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Dear enrollees for Europa;

This is the first Infoletter for Europa. In here, youíll find lots of important information about the event and answers to some frequently asked questions.

For general questions - you can contact us by writing an email to europa@laiv.org or calling (+47) 22 17 05 95. For specific questions, check the list on page 6.

This letter should answer most of the questions we know players to have. But weíre looking forward to meet you in person, and especially to see you at the LARP. We have received many emails from eager players, as well as offers for help - even from people who wonít be at the LARP. Thatís an important inspiration for us - thanks! - the Europa organisers

Contents

1. SITUATION REPORT - where we are
- Location
- Economy
- Network

2. ENROLLMENTS AND PAYMENTS - FAQ
- Is Europa full-booked?
- Does this mean my Swedish/Norwgian friend canít enroll?
- I havenít paid yet, but I was amongst the first to enroll - does that count?
- I havenít paid yet, what happens then?
- I havenít paid, and I canít pay right now - but no way am I going to miss Europa!
- My job/family/health wonít permit me to come after all - what then?
- If I pay and the LARP is full - will I get my money back?
- If I pay, but have to sign off - will I get my money back?
- If an earthquake/military coup/Act of God forces you to cancel Europa - will I get my money back?
- Why all this talk of money?

3. TIMETABLE - whatís going on

4. MYTHS AND TRUTHS
- Iíve heard Europa will be the toughest LARP, ever!
- Iíve heard the organisers will be doing lotsa stuff to harass the players!
- Iíve heard Europa will be just like AmerikA.
- Iíve heard Europa will be a humouristic LARP.
- Iíve heard Europa will be at a refugee camp/a prison.

5. CHARACTERS - guidelines for starting character development
- the instructors
- method
- important

6. PEOPLE - who do I ask which question?
- organisers
- country contacts
- instructors

1. Situation report

Location

Previously - we had reserved a place called Skjeggelia - which was OK, but not ĒitĒ. Then we found the perfect location - Lunde, in Vestby outside of Oslo. This place is so ideal, itís a bit hard to understand it hasnít allready been put to use as an asylum reception centre. Weíve booked Lunde and cancelled Skjeggelia. So thatís where the LARP will be held.

Economy

As we have not received any economic suport from the government, the Nordic Council or similar - weíre running on a pretty tight budget. If you know of an organisation or government institution in your homeland that might support a nordic event, please let us know.

Network

We have found enough instructors in all four countries. At the moment, we are busy giving them enough information on keeping up the dialogue on our method of character development. The most important part of this will be the instructor seminar on December 9-10 in Oslo. After this is done, you can expect to be contacted by your instructor to begin character development.

Oskar Ňslund (oskar@larp.com) has become our country contact for Sweden, Lars Munck (muncken@get2net.dk) has become our contact for Denmark. The contacts are coordinating payments and looking for cheap travel routes from their country to Oslo.

2. Enrollments and payments - FAQ

Q: Is Europa full-booked?

A: As of today, Europa has some 50-60 registered players. Enrollment forms are coming in all the time, so itís a bit hard to give an exact number. We have not reached our target number of 80 players. The majority of the players are from Norway and Sweden - so, we are currently working on getting more players from Finland and Denmark - deadlines are postponed for these two countries. Our ideal is for there to be en equal amount of players from all four countries.

Q: Does this mean my Swedish/Norwgian friend canít enroll?

A: No, but we can no longer guarantee places to Norwegian and Swedish players. There is still a chance to get in- by paying fast and/or by joining the Royal Orsinian Department of Justice - the bureaucrat group, who will be having a mini-larp-within-the-larp. Also: if you speak serbian, croation or bosnian, we wouldnít mind more reception centre personell. Russian-speaking police characters are ofcourse available - these are free, but will only be there part time.

Q: I havenít paid yet, but I was amongst the first to enroll - does that count?

A: No. Payments, not enrollments, are crucial in booking a place at Europa.

Q: I havenít paid yet, what happens then?

A: If youíre late in paying, you risk loosing your place to someone else. The price is also increased 50%, to NOK 1200,- for late payments (after december the 15th for residents of Norway). For residents of Norway, the price has already increased to NOK 900,-. A similar increase in price will soon come for residents of Sweden.

Q: I havenít paid, and I canít pay right now - but no way am I going to miss Europa!

A: If you havenít paid yet, and know you canít do so at once, we can discuss a postponement or splitting the bill into two smaller parts. Contact Janicke Krogh : jannickekrogh@hotmail.com ASAP with an email explaining why you need a postponement, and when you can pay.

Q: My job/family/health wonít permit me to come after all - what then?

A: If you find out youíre not able to participate at Europa, please let us know ASAP by sending an email to europa@laiv.org. The sooner you let us know, the less of a problem it is for us. Late and last-minute cancellations put a tremendous strain on the organisation.

Q: If I pay and the LARP is full - will I get my money back?

