2:00 pm14:00

Safety & Calibration Techniques in LARPs

Facilitated by Maury Brown

Safety & Calibration tools help players establish boundaries during a LARP. Participants will learn about several techniques, then practice them in short role-play scenarios, ending with a debrief.

Players in LARPs have varying experience, abilities, triggers, and comfort zones, both physical and emotional. Trigger and content warnings help, but how do you ensure players feel safe and are able to consent to the roleplay they want and opt-out of what they don't? What do you do when a boundary is crossed, or a player becomes overwhelmed during play? Safety and Calibration Mechanics are tools designed to help players feel comfortable with each other and with their own needs and boundaries. We will introduce and model the system of safety and calibration mechanics we designed for New World Magischola, some of which have been adopted at End of the Line, Convention of Thorns, and Dystopia Rising, among others. You'll learn about the techniques, what they are designed to do, the assumptions and research behind them, as well as why they are important.

Game Code WKS17108911

1:00 pm13:00

Women Only System Design Workshop

Facilitated by Stacy Dellorfano

Ever thought about what might go into designing an RPG - including the system? Join this women's only interactive workshop where we'll do exactly that! You'll come out with a game ready for playtest!

We'll follow my step-by-step workshop for building a system from scratch including stats, dice mechanics, mechanics that affect and reflect the theme, and more. Participants will be split up into random groups of 4 or 5, where we'll walk through the steps and brainstorm our worlds together. By the end of the session, each participant should walk away with a game ready to playtest! This workshop is women only to facilitate networking and to give women a rare chance to work together on a project. We are trans inclusive!

Game Code WKS17108918

3:00 pm15:00

Getting Into Character

Facilitated by Jacqueline Bates

An easy workshop on how to better get into character. Great for roleplaying, writing, performing, and mental health. No experience needed.

As written about in Gnome Stew: After introductions, attendees will say a short sentence as a fictional character I provide them. I will then guide the group through a short meditation. After the meditation, we will repeat our sentences again in order to compare performances. The focus is on how we feel in character. We will not be judged on our acting or performance skills.

Game Code WKS17108920

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Jac Bates is a fantasy and science fiction author from Chicago, Illinois. Check out Jac's first fantasy novella, Brilliant Shadows: