Lizzie Stark is an American journalist and author of the book Leaving Mundania: Inside the Transformative World of Live Action Role-playing Games (2012, Chicago Review Press), which explains larp to a mainstream audience from a variety of angles. Although Leaving Mundania focuses primarily on larp in the US, the last two chapters deal with the author's trip to Knudepunkt 2011.
In 2012 her presentation "Playing in Graveyards: When terror collides with larp" was part of the Nordic Larp Talks.
Designer and Organizer
Stark's games include the freeform game The Curse, about decision making and hereditary breast cancer; In Residency, about life in an artists' colony; This Miracle (with Nick Fortugno), about the origins of religion; and "Manic Pixie Dream Girl Commandos," a contribution to #Feminism.
Along with many house cons, and the short lived Highland Park Players, in New Jersey, Stark served as the lead organizer of the US re-run of Mad About the Boy in Orange, Connecticut in 2012, and as a program lead for Living Games Austin 2016.
- Guest of Honor, Fastaval, 2012
- Industry Insider Guest of Honor, Gencon, 2013.
- Guest of Honor, Living Games NYC 2014
Articles on Larp
- We hold these rules to be self evident - article in States of Play: Nordic Larp Around the World in the Solmukohta 2012 Knutepunkt-books, an essay on American larp as emblematic of American national values.
- "Trampled by the Herd" in Crossing Habitual Borders for Knutepunkt 2013
- "Mad About the Techniques" in The Wyrd Con Companion Book, 2013
- Pocket Guide to American Freeform, a monograph, 2014
- "Writing a Larpscript" with Trine Lise Lindahl and Elin Nilsen, The Cutting Edge of Nordic Larpfor Knutpunkt 2014.