A Mediterranean Larp by Not Only Larp, inspired by “Sulfuric Acid” by Amélie Nothomb.
The larp setting is “Countdown,” an HMO contest in its fourth season in the year 2034. The contest is watched by millions of people who vote on who dies next.
Bread and circuses/ Reality shows/ Violence/ What would you do to keep yourself alive?/ Where are the limits of spectacle?/ Dystopian sci-horror/ Black Mirror meets Big Brother.
The year is 2034. We live in a world dominated by technology and entertainment. No one talks about politics, and most citizens spend their days recounting the latest reality show episode and what the most famous YouTuber said recently. Money doesn’t exist anymore. We pay for services with fame. Your fame number is available for everyone to view and might change depending on the opinions of everyone you meet that day.*
*You can watch Black Mirror 3×01 .
“The first rule of “Countdown” is that we make the rules.
The second rule of the contest is that everyone will die, except the winner.
The third rule of “Countdown” is that only the audience can decide who dies next.
The fourth rule of the contest is that all rules might change.”
The first season of the contest, called “Concentration Camp,” was a total disaster.* Ten years later, the producers started a second season with a new setting: “Countdown” would happen in an amazing luxury house (only available for high status citizens in their world). The program kidnaps the contestants, looking for people of different fames and backgrounds. Only the winner would be allowed to leave the house alive with an enormous amount of fame.
The contestant’s experience will be televised. Most cameras will be imaginative, but there will be some ip cameras only seen by participants in some scenes. We will tell the players where the cameras are (never in restrooms or sleeping rooms). The contestants will live different (and secret) challenges during their stay. All challenges are opt-in for the players. The characters will decide where to sleep, when to sleep, and how to distribute and cook the food they will earn in their challenges.
Contestants can’t kill other contestants, but they can fight if there are not big consequences for anyone’s health. There are no weapons in the house. A psychologist of the program will be available for any contestant, though their meetings will be televised, too.
*You can read “Sulfuric Acid” by Amélie Nothomb for more details.
A country house 50 km away from Madrid, Spain. Av. del Generalisimo 6 – 28391 Valdelaguna, Valdelaguna.
Players will sleep in rooms from 2 to 6 people.
Valle de La Laguna
Generally it will be first come, first served but we reserve the right to prioritize some players (regardless of their signup time) to ensure a diverse pool of nationalities and levels of experience.
Price, payments and refund policy
Tickets available: 25.
Patron: 245€ (with your help, a larper will get a reduced ticket)
Regular ticket: 195€
Reduced ticket: 155€
Until 15th Jan: 1st payment of 70€. This larp fee is non-refundable.
Until 5th May: 2nd payment.
If you need to make more payments, please contact us.
If you cancel your participation less than 45 days before the larp starts, we can not give any refunds.
The organizers reserve the right to refuse a participant the right to participate in the larp without giving any reason. In such a case, the full fee will be returned to the participant. The organizers also reserve the right to refuse a participant to continue the larp if said participant makes the larp an unsafe place. In such a case, no refund will be given.
Run 1: Friday 30th Aug 18.00 to Monday 2nd Sep morning.
Run 2: Friday 6th Sep 18.00 to Monday 9th Sep morning.
Friday: Workshops start at 18:00 (in costume).
Sunday night: The larp will end around 21. We will have an off-game dinner and party.
Monday: We will have the location for us until 12.
All meals are included from Friday dinner to Monday breakfast.
There will be no out-of-game breaks for showering, eating, or sleeping; you’ll be able to do all of that as your character would. But there will be a safe room (off-game) available during the game.
Character design process and casting
We will cast characters depending on your answers on your casting questionnaire that you will receive after signing up. You will receive a character concept some months before the larp and a closed character sheet less than a month before the larp.
– Play to flow. This game is designed to offer you the chance to experience life as your character, albeit during a short period of time and in a controlled environment. Make a story with the other players and play to flow with the situation.
