LARP: On Display

Facilitator: 
Donna Giltrap

Written by Betsy Isaacson

The lovely, reclusive Lady Roksana remains as yet unmarried. Tonight, though, she's opened her castle to the most eligible of the Empire's nobility. It's a curious thing: her party starts at dusk, and she says that she'll choose a spouse by midnight. Of course, this has attracted the sort of people who are willing to risk life, livelihood, and reputation for the sake of making a grand romantic gesture. But tonight is not a night for romance alone. Each suitor has much cause to speak and scheme with his fellows. Secluded parties, after all, are where Empires rise and fall...

Outsize ambition, abhorrent obsession, and the mundanities of museum politics grind against mad science, threats of illegal sorcery, and a very ill-timed visit from the Emperor. Will the Lady Roksana's party survive the chaos of its guests? And will the Lady Roksana herself manage to marry well? Or ever?

On Display is a comedy of courtship set during an Age of Wonder that never was -- dinosaur bones have just been found in the ground, clockwork automatons are all the rage, and mad science butts heads with political pragmatism. The game is only scheduled to last 90 minutes and so is a good option for those wanting more time before the flagship round.

There is an additional NPC role (the Emperor) that is only required for the last 30 minutes

System: 
LARP
Number of Players: 
6
System Knowledge: 
Not Needed
Genre: 
Fantasy/Steampunk, Mad science, Romance
Genre Knowledge: 
Not Needed
Comments: 
This is a shorter game, so I thought it would be best in round 3. The Emperor role (required for the last half-hour) might suit an administrator who wants a quick break.
Role-playing Knowledge: 
Not Required
Classification: 
PG
Scored: 
N