Statute Of Secrecy (Wizards: Unite!)

 

Outdoors, Magic, Digital Media

Designer: Sebastian H-W in collaboration with Eduardo Pires & Pavlos Christodoulou
Number of participants: 10
Duration: 3 hours
The presenter feels that this larp IS suitable for young people aged 16+

About the larp

Statute Of Secrecy (a Wizards Unite LARP) is an outdoor, site-specific, pervasive media LARP inspired by and using the popular ‘Wizards Unite’ augmented reality (AR) mobile game. Participants create their own magical characters and form small teams of 4 (+ 1 GM). Teams set out to explore the real-world setting of Broadgate & Barbican, using the interactive interface of the smartphone mobile game, written instructions, verbal instructions from the GM, and geocached clues in site-specific locations to solve a political mystery in a limited time-frame.

Participants join the Ministry of Magic as ‘Entered Apprentice’ witches and wizards. Guided by a ‘Ministry Official’ (or Games Master), they form a task force team to work together, alone, and even against each other, as your actions dictate whether you uphold – or subvert – the ‘Statute of Secrecy’, an ancient agreement which conceals the wizarding world from the No-Maj Muggles, threatened by the mysterious ‘Calamity’ which risks exposure of the magical community.

LARP takes places off-site both indoors (inside the Barbican Estate and Barbican Centre) and briefly outdoors around the streets/parks/selected sites of City of London.

Costume:

Given the LARP will be outdoors in January, participants will be advised to wear layers, coats, and comfortable shoes

Players bring their own Headphones (+connection dongles if newer iPhones) + Smartphones with enough free memory space to download the app are advised but not essential

Presented by

Sebastian H-W (MX:UK) is a Live Artist based between London and the West Midlands whose work explores identity, memory, technology, participation and the body, through cutting-edge approaches to creating live performances, interactive games, audience experiences, action-based interventions, and immersive installations. Sebastian received a First Class BA Honours in Performance Writing with Sound Practices from Dartington College of Arts and Falmouth University and an MA in Contemporary Performance Practice from University of East London. I’m an emerging LARP-maker interested in the crossovers between LARP, imemrsive theatre, site-specific performance and creative media technology.

Parameters

Physical contact Light contact; touching hands or forearms
Romance and intimacy Not relevant for the larp
Conflict and violence Themes of conflict, but not enacted by players; e.g. quiet threats and vengeful stares
Communication style Lots of speech
Movement style Walking/Running/Steps/Posisbly some climbing
Characters Players build their characters around a predesigned skeleton or archetype
Narrative control Intensely plotted and designed, but players have freedom as to how to achieve their goals
Transparency There are predesigned secrets that players will have from each other
Representation level
What you see is what you get: the space and fixtures etc are exactly as they seem
Play culture Players are individually trying to achieve goals, such that not all can succeed
Tone Dramatic

Saturday Afternoon, outdoors – meet on site