I Like You!
A nano-larp for a group of people of different genders
0. What you need
If you can, get a bunch of little paper hearts. Have everyone write their name on 5 hearts. Have more hearts available, in case someone needs more during the game.
Divide the group into two factions, based on real-life experience, with this question:
«Hands up those who have experienced unwanted emotional or sexual attention during the past week».
If less than half have their hands up, ask about the past two weeks. Continue expanding the time window until about half have their hands up.
The people with their hands up will play the faction of the Undesirables. The others will play the Desirables. To make them easy to tell apart, let the desirables put a heart on their chest, for instance.
2. General rules
Nobody is allowed to initiate contact with an undesirable, not even those who are undesirable. (Desirables can contact other desirables to talk.)
Everyone needs to team up with another player from the opposite faction before the game ends. Those who don’t, lose the game.
There are no actual characters in this game. Everyone plays themselves. If you’re asked to tell anything about yourself, that means you, the player.
3. Phase one, 5 minutes
Undesirables lay their hearts on the line!
To initiate contact with a desirable, the undesirables need to give them a heart and tell them a truth about themselves. This must be something that leaves them vulnerable.
During this phase, desirables must consider the different undesirables in order to find out who they might want to team up with.
Desirables: You don’t have much time to find your ideal mates here. Remember, you have to wait for them to contact you! Don’t waste time if you’re talking to someone who’s not what you’re looking for.
4. Phase two, 1 minute
Desirables reciprocate to potential mates!
Desirables are now allowed to give away hearts as well – paired with a truth about themselves. Remember, desirables have to wait for the undesirables to contact them!
Undesirables should continue to initiate contact and spread their hearts as in phase one. Make sure to approach those you believe might reciprocate!
Desirables: Time is really running out now! Don’t waste time on those you don’t want to team up with!
5. Phase three
Desirables make their final choice!
Desirables, stand in a row.
Undesirables, if you have received a heart from one or more desirables, walk up to one of them and stand face to face. If you haven’t, sit the fuck down.
Some desirables may now be facing multiple undesirables. Desirables, if you have several undesirables in front of you, push them away until only one remains.
If you get pushed away, sit the fuck down.
6. Winners and losers
Anyone who’s still standing – that is, teamed up heart to heart with someone from the opposite faction – wins. Hold hands and smile while other winners applaud you.
Everybody else loses.
DEFINITELY debrief after this game. For some, it will be a fun experience. Others might be pissed off. Others again might feel hurt. Sit in a circle, tell each other how you’re feeling, discuss the game.