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Shadowrun LARP [May. 13th, 2008|10:03 am]


Hi all, I once read in this community that SR LARP couldn't/shouldn't be done, well check this out:

What: A larp inspired by the tabletop game Shadowrun. We changed several things but also used some of the great European setting material
When: Saturday, May 3rd 2008, from 9PM to 2AM
Where: Lausanne, Switzerland
Who: Le Four Fantastique, my larp group, i.e. 4 organizers, 1 security officer/medic/DJ and 16 players.

Highlights: LazerTag Team Ops infra-red weapons, badass game site (a skatepark in a warehouse in a shady neighborhood, north side pic, south side pic), awesome costuming, laptops with a 3D "matrix" with clues in them,mood music thanks to the skateparks' awesome sound system (violent for fights, loungy for breaks, tragic for the end).

Overall, best WYSIWIG experience I've ever had in Switzerland. I was really *inside* Shadowrun for the night.

The game had been announced by the following trailer:

Plot summary: Shadowrunners from around the world are contacted to do a simple job in Lausanne, Switzerland. Each group had a heavy (rifle), rigger (healer/techie, gun with the lock-on goggles), hacker (could use the 3D software, normal pistol) and magic-user (could use the guns's shields, plus some special powers, normal pistol). The larp opened with the four teams trying get past the guards

to enter the dark warehouse, follow the fluorescent floor marking to meet Mrs- Johnson. Once inside, they learned that they'd be tested throughout the night to select the best team for a very, very, lucrative job.

The warehouse was the HQ of the Lausanne Hacking Club (a joke with the Lausanne Hockey Club, replacing their lion mascot with a Linux penguin), who rented its very special facilities to run the tests.

The rest of the night  alternated between test missions involving fighting but not-only

and our usual scheming-roleplaying-investigating, as each PC had his own agenda, plot etc.

The final scene was a shootout as Mrs Johnson declared she was only interested in the best 4 runners, not necessarily from the same team. The winners got the job: finding one of great dragon Lofwyr's eggs. Except the egg was hidden in the warehouse for reasons that'd take too much space to explain, found by a group of runners and destroyed. The sequel promises to be interesting :)

The teams

Raeghsa Tiserulos

A group of 3 celtic elf nobles and their ork "nanny" (name means Lords of Machismo in the Elven language of the Shadowrun universe).

Baron SA

A group a death-related shadowrunners (SA means ", Inc." in French-speaking Switzerland, so it's a joke with voodoo god Baron Samedi)

Uranium Communist Zombies

A group of anti-corporations terrorists under the control of their gasmask-wearing shaman.

Heimat Immer Verliebt

A group playing on many Swiss-German stereotypes

[User Picture]From: merc_ai
2008-05-13 08:24 am (UTC)
heh, awesome photos.
guess it was really fun!
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[User Picture]From: naye
2008-05-13 08:29 am (UTC)
That's fantastic! Cool trailer and awesome photos. Thanks for sharing - and maybe Switzerland isn't the only place where runners will meet, one day...
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From: mrslamm0
2008-05-13 12:22 pm (UTC)
Wow very cool that sounds fricken awsome!

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[User Picture]From: guy_jin
2008-05-13 01:14 pm (UTC)
Drek! wish I was there :)
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[User Picture]From: nagarerutenshi
2008-05-13 02:43 pm (UTC)
This is so awesome.
Could you tell us more about the teams? I'm really curious about the PCs, they all look interesting.
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From: racaille
2008-05-13 07:00 pm (UTC)
Well, each PC is two pages-long (no numbers, only backstory, personality etc) so it's too long.

For Raeghsa Tiserulos, to summarize:

Ewen de Rohan is a count of Bretagne (Brittany, semi-autonomous region of France) and leader of the group. Third in line for succession, he spends his youth shadowrunning as it's his only way of being a knight these days. To advance his familie's feudalistic agenda, he targets democratic organizations and international corporations. He's also a serial killer. He recruited the following because they were elves, celts and nobles.

Greer McKenzie is an ork, heir to Clan McKenzie, in the Scottish highlands. As people freaked out when he gobelinized, he left in the wild and became a druid (stag shaman). He later became a runner and now works as a spy for the Troll Kingdom of the Black Forest (Germany) to fight anti-meta-human groups. He knows the guy on the left in Heimat Immer Verliebt is turning into an ork and blackmails him (HIV are very anti-meta-human). He was recruited by Michel de Rohan, Ewen's older brother, to look after/spy on him but mostly cares about kicking fascist ass.

Ailbhe O'Donnell is a noble from Tir nan Og. He was academically trained as a decker (his family has a monopoly over electronic security in Tir) but he hated Tir's fascist regime. He joined the IRA to fight it, and there fell in love with a non-noble elf hacker. She was subsequently brainwashed by the Uranium Communist Zombie's shaman and joined them, so IRA accused Ailbhe of having betrayed her. He joined Raeghsa Tiserulos to escape their wrath.

Aeron Gwynedd, officially from an elven enclave in Wales, is actually Aeron Oakforest, son of Aithne Oakforest (founder of Tir Tairngire) who was hidden by his mother, Mealla, for his own safety. He learned about his brother's disappearance and joined Raeghsa Tiserulos as means to learn more about it (Glasgian Oakforest stole eggs from Lofwyr but hid one in the LHC warehouse).
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From: nagarerutenshi
2008-05-14 08:14 pm (UTC)
Cool, you started with the ones I was most curious about. Celts FTW!

