Save the Date: A Week in Boston before Living Games!
A WEEK IN BOSTON
You are invited to larps, meetups, and other excursions during A Week in Boston!
Living Games is, of course, a conference for larp aficionados of all stripes. And the main conference takes place May 17-20 in Peabody. But the conference isn’t the only only event the LGC team has planned. We’re also organizing halo events that are open to conference-goers and locals alike. We’ve gathered these under the banner “A Week in Boston.”
These small, varied events–including meetups, tours, talks, and larps–give you a chance to meet other attendees ahead of time and enjoy the sights of Boston. Past attendees say it makes the experience of the conference even richer. And if you’re local, but can’t attend the conference, A Week gives you a chance to join in the fun and meet larpers from all over the world.
When: May 14-16, and the evening of May 20
Where: (Mostly) Somerville, MA, accessible to the north part of the red line. Our hub is the Davis stop, but we will also have meetups in Harvard and Kendall. On Thursday, we’ll venture further afield, either to the edu-larp mini-conference at Northeastern, or up to Salem, close to the conference hotel!
Who: Larpers, experience designers, museum hounds, and anyone else who wants to get a taste of Living Games, even if they aren’t able to attend the conference.
Cost: Meet-ups and tours: pay your own way
Larps: Free for conference attendees. For folks who aren’t attending LGC, there is a small fee per game to help cover the costs of space rental. More info about registration and single and multi-larp passes available soon!
We’re still finalizing the schedule, but here’s a peek of what we have in store…
Saturday & Sunday, May 12-13
Might organize some group food opportunities, depending on who’s in town.
Monday, May 14
Late Morning/Early Afternoon
Dinner meetups in Harvard Square. Afterward, participants choose between larps or a meetup at Knight Moves in Teele Square, with casual gaming as well as micro-talks from local larp groups about the awesome things they are up to, and maybe a few previews from LGC speakers. Local larp groups: we’d love to get in touch! Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in strutting your stuff.
Tuesday, May 15
Day begins with a visit to The Garment District, a used/vintage/costume store legendary among the costume-obsessed. Participants choose either to play a larp at that location, or continue on on a crawl through the area’s comic and games stores, including (arguably) the world’s first comic book store.
Dinner in Kendall Square, followed by a social meetup or larps, depending on your preferences.
Wednesday, May 16
Late Morning/Early Afternoon
Visits to some of Boston’s fabulous museums. We’ll help you find each other for trips to places like the Museum of Fine Arts, Harvard Museums, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Science Museum, or others…
Themed dinner meetups, followed by a choice of larps or something else cool. We’re still working out the details, but we’re considering interactive theater and escape rooms options. Late-night meetup in the Harvard-Davis corridor afterwards.
Thursday, May 17
During the Day
Choose from two main activities:
-The edu-larp mini-conference over at Northeastern University
-Check in to the conference hotel early in Peabody, then tour yourself around Salem. We are also arranging a special tour of PLAYTIME, a new exhibit about play at the world-class Peabody Essex Museum in Salem.
Conference programming begins with a series of larps at the hotel!
A meetup/social hour. We’re not sure where this will be yet, but either near the conference hotel up in Peabody, or maybe back on our beloved Redline, in the Davis corridor.
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We’d love for you to join us for A Week in Boston!