In the last half an hour, I have become the owner of an aging LCD projector. Specifically, it's a InFocus LitePro 580
, if that matters. It is kinda dim, though, so the room it is in will likely need to be otherwise dark for it to be visible. (Or could I use the dimness to my advantage, like projecting an image on the wall which is invisible with the lights on, but then I turn out the lights at the right moment and reveal the image?)
I immediately started thinking about how I could use this thing in a LARP. I've been itching to write and run another one shot LARP for a little while, and this could potentially be a really cool prop. (I work in a college Media Center, so I could feasibly create some video or Powerpoint to project using the thing, depending.) I'm thinking in terms of LARP right now, because I can't think of obvious uses for a tabletop game (though this is an awesome use of an LCD projector for old school dungeon crawls
At the moment, what occurs to me is to make a dystopian, 1984 game, and have various government oppression images projected onto a wall. You know, like Big Brother's face, slogans in Doublespeak, images of rebellion being crushed, etc.
Or something weird and creepy, like eyes watching you
. Maybe a game in the vein of Videodrome and other technology paranoia movies (um, eXistenz, Avalon, Blade Runner, The Matrix, etc.).
I was at one point considering running Arturo G's Game Chef Game The Red Death
as a LARP, and I think one of the rooms could use the projector projecting mood appropriate images. I can probably set up to have something similar playing on two TVs and one or two computers, give or take. So maybe several rooms could have images being displayed throughout. (The additional TVs and such could be used for any game, not just the Red Death.)
So, does anyone have any awesome ideas for how to use an LCD projector to enhance a LARP or tabletop game?