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Intercon N con report, part I

Friday night Bernie and I arrived at the con early to make sure we had plenty of time to settle in, see people, and get ready for Friday games. For me, that was A Turn on the Radiance Rose, a Brit game set on a train ride from New York to Chicago in 1920s, where I played a medium of the Spiritualist movement. I took a lot of time on my makeup, taking some effort to emulate actual twenties styles of fresh, peachy tones that actually coordinated with my peach and turquoise dress. My hair was a bit of a lost cause, I tried to figure out how to put it up in a faux bob, but it looked stupid, and I'm vain enough that I'd prefer to look pretty and out of the period than the reverse. I had been worried my tiara wouldn't come in in time, but it thankfully arrived on Thursday. I wasn't having a lot of success pinning it to my hair, so I glued it to a headband about the same color as my hair and that worked well enough, though it was a touch too uncomfortable to wear for the full four hours. I even managed to find these nude Mary Janes with wooden heels that were ugly in just the right way to look period-- perhaps a touch more '30s or '40s, but serviceable enough for the 1920s. I'm sure I'll wear them with costumes again.

I really loved this game. The game is brilliantly designed, both from a play standpoint and a narrative standpoint. My character, Eleanor the medium who was running the seance, had an arc worthy of a film or novel, and it was wonderful to explore along it. I am a hard-core narrativist with a side of actor in my play style, which means I care about telling a compelling story and exploring an interesting character, and while you can often find that in larps, rarely do they facilitate an arc so full and well-paced. Somebody practically could have plotted it out for a book or a play. Eleanor has the rugged pulled out from under her in a really dramatically interesting way, and I chose to interpret it in a way that made me actually struggle a bit as to what the most emotionally honest to the character. I think I hit it, but it gave me some problematic implications that actually made it more interesting and human. The production values were excellent, and they transformed a suite or two into a train car set up for a seance so beautifully. This is a small game, so casting matters, and even with several drops filled with random players, I was lucky enough to work all with phenomenal people who did excellent work. My favorite game I played, and definitely in my top ten of all time. I highly, highly recommend this larp if you ever have a chance to play. In fact, I wonder if they're amenable to other people running it!

Also, I have quoted C.S. Lewis in so many larps at this point, and making his insights seem like my characters' have made them seem shockingly deep on a number of occasions. ;-)

More to come later!


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Mar. 3rd, 2014 11:19 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you liked Radiance Rose (I played Annabelle Benson in the run at last year's Consequences). It's a beautiful, compact game, isn't it?

I'd love to see your costume!
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My name is Phoebe. I'm Boston area theater professional and English professor focused in writing, acting, directing, and modeling. I'm known for having lots of interests, lots of opinions about those interests, and a very high estimation of the value thereof. This blog is for talking about whatever's on my mind, from my daily life to my activities to musing on any number of abstract topics. Thanks for taking the time to read.

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