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An on-line symposium organised by multi-disciplinary/inter-institutional research group CIRCLE...

I will join the RIDERS & CIRCLE collaboration on April 30th to run the afternoon workshop - call it a mini Storystorm...

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Riders member Nathan Hook (PhD student at Tampere Uni, Finland) has just published the third book in his Green Book series of larp scenarios.


This book contains 3 original scenarios, exploring stories about addiction, grief and the passage of time. 


The most striking scenario is Turning Wheel, a scenario about a group of characters sharing a house with a cat. It breaks the normal narrative structure by not having any central Protagonist. Instead, it uses a phantom player controlling a prop cat as an central anchoring character who is not the focus on the story. The cat has the 'power' to prompt characters to monologue with it, to birng out the character's inner feelings without breaking the fiction.

Bitter Tears, the scenario dealing with grief, uses the 5 stages of grief model from psychology as the basis of character development. Sweet Nectar, uses narrative control loss as a way to represent the loss of control caused by addiciton. 


The book is available along with the previous books in the series from his store:

Nathan Hook will be speaking at Nordic Larp Talks in Sweden next week, about a scenario from his first book. The talk will be streamed live and available online afterwards.

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Breaking Points for iPad, is now officially the first ASAPS app in the AppStore. 
Well done to creator and Riders member, Hartmut Koenitz...
Produced by Hartmut Koenitz with Diğdem Sezen and Tonguç İbrahim Sezen, the app is now available for iPad in the AppStore. 
It is free, so check out BREAKING POINTS - the interactive digital narrative about a lonely woman and her attempts to change the daily routine in her life. If Hartmut has time, we might get a quick update from him shortly, on how he found the process of getting this from concept, to completion, and finally out there to civilisation!

StoryStorm: A Collaborative Exchange of Methods for Storytelling - 1 day workshop at Designing Interactive Systems 2014 to be held in Vancouver, June 22nd 2014.

 This one-day workshop will identify and map the range of conscious and unconscious storytelling tools adopted in all stages of research, including design processes (e.g. Personas and Scenarios, Forum Theatre, and Design Fictions) and artifacts (e.g. Visualisation, Internet of Things, 3D printing). Together we will explore emerging digital means of capturing, sharing and experiencing stories as a methodological tool and by drawing on participant expertise will initiate development of visual aids to distill and encode these practices for use in academia and beyond.
 We welcome applications from multidisciplinary researchers and practitioners across HCI, UX, design, art, psychology, design ethnography, and from the worlds of design, art, film, photography, or storytelling. Interested participants should provide either a positioning paper in CHI Extended Abstract format (maximum 4 pages, pdf) or a storytelling artifact (e.g. visual, film, object, documented performative evidence).

Submission deadline: 10th March 2014.

More information and deadlines here:

CIRCLE website 

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