I did this once before
and it turned out great. And since my New Year’s Resolution is “run more LARPs”, I though that I’d try this again.
I’m aiming to run a LARP towards the end of January. (Maybe the last weekend?) The basic idea so far is that it is a bank robbery that, inevitably, goes wrong. The details for the game are still getting worked out. Anyway, the LARP as a whole is a subject for another thread.
What I’m thinking about doing is having someone play a television reporter, on the outside of the bank, doing a live new report. Of course, they don’t know what’s actually going on in there, and are primarily reporting wild rumors and times when shots are fired or hostages released or something. The police are stonewalling the reporter, which could make for good material, when the reporter tries to interview an unfriendly police press handler.
Of course, this will likely have to be pre-recorded before the LARP itself. So the reporter will need to be vague about details, and divide the reporting up into segments I (or my fellow GM) could play at a moment’s notice. Hopefully, the prerecording won’t be too big a barrier to getting the segments to work right. If it fails, the LARP will run fine without it, but I thought this could be a cool thing to add to the game.So what I would need from you:
A video of you acting as a news reporter from a local television station, reporting on the biggest news in the area in a while. I can probably work with a variety of video formats, and will probably do some editing and adding station logos and the like after I get the footage. We’ll have to work out how to get the footage from you to me: the previous time my volunteer (Jason Morningstar) uploaded the video onto a webserver and I downloaded it. That worked but required him hosting a big file for long enough for me to download it. If you don’t have that option, you could mail me a DVD or CD or VHS tape with the footage, if needs be. I work in a Media Center, so I can work with most formats. We can work something out, I hope.
Being in costume, having a prop microphone and filming in front of a bank (without customers entering or exiting) would be ideal, but aren’t really required. We rely on a good amount of suspension of disbelief for my LARPs.Why you should volunteer to help:
because it's fun. Because you get to roleplay with people who are separated from you by hundreds of miles and a month of time. Because you never get to use that new camcorder. Because I'm asking nicely. Because it's like roleplaying, without all that dreadful social interaction. Because it’s fun to satirize the American journalistic establishment. For many of the reasons you'd normally want to roleplay. Because I'll be extremely grateful.