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The Knutpunkt 2018 companion, call for proposals

First staged in Norway in 1997, Knutepunkt/Knudepunkt/Knutpunkt/Solmukohta has grown into a major international meeting hub for all perspectives on live role playing. Since 2001, the conference has been accompanied by a book. In 2018, Knutpunkt takes place in Sweden and the companion takes the step to become a digital-first publication. Just as Knutpunkt is a meeting hub for academics and practitioners, the Knutpunkt companion allows for a mix of contributions. Below, you can find the call for proposals.

The Companion will first and foremost be a digital publication, including all kinds of media. There are no limits on what kind of content we accept, as long as it’s technically possible to be published online. A text, a video, a podcast, a computer game or maybe a piece of music? Send us your suggestions! We cannot promise to publish all submitted content, but we will consider everything.
Content will be published on Nordiclarp.org, on a weekly basis over the months leading up to Knutpunkt 2018. The idea is to let the community digest and discuss the companion content before Knutpunkt. We hope this can inspire the conference participants, as well as create interesting conversations and exchanges in other spaces before, during and after the conference.

There will also be a print on demand book available with a selection of articles. This will be ready so that it can be ordered around the time that content is beginning to come out online. Only magazine style texts will be considered for the printed book, you can read more about formats further down.

For more information on the conference, consult

Johannes Axner and Annika Waern
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The theme of the Knutpunkt 2018 conference is “Shuffling the Deck”. We have chosen to interpret that as highlighting the diverse nature of larp, wanting to showcase a multitude of themes in a variety of formats. We especially want to lift the scenes that have been less visible in previous Knutpunkt publications.

The publication will have five main themes, roughly mirroring the five tracks of the conference. We encourage you to use them as starting points for your contributions and be as creative as possible!

Spades: Larp analysis, discussion and reflection.

Diamonds: Larp design tools, tips and tricks.

Clubs: The practicalities of organizing larp.

Hearts: Participant stories and designers’ post-mortems.

Joker: Discussions and reflections on issues within and opportunities for the (nordic) larp community.

Language & Style

All submitted content must be in accessible, and in English.This doesn’t mean that each piece of content must be easy to understand without any prior knowledge, but it should be clear and to the point. We will base our editing in the Nordiclarp.org Style Guide and you can use it as a reference.


Blog post/Magazine style text: An illustrated text at 1500-3500 words. Submissions of this kind will be considered for the print-on-demand book.

Pictorials: Photo essays with little or no text. Submission of this kind will be considered for the print-on-demand book.

Video or audio: Any format, 5-15 minutes in length. All video and audio must be in English if possible and have subtitles or transcripts in English.

Art: Any format, as long as it can be published online.

Long text: A longer text of maximum 8000 words.

Other: Any other type of content that can be published online.



Until September 30 2017: proposals, concepts, and ideas.

October 31: the deadline to submit your final draft.

During November and December content will be edited and prepared for publication.

During January and February content will be published weekly.


1) Send a rough description on what you plan to submit (see below) to book@knutpunkt.se, no later than September 30th, 2017 — and the sooner, the better!
2) Accepted submissions will be notified within two weeks, with a personal editor contact for further iterations who will negotiate a personal submission schedule up until October 31st.
3) Text-based submissions will be typeset and go through a final proofread before publishing.

Rough Description

Your rough description should in a couple of paragraphs describe your submission and cover the format of the content (is it a video or a text, for example), it’s size, it’s theme and what you want to say.


The Knutepunkt 2018 Companion is published under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) license. This means that the material is free to use, remix and share as long as the derivative work is attributed to the original author and not commercial in nature. The contributors of course still retain the possibility to license their work for commercial use.


Final submissions will be submitted through an online form, which will ask for a max 400 word abstract, keywords, and references, and in the case of audio or video submissions, a transcript. (This is not required for the first proposal.)

Send your proposal to our contact email address: book@knutpunkt.se

The Team

The Companion is a collaboration between the editorial staff of Nordiclarp.org and the Knutpunkt 2018 organizers.

Editors in Chief

Johannes Axner is the founder and Editor in Chief of Nordiclarp.org, an online magazine and knowledge portal about larp.

Annika Waern is a professor in the field of Human–computer interaction at the department of Informatics and Media at Uppsala University, Sweden. She is an established and seasoned researcher and author on the topic of games in general and larp specifically.

Editing Team

Besides the main editors, the talented editors of Nordiclarp.org will help edit the content.


Any questions, ideas or feedback can be sent by email to: book@knutpunkt.se

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