Sofie Jansen
Run by Frida Sofie Jansen
Duration 3 hours
Number of players 5–20

Self expression – Words – Feelings

There is a land, where people hardly ever speak. This is the land of the giant word factory.

What do you do, when you don’t have the words to express what you really feel? How do you say “I love you” or “Sorry”, if the only words you have available are “escalator” or “school trip”? This is a travel through the value of words, or the lack of them; and this is your story, where no one else can tell you what to feel.

This larp is based on the children’s book: Phileas’s Fortune: A Story about Self-expression, by Agnés de Lestrade.

Schedule

Run: Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 15:00-18:00
Location: Teatteri Telakka, Telakka 3rd floor, Tullikamarin aukio 3, 33100 Tampere
Tickets: 5 € from the Holvi webshop

Deranged

Designed by Jeppe Bergmann Hamming, Maria Bergmann Hamming
Run by Mátyás Hartyándi
Duration 4 hours
Number of players 4

Music – Love – Madness

Plagued by melancholy, madness, and mercury poisoning the aging composer Robert looks back on the series of mad events that tied his life so close together with the child prodigy Clara, the playful Felix, and the hopeful Johannes. How uncompromising musicality drove them from one extreme to the next — through the grand cities of Europe, prestigious parties, and to the verge of suicide.

Caught between reality and dreams, Robert, on his deathbed, sees the double bars — La fin in the symphony of his life — and contemplates how everything would turn out if there was time for a Da capo.

Deranged is played out through the landmark events of the composers Clara Wiecks’, Robert Schumann’s, Felix Mendelssohn’s, and Johannes Brahms’ closely interwoven lives as seen through the memories of the aging and insane Schumann. On his deathbed, he relives his life by setting the scenes and through his participation in them, lives out what actually happened and how it would have been if things had turned out differently. The scenario is a drama about the conflicts in four composers’ lives and the choices they must make between recognition, artistic integrity, love, lust, and family.

Deranged is for players who want to be engulfed by a continuous flow of scenes about love, madness, and genius, which they create together on a foundation of beautiful romantic music — the music that permeated the lives of our main characters and, therefore, also this scenario. It is structured as a piece of chamber music with a series of movements that frames the dramatic course. Music is used to cut the scenes thereby allowing an uninterrupted style of play, which will engulf and seduce you.

This is likely a larp for you if you want to achieve immersion through music combined with experimental dramatic effects and to explore the nature of memories and the boundaries between genius and madness. You do not need any knowledge of romantic music or the historical period.

Schedule

Run: Tuesday, 31 March 2020, 16:00-20:00
Location: Vintti, Monitoimitalo 13 top floor, Satakunnankatu 13, 33100 Tampere
Tickets: 5 € from the Holvi webshop

Gone

Design by Klaus Meier Olsen & Mikkel Bækgaard
Run by Mátyás Hartyándi
Duration 4 hours
Number of players 4

Dementia – Family – Loss

Lise has dementia and disappears slowly from the world, while her family watches helplessly. Soon she will be gone. The scenario follows Lises husband and three adult children during the last year before she is admitted to a nursing home, while the disease is steadily worsened and bit by bit rips their lives apart.

Gone is a scenario about loss. About seeing the one you love disappear in cruel drips. But it is also a scenario about finding yourself during the tragedy, becoming someone else and about a family bonding.

The mood is tragic and the playing style slow and lingering. A scene can have a lot of silence.

Schedule

Run: Monday, 30 March 2020, 16:00-20:00
Location: Vintti, Monitoimitalo 13 top floor, Satakunnankatu 13, 33100 Tampere
Tickets: 5 € from the Holvi webshop

Innocence

Photo by Ronja Lofstad

Design by Nina Runa Essendrop
Run by Sarah Jane Murdock
Duration 4 hours
Number of players 10
http://www.ninaessendrop.com/innocence/

Clowns – Poetic – Non-verbal

A group of innocent Clowns with big hearts and small minds, wake up at the empty stage. Lost and confused and with a longing for something they just vaguely remember, they start to explore themselves and each other, searching for meaning and happiness. But life is difficult for small clowns who are clumsy, love too much and can’t talk. And then the Salesman appear and offers them easy, exciting solutions for small but important fees.

