Society, Propriety, Dancing

Designers: Chris Hartford
Number of participants: 12
Duration: 4 hours
The presenter feels that this larp IS suitable for young people aged 16+

About the larp

It is 181X and the Regency is at it’s height. The sleepy town of Farwoods is preparing for it’s annual ball at town hall and the drama and relationships that have simmered for the last year is coming to a head.

Content Warnings: Romance, ambition and social interaction are key to the game; there will be no fighting (though verbal sparring is expected); There will be dancing, but it is optional.

Chris Hartford: I’m a 50-something larper who has been back playing since 2017. Fond of history and dancing.


Physical contact Moderate contact; e.g. hugging, formal partner dancing
Romance and intimacy Demonstrations of affection; e.g. hugging, holding hands
Conflict and violence Themes of conflict, but not enacted by players; e.g. quiet threats and vengeful stares
Communication style Principally speech, but with dancing as an unspoken subtext
Movement style Sitting, walking and dancing
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 The fictional space looks very unlike the play space, but players will use their imaginations
Play culture Players are individually trying to achieve goals, such that not all can succeed
Tone Moderate

Saturday afternoon, Studio 1