Hello, and welcome to my shop...
My name is Paul Warne, and I make and sell tabletop games out of little wooden lanterns, which I call Larklamps.
Larklamp games are played on the shadow patterns cast by the light from the lanterns, and are handcrafted at my workshop in Vermont.
Before making Larklamps, I helped design a couple dozen videogames at studios such as Lucas Learning, DoubleFine and Ubisoft. During that time I also built large exhibitions as a video-installation artist. So when I felt it was time to start creating my own tabletop games, I just sandwiched all that experience together to come up with the idea for the Larklamp.
In 2016 I launched my first Kickstarter campaign for the Larklamp Magic Lantern Game System. Folks were real tickled by it, and the campaign received nearly 1000% of the funding goal.
Production is kept at a small scale — almost everything is made by hand in-house. By working in small batches I adapt new techniques to suit the needs of each game, and am able to experiment more to uncover new types of play, all while having a real hoot doing it.
After a little hiatus during the pandemic, my family and I are now back to developing more Larklamp games. We are looking into new ways to source even more of our materials locally, all to be sure we can continue making Larklamps for many years to come – so that no matter how dark things may seem to get, friends and family can gather around the glow of a Larklamp for a bit of fun and enchantment.
Thank you for stopping by.