Innocence is a physical game, that explore themes of friendship, immediacy, strong feelings and the value of things that make life difficult. The game makes use of gibberish instead of real language.

This is a larp for someone who likes physical immersion and who can appreciate the seriousness of playing an innocent creature, even if this creature is called a Clown. Dress comfortably in black, plain clothes.

Schedule

Run: Monday, 30 March 2020, 19:30-23:30
Location: Teatteri Telakka, Telakka 3rd floor, Tullikamarin aukio 3, 33100 Tampere
Tickets: 5 € from the Holvi webshop

I Say a Little Prayer

Design by Tor Kjetil Edland
Run by Jon Cole
Duration 4 hours
Number of players 5

Friendships – Death – Gay men

Five gay men live together in a shared apartment in New York City. We follow this group of friends over a couple of years in the early 1980s when the AIDS epidemic hit gay communities hard. These men will be personally affected by the AIDS crisis over the course of play.

This larp is a condensed version of the internationally acclaimed Nordic larp Just a Little Lovin’. The themes of friendship, desire, and death are universal ones. We hope to offer participants new insight on an often overlooked part of US history through this event.

Schedule

Run: Tuesday, 31 March 2020, 14:00-18:00
Location: Idealinna, Kulttuuritalo Laikku 4th floor, Keskustori 4, 33100 Tampere
Tickets: 5 € from the Holvi webshop

Paninaro

Designed by Kristan Bach Petersen & Oliver Nøglebæk
Run by Eeva Järvi
Duration 2–3 hours
Number of players 3–4

Fashion – Competition – Reality television

Girls, boys, arts, pleasure
Girls, boys, arts, pleasure
Paninaro, Paninaro, oh oh oh

The world’s greatest and finest fashion reality show finale is now here! Paninaro 2020! Four talented fashion designers are ready to compete in an arena of fabrics, scissors and brocade, surrounded by hysterical tirades, strokes of genius and velour. Enter a world of clothing and intrigue, to be challenged in new and creative ways! Who will be the star of the catwalk this year?

A game of that is dead serious comedy about fashion- and reality competitions with flamboyant roleplaying and cutthroat competition. The game suits for everyone, the creative ones and those lacking it, the loud ones and the quiet, those with great ideas and those with bad ones. In this scenario players will craft clothes for paper dolls in a very short time. The game does not need previous experience, and suits for younger audience as well.

Schedule

Run: Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 14:00-18:00
Location: Vintti, Monitoimitalo 13 top floor, Satakunnankatu 13, 33100 Tampere
Tickets: 5 € from the Holvi webshop

Seaside Prison

Photo by Katri Lassila

Design by Kaisa Kangas, Martin Nielsen, Mohamad Rabah
Lighting design by Essi Santala
Sound design by Hannu Niemi
Projection design by Joona Pettersson
Duration 4 hours
Number of players 12–20

Fear of death – Loss – Hope

Seaside Prison is a larp about life in a fictional place with parallels to real world Gaza. Two families live as neighbours in a city that is under siege and sporadically bombed. This frames their everyday life and personal relations. Themes include fear of death and loss of loved ones.

Schedule

Runs:

Tuesday, 31 March 2020, 18:00-23:00
Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 09:00-14:00

Location: Teatteri Telakka, Telakka 3rd floor, Tullikamarin aukio 3, 33100 Tampere

Tickets: 5 € from the Holvi webshop

Spellbound

Design by Maria & Jeppe Bergmann Hamming
Run by Marjaana Karttunen
Duration 4 hours
Number of players 8–20

Seduction – Memories – Conflict

In a time before reason and order, before the forests were cut down, the lakes straightened and all of the soil farmed. In the shadows, in the corner of your eyes, beneath the earth we walked upon, dwelled something not human. Before the dawn of reason shredded the shadows of magic, it was the time of the Undergrounders. Magical creatures of the North that played, danced, and longed to be near humans.

