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The Life, Death, and Apotheosis of Bastard Jim

RPG system: LARP


✏️Aleks Samoylov




Styles of Play: Freeform larp, Larp

Players take on the roles of actors in a small, struggling theatrical troupe. One relatively ordinary day, they learn that a Very Important Patron will be in attendance at the venue where they are currently performing, and that this VIP has specifically requested at least one performance of "The Life, Death, and Apotheosis of Bastard Jim," part of an ancient theatrical tradition of partially improvised stories featuring everyone's favorite lonely traveler. It is now up to them, with their livelihoods and reputations on the line, to rally on short notice and put together a work of staggering beauty and genius.

Tags: performance, theater, cooperation

Played at

Golden Cobra Challenge (2018)


Golden Cobra Challenge (2018)

Nominated, Honorable Mentions
In this game by Aleks Samoylov an under-prepared and under-resourced theater troupe must put on an excerpt of beloved classic The Life, Death and Apotheosis of Bastard Jim in order to retain the favor of their patron. Packed with exquisitely written theater-trope characters, this larp creates a play-within-a-play that can optionally be performed in front of an audience. The Life, Death and Apotheosis of Bastard Jim combines theatrical improv and larp in a way that is sure to produce interesting results.


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