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The Turku School online

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Flying miaou
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It might be interesting to elaborate in a few words, for the benefits of those like myself who don't have any bit of clue as to the issue, on what this "Turku School" is.

I've checked the links and found a lot of theroretical texts and articles on what role-playing is, but it's still not very clear what is the Turku School.

Edit: if you want something done... :D

What is the Turku School

The Turku School is a school of thought that promotes character immersion as a the main goal in roleplaying games. There is a Manifesto and several other articles explaining these views. The members of the Turku School have also written and produced dozens of live and tabletop roleplaying games, most of which have been based on Turkuist ideas.

The School was first mentioned in passing around 1996 or 1997, and since then kept expressing their views on Finnish forums. The Vow of Chastity was published in 1999 and the Manifesto in 2000. It was then published online 2001, and in the book As LARP Grows up in 2003.

The texts created a lot of outrage and criticism, and some of the problems of the Manifesto were corrected in 2004 in the article Autonomous Identities published in Beyond Role and Play. Currently the Turku School serves as a unifying thread among the writing by Mike Pohjola as presented on this site.

The Turku School takes no students at this time.
 
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Flying miaou
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If you ask me, this reads a bit like the "Dogme" of RPGs, so it's actually very close to a nutter's rant -- or, in that case, a bunch of nutters' rants. :D

Still, it's RPG-related, at least -- even though it reads like a lot of it is LARP-related.
 

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Flying miaou
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Methinks these "school" folks take role-playing (and themselves) a tad too seriously.

It's not without good points but, c'mon, where's the "game" part in that?
 

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Some folk's have decided that Character-Immersive Simulationism is the ONE TRUE WAY of roleplaying and everything else is WRONGBADFUN.

I scent baby zebra... heheheheheh.

Graeme [enable hyena mode]
 

Mikko Kauppinen

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FWIW:

I don't claim to speak for the majority of Finnish roleplayers. I don't even claim to speak for the various gaming groups I am in. But everyone I've ever discussed the Turku School with has mostly been amused by the whole thing. Artsy, dogmatic, pretentious - I don't claim that that's what they are, having never played in one of their games, but that's how the roleplayers I know usually react to them. It's certainly my own gut reaction.

It could be just us here in Tampere (a traditional friendly rival of Turku), but somehow I doubt it. :)
 

Mr. Analytical

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If you ask me, this reads a bit like the "Dogme" of RPGs, so it's actually very close to a nutter's rant -- or, in that case, a bunch of nutters' rants. :D
Yeah, what is it about Nordic people and manifestos? :D
 
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