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Larp: A Mayfair in the Colonies


by Alison Joy Schafer & Ben Jones

“These are the times that try men's souls" -Thomas Paine

In the spring of 1770, rumors swirl of recent deaths in Boston and the good people of Massachusetts Bay Colony gather in the town of Chelmsford to celebrate May Day. Governor Thomas Hutchinson himself will attend the festivities, in an attempt to ensure that the girls in white dresses dancing around the Maypole, and not popular unrest, remain the focus of the day. The faire draws notable attendees from across the Colonies as well, such as Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams, and even Martha Washington - who are likely coming for more than simply to witness the crowning of a new May Queen. Enmity brews among the mixed crowd of royalists, freemasons, tories, and those hoping to stir the pot of liberty. With the call of revolution echoing in the wind and with tensions growing on each side, the time may be coming for the people of the Colonies to finally decide who they are.

Time will abstractly take place over a several day period of revelry in order to allow player actions to have in-game effects. Players will be cast as mostly historical personages during the early revolution, such as Paul Revere, Abigail Adams, John Adams, Betsy Ross, Benedict Arnold, Ethan Allen, and others. Although inspired by an historical time setting and with historical characters, significant liberties and variations have been taken. Romance of all varieties will feature heavily in this game. Character sheets will have (periodically graphic) depictions of violence, romance, and torture/ war. A dance around the Maypole is included, but not required of everyone.

26-player maximum