We Almost Were Heroes

Superheroes, support, community

Designer: JD Lade / Quicksandbox
Number of participants: 6–10
Duration: 2 hours
The presenter feels that this larp IS suitable for young people aged 16+

About the larp

We Almost Were Heroes is a MiniLarp about superheroes whose powers are as good as useless, which is why they all flunked out of superhero college. They meet in a support group. What have the heroes been up to? It’s about traumatic experiences, bitterness and accepting the fact that you will never be one of the big ones. It’s about kindred spirits. About self-love. And about the most useless superpowers in the whole wide world.

Content Warnings: Although the overall larp has a lighthearted mood, deeper topics might occur. It really depends on the player group if the larp is serious or funny. It should be advised to have fun with the scenario, but as a character take it and the others seriously.

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Physical contact Light contact; touching hands or forearms
Romance and intimacy Romantic themes but no player contact; e.g. discussion of romance, illicit glances
Conflict and violence Within the trauma scenes, there might be conflicts acted out
Communication style Lots of speech
Movement style Most of it will be sitting, and then some movement for the trauma scenes
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 level The fictional space is pretty similar to the play space
Play culture The whole concept of rivalry or cooperation between players doesn’t really apply
Tone It really depends on the player group where the mood goes. We’ve had runs where people had a lot of light-hearted fun, and runs where there was crying.

Saturday morning, Studio 9