ALL THOSE WHO WATCH A MOVIE BASICALLY SEE THE SAME STORY
IN A LARP, THERE ARE AS MANY STORIES AS THERE ARE PARTICIPANTS,
WHO ARE ALL CONNECTED TOGETHER IN A GREAT WEAVE OF CONFLICTS AND RELATIONSHIPS.
Black Friday is an immersive Live Action Role-play (“larp”), based on free interpretation and improvisation. You can imagine being a character in a movie, with all ensuing feelings, drives, goals and fears. Whatever action you would like your character to carry out during the game, you’ll just do it for real! The only boundaries will be common sense and a set of simple rules on how to simulate what little would be too dangerous or burdensome otherwise (fighting and injury, for example).
In Black Friday, conflicts aren’t there for us to pursue some sort of personal “victory” but to help us build a collective story and develop relationships between characters. A conflict scene should be as “cinematic” as possible, so as to be interesting and engaging, as much for the characters who are directly involved as for those standing around. Players should be comfortable with the kind of verbal intensity and body contact you would see on a film set.
The key guideline will be "What You See Is What You Get": the event aims towards being as immersive as possible and whatever “exists” in game will have a physical representation.
CAN YOU BE SURE OF WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT YOURSELF?
WHAT DO YOU REALLY KNOW ABOUT WHAT IS AROUND YOU?
CAN YOU SAFELY TELL YOUR FRIENDS FROM YOUR FOES?
Black Friday will introduce several situations in which core human dilemmas will be in the spotlight: personal gain or duty? a quiet life or a search for the truth? putting individual interests first or working for common good? and so forth.
Such dilemmas represent a character’s emotional development and they serve as a push to action. Exactly like real people, the main characters of a story go through different moods and change their beliefs along the way.
A larp is all about making these moments intense and fun to play, constantly giving other characters a chance to interact and enrich them.
Dilemmas and choices will clash with the impulses and convictions of your character, initiating scenes, intrigues and plots which will form the core of your role-playing experience.
The characters are pre-generated by the organizers so that each and every one of them is deeply involved in Black Friday’s story. They are grouped in three loose categories, or “communities”: Scientists, Law Enforcement, Liberty Town Personnel.
Ethics, ideals, crisis management, research. Dealing with the harsh reality outside the neat lab environment is both a moral and a practical challenge.
Investigation, protection, duty, chain of command. Those are the keywords for those who have been called to Protect and to Serve.
Helplessness, suspect, self protection, fear. What happens to common people when they are overwhelmed by something beyond their control or comprehension? The truth must be out there.
Each player will be required to choose a category first, characters will be hidden until that choice is made. Once a community has been selected, a player will have access to the list of available characters within that community (and only those within that community). Each character in the list will be described through a brief textual “teaser”, covering name, social status, occupation, some of the relationships and personality traits.
Once you pick your character from the list, you will have access to a richer description. You will also be able to customize and deepen its background and relationships through conversations with the other players, via private messages or specifically created Facebook groups.
IN BLACK FRIDAY, EACH PLAYER IS THE PROTAGONIST OF A MOVIE
THE PIVOT AROUND WHOM EVERYTHING REVOLVES.
Black Friday’s story takes place in the heart of provincial America and we found interesting, and fun, to play with its traditionally associated stereotypes.
The setting is intentionally cinematic and “americanized”. Identifying with the character will be easy once you tap into the great Hollywood tropes of American Dream, patriotism and American way of life.
Naturally, we are referring to these stereotypes only as a starting point, a way to quickly recall that “movie feeling”. They should just be a base on which to build a credible and fun character and any cliché should be played out with a critical and creative attitude.
Try calling to mind what you have seen on movie screens when choosing the way your character acts and speaks: striking punchlines and dramatic actions will add a lot of flavour to scenes and relationships.
You should think of yourself as a protagonist of a story without supporting actors, where each and everyone contributes with their acting, with a spirit of service to everyone else, in a way that promotes inclusion and interaction.
Secrets and Transparency
no spoilers, please!
Black Friday is a larp built around suspense, secrets and surprise. Different characters have different starting information, point of views and secrets. The secrets are to be revealed, but in time; and we believe that the game works well if the secrets are a surprise for both the characters and the players. We advise you not to discuss in-game secrets with other players before the game and to keep your character's full description for your eyes only; that is, please avoid any "spoilers". Even if you favor transparency in larp, there is a good chance that your fellow players won't.