Sometimes a young man or woman would venture into the forest on Midsummer’s Eve and catch the eyes of an undergrounder. They would be lured to the halls of the Mountain King, where they would forget time, love, loyalty and all that they left behind. There they would get lost for perhaps even hundreds of years before returning to a world changed.

This scenario is about Humans and Undergrounders, about luring and being lured, about losing yourself and remembering and about finding your way back home. And it’s about those things that bring you back home: Faith, Love & Hope. In the scenario you play a night in the halls of the Mountain King, a night of seduction, ecstasy, memories, conflict and the possibility of returning back home, when dawn disturbs the magic of the underground.

The scenario is non-verbal, and includes dancing and music. Half of the players are required to wear a mask (provided). Players are recommended to wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and if possible something white/light and black/dark (for example a spare shirt). Players are divided into two groups, and different colours make them easier to tell apart.

Schedule

Runs: Monday, 30 March 2020, 14:00-18:00
Location: Teatteri Telakka, Telakka 3rd floor, Tullikamarin aukio 3, 33100 Tampere
Tickets: 5 € from the Holvi webshop

The Naked Truth

Design by Arttu Hanska & Joonas Katko
Run by Arttu Hanska & Joonas Katko
Duration 4 hours
Number of players 4

Finnish sauna – Finnish culture – Opening up

Four men have gathered for a long-awaited sauna evening. Summer cottage, couple of beers, and old friends. They do not stay in touch as much as they would like, but the sauna evening is a tradition from the days of old. Back then they shared dreams and desires, but the years have taken their toll. Sitting in the steaming sauna, all of them are pondering: What can I tell the others? What will they think of me? And in the end, will they be there for me?

The scenario is about the difficulty of talking and opening up. In Finnish culture, sauna is something that removes social boundaries. It’s a place where everybody is equal. Rank, wealth, and seniority carry no weight there. Everybody is naked, both physically and mentally. You are not in a hurry. And in this place alone you can cast away the stoic shell that society expects of Finnish men.

This is likely a larp for you if you enjoy internal dialogue and weighing every word. You like to take things slow and to give space for silence. You enjoy an understated slowly building feel-good atmosphere. Will be played in a cold sauna with clothes on.

Arttu and Joonas are experienced game masters, convention organizers, and active in the Finnish role-playing scene. They like to discover what aspects of the Finnish culture could be explored though freeform scenarios.

Schedule

Run: Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 14:00-18:00
Location: Telakka 2nd floor sauna, Tullikamarin aukio 3, 33100 Tampere
Tickets: 5 € from the Holvi webshop

Tin Soldiers

Based on a concept by Kari Kvittingen Djukastein and Frederikke Sofie Bech Høyer
Created and organized by Frederikke Sofie Bech Høyer
Duration 4 hours
Number of players 7–12

Fantasy – Transformation – Good vs. Evil

We are the forgotten children who meet at night around the bonfire to tell stories about reality. We are the heroes who fight against all odds to create a better world. We live everywhere and nowhere. We are at the same time lost and found. Lost in people’s minds, found by our never-ending quest. Do you ever see us?

The Tin Soldiers is a game about a group of children who find a world of hope and dreams together, and fights evil. Every night, they meet to tell the truth about what happened that day, and to decide on their new goals.

As a player, you will play as both the children in the real world, and the children as heroes in a fantasy world. During the game, the children will undergo a transformation to either angel or demon. Towards the end, the two sides will confront each other.

Schedule

Run: Tuesday, 31 March 2020, 11:00-16:00
Location: Teatteri Telakka, Telakka 3rd floor, Tullikamarin aukio 3, 33100 Tampere
Tickets: 5 € from the Holvi webshop