If it's not too much of a bother, could you go over the other teams?
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[User Picture]From: racaille
2008-05-16 10:20 am (UTC)
Sorry, not enough time :)
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[User Picture]From: racaille
2008-05-13 03:24 pm (UTC)
We're big fans of the old stuff (I GMed 1st ed as a teen and then forgot about SR until 2008). We wanted to push the 80s look but couldn't find flashy-enough mullet wigs in local stores :). Thanks for the exposure!
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[User Picture]From: jacesan
2008-05-13 03:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the costumes are awesome! Nice work chummers.
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[User Picture]From: chainsawraven
2008-05-13 03:23 pm (UTC)
OK, this is really cool!

You all ROCK!
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From: mattcaron
2008-05-13 03:36 pm (UTC)
Using laser tag is a very clever idea. I was thinking of doing in University with paintball or airsoft, but scrapped the idea as being too dangerous for bystanders, etc. If I had thought about lasers, I might have done it.
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[User Picture]From: eiredrake
2008-05-13 05:35 pm (UTC)
Bad ass!

Damnit... bring this to the US.. specifically to Maryland! I miss larping.
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[User Picture]From: not_a_girl
2008-05-13 06:24 pm (UTC)
I was in a Shadowrun larp at GenCon Indy two years ago that worked out rather well. But this looks like it kicked all kinds of ass. Out of curiosity, how did you handle combat?
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[User Picture]From: racaille
2008-05-13 06:41 pm (UTC)
Combat only happened during the missions (guns were deactivated by the LHC crew), there was no hand-to-hand combat. Upon hearing the mission countdown,everyone would turn their gun on and had 10 hit points, unlimited ammo. Magic-users could use the shields and had extra powers, techies could heal people by turning their guns back on. The guns can do so much more but programming them wasn't convenient for this game.
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[User Picture]From: racaille
2008-05-13 06:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, and people just went down during the missions, they only died "for real" during the last mission.
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[User Picture]From: blue_mouse
2008-05-13 08:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, did you use laser guns, then? That's really neat.

On that note, I've always wanted to do a Shadowrun LARP involving airsoft.
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[User Picture]From: not_a_girl
2008-05-13 11:36 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a really interesting way to run it. I'd probably "die" straight off, but I'd love to try this anyway. Kick ass!
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[User Picture]From: nycbrujah
2008-05-13 08:04 pm (UTC)
Wow, serious kudos to you guys for organizing and pulling this off. I think I'm jealous I wasn't there :)

It sounds like everybody had a ton of fun, serious kudos! :)
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[User Picture]From: adamjury
2008-05-14 02:33 am (UTC)
Totally awesome.
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[User Picture]From: racaille
2008-05-14 07:28 am (UTC)
Author kudos!

My work here is done :)
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[User Picture]From: youngfreud
2008-05-14 05:52 am (UTC)
This reminds me of those photos of the Wanderer Project, the Finnish cyberpunk LARP back in the '90s, or my own adventures with the Cyberpunk LARP at A-Kon way back when.

Lazer Tag guns are an interesting choice. I've really wanted to bring this back, but even with the proliferation of airsoft in the states, there's too many liability issues. Lazer Tag guns solve most of those problems.
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-05-15 12:49 pm (UTC)
I was there as a player.
That was great :D
Laser gun was a good idea.

I played the nanny ork for the elfs...

The Kilt wasn't very nice to run and climb everywhere.
But I was very happy I didn't loose it during the full game... so nobody resolved the question about "underpants or no underpants"

My objectives was to kill guys who were against methahumanity.
In the same time most other players were involved with dark secrets with some bad ass genetic corporations. I was totally free to make alliances with everyone who can serve my purposes...
Saying wrong rumors on the guys I wanted dead... It was a big mess at the end with some runners who didn't know who they can trust or not...
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[User Picture]From: zuzuzu_beer
2008-05-20 08:55 pm (UTC)
The Celts are awesome, especially ear-goggle set of the guy on the right.
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-05-28 01:29 pm (UTC)
the goggle was a part of the IR gun in fact. But give a pretty cool Cyberpunk effect.

It was working like a small smartlink.
( Red someone try to attack you (at least aiming at you) ; green you can fire the "locked" target or something like that... I was just using the girlie pistol and that was what I heard during the briefing)
But it seems it wasn't very easy to use it because the lights were always on and just glow stronger when the events occur.
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[User Picture]From: akumadaimyo
2009-03-16 06:58 am (UTC)
This looks awesome! It's great to see something other than yet ANOTHER DRONE Vampire LARP! Ugh! I mean I do like WoD but try something new for gods sake!

The only problem is how would you do trolls and other really bizzare pcs? What about obvious cyberware like arms or tails or whatever?
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-07-26 02:43 pm (UTC)
wow =)

really awesome done, so good SR Larp is truely possible :D
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-09-21 04:09 am (UTC)


Thats cool. Hey, you mind bringing your ideas to the U.S.? Preferably Redding CA.
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