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Date2004 (2004)
Duration4 hours
LocationHelsinki, Finland
Designed by
Produced byMikko Pervilä.

Luminescence, also known as "The Flour Larp", was a four-hour long larp in 2004, in A Week in Finland before Solmukohta 2004. Luminescence is a game about cancer patients in music therapy. They all all going to die and attempt to come to terms with this fact. The players are semi-naked in a roomful of flour, which has been defined as ”normal” within the game.

[The players] really went to town with the flour, having flour fights, burrowing into it, pouring it onto each other, stuffing it into their mouths and underwear. The players reported that the flour was very versatile as a medium for nonverbal communication and as a tool for all kinds of symbolism. The people stuffing it into their underpants had prostrate cancer. Perhaps the most poetic thing we heard was from a guy who had been lying down in the flour for a long time. When he got up, the shape of his body was still visible in the flour. He touched it and could feel the body heat dissipating the same time as his touch destroyed the fragile image itself.

— Juhana Pettersson, The Kingdom of Flour[1]




Luminescense has been written on extensively by Juhana Pettersson and Mike Pohjola, often including player comments.

  • Juhana Pettersson: Roolipelimanifesti, a non-fiction book about roleplaying (Like, 2005).
  • Juhana Pettersson: The Age of Indulgence, an article in [Playground Worlds], 2008.
  • An article on the larp in [Nordic Larp (Book)] by Juhana Pettersson.

Video Documentation

Video footage from the larp:


  1. Pettersson, Juhana (5 May 2004). "No Good #18: The Kingdom of Flour". RPGnet. Retrieved 6 January 2019.

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