Brandeis Festival of the LARPs 2013



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Time: April 12, 2013 at 06:00 PM
Length: 3 days
Location: Brandeis University

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Triskaidekafestival is the eighth Festival of the LARPs, an annual LARP convention held at Brandeis University.

Registration is free and open to the general public. Limited crash space is available upon request.

Registration for the convention is open! Register now!

This year, Festival sign-ups will be tiered. On:

Monday, March 4, at 7 PM: Registered attendees may sign up for ONE game.

Thursday, March 7, at 7 PM: Registered attendees may sign up for one additional game, for a total of two games.

Monday, March 11, at 7 PM: Registered attendees may sign up for as many games as they want.

Bid a Game!

Do you have an exciting, awesome, or just plain nifty game you want to run at Festival? Great! Just fill out this form! It's that easy.

Help Out!

Want to help bring Festival happen? In addition to bidding and running games, there are plenty of other ways to help us out! E-mail Matt (this year's Con Chair) for details!

What is This?

Festival of the LARPs is an annual FREE convention held at Brandeis University over the course of one weekend in April. Throughout that weekend, attendees have the chance to play in several theater-style LARPs (usually two to four hours in length) that they sign up for beforehand.

What is a Theater-Style LARP?

A theater-style LARP is a lot like an improvisational play. A set cast of pre-written characters, each with their own personality, goals, and motivations, are distributed to the players, and from there the players are free to interact with each other and the world while playing the part of their characters. There's no script, so almost anything can happen! Unlike "boffer-style" LARPing, theater-style games involve no physical combat and tend to focus more on interpersonal interaction and the telling of stories.

You might find yourself playing the leader of a war-torn nation, a down-on-their luck street performer, or the captain of a newly-designed intergalactic spacecraft. You'll be given a character sheet describing your personality, desires, and goals, and from there you will be free to pursue your character's own agenda by interacting with other players who are doing the same thing. Some may be allies, some may be enemies, but all of them are playing parts in the same developing story.

How Do I Sign Up?

Signing up for the convention is as easy as entering your contact information into the form accessed at the top of this page, where it says "Register." From there, you'll be contacted when the schedule of games is posted, and you'll have the chance to browse the games and decide which ones look most interesting to you. Once game signups open, attendees will have the chance to sign up for games in rounds.

On Monday, March 4th you can sign up for one game at 7pm.

On Thursday, March 7th you can sign up for up to two games at 7pm.

On Monday, March 11th you can sign up for all the games you like, though still only one per time slot!

What Happens Then?

The people who run the games you've signed up for (the Game Masters, or GM's) will usually send out a casting questionnaire via e-mail. Filling out this questionnaire will help the GM's understand what you'd like to do in the game. They can then use your answers to cast you in the part that will be the most fun for you. This way, you won't end up playing a vicious, cutthroat pirate when you really wanted to play an honorable commodore (or vice versa!)

Once you've returned your questionnaire, you will often receive a costume hint with your character's name and short description. Soon after, you'll get a full character sheet. Then, all you need to do is show up at the scheduled place and time and have fun!


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