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Silver Kiss LARP – an NPCs POV

So, this weekend past, I crewed in the debut run of The Silver Kiss of the Magical Twilight of the Full Moon: The Live Action Roleplaying Event written and run by my fabulous friend, Jenni Dowsett. I’ve played in and even GM’d the tabletop version and when I heard Jenni was writing a LARP version, I was keen to play in it. However when she did the call for crew, I put my hand up and I’m really pleased I did.

The crew consisted of a bunch of people playing NPCs (non-player characters) whose job was to drive some of the storylines and to make sure the players were having a good time. The game is set at a highschool dance and the characters (PC and NPC) were made up of both students and adult chaperones. NPCs had a higher adult to student ratio. We had a crew meeting the day before the LARP and talked about various storylines and our roles in driving them etc. It was really neat being on the “inside” like that, being part of a team with a common goal and knowing what was in store for the players.

My character was Kelly, a stereotypical mean girl cheerleader. I was to spread rumours, go along with my BFF (PC head cheerleader, Chris), find out more gossip, bother people, flash my shiny silver cross covered jewellery around and over-react to lots of stuff. Jenni actually gave me an “exposition high-five” for a job well done at one point. Several people didn’t realise I wasn’t a PC and in truth, there wasn’t much to differentiate us NPCs from the PCs, only that we didn’t have goals in the way the PCs did. As one of the other NPCs said to me that night, “I have to keep telling myself not to try and solve anything”.

It was so great watching the various storylines unfold. Giving hints here and there. Just knowing I was part of it.

Various highlights:

Sharing a piece of cake with “Chris”, we each had less than a cubic centimetre.
The dirty *dirty* photographer!
Screaming (I have a really good scream and *surprise* don’t get to let it out often).
Slow dancing, just to see how the principal would react.
Forgetting about the “no touching” rule and cuddling up to a PC in the corner, only to get seperated by a teacher *and* the principal.
Fornicating sealife!
Being shocked when people were mean back to me.
Watching the staff dance.
Being convinced that I was the only normal person in the room 😉

Point of fashion: dressing up jeans
Current Obsession: Preserves

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