A blockbuster larp is a large, high-budget, high-profile larp which attracts international player and media attention. Examples include Monitor Celestra, College of Wizardry and Fairweather Manor. The style was invented by the Nordic larp community.
Blockbuster larps are intentionally designed to be spectacles and for larp tourism. They use established and familiar worlds, spectacular locations, and often provide costumes and accomodation. In addition, blockbuster larps so far have followed a specific design formula combining brute-force design, the 360 degree illusion and play to lose.
New World Magischola is expected to be the first US blockbuster larp.
- Eirik Fatland and Markus Montola, The Blockbuster Formula – Brute Force Design in The Monitor Celestra and College of Wizardry. NordicLarp.org, 6 May 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2016.