The Larp Crush

Romance, larp, comedy

Designer: Agata Świstak (PL)
Number of participants: 10–12
Duration: 3 hours
Genre/style: freeform, abstract, playful, story within a story, modern, romantic comedy
The presenter feels that this larp IS NOT suitable for people under the age of 18

PREMIER – this larp’s first appearance at a festival

About the larp

The Larp Crush is romantic comedy set in the world or larp organisers, players and volunteers. It takes on the subjects many will recognize from their own larping experience – creating of meaningful connections, navigating the network of past and future relationships and bad pick up lines.

During the three acts of the game, each player will be a part of a love story within a larp story. Come as strangers, leave as friends (or maybe something more?), bound together by this slightly surreal and definitely silly experience.

Content Warnings: The larp tells the story of romantic and possibly sexual encounters. There will be no depictions of actual acts, but definitely a lot of content connected with flirting, hooking up and talking about it etc. We will also feature alcohol use, but without real alcohol being consumed.

Presented by

Agata Świstak (PL): Agata Świstak works mostly with big, blockbuster larps. When given the medium of a freeform larp, she creates simple scenarios, connecting silliness and serious subjects alike.


Communication style Lots of speech
Movement style Walking
Tone Light-hearted
Characters Players build their characters around a predesigned skeleton or archetype
Narrative control Players have some influence over story, but there is basically a script or structure that they’re within
Transparency Transparent design, but players can create secrets during play and keep them from each other / reveal them when wished
Representation level What you see is what you get: the space and fixtures etc are exactly as they seem
Play culture The concept of rivalry or cooperation between players doesn’t really apply

Saturday afternoon, Studio 7