Since June is going to be a big month for Lonely Archaeologist in covering games and other costumed hobbies around Adelaide, I have the honour of letting the Adelaide Roleplaying Community Inc guest star a wee bit early in explaining LARPing and the current game we have coming up, Murder in the Fae Court. A lot of work goes into designing these games and this one, if you enjoy Machiavellian intrigue and Renaissance politics of the other world, will appeal to you.
What is a LARP?
A LARP, or Live Action Role Playing game, is a type of role-playing game in which participants physically act out scenarios, typically using costumes and props. It is similar to improvisational theatre where you play a single consistent character in a world set by the organisers as you get to know your fellow players, investigate problems and explore the world.
Never played any LARPs before? Is this one particularly friendly to new players? Absolutely! We have assistants to help you understand the powers on your sheet, and since everyone is playing a brand new supernatural there’ll actually be a real advantage to not knowing the canon behind your supernatural type since it means you can follow the process of discovery alongside your character.
Political LARPs typically have fun and welcoming out of character environments so if you’re not shy of in-character politics I do recommend you check them out even if you are brand new. Contact the organisers to find out more.
The Seelie Queen has invited you all to celebrate the Autumn Festival on Earth to reflect upon the joys of an existence interwoven, yet hidden, among humanity.
As ambassadors from the Seelie Seasonal Courts you have, of course, decided to attend to put forward the needs and desires of your people. You never expected the Seelie Queen would be poisoned within moments of her opening address and you certainly never thought her last words would be that the key to the portal to Faerie had been stolen!
To make matters worse it certainly seems that these two crimes have been committed by separate criminals and that means that you have two traitors in your ranks and two cases to solve before you can return home. Thus it is up to you to solve these crimes by gathering each of the twenty clues from a variety of other courtiers (also played by participants) who all have their own motivations and desires. You may even be the killer, or the thief, desperate to trick the others by including a red herring to your crime while keen to fine the real culprit of the other case to draw attention away from yourself.
Proudly run by the Adelaide Roleplaying Community Inc. in association with the Adelaide City Council, this is a Murder Mystery Game suitable for those 15 years and older where participants are invited to costume according to their season. You will take on the role of an ambassador within one of the Seasonal Courts of the Seelie Queendom who must discover the identity of a killer and a thief within their ranks — or potentially you will play the killer or the thief who will desperately try to cover their tracks.
Participants will also take an active hand in creating their own character by answering a few simple questions during the booking process and then interact with the other courtiers as that character.
Although costuming isn’t required, it is very much encouraged. The Seasonal Fashion Styles include the following:
Spring Court (Vintage)
Summer Court (Military OR Modern)
Autumn Court (Steampunk)
Winter Court (Gothic).
Tickets can be booked through the Eventbrite app: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/murder-in-the-fae-court-tickets-15924058287
Written by Laraqua and lightly edited by Clara Rose. Photo used with permission copyright Adelaide Roleplaying Community Inc.