Erlend Eidsem Hansen

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Erlend Eidsem Hansen (September 18, 1972 in Oslo) is a Norwegian larpwright and documentary filmmaker.
He lives in Oslo, Norway. He is the father of 2 sons.


He has grown up in the 70ies and 80ies Eastenders Oslo surrounded by a workingclass, whitetrash environment. Equal to many other norwegians Erlend has gone through the classjourney from workingclass to cultural academic upper middleclass during the economic oilboom of Norway during the 80ies and 90ies. This means that he worked in a chocolatefactory when he was 18 years, but that he now is thoroughly educated and works as a filmdirector. As a consequence, Erlend has 10-15 years of education more than anyone in his family that is older than him. When it comes to explaining larp to people not familiar with the concept, this teaches a few lessons, but also gives a few prejudices to other acedemically oriented people.




He has organised and designed more than 40 larplike and larp-projects and participated in around 250 different productions since the very beginning of the larptradition in Norway in 1989. He has read over 3000 characterdescriptions and been a consultant for the design of over 1000 characters over the years.

Larpwright (designer/co-designer)

Contributing organizer

Designer of Larplike projects

  • Ritual Workshop - Knutpunkt Sweden 2010
  • Changez - A larpconcept for a clubbing venue inspired by David Bowie - Club Mezzo, Oslo, 1999
  • Strangedays (2005) - A zombielarp organised as a project inside a project, within the Rock Festival, Strangedays
  • Reclaim (2002) - Sort of pervasive game - not really larp more activism
  • Storytellers Workshop - Knudepunkt Denmark 1999
  • The magic Loo (1999) - part larp, part tv-documentary. kind of philosophical 1-person realitytvshow



External Links

List of Relevant articles by Erlend Eidsem Hansen hopefully later to be known as Articles for Larpwriters and Designers

(this might not be very cosher way to write wiki, but lets face it, this is what we got, and it´s subjective, so why deny it..)

What makes a good larp - Magnus Lie Hetland - 1997 (rev. 2001) - (in norwegian)

Building Dramatics - Susanne Gräslund - (while she organised Knappenålshovudet) -

Incentive tools of larp dramaturgy - Eirik Fatland - (after organising Europa, Inside/Outside, Panopticorp) -

(Knutepunkt and Nordic Live Role-playing: a crash cource - Eirik Fatland -,%20A%20crash%20course.pdf)

Interaction Codes—Understanding and Establishing Patterns in Player Improvisation by Eirik Fatland -


  • Playground Worlds - Solmukohta - (no direct links to articles whole .PDF only)
  • p. 53 Producing A Nice Evening - Anna Westerling
  • p. 125 The nuts and Bolts of Jeepform - Tobias Wrigstad -
  • p. 139 Behind the Facade of A Nice Evening with the Family - Hultman, Westerling, Wrigstad (the most important co-operation in Nordic larp since Daniel Krauklis, Susanne Gräslund, Martin Ericsson and Holger Jacobsson (and more) for Knappenålshovudet in 1999 (see Susannes article - Building Dramatics)
  • p. 232 Key Concepts in Forge Theory - Emily Care Boss

The Vademecum of the Karstic Style - Andrea Castellani -