ONCE UPON A TIME, WE WERE CELEBRITIES

Past, Choices, Hope

Designers: Diana Ostrat
Number of participants: 6-12
Duration: 4 hours
The presenter feels that this larp IS suitable for young people aged 16+

About the larp

They are the homeless, the hobos, the bums, the drunkards and outcasts. They have many names, and tonight, as each night, they have gathered around a fire to spend the night, eat, drink and tell stories.

Once upon a time, they were celebrities. They were famous and happy. What mockery of fate has brought them here? What (the heck) went wrong?

Each night, one of them tells their story. And the others listen, and hence become part of it. But one of them has a Ticket. A Ticket of Fortune.

What if they win a million? Would the fortunate once more become a celebrity? And happy? Could they change their fate? Find long lost loved ones? Help their fellow unfortunates? Truth will rise, before the days are done.

Content Warnings: Nothing requiring a warning has come up to this point.

Diana Ostrat: Hi! I’m a wannabe fantasy writer and photographer, and an obsessed dragon-friend. My work as a stage-producer and hobbyist film maker brought me to larp scene a good fourteen years ago and I never left. And even though I love (immersive) play, I mostly like to stay behind the scenes (as a Game Master, NPC or other member of the staff) and help people realise their dreams. When I’m not roleplaying or studying English language and literature, I am sleeping, creating random snuggle puddles, and worshipping my cat.

Parameters

Physical contact Not relevant for this larp; e.g. just standing in a room and talking
Romance and intimacy Not relevant for the larp
Conflict and violence Players themselves choose the level of conflict and are in control of the play.
Communication style Lots of speech
Movement style Walking is the usual norm, but it is very easy to adapt to Lying as the minimum.
Characters Players build their characters around a predesigned skeleton or archetype
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 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
Tone Dramatic

Sunday afternoon, Studio 7