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First up, a big thanks to our GM for the night to come all the way down from Palmerston North to run this for us. Always appreciate you guys making the drive down here to do stuff. The level of costuming was good and there was some enjoyable RP happening.

I'm pretty apathetic about 'solve the mystery' games - as I've realised this year I haven't the interest nor patience in gathering clues and figuring out puzles. So I was delighted that my character really didn't care either and had some silly, easy to achieve goals. I was cast as Lady MacBeth and Bryn was cast as MacBeth - a good pairing as we play well off each other - though in his addle-pated state he kept making me laugh when I was supposed to be bitchy and cross.

My character had no special abilities, so save for one fun war of words I had no insight into the mechanics. It seems that amongst some there was some debate that lead to bad feelings/frustration but I had no real exposure to that myself. One point of feedback I have is that the plays and other material that were meant to be read aloud should have been printed in a larger font as people were struggling to read it.

One thing I'm really learning to appreciate is to dress a room as much as you can as it does make a big difference in setting the mood. I brought 4 bag-loads of my personal stuff to use as decorations and secured a CPR dummy to stand in for the body - and even though it was a half-assed attempt to make it look like William Shakespeare it was effective enough that I didn't want to be down in that end of the room very often. Ew. Corpse. Big ups to the other people who brought food and wine too. Having nibbles and drinks gives people stuff to do other than wander in a circle and float from person to person - and I had a good moment of paranoia when someone offered to fill my glass. There was a poisoner amongst us, you see. I opted to fill my own cup instead.

There was some fun RP and some fairly immersive moments and a lot of laughs with Bryn when we stole the 'new' play by William Shakespeare and added a few verses to proclaim us both innocent of the murders he'd done. I should have kept that paper as the lines we wrote were delightfully bad.

All in all I felt it a good bit of silly fun in typical parlour game fashion and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I'm sorry not everyone felt the same way. As I'm gearing up to co-write a larp it's good to learn what I can from people's bad experiences to try and address those issues before it happens. In this case it seems that making the mechanics known ahead of time to all players might have set some expectations before the game.

It's interesting to me how much the St. Wolfgang's experience has changed my expectation of short, one-off games. I think I see them more for what they are and as such am not as inclined to sweat the small stuff I might not enjoy or that might cause hiccups. Not that you can't have profound games in a short period of time, mind. I'm hanging out for Black Hart of Camelot and feel that's going to be pretty intense.
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