Kjell Hedgard Hugaas

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Kjell Hedgard Hugaas
Born (1978-10-18) October 18, 1978 (age 44)
Years active2000–present

Kjell Hedgard Hugaas is a northern Norwegian larp designer, organizer, writer, and trained actor. He has been active within Nordic larp communities for about two decades and contributes to the ongoing discussions on larp theory on a regular basis, his particular field of interest being the transformative effects of larp. As such, he is one of the authors of the Butterfly Effect Manifesto.

He writes and designs on a freelance basis for a number of different larp studios and creators and creates chamber larps on his own. His design work tends to be quite political and often addresses societal issues. He theorized the ways in which ideas impact larpers through the process of memetic bleed and how the physicality of larping impact larpers through the process of procedural bleed.

He has also done safety consultant work for an number of different studios and organizations.

In his daily life, he works as a Project Manager at Region Gotland, while also studying for his MA in Game Design at Uppsala University. In addition he works with local, regional and national trade unions, and is a part-time legal consultant.




Voice Acting / Other

Articles on Larp


  • To Bleed or Not to Bleed - KP 2017
  • A Trinity of Consciousness - KP 2018
  • Memetic Bleed - A tool for Societal and Political change - KP 2019
  • Fra rolle til karakter - Spillerom 2019
  • Nordic Larp - A tool for teaching History - TEMA 2019
  • Designing for Transformative Impacts - Keynote Solmukohta 2020
  • Roleplaying for transformation - Panel discussion - The KP Magic Book Online Conference 2021
  • The Transformative Play Initiative - Edu-Larp Conference 2021
  • The Final Chapter - Practicing Dying Through Play - KP 2021
  • The Transformative Play Initiative - KP 2021
  • Liminal Intimacy: Role-playing Games as Catalysts for Interpersonal Growth and Relating - Future and Reality Of Gaming 2021
  • Agents Of Empowerment - Gamification for Sustainable Development Symposium 2021
  • Death and Dying in Games - Exploring Age Old Questions of Mortality through Role-playing Games - PCA 2022
  • The Transformative Play Initiative: A Research and Education Report - Portal 2022
  • Bleed and Identity - Uppsala University - PoP 2022
  • The Transformative Play Initiative: A Research and Education Report - Knutpunkt 2022
  • A Conceptual Model of Bleed: Introducing The Bleed Perception Threshold, the Relational Matrix of Bleed, and Identity Bleed - TPI Seminar 2022