@ 2 p.m.
Brandeis, Waltham, MA, USA

Run at Fiestaval 2014


by Phoebe Roberts

For centuries the British aristocracy set the standard for civilized living in the western world. By 1915, the house of Edward Bellamy, Earl of Brockhurst, finds itself extinct in the male line and the inheritance has fallen to earl's eldest daughter Claudia. This year's Servant's Ball held at Brock Hall has become the social event of the season, drawing all manner of parties interested in the future of the earldom. But as they struggle to uphold the foundations of their traditions, the world around them is changing. The rising middle class is challenging the supremacy of the old order, and the outbreak of the Great War threatens to shake the lives of everyone, from the most exalted nobles to the humblest of their servants. Theirs may be a culture of elaborate manners and ceremony, but times of strife will tear through the polite facade to the complicated workings within. Brockhurst is a highly social, low-mechanics larp based mostly around narrative roleplay involving family secrets, social upheaval, historical politics, and interpersonal maneuvering. There will be opportunities for dancing as well as some characters to be involved in war-themed strategic challenges. Inspired by the PBS television series Downton Abbey, Brockhurst is the game of high society manners and intrigue set against the picturesque background of a British earldom in the time of the First World War.