A Template for Role-Play Negotiations…

(Photo by Bret Lehne. Models: Nerissa Hart and Lex Pulice-Farrow.) I speak a lot in this blog about consent negotiations and how to handle narrative free form safely. However, negotiations in larp aren't just a part of the more free form/emergent styles. Even in your hardest boffer game, relationships and situations come up where it's … Continue reading A Template for Role-Play Negotiations…

An empty medical bed surrounded by police tape.

A Well Designed Death

Death is not a subject I’ve managed to find my comfort with yet. I think most people live in the same ‘pretending it’s not going to happen’ bubble that I do, and yet we participate in games where it’s something we need to face on a semi-regular basis. From long term campaign larps where there is a possibility of permanently killing a character in unplanned fashions, to events like Inside Hamlet, where the goal of many players is to create the most epic death possible, it’s a theme we often explore in larp. For game designers, deciding on how to handle death in your event is a pivotal design choice and one that will make or break a player’s experience if it’s handled well.