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Pod Dancing

RPG system: LARP Freeform
Participants: 24 players

By

✏️Kate Fractal
✏️Sharone Horowit-Hendler
✏️Alon Levy

Description

Finding members of the other three sexes for a marriage can be quite a challenge for a young Trave. In the age-of-steam city of Harborview, some young adults struggle more than others to find their pods. In the past, the traditional Pod Dances provided a way for marriageable Traves to get to know one another, with the hand holds of the dance serving as a safe, socially-acceptable way of trying out sexual compatibility with prospective pods. Today, most Traves find pods their own way, but for those who don’t, the Pod Dances remain. These modern Pod Dances promise romance, legitimacy, and hope.

* * * Pod Dancing is a high-characterization matchmaking game about gender, multi-partner relationships, family, and dancing. Set on an alien world where all higher life forms have four sexes, all of which are required for procreation, Pod Dancing investigates how biology shapes sexual taboos. The game allows players to explore romance in an alternate society.

The game’s genre is romantic comedy in a science fiction setting . Characters range from comedic to serious to high-angst.

Players will be cast as one of four genders, none of which maps to male or female in a game world of rigid gender roles. Due to the nature of this game, participants should expect to interact romantically with players of any real-world gender.

* * * Content warnings: there is no sexual assault in-game, but it is discussed in the abstract. The game depicts discrimination based on class, ability, and sexual minority status, including against player characters. Some characters deal with dysfunctional relationships, PTSD, loss of a loved one, risk of being disowned, gender dysphoria, disability, and shame. Players under 18 are allowed only with parental permission.

*Welcome to the new create your own character version of Pod Dancing! While the setting is the same as the past five runs (see description below), this version will allow players to either create their own character or ask for one of the prewritten characters from the original game. Character creation will be done pre-convention and with GM support, all world information will be supplied for this process.*

Finding members of the other three sexes for a marriage can be quite a challenge for a young Trave. In the age-of-steam city of Harborview, some young adults struggle more than others to find their pods. In the past, the traditional Pod Dances provided a way for marriageable Traves to get to know one another, with the hand holds of the dance serving as a safe, socially-acceptable way of trying out sexual compatibility with prospective pods. Today, most Traves find pods their own way, but for those who don’t, the Pod Dances remain. These modern Pod Dances promise romance, legitimacy, and hope.

Pod Dancing is a high-characterization matchmaking game about gender, multi-partner relationships, family, and dancing. Set on an alien world where all higher life forms have four sexes, all of which are required for procreation, Pod Dancing investigates how biology shapes sexual taboos. The game allows players to explore romance in an alternate society.

The game’s genre is romance in a science fiction setting.

Players will create or be cast as one of four genders, none of which maps to male or female in a game world of rigid gender roles. Due to the nature of this game, participants should expect to interact romantically with players of any real-world gender. Learn more about the genders in chart form: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AmxzjREiRSntRfUO79GpzNrEdm6jRbci/view?usp=sharing or video form: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLousYf5OkZ-3cMLcyon6Dtk2Ek0qH70Gw

This game does take place at a dance, where the dancing is simulated with dancing. The dance is a combination of English country and contra and we will teach all dancing in game and in character. Overall the dancing will take about a fifth of the game, spread across the entire event. Accommodations can be made if needed. In addition, the music will be played through speakers. Note: This game is open to past players of Pod Dancing. We also have two NPC roles open, who will be part of the host pod and help teach dances and interact with players.

Played at

Intercon Q (2017)
Intercon R (2018)
Intercon S (2019)
Intercon T (2020)
Intercon U (2022)


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