Tuhannen viillon kuolema

An in-game scene from Tuhannen viillon kuolema. Photo: Tuomas Puikkonen

A larp based on Juhana Pettersson’s novel Tuhannen viillon kuolema (Death By a Thousand Cuts).

Date: 21.-22.9.2018

Participants: 75

Location: Multiple venues in Helsinki, Finland

Duration: Two days


Tuhannen viillon kuolema is a novel I published in 2017. It deals with climate change and class warfare from the perspective of poor, middle class and wealthy people living in Helsinki.

Making it into a larp, I abstracted the themes and remapped them onto a simulation of model class society going about its tasks for one day. Essentially, the larp was society in miniature as seen the lens of its twin subjects.

An urban larp, Tuhannen viillon kuolema aimed for believability and verisimilitude even as it ended in a bloodbath caused by the inevitable tensions coming to a boil.


Writing and design: Juhana Pettersson

Production: Massi Hannula

Workshops: Kaisa Kangas

Supporting character coordination: Tonja Goldblatt

Documentation: Tuomas Puikkonen

Participant safety: Eeva Järvi

Locations: Samu Iiskola, Ami Koiranen, Sanne Aro-Heinilä, Arja Soininen, Muura Parkkinen, Kjell Hedgard Hugaas and Pinja Eskola

Supporting characters: Maiju Tarpila, Mika Loponen, Elmeri Seppänen, Paula Pennanen, Erik Eriksson, Santeri Virtanen, Kaisa Kangas

Produced by Pohjoismaisen roolipelaamisen seura with the support of Suomen Kulttuurirahasto together with Illusia ry and Paja&Bureau


Tuomas Puikkonen’s photoset from the larp.



23.10.2018 – Kurkistus kaupunkipelin maailmaan / Suomen Kulttuurirahasto