RPG system: LARP
(Board game, Live-action or Tabletop Role Play)
In Active Shooter the players take on the role of students involved in a school shooting. Difficult subject matter is addressed with a combination of free role play, voting mechanics, and a simple board game.
Tags: Serious, Everyday life, Relationships
Nominated, Honorable Mentions [+]
In his game Active Shooter, Tim Hutchings writes "This was a hard, uncomfortable thing to write." Reading it was equally harrowing, and playing Active Shooter would be at best sobering and more likely quite traumatic. I chose it for an honorable mention because it addresses a serious, difficult topic directly and unflinchingly. Perhaps too unflinchingly - all the judges felt that it needed a much more robust series of safety mechanisms in place as written. But the core game is solid and appropriately horrific, the Shut Up rule is inspired and evocative, and overall Active Shooter feels both mature and well realized. It would be hard to play, but not everything needs to be easy. One of our hopes for the Golden Cobra contest was to encourage work on the edges of established theme and technique, and Active Shooter totally delivers in this regard.
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