Summer Freeform Free For All

Games to Gather is proud to present…

The first ever Summer Freeform Free-For-All!

The Summer Freeform Free-For-All is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a day full of super hot freeform games!

What is freeform you ask? Well, it takes many different shapes, but freefrom games are generally rich in concept, low in mechanics, highly sensory, and live or semi-live. If you have played pretend, story games, or larp, you will find a lot of freeform familiar. You can learn more about the (generally) three different styles of game we will be playing by checking out these articles on American freeform, Nordic LARP and Jeepform by Lizzie Stark.

Our game schedule is finalized and you can view it at the end of this post. If you ever have any questions about what your experience will be like or if you’d like to know about the games we have lined up, you can post in the comments here, message us on our Facebook page, or email We’d love to hear from you, and if you’re feeling hesitant about jumping into something like this, rest assured that newcomers are super extra welcome!

Some more good news is that lunch and dinner are included in the admission cost. Lunch will be a sandwich bar. Dinner will be pizza or some other form of delicious catering. If you have dietary needs beyond vegetarian, you need to get in contact with us so we can accommodate you.

Our venue this time is the University of Portland. We will be in the Chiles Center in the Hall of Fame Room. But that’s not all! The University has a huge and scenic campus, and you are welcome to take your game anywhere outside. You won’t be disappointed! Outside food and drink are welcome on campus.

Events like these aren’t cheap to put on, but we also don’t want to have economic barriers to participation. So, we are offering tickets on a sliding scale ranging from $0 to $30. The recommended ticket price is $15. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance here (much preferred).

The Freeform Free-For-All is part of the Games to Gather network and adheres to Games to Gather’s values and policies. You can learn more about our policies and code of conduct here.

The Summer Freeform Free-For-All is taking place on 15 August 2015.

Be sure to RSVP on our Facebook events page!

The Schedule

Morning – A choice of 3 games


For 5 – 15 players
This is a game about relationships and their inherent instability due to forces beyond our control. Also rocks.
In this game one player takes on the role of the Elemental Forces. The other players take the roles of rocks pondering the meaning of their existence with each other and their environment, as their lives are determined by the whims of the Elemental Forces.

For 3 – 6 players
You were given two choices: Spend all eternity in the Ice Prison of the All-Seeing GodStar, or agree to a work-release program. You chose the work-release program. Now you and a few of your old enemies are stuck in a kitchen – not even a super-kitchen, just an ordinary kitchen—baking bread, pastries, pies and cookies. Sanitizing sinks. Scrubbing out grease traps. Not spending all eternity in the Ice Prison of the All-Seeing GodStar. Nice work if you can get it, right?

For 12 players
One year ago, Old MacDonald’s farm animals rose up against him, threw off the chains of agricultural oppression, and founded the overtly fascist Free Animals’ Republic of MacDonald. Today, on the first anniversary of that glorious revolution, the F.A.R.M. is holding a gala ball in celebration, culminating in the trial of a most notorious criminal.

12:30pm – LUNCH

Afternoon – A choice of 2 games


For 12 players
In a small café in Montmartre, a group of people meet day after day at the turn of the 19th century. With their individual rules, conflicts, fears, assumptions and commitments, they play through the same routines again and again. It is as if their lives are frozen in one atonal unstable harmony seeking redemption, but unable to find peace.
This is an expressionistic larp focusing on the use of repetition, non-linear time and the use of art as communication.

For 5 – 15 players
Screwing the Crew is a short larp where you can explore questions about monogamy, open relationships and sexual relations in a tight-knit group of friends. You can explore their history and how it has affected the relations they have today. The characters are around 30 years old, all of them are to some degree bisexual and most of them have known each other for at least ten years.

6:30pm – DINNER

Evening – Full group game


For 5 – 35 players
A a philosophically stimulating scenario with a vein of sci-fi, The Hospitality is a scenario that takes place in a choreocracy – a society where decisions are made through collective movement in space. You and your fellow choreocrats have decided to initiate a cosmic movement, a journey into space that might never end. During the course of your travels, a lot will be lost – but maybe that loss is a necessary sacrifice for the good of the community in space. Also, we’ll build a spaceship.