Fertility, genderqueer, existential
|Designer: Will Osmond|
|Number of participants: 5–7|
|Duration: 3 hours|
|The presenter feels that this larp IS suitable for young people aged 16+|
About the larp
None of us chose each other. We were just all that were left after the catastrophe. Trapped in this room together, we needed to rely on each other and our shared rituals. It’s not always that easy though, especially when it comes to Christmas lunch.
In Bleak Midwinter you will develop, in character, a post-apocalyptic Christmas ritual, while negotiating tense relationships and low-key conflicts. Tension and conflict arise from feelings of being trapped and issues of fertility and progeneration. The larp is about trying to hold it together in the face of frustration and despair.
Content Warnings: Themes of (in)fertility.
Will Osmond: I started larping and designing larps around three years ago after many years of writing and directing for theatre. I have played internationally in Europe and the US, co-designed Life of a House, and helped to organise On Location and the U.K. run of Just a Little Lovin’.
|Physical contact||Light contact; touching hands or forearms|
|Romance and intimacy||Demonstrations of affection; e.g. hugging, holding hands|
|Conflict and violence||Shouting and other intimidating actions not involving contact|
|Communication style||Lots of speech|
|Characters||Players build their characters around a predesigned skeleton or archetype|
|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||The fictional space is pretty similar to the play space|
|Play culture||There is low-level conflict based more on attitudes and views rather than objectives|