The Smoke is a non-profit organization, staffed by a team of volunteers from a variety of larp backgrounds.
Dominika Kovacova – discovered larp through fantasy games over ten years ago. Soon she discovered the Nordic scene and started travelling internationally to play, run games and learn about game design.
Jamie Harper – is a theatre director and drama researcher. He was introduced to larp in 2015 through the Larpwriter Summer School and he is keen to learn more about the huge variety of ways that people can play and create stories together.
Jost L. Hansen – started playing tabletop roleplaying in 1989. Tried larping in a submarine 7 years later. Since then roleplaying (in both forms) has been a big part of his life. He has been been an organiser in many different roles for the Danish convention Fastaval and other conventions. He just recently started larping internationally, but is definitely not stopping yet. He is a major board game enthusiast and has written several tabletop scenarios and is on a constant quest trying to erase the border between larp and tabletop roleplaying.
Karolina Soltys – runs The Immersivist Club, a Nordic larp group in London; writes and organises small Nordic-style larps.
Laura Wood – discovered larp through tabletop roleplaying. She has designed several larps and often runs small-scale chamber larps in London. She is interested in learning how collaborative storytelling can be used as a tool for positive change in people’s lives. She is also aware of the importance of safety and diversity in roleplaying and has previously organised a conference on this subject.
Michael Such – enjoys all forms of collaborative storytelling. He performs as half of improv duo Two of Wands and directed the show Open Roads based on the story game Ribbon Drive. He writes and plays tabletop roleplaying games. Thanks to Knudepunkt and Just a Little Lovin’ he has fallen down the Nordic/progressive larp wormhole.
Mo Holkar – started larping with Labyrinthe back in the mid 80s, spent several years helping to run an outdoor fantasy campaign in Oxford, came indoors to discover uk-freeform, and for the last few years has been exploring the larp of other countries and traditions. Mo runs the website of the Consequences larp convention, is an administrator of design group The Game Kitchen, and is an editor at nordiclarp.org.
And we’d very much like to thank the wonderful Eva Schiffer for the concept of our logo! You can find Eva at http://www.1000d4.com/.
Why is it called ‘The Smoke’?
‘The Smoke’ is an old nickname for London. It was a reference to the poor air quality, but also affectionate… exiles would talk nostagically about going back to The Smoke, even though knowing it would shorten their lives.
For us it represents the veil that we construct in larp – the zone of diffusion, of obscuring, of transformation, that shields the magic circle. Within a twining wreath of smoke, things are not quite the same…