Guest Of Honor At Fastaval

Each year Fastaval invites an exciting and famous person/group as the guest of honor to communicate and convey their work within Fastaval-related activities – like board games, roleplaying games, and Larp. Every guest of honor is different with different takes on roleplaying, board gaming, and game design.

Sometimes the guest of honor is an influential person within gaming culture with many years working in an established gaming institution, like Mark Rein Hagen or Steve Jackson. But just as often the guest of honor is a less known designer or gaming personality with a new and unique take on game design to inspire and amaze the participants.

At Fastaval we want to learn about new game cultures and other designers' experiences. But our guest of honor program is not just about receiving, but about passing on Fastaval’s many unique traditions and design culture. Throughout the years we have had several Guests of Honor who was not only deeply inspired by the people and the games they met at Fastaval, but also came back to contribute creatively. We are very proud of the creative space that Fastaval has become through the years and we look forward to hosting new exciting people every easter.

Guest Of Honor Fastaval 2023

Martin Nielsen, Norway

Martin Nielsen has been one of the leading forces behind the development of the special Nordic chamber larp tradition, which in many ways is both inspired by the Fastaval scenario tradition and has contributed to its further development. Martin has, among other things, organized the international chamber larp festival Grenselandet in Oslo for more than a decade, just as he has written scenarios for international role-play festivals in e.g. Minsk and England, as well as to Black Box Copenhagen. In addition to chamber larps, Martin has organized the larp congress Knudepunkt and has been involved in a number of exciting international larp projects through his great involvement in Fantasiforbundet - a Norwegian NGO. Together with a team from Norway and Belarus, Martin was behind projects like the Larpwriter Summer School in Lithuania, which later inspired Orkerne kommer's summer school in Denmark and several larp projects in Palestine and Lebanon. Finally, Martin has also designed major international live role-playing games Home Planet and Alligiance.