Distance of Touch

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Distance of Touch is a magazine about Nordic larp published in conjunction with the Knutpunkt 2022 conference in Linköping, Sweden. It’s articles seek to capture the moment in Nordic larp culture, with the emergence of online larp and different kinds of new larps such as Seaside Prison and The Future Is Straight. It ranges beyond the Nordics in its examination of Hungarian proto-larp, Chinese larp and Brazilian antifascist larp.

One of the themes of the magazine is community, with articles about the experiences of women of color and trans people in larp.

The magazine is capped with a section on various design concepts that have recently bubbled up in Nordic larp.


Editorial – Juhana Pettersson
Interview: Mastering Chaos – Juhana Pettersson
Six Larp Novels (And a Collection of Short Stories) – Jukka Särkijärvi
Q&A – Juhana Pettersson
Feature: Not All Black And White – Anna Erlandsson
Feature: Glamour – Erik Winther Paisley
Photo Essay: Heteronormativity in Pictures – Juhana Pettersson
Interview: Designing a Dystopia of Straightness – Juhana Pettersson
Everybody’s Mom And Dad – Tor Kjetil Edland, Karete Jacobsen Meland & Anna Emilie Groth
Larp Against Fascism – Luiz Prado and Leandro Godoy
Beyond Cracking Eggs – Jamie MacDonald
Column: Larp As a Player, Larp as a Character – Alessandro Giovannucci
Feature: The Online Larp Road Trip – Ylva Otting
The Many Nuances of Fake Sex – Juhana Pettersson
Exploring Larp Landscapes – Alexiou Alexandros
Pandemic Larp Improvisation – Evan Torner
How To Play – Mike Pohjola
Feature: The Chinese Hotpot of Larp – Xiong Shuo, Wen Ruoyu & Mátyás Hartyándi
Feature: Tribes And Kingdoms – Bálint Márk Túri & Mátyás Hartyándi
Leading With Larp Magic – Moa Rönnåsen
Wielding the Magic of Anticipation – Olivia Fischer
How to Management a Larp Project? – Sandy Bailly
Uncomfortable Metalinguistics – Thomaz Barbeiro & Leandro Godoy
Column: “Never Give Up, Never Surrender” – Inge-Mette Petersen
The Lion, the Witch and the Workshop – Olivia Fischer
Interview: Looking At the Sea – Juhana Pettersson
Photo Essay: Healing – Wanja Neite
Unfinished Stories For an Unruly Audience – Alessandro Giovannucci
Classic Comedies And Why We’ll Never Larp Them – Jamie MacDonald
Possible, Impossible Larp Critique – Kaisa Kangas
Optional Playtime – Juhana Pettersson
Play-Enabling Oppression – Juhana Pettersson & Maria Pettersso
Fuck the Hand – Juhana Pettersson
Redundant, Fault-Tolerant Relationship Maps – Jason Morningstar
Play On Lies – Julia Greip
Combat Tokens – Garett Kopczynski
Participatory Ritual Vocalization – Juhana Pettersson
Symbolic Names – Juhana Pettersson


Editor in chief: Juhana Pettersson

Graphic design: Anne Serup Grove

Distance of Touch has been created with the support of Taiteen edistämiskeskus, Journalistisen kulttuurin edistämissäätiö and Suomen Kulttuurirahasto.


Publisher: Pohjoismaisen roolipelaamisen seura ry

Date of Publication: 8.9.2022

151 pages

Full color and fully illustrated



22.9.2022 – Knutpunkt report “Um confrade no Knutpunkt!” in the blog of the Brazilian larp organization Confraria das ideias