Build Your Own Game (BYOG) Seminars

Start with a seminar by an experienced writer on how to write LARP. Gather the group of writers, new and experienced, in a room after the seminar, to brainstorm potential LARP scenarios and ideas, from silly to serious. Pick a concept. Then, on a Saturday morning, have those writers start plotting. Throw out ideas for characters, conflict, and things that any LARPer would love to chew on in a game. Have brilliant ideas. Then start writing and keep writing until the LARP is done, because, on Sunday afternoon, players are going to show up to play the new LARP.

That's how you Build Your Own Game (BYOG). (Don't believe us? Check out these gory details! Or these!)

These events started at the southern Intercons, and produced some notable games like Buses Welcome and Collision Imminent!. Brought to New England by avid LARP writers, BYOG events continue to produce notable games, as illustrated in the table below.

There are a lot of reasons to come to a BYOG and write a new LARP over a weekend:

As you can see from the table, these events don't have to happen at a convention or a conference. If you have a group of people interested in learning how to write a LARP, NEIL may be able to arrange yet another BYOG event for you and your group. We know a lot of people who love talking about writing LARP.

Date Location Facilitator BYOG
August 19 - 21, 2016 NELCO 2016
Holiday Inn, Boxborough
Jeff Diewald Adrift on the Starry Sky
August 28 - 30, 2015 NELCO 2015
Camelot Cohousing
Gaylord Tang A Second Chance for Wings
July 18 - 20, 2014 NELCO 2014
Chelmsford Radisson
Jeff Diewald This Time For Sure: Boris Badenov's Gulag for Unrepentant Children
August 9 - 11, 2013 NELCO 2013
Chelmsford Radisson
Jeff Diewald The Night Queen Princess Fluffykins Passed
July 20 - 22, 2012 NELCO 2012
Chelmsford Radisson
Jeff Diewald The Barbecue
November 2003 Brandeis Mark "Justin" Waks The Rising Flames
June 29 - 30, 2002 Chelmsford home of Jeff Diewald Jeff Diewald The Temple of the Crimson Moon
March 9 - 11, 2001 Intercon A
Chelmsford Radisson
Kelly MacDougal The Smurf Game
March 13 - 15, 1998 Intercon the Thirteenth
Hampton Inn, Natick
Jim White Miskatonic Regional Elementary