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Larp: Retreat

Description

by Katie Gordon and Jamey Patten

Welcome to The Perspective 360 Spa & Retreat, where you can relax, reconnect, and rebuild. We have developed a revolutionary new therapeutic technique that will allow you to re-examine, re-experience, and re-imagine your most important relationships. Is something holding you back from happiness? No more! Let go of your cares and spend the evening with us. You’ll emerge with a whole new outlook on life.

Disclaimers

  1. Side effects may include dissociative experiences and foreign thoughts and emotions, which may cause varying levels of mental distress.
  2. Some memories you experience may not be your own, and not all memories you experience will be entirely historically accurate. Do not be alarmed, this is all part of the therapeutic process.

Retreat is an emotionally intense amnesia game that focuses on relationships (romantic and otherwise, actual or longed for) and physical intimacy, and how they change under pressure: secrets and revelations, tensions and reconciliations. It is structured around a series of flashback scenes (at times involving playing another character or watching someone else play yours) with predetermined elements and outcomes, interspersed with an unscripted present.

This game uses Ars Amandi, a mechanic involving safe physical touch (of hands and arms only, in this game) to simulate physical intimacy. There will be a pre-game workshop to introduce the players to the mechanic. The game structure is such that most characters will experience intimate moments represented by Ars Amandi with a significant subset of the other players.

Content: This game contains a range of sexualities, estrangements from family or lovers, suicide, and incest between same-generation consenting adults. Since this is a small game, it is impossible to avoid incidental exposure to any of these themes - if your character is not affected directly, their significant other, relative, or best friend will be. Age 18+ only.

This game does not contain any non-consensual sexual encounters or abusive relationships.

Spoilerability
normal
Length
4-hour
Size
8-player maximum