– You are your own game master within the limitations of the game and safety rules. Your character sheet is yours, you don’t need to ask the GMs (though we will be available).
– What you see is what there is to see. There are no magic ability cards that can save you. All you see will be part of the game, and you will have to deal with the consequences. Respect other people’s experiences and safety: avoid any behaviour or attitude that can hurt the immersion or the experience of other players, but also keep in mind that safety comes first.
– There might be secrets, but, in this larp, secrecy is not important.
– The off game use of any kind of electronic devices (tablets, phones, computers, etc) during the game should be discussed with the organizers.
– “Verum.” When we say this word, we are letting you know that the next sentence is a cue that must be followed up. For example, ‘make way for this car.’ Only organisers can use it, although we will rarely do so.
– “Harry will do it.” If someone in-game asks you to do something you don’t want to do, Harry, our inexistent NPC, will make it happen.
SAFETY IN COUNTDOWN
Our safety system relies on the ability of players to set and respect boundaries, be able to say safe words, and be able to speak with the safety team in case you are not ok. If you have trouble doing that, this larp is not for you.
CODE OF CONDUCT
1. People are more important than the larp. Safety is our priority. Respect all the game security rules.
2. Each person’s body is their own. They alone may set their boundaries and say what makes them comfortable. Please be clear establishing your limits, both physical and emotional. Don’t be afraid to modify your limits if you feel you need to during the game.
3. Consent must be freely given, vocalized and is considered inviolable. Respect everyone’s boundaries and don’t tease, gossip about, ostracize, or retaliate against someone who has set a consent boundary. In fact, we would like you to thank your fellow co-players for setting boundaries, as practicing active consent negotiations allows everyone to feel more comfortable.
4. Off-game harassment, abuse, or assault of any participant – or using the alibi of character to harass, abuse, or assault a player – is not tolerated. This includes any reference to the race, gender identity or presentation, sexuality, body size, conventional beauty, age, and experience of the player.
5. Each participant is responsible for their own actions; for reading, understanding and abiding by the Code of Conduct; and for the consequences of their actions to others.
6. Everyone might harm another member, whether intended to do so or not, and must accept the responsibility of their own behavior. If you are informed about this kind of situation, you are expected to reflect this in your own behavior and seek to change it. Don’t deflect, blame, or become defensive if you are informed that you have harmed someone.
7. No one should ostracize or retaliate against any member for setting a consent boundary or for making a report of harassment or abuse.
8. If you witness someone behaving in a manner that is against our Code of Conduct, we encourage you to ask them to stop. Please inform the Safety Team of the incident. You may report anonymously if you feel more comfortable doing so, and we will respect your privacy.
9. Inform Not Only Larp team about any health problems or allergies we should take into consideration.
Emergency: “Emergency, stop playing.” Everyone should stop their scene.
Players should announce their intentions to give the other player the chance to say a safe word:
– Green. When someone uses this, it means the rest of the players can raise their game intensity. It is a suggestion, not an order.
– Yellow. When someone uses this, the other players have to lower their game intensity. This is an order you have to follow.
– Red. The scene stops immediately. This is an order. The person who stopped the scene should ask for what the other player needs.
Comments about the body of the players are prohibited.
This is an out of game space that works as a safety net for the players. If your play is having any negative impact on you, you can come here and eat, rebalance, relax, or sleep. You’ll find a walkie to contact the safety team.
ARE YOU OK?
Gamemasters or other players can ask if a player is ok with this sign:
You can reply with:
“Yes, I am ok”
“Not sure”. This hand signal, which means the player doesn’t quite know how they feel, or that it’s neither good or bad.. Please ask the player if they want to stop the scene.
“No, I am not”. Please bring the player to the safe space.
If the player doesn’t answer, stop the scene.
NotOnlyLarp has a First Aid Team to deal with any health problems that can happen during the event. Please inform us about any health problems or allergies we should take into consideration and the way to deal with them should they arise. We also want to know any player that can volunteer help to our First Aid Team.
