Just a Little Lovin'

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Just a Little Lovin'


1982: It was the summer AIDS came to New York City

Full credits
Tor Kjetil Edland and Hanne Grasmo
Norway, Sweden, Denmark, USA, Finland
5 days
Number of players per run
circa 60
Number of runs
Number of players in total
more than 243
Pre-larp Workshop, Black Box, Feather Play, Phallus, Monologue, Safewords, Act structure, Contextualization
Just a Little Lovin' homepage

Just a Little Lovin' is a larp set in a partially fictional New York of 1982 through -84, the game is "a larp about friendship, desire and the fear of death"[1]. The game itself lasted for three days, with act breaks every morning to build out relations and further play.

It was first produced in Norway in 2011 by the designers Tor Kjetil Edland and Hanne Grasmo.


1982: It was the summer AIDS came to New York City. Two group of friends from New York City celebrate the 4th of July in upstate New York. The 1970s have been a decade of women's liberation, youth rebellion, anti-war protests and sexual promiscuity. This changed America forever, but the early 1980s is also a time of a resurging conservative movement which President Ronald Reagan is the sunny face of. Gay men are migrating to New York to become part of the vibrant and hedonistic scene in Greenwitch Village. Unbeknownst to everyone however the HIV virus has started spreading in the city. An article in the New York Times last summer described a mysterious "gay cancer", but it's cause remains still unknown.

During the larp we play three 4th of July partys of 1982, 1983 and 1984. Every morning after breakfast there is an act break where we find out what has happened with the characters and their relationships the following year before the next act starts one year later. When the game starts neither the players nor the characters know who will become infected by the virus, but the lives of all the characters will be deeply effected by the epidemic. Our goal for the game is that all the characters will have friendships that are important to them, experience a little bit of lovin' at the summer parties and feel the fear of death as people around them start to become infected.[2]


The larp has been produced four times.

Production history

In-game photo by Karin Ryding from the Sweden run in 2012.

Just a Little Lovin' 2011 - Norway

The game was first organized by the designers Tor Kjetil Edland and Hanne Grasmo. The location was Lunde Leirsted south of Oslo with 60 participants.

Country Participants
Denmark 11
Finland 4
Norway 18
Sweden 26
Country Organizers
Norway 2

Just a Little Lovin' 2012 - Sweden

The second run of the game was produced by Miriam Lundqvist, Anna-Karin Linder and Petter Karlsson through the LajvVerkstaden association with Tor Kjetil Edland and Hanne Grasmo. The location was Gålögården on Gålö south of Stockholm with 54 participants.

Country Participants
Denmark 3
Finland 4
France 4
Iceland 1
Norway 2
Sweden 37
UK 2
Country Organizers
Norway 2
Sweden 3

Just a Little Lovin' 2013 - Denmark

The third run of the game was produced by Flemming H. Jacobsen, Nynne Søs Rasmussen and Helene Willer Piironen trough the Rollespilsfabrikken association with Tor Kjetil Edland. Petter Karlsson and Morgan Jarl were co-organizers and workshop facilitators. The location was Arresøcentret that lies close to the Danish town Frederiksværk on Zealand with 64 participants.

Country Participants
Denmark 38
France 9
Germany 1
Norway 7
Sweden 8
UK 1
Country Organizers
Denmark 3
Norway 1
Sweden 2

Just a Little Lovin' 2015 - Denmark

The fourth run of the game was produced by Anna Emilie Groth and Flemming H. Jacobsen with Tor Kjetil Edland and Hanne Grasmo. Petter Karlsson and Helene Willer were co-organizers and workshop facilitators. It also had a scenography team consisting of Alex K Uth, Sarah Piyannah Cederstrand and Rasmus Teilmann. The location was Lejrcenter Birkedal outside the Danish town Tølløse on Zealand with 67 participants.

Country Participants
Belarus 2
Czech Republic 2
Canada 1
Denmark 17
Estonia 3
Finland 4
Ireland 1
Norway 9
Sweden 18
Taiwan 1
UK 4
Country Organizers
Denmark 6
Norway 2
Sweden 1

Just a Little Lovin' 2017 - Minnesota, USA

The fifth run of the game was organized near Minneapolis in Minnesota, USA in August 2017.

Just a Little Lovin' 2018 - Finland

The sixth run of the game will be organized in Finland June 2018.



The game site featured artwork done specifically for the larp by Astrid Solgård, that was later used in an exhibition in a gallery.

There was also an exhibition at Oslo Central Station for the World AIDS Day featuring pictures, written pieces, pieces from the set, the paintings by Solgård as well as a few of the players doing performances.[3]

Before the game was played, there was a debate in the Swedish newspaper Expressen, regarding whether or not it is alright to "play" with AIDS. You can find the first entry of that debate here.

Book project

After the Danish production in 2013 a documentation project called The Book of Just a Little Lovin' (2013 Denmark Run) was made. The book was edited by Claus Raasted and Casper Gronemann with support from Søren Lyng Ebbehøj through Rollespilsakademiet. It is available free as PDF.

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