New World Magischola
New World Magischola (NWM) is a North American Nordic-style larp inspired by College of Wizardry. A team of Americans, led by Maury Brown and Ben Morrow, founded Learn Larp LLC to bring Nordic-style larp principles and experiences to the US and Canada. NWM debuted in June 2016 on the college campus of the University of Richmond, with four runs of 135-165 people. To date, more than 1,000 unique players have experienced NWM.
New World Magischola is a wizard-school larp in which players portray students or faculty members attending a North American magical college. The experience runs for four days and three nights for 80-160 players, who are divided among five school houses. The larp's themes deal with identity, growing up, confronting institutions, parental and societal expectations, problematic privilege, and the ethics of magical use. Characters are written gender-neutral, with the player deciding what gender to portray. The default pronoun in the Magimundi (the magical universe) is "they" and NWM was among the first larps to use player and character pronouns by default on name tags.
New World Magischola was the largest Nordic style larp organized in the United States, though not the first. NWM was the first larp to introduce the OK Check-In safety mechanic, and the first to test Trine Lise Lindahl's and Johanna Koljonen's "Lookdown" bow-out mechanic. The pronoun-correction mechanic was also first introduced at New World Magischola.
The larp has spawned a children's week-long larp adventure, Magischola Prep, which introduces young people ages 11-17 to collaborative larp concepts.
June 16-19, 2016, Richmond, Virginia
June 23-26, 2016, Richmond, Virginia
July 21-24, 2016, Richmond, Virginia
July 28-31, 2016, Richmond, Virginia
December 9-11, 2016, Newbury, Ohio (Yuletide Escapade)
December 16-18, 2016, Newbury, Ohio (Yuletide Escapade)
January 27-29, 2017, Shawnee, Pennsylvania (Winter's Cry)
June 15-18, 2017, Williamsburg, Virginia
June 22-25, 2017, Williamsburg, Virginia
June 29-July 2, 2017, Williamsburg, Virginia
July 6-9, 2017, Williamsburg, Virginia
December 8-10, 2017, Newbury, Ohio (Yuletide Escapade)
June 21-24, 2018, South Hadley, Massachusetts
June 28-July 2, 2018, South Hadley, Massachusetts
December 7-9, 2018, Newbury, Ohio (Yuletide Escapade)