Questions & Answers
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Please define "Game Theatre"
The Game Theatre is a New York City based immersive gaming, live role-play entertainment company. They are the founders and creators of a new style of interactive experience called “Game Theatre”. Game Theatre is a specialized event system combining live action role-play (larp), board game designs, and theatre to create memorable social adventures.
In Game Theatre players are "cast" into character roles that meet their interest and desired level of involvement. Everyone is also given meaningful objectives that create compelling socialization and story-line progression. Game Theatre utilizes a tier-based player objective design where players each have personal (individual), team (collaborative, or faction vs. faction) and global (entire game) objectives. This tiered system is strategically employed so players can pursue different courses of action but always have measurable influence on the game. It works for experienced players and new players alike!
Where Game Theatre departs from many larps is that board game and card game mechanics are often used to progress story and achieve objectives. Game Theatre chooses games with strong interactive features that can be successfully melded into a larp to create a larp-hybrid that everyone can enjoy.
Game Theatre does also encourage a degree of free-form role-play (improv) for players who are very passionate about their character. Often, the Game Directors, their Cast, and motivated players will launch into improvisational (interactive theatrical) scenes to summarize the status of events. .
Game Theatre utilizes non-player characters (NPCs) but prefers that NPCs have a degree of in game experience so nobody is ever completely out of the game. NPCs can be used to compel the story and progress events, but also will have their own special objectives as well. Which makes it evermore fun!
Game Theatre is hosted at immersive locations that have an ambiance that matches the game's theme. Live entertainment can also be scripted into the game with performers offering clues. Side quests (scavenger hunts, puzzles etc.) are also available to convey secret information, if solved.
What is Dragon Thrones?
Dragon Thrones is an immersive and interactive weekend experience set in an original fantasy realm inspired by popular medieval and fantasy fiction worlds we all know and love. Thematic spectator entertainment, catered dinner + meals, historical surroundings, and on site lodging is all inclusive. Game-play includes both a personal and team-oriented social role-play objectives combined with a MegaGame (a massively scaled board game with global implications).
It’s like a medieval fantasy larp meets one large game of Risk and you live within the game!
What does my ticket purchase get me?
Simply put: an all-inclusive medieval live action role-play + game + entertainment experience! Your ticket provides you with lodging, meals, casting into the game with your role and materials, team garb (family colors), live entertainment, access to interactive features, photography, scheduled festivities, plus the ability to be a part of an epic story that will give rise to the Dragon Thrones universe! Review the value Here.
What kind of larp is this and are beginners welcome?
Dragon Thrones is fantasy Game Theatre experience that uses social interaction/social deduction gaming, a MegaGame (massive tactical board game), side rpgs and side quests to resolve conflicts and progress the story. There are no foam weaponry or player on player combat, rather the overall game relies on social maneuvering, resourcefulness, alliances, adventurous decision-making, and player versus environment for competitiveness. Although large in scale the game’s rules are streamlined and easy to master: your role will have very specific responsibilities and precise times in which your actions can be taken. Dragon Thrones is an engaging social experience for both experienced role-players and novices alike. The game will be properly staffed and organized, so everyone will progress in the story at a staged pace.
With this said, there will be means of independent exploration that will allow players to both be involved in the global game and also pursue their own personal objectives . Everyone will be "cast" in roles best suited for their interests.
Describe the large board game and how does it work with a larp?
Dragon Thrones features a massive tactical board game, classified as a MegaGame, where the objective is for a Family Kingdom Team to attain global supremacy (while also working with other Kingdoms to keep dangerous outside threats at bay). This can be achieved by gaining territory, defending territory, using resources wisely, spying, and making the right alliances at the right times. The game will be administered over a series of rounds over three days. It’s like Risk + social deduction + resource allocation all within the framework of larp. Hence, this is a game for hundreds that's played both "at and away from the table." Everyone will be contributing differently, so the game will feel like an entire world, featuring armies of thousands. For example, Generals will have board game (war game) responsibility, while others will have social objectives (diplomacy, courtship etc.), while others will be managing vital resources (coin masters) or even assigned as secret spies on missions.
How does the live entertainment influence Dragon Thrones?
As an encompassing entertainment experience Dragon Thrones features live entertainment, both as sensory enjoyment and to add further implications into the larp and game itself. In Dragon Thrones you will not be merely watching an act, but also hoping an act poses deeper meaning, possibly offers a secret message, a clue, or even "level up" for you!
Overall, our live acts will present bonuses to those who catch their secrets and solve their riddles. In Dragon Thrones all entertainers are a performance feature that can affect the game and overall story itself! Every performer is not just "on stage" but also "in game."