This is a special print edition of Engines of Desire. It comes with white covers and will feature the signature of the author straight on the cover.

Engines of Desire is a collection of 31 articles and essays about larp by Juhana Pettersson. Many of the texts have been published before and there are nine new articles as well as a foreword by the game researcher Dr. Jaakko Stenros. The book’s essays span twenty years of Nordic larp. The perspective is that of a larp designer, a player, a member of the Nordic community of play.

Larp is an ephemeral artform by its very nature, making the historical record formed by articles and photos especially important. Pettersson’s over twenty years of experience with Nordic larp spans an intensely creative time of change and growth in the community, mapped through the essays as they grapple with different subjects.

The Author

Juhana Pettersson (born in 1980) is a Finnish larp designer, novelist and game writer. Larps he has created or worked on include LuminescenceHalat hisarEnd of the LineParliament of Shadows and Enlightenment in Blood.

He has worked with Goethe-Institut and Serlachius Museums and has received support from The Finnish Cultural Foundation, The Kone Foundation and The Arts Promotion Centre Finland. His work has been featured in Helsingin Sanomat, Der Spiegel, The Guardian, Libération and many other media.

He has written or edited twelve books and made larp in nine countries, including the U.S. and Russia. He has also worked as a journalist and a television producer.


Publisher: Pohjoismaisen roolipelaamisen seura ry

Date of Publication: 31.7.2021

460 pages

Full color and fully illustrated


ISBN: 978-952-68777-4-7 (print), 978-952-68777-5-4 (PDF)

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Weight 1,200 kg