New Voices in Art

New Voices in Art is a chamber game about about a group of aspiring artist the night before the opening of the exhibition ‘New Voices in Art’. The participants play a version of themselves as aspiring artists. The main themes of this game are ambition, ambivalence and aloneness. The world of modern art is used as a setting to symbolize our yearning for success and fulfillment as creative individuals. To produce this game you need a space that will function as the gallery in the game and as many pieces of art as there are participants playing artists. All information necessary for running this game can be found in the downloadable PDF file.

Created by Tor Kjetil Edland, Arvid Falch and Erling Rognli

New Voices in Art PDF

An ingame article has been written about New Voices in Art in the fanzine Imagonem

Chamber Games was selected to participate in the art festival Nisjelandet with New Voices in Art. This was a part of the music festival By:Larm, which took place in Oslo 21-23 February 2008.

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Here are two recipes for getting a short game rolling in no time:

1-2-3 Larp
Created by Ingebjørg Berg Holm and Torstein Utne

  1. Choose a setting which is easy for everyone to relate to (examples: class reunion, saloon in the wild west, 70s celebrity party).
  2. Decide on a time and place and invite people.
  3. Ask everyone to prepare a basic character concept that fits the setting.
  4. Ask everyone to write down a secret for the character. Also write the name of the character and the player on this piece of paper. The secret should be something that will be fun to play when being revealed. It shouldn’t be revealed to anyone else before the game. Before the game starts everyone puts the secrets into a bowl. Everyone then draws a piece of paper with someone else’s secret (redraw if you draw your own). During the game everyone is responsible for revealing this secret. How they know the secret is improvised.
  5. The game ends at a predetermined time and by then all secrets should have be revealed.

The Crisis Meeting
Created by Sonja Erlenkamp 

The participants decide jointly on an institution which is experiencing a crisis of some sort (examples: a university department, a small business or a youth organisation). Each participant chooses a character which has a function in this setting (examples: manager, board member, volunteer etc.). The player gives the character a name and writes three sentences that describes the character. Everyone then receives a letter or email with an urgent invitation to a meeting that will discuss “the present crisis in the institution.” It is however not clear who has sent the letter and what the crisis really consists of. The players are told that their characters will assume that they know the nature of the crisis. What the crisis really is as well as everything else is improvised by the players as the game is played. The game continues until the characters themselves conclude the meeting.

Limbo

Limbo is a chamber game about a group of people from our own day and age who are hovering between life and death and who find themselves in a strange place. The realm of Limbo is beyond time. It is a waiting place where the characters can reflect on life as it has been so far before either returning to life once again or facing the unknown on the other side of death. To produce this game you need a room that can be closed off from outside lights and some scenography of your choosing. All information necessary for running this game can be found in the downloadable PDF file.

Created by Tor Kjetil Edland

Limbo PDF

 

Update: English and Czech translations added.

Club Felis

Club Felis is a game about cats partying at a nightclub. This is the cat’s very own nightclub and every week rough alley cats and posh “purebreds” mingle here and compete in the Cat of the Year competition (which is held every week). This is a playful and physical game which lasts for a few hours. The organizers should encourage the participants to find a body language which is somewhere inbetween cat and human. The game has so far not been translated to English. Please leave a message here or send us a mail if you are interested in hosting this game, and we’ll put you in contact with the creators of Club Felis.

Created by Martin Brodén, Ada Fredelius and Anna-Karin Linder

Original wepbage for Club Felis in Swedish

Norwegian version by Tor Kjetil Edland and Trine Lise Lindahl

English translation of Club Felis

Czech version by Court of Moravia

13atavola

This is larp that requires minimal preparation from both the organisers and the players. This game put’s the focus firmly on improvisation as the core of larping. The setting is a family dinner with 13 guests around the table. The organisers only need to do three things:
1. Present the players with the name of their character.
2. Present the players with a family tree, showing the relation between characters.
3. Make enough food for the thirteen players.

Character backgrounds, personal relations and everything else are improvised from scrath. The organisers should convey to the players before the larp starts that for this method to work it is important that everyone strives to build upon each other’s play and try to avoid “blocking” play initiatives made by other players. Played like that this larp can create very interesting stories and play experiences.

Created by: Kristin Hammerås and Solveig Malvik

Family chart from the original Norwegian “13 til bords”

“13 atavola” – Italian version by Andrea Castellani
(updated version)