LARP Writing Contests
If you want to encourage LARPing, you need more good, easy-to-run, ready-to-go LARPs that can be given to new GMs and new groups. What better way to make that happen than by sponsoring LARP writing contests with cash prizes?
Intercon has had a long history of Iron GM and Small Game Contests, starting with the Live Action Roleplayers Association (LARPA) mid-Atlantic Intercons. NEIL was involved in many of those contests, helping LARPA to sponsor them by providing prize money. Several impressive LARPs came out of those contests, like Marlowe 2020, The Road Not Taken, and Time Travel Review Board. These LARPs, and other contest LARPs like them, continue to run in different places, bringing more people to LARP.
As the New England Intercons prospered and grew - and needed more LARPs to satisfy its voracious population of LARPers - it was only natural for NEIL to sponsor local competitions leading up to Intercon. With contest game first runs at Intercon, it meant that they could be played and judged by a diverse crowd of enthusiastic Intercon LARPers.
What follows is a history of the events primarily sponsored by NEIL.
Intercon P Iron GM Contest (February 2016)
Facilitated by: Marsha Gershon
Goal: Produce a 2 hour LARP for 12 players in 24 hours, using the secret ingredient genre of Paranormal, the secret theme of Convention and Rebellion, the secret element of Tattoos, with an additional secret prop of a Plastic Kazoo.
There were four excellent competitors, producing enjoyable games, in another close competition.
|1st||$250||Cats O' Nine Tales: Katherine Bryant and Caroline Murphy||The Gate|
|2nd||$150||Zabugofast: Daniel Zaharopol, David Farhi, Kevin Gold, and Ari Nieh||The Candles of Destiny|
|3rd||$100||League of Circuses: Sarah Judd and Betsy Isaacson||The Weather Underground|
|4th||Trigonometric Butterfly: Vicki Bloom, Matt Weber, and KN Granger||Gimme Shelter|
Intercon O Iron GM Contest (February - March 2015)
Facilitated by: Viktoriya Fuzaylova
Goal: Produce a 2 hour LARP for 12 players in 24 hours, using the secret ingredient genre of Satire, the secret theme of Lost and Found, the secret element of Vegetables, with an additional secret prop of a Skeleton Key.
There were three excellent competitors, producing enjoyable games. Despite the fact that Nat Budin was ineligible to compete (being married to the facilitator), he also wrote a fourth game for the competition!
|1st||$250||Organized Chaos: Kristen Patten, David Braslow, Kim Sward, and Brian Rust||Compost Tales|
|2nd||$150||Yellow Sign: Alon Levy, Sarah Judd, and Thomas Wohlers||Seek/Find|
|3rd||$100||Crossbones: Megan Coppock, Matthew Herron, Renee Shultz, and Matthew Snouffer||The Rings of the Lords|
|4th||Alleged Entertainment: Nat Budin||Saturday Market|
Intercon N Iron GM Contest (March 2014)
Facilitated by: Viktoriya Fuzaylova
Goal: Produce a 2 hour LARP for 12 players in 24 hours, using the secret ingredient genre of Comedy of Manners, the secret theme of Tradition versus Change, the secret element of The Four Elements, with an additional secret prop of 12 origami butterflies.
It was another tough competition, producing five very good LARPs.
|1st||$250||Team MAD: Dan Zaharopol, David Farhi, and Matthew Steele||The Elements of a Proper Starship|
|2nd||$150||Nuclear Option: Ekate K., Xavid Pretzer, and Halftime Peairs||The Importance of Being Convergent|
|3rd||$100||Justice Sans Truth: Greer Hauptman, Mol Dezern, Isabel Malonzo, and Li-Chi Young||The Prophecy of the Starry Skies|
|4th||KSTV: Tom Traina, Vicki Bloom, Kara Hurvitz, Sarah Judd, and Sam LaFleche||My Big Fat Pixie Wedding|
|5th||Live Game Labs: Aaron Vanek and Kirsten Hageleit||Unfamiliar Spirits|
Intercon M Iron GM Contest (March 2013)
Facilitated by: Joshua Sheena
Goal: Produce a 2 hour LARP for 12 players in 24 hours, using the secret ingredient themes of time-travel, stuffed animals, and secret societies.
Once again, it was a tough competition, with just a few points separating first place and last place. Some of these games have run again since the contest, which is part of the goal!
|1st||$250||The Melpomenauts: Liliya Benderskaya, Kat Davis, Joshua Rachlin, and Tory Root||The Dying of the Light|
|2nd||$150||Arkham Escapees: John Brewer, Adam Nakama, Conor Walsh, and Mike Wixon||Adorable, Nonthreatening, Chronological Sound Edu-tainment (Brought to you by the letter I)|
|3rd||$100||Alleged Entertainment: Nat Budin, Viktoriya Fuzaylova, Phoebe Roberts, and Andrew Sheingold||AGENT Bobo of the Resistance|
|4th||Not Apple Designs: Sarah Judd, Sam LeFleche, Kevin Piala, Kara Hurvitz, and Zack Card||The Factory|
|5th||Team MAD: Daniel Zaharopol, Matthew Steele, Ari N, Michael Shulman, and David Farhi||The Maddington Family Reunion|
|6th||Salmon Sorbet: Katie Gordon, Jamey Patten, Kristen Patten, and David Braslow||Chronometrix, Inc. - Yesterday's Solutions Tomorrow|
Intercon J Small Games Contest (March 2010)
Facilitated by: LARPA
Goal: Produce a 2 hour LARP for 10-16 players. This was a general contest, with no special themes or ingredients.
This was a really small contest, as Mike Young was the only entrant. He won all the money!
|1st||$500||Mike Young||Slash||Available here|
Intercon I Iron GM Contest (March 2009)
Facilitated by: Joshua Rachlin
Goal: Produce a 2 hour LARP for 12 players, using the secret ingredient themes of pulp (the literary style), long-lost siblings, and fairies.
Each game could score a possible total of fifty points, and the results were very close. The difference between the winning team and the last place team was just six points.
|1st||$250||I Escaped From Arkham: John Brewer, Nyren Knapp, Adam Nakama, Conor Walsh, and Michael Wixon||A Midsummer Night and the Livin' is Easy|
|2nd||$100||Second Place: Eric Cantrell and Emily Shepperd||Death at the ILLS|
|3rd||Paranoid and Crotchety: Liliya Benderskaya and Tory Root||Lifeline|
|4th||Windmill Games: J. Akira Barnes and Brandon Grinslade||Dream a Little Dream for Me|