We have a first aid kit, but this does not include medication; everyone has to bring their own.
We don’t have a psychologist in the team.
NotOnlyLarp has a Safety Team to deal with any issue that can be considered a violation of the Code of Conduct or threaten attendee safety.
Feel free to raise any complaint to our Safety Team. Each complaint received will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
SAFETY TEAM MEMBERS
Esperanza Montero, Juantxi, Pepe Roma.
Not Only Larp definition of harassment may not necessarily align with legal definitions of harassment. Therefore, attendees should regard the following guidelines as expectations of conduct in addition to legally actionable actions. In other words, the legal expectations of tangible proof are not necessary for the Safety Team to take action upon a complaint.
For our purposes, harassment includes:
· Verbal comments or displayed images that denigrate individuals based upon gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, political beliefs, philosophies, geographic origin, or socioeconomic status;
· Body policing, including gender policing in all bathrooms;
· Non-consensual physical or emotional interactions;
· Non-consensual sexual acts.
· Unwelcome sexual attention, whether verbal or physical.
This harassment policy applies to both in-person and online activities. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Not Only Larp volunteers and committee members are also subject to the anti-harassment policy.
We will provide members of the Safety Team detailed instructions and training procedures in case of a violation of code emergency. Attendees can report harassment at any time:
Before the event: If you are privy to information about harassment toward yourself or someone else by someone in the community at large, please email us at email@example.com. Please include as many details as you consider necessary. These messages will remain strictly confidential, known only to the safety team. Reports received about registered attendees before the event are subject to the same consequences as those received during the game.
Please note that if a harassment issue occurs, at least one of us will need to speak firsthand to the person. We will keep any identifying information restricted to the safety team. It’s our policy because we know how misinformation can be spread accidentally when it goes between multiple people. We trust everyone here to be honest, but we will require firsthand information before we can take action as a general policy. Anyone in the safety team who personally knows the people involved in the incident won’t be able to make decisions about it.
During the event: If a violation of the Code of Conduct transpires, please inform as soon as you consider necessary to a member of the Safety Team. You can reach them personally or through any other member of Not Only Larp Team. We will provide also phone numbers for on-staff Safety members at the start of event in case of emergency.
After the event: You may choose to wait until after the event to report a violation, in which case, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Disciplinary Steps are organized into two levels based upon the severity of the violation.
Level 1: Monitoring the individual in question, pulling the individual aside to discuss the violation, and/or issuing verbal warnings.
Level 2: Removing the individual from the game and, potentially, from future Not Only Larp events.
This document is it’s inspired by the safety documents from Conscience, Living Games Conference, New World Magischola, and Just a Little Lovin’.
Is this larp for me?
– Even it happens in a contest, it is not designed for “play to win.” You can’t win the larp.
– There will be violence. If you feel uncomfortable watching or suffering simulated violence, this larp is not for you.
– It is a pressure larp and a drama.
– It is not a survival. The participants can’t kill each other, only the public decides who dies next. It is not a physical larp based on who can kill the other participants.
– We will play with sleep and food. Of course, there will be a few places to sleep or to eat off-game if you need it. But sleep deprivation and fighting for food is part of the game.
– Our safety system relies on the ability of players to set and respect boundaries, be able to say safe words, and be able to speak with the safety team in case you are not ok. If you have trouble doing that sometimes, this larp is not for you.
– We will ask you to sign the Code of Conduct of the larp. Please read it before signing up.
If you have questions, please contact us in email@example.com
The house has an area of more than 800 m2 in three floors. You need to use stairs to move around the site and access the necessities. There is no need to have a good athletic condition to play the larp. There is no need either to have good hearing or eyesight. If you have further questions on accessibility or any special needs and still want to play the game, please contact us, and we will see what we can do at firstname.lastname@example.org.