I put together a short experimental scenario for my workshop at this year’s annual nordic larp (live role-playing) conference Knutepunkt, which I’m happy to share. It’s easy to brief and could probably be played in 15 minutes.
Rules / tips
- Each participant get a set of 9 cards (One sheet makes one character, and yes they are ordered).
- Every card state a line to be read out loud or a simple action to be performed.
- When one is through the 9 cards, one starts over.
- There is no hurry. Listen and try to be aware of the space.
- The scenario should preferably be played in a big open space, blackbox or similar.
- I there are more than 14 players you can just double the characters. If there are less than 5 you can take 18 cards each.
Downloadable characters (and cut it in 9 separate cards/sheet)
The idea is to put emphasis on composition, space and timing in the improvisation, rather than coming up with smart things to say. Role-playing tends to be very facial-verbal. This set-up promotes other qualities. The role-playing community is by now pretty sophisticated in narrative methodology so I think it’s time to start experimenting a bit more with post-dramatic scenarios.
Some of the lines in this scenario is stolen or rewritten phrases from french emo-author Blanchot’s sort-of-kind-of-novel The Infinite Conversation. I also put a key line from The Coming Insurrection.