A slow take-off is a technique for beginning a larp, often accompanied by a slow landing.
At the onset of a larp, players do not begin role-playing immediately but take time exploring various states between "off-game" and "in-game". These may consist of role-playing flashbacks to the characters past, group meditative activities, receiving media input etc.
The slow take-off is intended to give players more time to prepare for role-playing, and may additionally be used to introduce facts about the larp universe.
History and Examples
While earlier examples can be found, the slow take-off was formally introduced along the Slow Landing at Europa, where it included role-played scenes, meditative sessions and media. Kjærlighet i fornedringens tid begins with players silently listening to a song.