@ 7:30 p.m.
Brandeis, Waltham, MA, USA

run at Festival of the Larps 2012


At the close of the 15th century, Italy is a collection of feuding city-states. Each of these states is ruled by a powerful family: the Medici family in Florence, the Sforza family in Milan, and the Este family in Ferrara along with the Doge in Venice, the King of Naples, and the Pope in Rome. Locked in constant and bitter rivalry, these prominent personages battled in times of open warfare and competed for economic and artistic dominance in times of peace.

Take the role of one of the greatest men or women of the Italian Renaissance such as Lorenzo de' Medici, Niccolo Machiavelli, Beatrice d'Este the Duchess of Milan, Leonardo da Vinci, or one of the infamous Borgias. Scheme and plot over the course of three of the grand Carnevales di Venezia. Between each Carnevale, the years fly by, and the choices you made will determine your own path and influence the fates of others. Marriages will be brokered, alliances will shift, great works will be accomplished, and Italy will be changed forever. Will you end up a prince, a pauper, or the Pope himself?

Venezia is a theater larp in three acts where players are faced with decision points between each act which will have a significant impact on themselves, others, and Italy. Although many characters will have story arc potentials true to their real life counterparts, as this is an alternative history game, many additional plot potentials, relationships, and secrets have been added in. While large portions of the knowledge, personalities, and events mentioned/portrayed in character sheets are right out of history, significant liberties have also been taken.