In a not so far future: Life is comfortable, and all existential threats have been eliminated. The government takes care of your personal well-being. Everyone enjoys a carefree living. Safety.
But to achieve this utopia, society has been transformed into a technocracy. Regulations on everything, strict prosecution and total surveillance. Transparency.
The president is elected directly, but there’s always only one candidate. The parliament was disbanded long ago. No enemy at the borders, no extremists from within. Not even protesters on the street. Everyone obeys. Unity.
What you will play
You play peers at a factory. You regularly meet for small talk about life, sports, politics, the cantina’s menu or the weather. A new topic comes up, when the president demands: “Kill all others”.
You start discussing who are these others and what your opinion is about them. From here the drama develops to the point that one of you will be identified as an other. Do you want to find out who it is? Will you report your friend?
What you need to play
Three players and a game master, a room to fit you all, three pencils and sticky tape, the scenario document printed out and, about 90 minutes time.
This is Version 1.1 of this scenario, released on 2022-03-30. If you have questions, ideas or what not, I’m happy to hear about them! Just drop me an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The scenario document is published under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.
Franziska for proofreading the document;
Eni, Jens, Michael, Nicola, Tobi and some more for playtesting and critique;
Larson and the Waldritter e.V. for hosting the Larp Write Winter Retreat 2018.
This scenario is inspired by Philip K. Dick’s short story “The Hanging Stranger” and its tv adaption “Kill All Others” written and directed by Dee Rees as part of Amazon Prime’s “Electric Dreams” series. Go, read the short story and watch the episode!