Slayer Cake
@ 8 p.m.

Intercon Q, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Warwick, RI


by Kat Jones and Evan Torner

A group of roadies and fans find themselves in Metal World, a land where music has magical power. There, they find themselves locked in a musical battle between Baby Metal, Glam Rock, Heavy Metal, Emo, Grunge, and shudder Doom Metal.


Heavily inspired by BrĂ¼tal Legend and Metalocalypse, Slayer Cake will rock. your. world. Players take on the roles of musicians and roadies who must rehearse and perform a variety of rock songs. By "perform," we mean of course lipsync and air guitar. They will show up in their best rock garb to out-style and out-rock their opponents, but they may also find their opponents more sympathetic than they'd think. Characters go on a Hero's Journey to different mystical sites of Metal World in preparation for several climactic gigs. Then they attempt to use their well-honed magical powers to improve their performance. Simple, intuitive mechanics based on musical chairs let the players focus on those two things of importance: music and attitude.

Players who enjoy karaoke or Rock Band will likely enjoy Slayer Cake, as lip-syncing and overwrought mock music performance will take up a significant portion of the larp. Although competition among the players is embedded in the scenario, playing together in different bands requires a surprising level of cooperation as well. The larp is built on horde larp elements and character non-fidelity, such that players will probably not play the same character throughout the game.