Bundle of Holding goes LARP with American Freeform
The bundle includes a guide to what, precisely, the American Freeform genre of live action game is.
The Bundle of Holding - indie tabletop gaming's answer to the ubiquitous video game indie bundle - has lined up a fascinating new offering focusing on the burgeoning American LARP community. While Nordic designers have been offering up quirky, interesting LARPs for years, American designers haven't been doing similarly until recently. The new American scene is characterized by very focused short stories, described by the bundle as being "as much improv theater as gaming." It should be a very interesting bundle for many American LARPers, as more often than not it moves far outside the familiar spheres of vampires and wizards. As always, part of the proceeds to to charities of the designers' choice.
The bundle includes some fascinating entries from veterans of the indie tabletop scene, including Meguey Baker (Psi*run) and Jason Morningstar (Fiasco, Durance).
Here's what's included, as described by the bundle:
For just $4.95, you get our core collection of eight games and books:
- Remodel by Emily Care Boss: Four women rebuild a house and their lives.
- SERVICE by Shoshana Kessock: In a brutal world war with a 70% casualty rate, 10 to 20 draftees say goodbye to the life they knew.
- Pocket Guide to American Freeform by Lizzie Stark: Debuting here and available nowhere else, this introductory book gives the history of the form and tons of practical advice for running your own freeform event.
- FREEFORM SAMPLER: As a convenience to our customers, we have assembled a fine collection of free or cheap American Freeform games by many of the form's leading designers.
And if you pay more than the current threshold price, you'll also receive a collection of four top-quality bonus games:
- 1001 Nights by Meguey Baker: Mysterious strangers. Beautiful women. Enchanted swords. Talking camels. Also, 12 new larp-ready player characters published here for the first time.
- The Climb by Jason Morningstar: Seeking glory, six mountaineers on an illegal expedition struggle against the mountain and each other.
- Doll by Josh T. Jordan: A deeply creepy two-player larp with rules that fit on a postcard.
- Out of Dodge by Jason Morningstar: Published here for the first time, this game is designed for four passengers in a car on a one-hour road trip. So much blood.
Source: Bundle of Holding
A friend of mine recently wrote about UK freeform which shares a lot of cross pollination with the American viewpoint.
I'm also a regular attender at the Peaky and Consequences events he mentioned in the article. It's certainly great to see articles like this as a tabletop role player and wargamer. It's nice to see other people mentioning our sub strata of LARP in general.