A: Yes, of course.

Q: If I pay, but have to sign off - will I get my money back?

A: Not by default, although it depends on the situation.

Q: If an earthquake/military coup/Act of God forces you to cancel Europa - will I get my money back?

A: Yes, of course.

Q: Why all this talk of money?

A: Because weíre runing on a really, really tight budget. Every cent a player forgets to pay, will have to come out of some organisers pocket. Every cent a player delays paying - makes us really, really nervous.

3. TIMETABLE - whatís going on, when

DECEMBER 2000

Entire month

Character development process begins. Instructors will be getting in touch with players.

9th.-10th.

Instructor couse in Oslo. Instructors from all over the Nordic countries arrive in Oslo to learn, teach, experiment and discuss.

9th

PARTY for Europa players, instructors and organisers. Norwegian players will receive more info on this. If you donít live in Norway but feel like coming to Oslo for the party - let us know.

ca 15th

Kompendium (compilation of background info, tips and sources) is ready

JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2001

Prologues

We aim at holding at least one prologue (mini-larp) in each of the Nordic capitals. In addition, local instructors may take the initiative for prologues.

Drama courses

We hope to hold a drama course in each of the Nordic capitals, although we canít guarantee weíll make it.

Prologues and drama courses are a service, not an essential part of preparations. Money for these travels comes out of our own pockets.

FEBRUARY 2001

By the 1st of February, your character should be well-defined.

Friday 23rd

for some travellers this is the best day to arrive in Oslo. Contact us if youíre in need of lodging for the night.

Saturday 24th

10:00 - The Europa take-off begins. Players are sent into the LARP in groups.

Wednesday 28th

19:00 - The End.
20:30 - After-LARP party in Oslo!

March 1st - 4th

Knutepunkt, the annual Nordic LARP festival, in Oslo. Donít even think about not being there! Weíre planning a Europa-room at Knutepunkt, which can be used for chatting, derolling and pictures. If something contreversial happens at Europa - it will be discussed during Knutepunkt.

4. MYTHS AND TRUTHS

Both by picking up rumours and by reading through some enrollment forms, weíve found there to be some persistent myths about Europa. Letís dispell them at once:

Iíve heard Europa will be the toughest LARP, ever!

Not true, but we understand how this rumour has spread. Weíve tried to be as honest as possible about what we think you may/may not encounter at Europa. The exact details of this (30 minutes in darkness, occasional lack of food, occasional lack of sleep) are on the Europa website. Believe it or not - but Europa will probably not be harder than this. There have been plenty of LARPs that have been much harder on the players than Europa. Also, the ĒhardcoreĒ part of the LARP is something you can opt-out. ĒHCĒ Larping is not an essential part of the concept. Intense roleplaying, however, is.

Iíve heard the organisers will be doing lotsa stuff to harass the players!

Not true. Europa is a Dogma 99 LARP. The organisers have taken the strict Vow of Chastity forbidding us - amongst other things - to intervene with LARP after it has started and some common ways of controlling it before it begins. This LARP belongs to the players. If anyone wil be harassing anyone else, it will be players making life hard for other players.

Iíve heard Europa will be a humouristic LARP.

Not entirely true.. we want serious roleplaying, and meta-humor (stuff thatís funny in real life but not in-game) is strictly forbidden. Weíve based the reception centre on real-life treatment of asylum seekers in the nordic countries. This means there will probably be some situations as absurd as they are in real life. That may be funny, but if so - itís funny and frustrating in-game.

Iíve heard Europa will be just like AmerikA.

Nope. The Weltschmerz LARPs are thematically connected - discussing Ēworld problemsĒ best symbolised by a particular continent. Apart from that, the Weltschmerz LARPs are remarkably different concepts.

Iíve heard Europa will take place at a refugee camp/a prison.

Asylum reception centres are neither refugee camps nor prisons. Theyíre nice, cozy, friendly social democratic institutions where refugees are stored at an isolated place until they can be sent home or (less likely) integrated in society. Reception centres are of course rarely as nice & cozy as they were intended to be. And the reception centre ĒEuropaĒ will be a worst-case-scenario. That still doesnít make it a prison, though. Youíll have the freedom to run away - though there wonít be anywhere to go..

5. CHARACTERS - starting character development

The Instructors

Before December is over, you should have been contacted by your instructor. This wonít happen before the 9th and 10th as thatís when we hold our character development course.

Method

You should come up with more than one, preferrably as many as five, ideas for a character. You may start developing ideas at once. Your instructor may give you further ideas. We want you to choose the best of these ideas together with the instructor.

The Europa website (http://weltschmerz.laiv.org/europa/) contains some info on typical refugees, and a description of the Nordic troubles. These are a good starting points for beginning character development. An important thing, though, is that you should be prepared to KILL YOUR DARLINGS.. that character idea you really loved may turn out to be unplayable or not fit into the whole. This will be determined through your contact with your instructor.

