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The Dreamlands - a new larp about an ancient ceremony

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    Enter the fantasy lands of Dream, as envisioned by author H.P. Lovecraft.

    This official LE weekend camping larp event will have a very heavy emphasis on role-playing and characters.

    The mechanics system will be stripped to the barest essentials. There will be minimal numbers and calls, if any. Combat, if it happens, will be intense and deadly. Magic will be very taxing and difficult for the practitioners (like, fer reals).

    This is not a campaign, it is a large one-shot that may have sequels (once a year, twice at most). There is no level advancement nor experience points (like I said, no numbers). The narrative can continue if the event occurs again.

    We will strive to have high production values and deep, pervasive immersion. We encourage players to remain in character at all times. We will have break areas to rest and temporarily disconnect from your character.

    It is not quite player vs. player nor player vs. environment (GMs). It is player WITH player (and with GMs).

    There are no NPCs for Dreamlands.

    Characters fall somewhere between two antipodes: an entirely GM-written character (with some player input) to an entirely player-written character (with some GM input). Some roles will be required and the character developed by the GMs, but they are treated as PCs--once the event begins, the player is in the driver seat. The GMs just made the car.

    We will need staff support for this event if you wish to work behind the scenes and pay far less (just insurance and maybe a bit more). But it will be work, and little, if any, role-playing.

    • COST = $50 for full weekend (meals included meals in price), or $40 for Saturday only (meals included in price)
      • Bring 3 extra people, $5 discount for everyone (they do not have to be connected characters)
      • Bring something to share–food, drink, tent, RV, etc.– $10 discount (please clear with GM Plot Staff first)
    • FREE for Staff (meals included) – Staffing duties include both pre and post larp work
    • Friday night November 22 = a meetup, in person and/or online

    Inspiration - Burning Man, Labyrinth of Jareth, and UCLA's Enigma live games.

    The Doom That Came to Sarnath by H.P. Lovecraft (short story)

    The Cats of Ulthar by H.P. Lovecraft (short story)

    Celephaïs by H.P. Lovecraft (short story)

    (and the entire Dream Cycle of Lovecraft's tales)

    This larp is the next stage of a four-year tabletop RPG campaign. That narrative will continue in this larp. If you wish to read about it, click here (note that parts 1 and 3 are metagame aspects, if you care).


    From Chaosium's Dreamlands supplement guidebook to the Call of Cthulhu RPG:

    "The land of Mnar is one of the most ancient in all the Dreamlands. In earlier times wandering tribes of herdsmen, who trace their ancestry back to the Dark Wanderers of Cuppar-Numbo, found their way into the verdant land of Mnar. Here they settled and raised the city-states of Ilarnek, Kadatheron, Sarnath, and Thraa. While each city was founded by a different tribal group, their common heritage links their societies and they share many cultural similarities. Overall, the city states of Mnar resemble the ancient [Mesopotamian settlements along the Tigris and Euphrates rivers] in architecture and culture.* The people are slim and dark, and wear light clothing and sandals. Horses, camels, and elephants are all used as mounts and beasts of burden throughout the land, and the wealthy travel the hard packed earthen roads in fine, gold-gilt chariots. But, for all their similarities, each city has maintained its independence from the others and, over the ages, has developed its own distinctive qualities." 
    * This originally read "Egypt", but I think it is more accurate to say Mesopotamia.

    "Rokol: A flat, sprawling city of swarthy, cheerful folk. None of its wooden buildings stand higher than three yards, by public agreement and ease of rebuilding. Every few years, Rokol is invaded by gigantic, tusked animals--called thunder beasts by the residents--which completely flatten the town, forcing the natives to move into tents in the wilderness until the monstrous beasts move on. The residents always rebuild. Rokol is ruled by a triumvirate of three dukes."

    Our story takes place at one of the Duke's of Rokol's wilderness encampment, where he waits with his entourage for the city to be rebuilt. This evening marks the anniversary of the destruction of Sarnath, a very important, solemn ceremonial religious feast for all of Mnar. The Duke of Rokol has requested a high priest from Ilarnek to officiate the ceremony at his camp. Many others from the surrounding region and even parts further afield have congregated at the Duke's camp this weekend. These factions and individuals have their reasons for attending: to hold their own ritual (examples: wedding, birthday, knighthood), to request an audience with one of the dignitaries present, or perhaps even more mysterious or possibly nefarious purposes.

    Regardless, it will be a memorable weekend, this full moon solstice.

    Time period

    If you're dreaming, it's real time reality, and you are visiting a strange fantasy land. The Dreamlands, where this takes place, is VERY roughly Earth in the early 1500's (500 years before now). But that's a loose approximation, as things in Dream are archetypal, surreal, monstrous, fabulous, analogous, etc.

    The map image below is not accurate. But in Dream, what is?

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  • Mona

    Wardrobe much?

    September 30, 2013

  • Aaron

    I am postponing the Dreamlands larp to November 22 of this year. It won't be during The Shattered, Blizzcon, DK's camper nor Thanksgiving weekend. It also won't be on a solstice or equinox, but it also won't be the longest day of the year in the desert. Temps in November are in the low 70's.

    1 · May 28, 2013

    • david k.

      I agree the desert of Bnazie can be a bit toasty in June. Also gives me more time to save those shekels.

      May 29, 2013

  • Rob M.

    Historical setting, or modern?

    February 25, 2013

    • Aaron

      see reply above in text or my new post/comment

      February 25, 2013

  • david k.

    I've been to dreamland on several occasions. Primarily in the Six Kingdoms. I once had a shop in Ulthar. I do remember a trek across the Desert of Bnazie in which we ran a foul of a wamp.

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • Aaron

    More info on this forthcoming, but for now:
    if you're dreaming, it's real time reality, and you are visiting a strange fantasy land. The Dreamlands, where this takes place, is VERY roughly Earth in the early 1500's (500 years before now). But that's a loose approximation, as things in Dream are archetypal, surreal, monstrous, fabulous, analogous, etc.

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well I am in Apple Valley, so if anyone enroute to Barstow can get me Ill do whatever is the most afordable.

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • Erin K

    I'm interested in playing a GM-inspired character, but I can't let you know until a month before the date.

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • david k.

    I'm saving my nickels.

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If Anyone passing through to barstow can grab me Im up for Npcing for this.

    February 25, 2013

    • Aaron

      There are no NPCs, but Barstow is the closest town to the location.

      February 25, 2013


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