This is a short game for 1 passive and 1-4 active players.
You will be the passive player. You play yourself. Lie down on the floor. You’ve been dead for 1000 years.
The other players are elf archaeologists. They have dug up your skeleton and are investigating it. They’re free to say and do whatever they want; walk around the room, prod you, talk about you.
The game consists of the elves saying hurtful things about you, based on deduction and speculation. You just lie there and take it!
The game ends when all the archaeologists have left the room to go on their lunch break.
A solo game that takes 10-20 minutes to play
1. Write down a thing that you want to do, but haven’t done yet.
2. Roll a die.
3. Let’s see what happens!
– On a 2-6, add 3 times that number to your age. Describe a change in your life. You didn’t do that thing you wanted to do yet; explain why. Now go to step 2 again.
– On a 1, you die. Oops! No need to describe or explain anything, you’re dead.
What it says in the title. This looks ugly as shit right now, but is a delight to play. Expect fun and darkness.
If you play or read this game, let me know what you think at matthijs1000 (at) hotmail (dot) com.
Tina Trillitzsch has translated LiToS into German! You can see the whole thing here. And it’s looking great!
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.
Lauri Maijala made a cool playset for Archipelago. You can find it on the Guild Redemund blog along with other of his games & hacks!
As a reaction to current events in Norway, where refugees are being bussed out of the country in freezing cold to be dumped in Russia, Dina Ramse wrote this game.
Silas Marques de Mila has translated this old game of mine into Brazilian Portuguese. This was one of my favorite games to make, and it still makes me feel a bit warm and fuzzy 🙂