Sign: A Game About Being Understood

Exploratory, creative, linguistics

Designers: Kathryn Hymes, Hakan Seyalioglu (US)
Number of participants: 6–12
Duration: 3 hours
Genre/style: UK freeform/ Nordic-influenced
The presenter feels that this larp IS suitable for young people aged 16+

REVISIT – this larp is coming back to The Smoke after a successful run here in 2018

About the larp

Nicaragua in the 1970s had no form of sign language. If you were deaf, you had simple gestures with a trusted few, likely nothing more than a form of gesture you negotiated with your family to meet basic needs.

In 1977, something happened.

Fifty deaf children from across the country were brought together to an experimental school in Managua. Without a shared language to express themselves, the children did the only thing they could – they created one.

In Sign, we follow a small piece of their journey.

Content Warnings: Light descriptions of child poverty and disadvantaged backgrounds/upbringing.

Presented by

Haplocke Sixpence (UK): I started LRPing about a decade ago, and have mostly crewed fest and small-to-medium LRPs. I’ve also played some, but in recent years have explored freeform LRP formats. Which I now love.


Communication style Silent
Movement style Sitting
Tone Moderate
Characters are fully predesigned
Narrative control Players have some influence over story, but there is basically a script or structure that they’re within
Transparency Transparent design, but players can create secrets during play and keep them from each other / reveal them when wished
Representation level Scenery and props will be used to make the play space look something like the fictional space
Play culture Players are collaborating to achieve joint aims

Sunday morning, Boardroom