The Cat Path

Chimeric, Polychromatic, Enlightenment

Designers: Jamie Harper
Number of participants: 9
Duration: 3 hours
The presenter feels that this larp IS suitable for young people aged 16+

About the larp

The Cat Path will be a calm and reflective experience.

The larp invites up to nine players to navigate nine different versions of the same life story. The setting is drawn from contemporary (human) environments. The narrative framework is based on anthropological accounts of the nine core stories that commonly recur throughout human culture, but there isn’t a set story.

The play experience should be relaxed, focusing on co-creative imagination but not too much full-on immersion in dramatic action.

Content Warnings: Near-death experiences and discussion of death will be part of the larp for all players.

Jamie Harper is a theatre director, acting teacher, performance researcher and larp designer!


Physical contact Not relevant for this larp; e.g. just standing in a room and talking
Romance and intimacy Romantic themes but no player contact; e.g. discussion of romance, illicit glances
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 Mostly sitting around talking, but there is some physical activity in arranging the space
Characters Players create their own characters, in a workshop
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 The concept of rivalry or cooperation between players doesn’t really apply
Tone Moderate

Saturday morning, Studio 3