Larpfund is a fund to support greater diversity in larping. We help organisers subsidise tickets for those who need them. Larpfund is a player driven initiative: join us!tra
We believe that the nordic larp community should be accessible to everyone and that we, as a player community, are the ones responsible for making this a reality.
5€ is barely an elf ear at the market...
Larp has always been a hobby of great variety. Dressed in costume and masked by character, our hobby has always managed to blur, if not erase, some of the things that set us apart as humans; giving rise to a community where people of very disparate backgrounds and circumstances have a place. The benefits that the hobby as a whole has been able to reap from this fact are undeniable - a multitude of voices, attitudes, ideas and knapsacks, all blending together to provide the colorful landscape of Nordic Larp that we so enjoy.
Unfortunately, we fear that this state of being might be rapidly coming to an end, and that as larp matures and its practitioners age, another form of “diversity” now threatens one of the very pillars that helped form the community during its infancy and adolescence. Many larps are no longer simple friends-in-the-forest affairs, but rather elaborate productions with significant production values, stunning venues with food and lodging included in the price. Organisers have also become more professional, and wisely less prone to take risks with their personal economies. Naturally, this means that price increases, often dramatically, and we have followed closely the ongoing discussions on event pricing over the last few years. Even if there still is a substantial amount of cheaper larps available, almost all of the well-known, high-profile larp events are in the higher price range, and this threatens to create a sharp divide between those who can routinely afford them, and those who cannot.
Easy solutions to this dilemma are difficult to envision, given that this is a struggle that is also endemic to society as a whole, but we have decided to attempt to go straight to the core of the problem. We have established a fund that seeks to alleviate this disparity. The fund accepts and seeks contributions from individual larpers as well as public institutions, companies invested in the hobby and initiatives for inclusion in the Nordic countries. Via a simple application process (for now: drop us an email) larp organisers apply for a certain number of reduced tickets to their larp that they then offer to players in need. It will always be the larp organisers who decide what the criteria for "in need" for their particular event is. We just hand out the money. We hope that this initiative will at least chip away at what otherwise threatens to polarize a community that has everything to gain from staying as diverse and inclusive as possible.
In short: Because it will make larping better in the long run. It will bring new insights and ideas to the games, you will have a better chance to meet new and exciting people. And: it is the right thing to do! Everybody wants to be a hero, right?
Do you have a buck to spare? Become a donor below! Are you a game organiser and want to make your game even easier to access? Apply for reduced tickets! Did you run a larp event in the past and have some money left over in the production budget? Make a one time donation!
Game organiser can apply for a number of subsidised tickets for their game. If granted, the fund will contribute up to 50% of the price of those tickets if they are sold. The prerequisites for subsidised tickets are that the person is in need of the subsidised ticket for some economical reason (organisers decide) and that the same person has not received a subsidised ticket the same year. People who don't larp regularly should be prioritised. The organisers supply a one paragraph motivation, name, gender, email/phone, age and nationality to the fund as documentation. The organisers are expected to donate a share of their profits to the fund if the game generates a surplus. The data connected to receivers will not be published in a manner where individuals can be identified. larpFUND will consider applications that will need no more than 20% of the total capital currently in the fund, up to a maximum of €200 per ticket, 20% of the game’s total number of tickets or €400 - whatever comes first.
The money comes from donors - like you! Donate below!
This will only become reality because of people like you. Join as a subscriber and donate 5€ a month! Or make a one time donation if you are are so inclined. Everything helps.
For the price of two lattes per month you support diversity in larping!
We will continuously inform our subscribers and donors through email and Facebook. If you want to talk to us, have suggestions, questions or want to get involved (we would love that) email email@example.com or contact us on Facebook.
Larpfund currently operates in the Nordic countries and is constituted as a Swedish non-profit organisation. It was started by Staffan Rosenberg, Susanne Vejdemo and Karl Bergström over a coffee the week before Knudepunkt in Denmark 2015. Currently this is an experiment and if we are able to get enough supporters it will become a permanent part of nordic larp culture.