Important

  • Characters should be reality-based. We want people who could be real - not carricatures.
  • No character should be super-tolerant.. every character, even left-wing political dissidents, have a sympathy for their country and a disdain for the others. Every character has been influenced by nationalist propaganda and ideology.
  • As many players are leftish, liberal, intellectual folks - there is a risk that there will be to many leftish, liberal, intelectual characters. Please consider other alternatives, though we wonít be saying no to players who insist that a leftish, liberal, intelectual character is the one they really, really, want to play.
  • We donít want any characters based on being violent.
  • Military service : All healthy young men, and quite a lot of women, were conscripted to the army before the wars began. Did your character go? Was he/she a draft dodger or pacifist? Was he/she forced to go anyway? Characters who have been involved in the War have most probably experienced extreme acts of brutality - also towards the civilian population. War leaves a certain mark on a human, and this experience will be part of your character.

6. PEOPLE - who do I ask which question?

General contact: europa@laiv.org

ORGANISERS

Eirik Fatland (creative, PR)
GrÝnlandsleiret 10, leil. 2001, N-0190 Oslo
Home 22170595
Beeper 96 87 27 22
eirik@fatland.net
Can answer questions about: The nordic troubles, the LARP concept, de-rolling & psychological safety

Cath RÝsseland (scenography)
GrÝnlandsleiret 10, leil. 2001, N-0190 Oslo
Home 22170595
Mob 97718492
cath@laiv.org
Can answer questions about: Your room, the location

Attila Evang (rolecoordinator)
Kraftsgate 2, N-0171 Oslo
Home 23198104
Mob 97661453
attila@laiv.org
Can answer questions about: Your instructor, prologues, drama courses

Heidimarie Evensen (rolecoordinator, bureaucrats)
Vei 550 - N-2007 Kjeller
Work 63810821
Mob 40856024
heidimarie_e@yahoo.no
Can answer questions about: Your instructor, Orsinia, the take-off session, the bureaucrat group

Irene Tanke (practical)
Nedre UllevŚl 9, leil. 516, 0850 Oslo
Home 23334541
Mob 93223817
Fax 22857874
ireneta@hfstud.uio.no
Can answer questions about: Transportation, logistics

Jannicke Krogh (economy)
Dr.Dedichensvei 62, 0675 Oslo
Home 21 90 96 40
Mob 91 17 89 94
jannickekrogh@hotmail.com
Can answer questions about: Your payment, enrollment status

Karen Winther (practical)
Home 67590855
Snoveien 27 - 1363 HÝvik
liksom@hotmail.com

Annika Evensen (food)
sologmaane@yahoo.com
95 90 61 49
Can answer questions about: Food, vegetarianism, food allergies etc.

COUNTRY CONTACTS

Country contacts co-ordinate payments to save time and expense. They may also be active in finding cheap travel routes for the LARP. Players from Finland can contact Mike Pohjola and Cecilia Heikel.

Jannicke Krogh (Norway)
Dr.Dedichensvei 62, 0675 Oslo
Hjem 21 90 96 40
Mob91 17 89 94
jannickekrogh@hotmail.com

Oscar Ňslund (Sweden)
HŲgamov. 15 C
702 21 ÷rebro
SWEDEN
0739-299 551
oskar@larp.com

Lars Muck (Denmark)
Jernbanegade 50.2,-213
6000 KOLDING
DANMARK
Tel + Fax +45 75 50 99 56
muncken@get2net.dk

INSTRUCTORS

Ines Saracevic (Trondheim, reception centre personell)
ineskica@hotmail.com

Kristin HammerŚs (Bergen, Norway)
Mob 97739298
kristinsh@hotmail.com

Hanne Grasmo (Norway)
Mob 99231177 - Jobb 22206979
hanne.grasmo@sv.no

Lars Munch (Denmark/Jylland + country contact)
Tel + Fax +45 75 50 99 56
muncken@get2net.dk

Hilde Bryhn (Denmark/Jylland)
Tel + Fax +45 75 50 99 56
hilde.bryhn@hfstud.uio.no

Pia Basballe (Denmark/Sjślland)
basballe@adr.dk

Emil Boss (Stockholm, Sweden)
08/196758
emilboss@hotmail.com

Gabriel Widing (Stockholm, Sweden)
+46 (0)8- 643 59 06
liljand@algonet.se

Johanna ďJocĒ Koljonen (Stockholm / Finland)

Pia Niemi (Stockholm / Finland)
Mob +358-40-549576
pimulibarack@mail.com

Martin Ericsson (Stockholm - Sweden)
124 66 BANDHAGEN
gyllenborg@hotmail.com

Cecilia Heikel (Finland)
cecilia.heikel@edu.hel.fi

Mike Pohjola (Finland)
mob +358-50-5238399
mikep@iki.fi


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