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FOCUS

RPG system: LARP
Participants: 20 players, Male characters: 7, Female characters: 13

Organized by

Etherlines Tours

By

✏️Gordon Olmstead-Dean
✏️Don Ross

Description

Characters have come to an ordinary but out-of-the-way gathering place for a clearly mundane, if esoteric, purpose. A few are well known, and one is famous enough that many of the characters are there simply to see, hear, or talk to them. It is even rumoured that a maguffin of interest to many characters will be on display at the event, and that its inventor/discoverer may even make a surprise appearance! All indications seem to be in favour of an entertaining but peaceful time, but

SOMETHING STRANGE IS GOING ON! * * *

FOCUS was written as a parody of turn-of-the-century convention LARPs, in which well known archetypes such as the Adventurous Archeologist, the Annoying Reporter, the Gruff Policeman, and the Liberal Preacher were brought together in increasingly complex and implausible combinations. What the parodists failed to recognize was that this formula is so popular because it works so well.

Come play 'FOCUS' - a theatre-style live-action role playing game exactly like every other theatre-style live-action role-playing game you have ever played.

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Characters have come to an ordinary but out-of-the-way gathering place for a clearly mundane, if esoteric, purpose. A few are well known, and one is famous enough that many of the characters are there simply to see, hear, or talk to them. It is even rumoured that a maguffin of interest to many characters will be on display at the event, and that its inventor/discoverer may even make a surprise appearance! All indications seem to be in favour of an entertaining but peaceful time, but



SOMETHING STRANGE IS GOING ON!

Why have NPC's been disappearing mysteriously of late? Who is the dark-robed stranger seen hanging around the gathering and what does s/he want? Is there any truth to rumours of sinister origins pertaining to the maguffin? And WHAT'S WITH ALL THE FUNKY WIDGETS?

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FOCUS was originally written as a parody of turn-of-the-century convention LARPs (nowadays referred to as “secrets and powers” games) in which well known archetypes such as the adventurous archeologist, the annoying reporter, the inept police, and the evil mastermind were brought together in increasingly complex and implausible combinations. What the parodists failed to realize was that the formula was popular because it worked so well.

Authors include members of the Etherlines Tours writing group, led by the once legendary and now borderline mythical Uncle Don Ross.

FOCUS: “The live-action role playing game just like all the other live-action role-playing game you have ever played”.

Played at

Intercon N (2014)
Intercon U (2022)

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