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 (as in a flying start) 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 also 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 closing their eyes, silently listening to a song, holding hands across a cafètable. The Narrator(GameMaster) holds a Monolog describing the past and the expectations of the couples relationship. As a kind of hypnosis at the start, the players are counted (from 1 to 10) into their characters state of mind, and at the end counted out of their characters (from 10 to 1).
The original inspiration of Eirik Fatland and Erlend Eidsem Hansen was one of their favourite filmdirector at that time, Lars Von Trier in the introsequence for his movie "Europa". Youtube clip of this sequence here: