Play, Friends, Reality

Designers: Stephanie Marx, Drew Novick, Margaret Simkins, and Susan Weiner
Number of participants: 10
Duration: 3 hours
The presenter feels that this larp IS suitable for young people aged 16+

About the larp

Why do children have imaginary friends? Sometimes imaginary friends are there to help kids work through issues they can’t handle alone. Sometimes a lonely child is looking for company.

Sometimes it’s because their real friends have imaginary friends. And sometimes, maybe, they’re just for fun.

In Playdate, a group of kids have been left with a teenage babysitter for an afternoon. There will be toys, craft time, pizza, and maybe some existential angst.

Playdate is a game about children dealing with difficult issues. It asks how we know what is real, and whether that even matters.

Content Warnings: Bullying, alcoholism, death or illness of family members, anaphylaxis, temper tantrums, existential angst, mid-game expectation shifts.

Sue Lee: Hello, I am responsible for cat herding UK Freeforms and am part of the Consequences organising team. I’ve been playing for 20+ years, writing for 15+ years, self confessed gamer, sewer, reader, writer.


Physical contact Light contact; touching hands or forearms
Romance and intimacy Not relevant for the larp
Conflict and violence Not relevant for this larp
Communication style Lots of speech
Movement style Walking
Characters 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 There are predesigned secrets the organizers have from the players, and also that the players will have from each other
Representation What you see is what you get: the space and fixtures etc are exactly as they seem
Play culture Players are in rival factions, teams, etc, which are in some sort of competition for success
Tone Individual characters will experience the game in different ways, for some it’s just a playdate for others something much more intense

Sunday morning, Studio 6