The City of Bavel

Communication without language

Designers: Erez Zvulun (IL), Hila Gregory Meinrath (IL), Yauheniya Siadova (BY)
Number of participants: 6–15
Duration: 3 hours
Genre/style: blackbox nordic larp
The presenter feels that this larp IS suitable for young people aged 16+

About the larp

Bavel lies in ruins. Its people turned against each other after they suddenly lost their common language.

Now, out of the debris some of the survivors try to make a life together and recreate the glory days of Bavel. But without a way to communicate, it’s not going to be easy.

The City of Bavel is a larp about working together and trying to build a society without a common language.

Content Warnings: None.

Presented by

Erez Zvulun (IL): A high school teacher for communication and cinema. Larp designer in Israel, works in a company that provides roleplaying and larps for children as an after-school activity.


Communication style Only in gibberish, no sign language as well
Movement style Walking
Tone Light-hearted
Characters Players create their own characters, in a workshop
Narrative control The shape and direction of the story is entirely, or almost entirely, determined by player choice
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 individually trying to achieve goals, such that not all can succeed

Saturday morning, Theatre