Tenment 67 – Cyberpunk Larp
Back in March
I played in a one day
Tenement 67 at the Grange. It would be fair to say that it blew me away (learn how here) .
The quick version is super high emotional content, awesome cyberpunk vibe and massive immersion. You might say that it being
one of favourite
genres helped. But that would take too much away from Rob and the team who did an incredible job.
Welcome to Tenement 67
Up till now Tenement 67 (T67) has been day events. This was the first weekender. The sad news for me was that family commitments meant that I had to leave on the Saturday morning
. That still meant that I could be there for the set up in
Thursday and the first day of play. So although I cannot talk about the end there is still I lot I can say.
This time play was at The Gaol in Oakham. .
Normally used for airsoft it makes for a cracking larp site. The reason it’s special is the used
to be a prison. HMP Ashwell to be precise. There are mutliple
buildings. But the fact that it was built as a prison really lends to the atmosphere. T67 is set in a tenement full of people at the fringes of civilised life. Rich and poor mingle. The rich because they can, the poor because they have to. The corridors, cells and rooms of a disused priosn
so effortlessly lend themselves to this idea of a building repurposed as the world changed.
Players were encouraged to make cells their own. And they did. Additionally
common areas were carefully lit. Flyers and graffitti
adorned walls. Once the game started suspension of disbelief did not take long.
The players were a fantastic bunch. A priviledge
to meet and play with. This time round
there were more here. Also
this larp was international with players coming in from Europe and for me the surprise of seeing people I knew from out of the UK. International larps are a little special. There is something about a mix of nationalities that helps with atmosphere
. I must figure that out at some point. For Cyberpunk
it is really relevant. I best imagine cyberpunk worlds as being mixing pots of with all cultures, races, and social stata
intermingling and clashing with each other. Making it a perfect player mix for the genre.
It was shennanigans
time at the tenement. As you’d expect from a Cyberpunk event there were a lot of plot elements. A sythetic
human (awesome costume), dubious recruiters for dodgy deep sea
mining, gang warfare, reconstruction of digital personas, gangs clashing, corporate intrigue, dubious drugs, reality TV stars, striking workforces and I hope you’re starting to get the idea. And that’s just a sample. There was more than I have listed going on.
This larp is a long way from find the gold, kill the monster.
Which is my way of sayng that T67 is a great example of just how far Larps have come since the 1980’s.
It is emotionally
The content of Tenement 67 constantly makes you assese
how you feel about things. My first game in March had a deeper emotional impact on me than I expected. This time again I had plenty of feelings.
also worth noting that all the players and crew put themselves under pressure to create an incredible experience. From the get go
you know this is a quality larp and everyone strives for this. This also amps up the pressure.
the team from Carcosa Dreams
have this covered. They work under the assumption that larp can impact its players and are ready for such eventualities.
Which is something I want.
I game that gives its players a very real experience and then looks after them.
Thank you Carcosa for both the creation of the larp and the understanding of your duty of care.
The Crew Area
I was crew. So it seems fitting to mention the crew quarters. A good many of us slept in one of the buildings away from the players. If you needed a rest – you could get a rest.
The crew area in the main event building centred on a game control room and a the crews
ready room. The ready room contianed
plenty of food and chairs. We used this place to chill between scenes, chat, eat and figure what we were going to use when next called to action.
sleeping areas were created for key
crew who had to be available on 24 hour
It was an effective use of space. Everyhing
you would expect from a well organised
Would I play again?
That’s easy – in a heart beat!