First They Came

Key themes: Guilt — Egoism — Opposition — Complicity

Designer: Alessandro Giovannucci and Andrea Giovannucci (IT)

Presented by: Alessandro Giovannucci (IT)

Number of participants: 3/6/9/12/15/…

Duration: 2 hours

Genre/style: Southern Way – New Italian Larp

Run before at: Stockholm scenario festival, Italian Larp Festival, Play Larp. Several playtest since it will be published in 2018.

Content warning: none

About the larp

Berlin, 1939. As suspicion and whistle-blowing become chillingly common and the Third Reich reaches the height of its power in a delirium of blood and steel, the SS comb the streets of working-class neighbourhoods, looking for the last remnants of those deemed undesirable by the regime. During the coldest winter in human history, three people cower at the barking of bloodhounds and the shrill sound of whistles spurring them on, as they huddle together in a building in the squalid outskirts of the city. They know they must hide lest this be their end. Will they manage to survive? Will they redeem their sins? At what cost?

The game is set during the raid, the entire scenario lives in an intimate dimension, centered on whispers, memories of the pain and hopes of survival. We will play in an entirely dark room, so voices and sounds will be very important for the experience.

Alessandro Giovannucci is an academic lecturer and larp designer, one of the founders of Chaos League and co-author of Southern Way – New Italian Larp manifesto. He’s author of national and international larp (Black Friday, New Atlantis, Freakshow, 1630), his chamber larps has been featured at several festivals (Stockholm Scenario Festival, PLAY Larp, Italian Larp Festival).