The Widows' Market
RPG system: LARP
Styles of Play: Freeform larp, Pervasive Game/Public Play
After a battle, women gather to trade and share news, though they are enemies who speak almost nothing of one another's language.
Tags: language, cooperative, freedom
|Golden Cobra Challenge (2018)|
Golden Cobra Challenge (2018)
Nominated, Honorable Mentions
Laurel Halbany’s The Widows’ Market does not declare itself a “game,” but rather an “interpretation.” In addition to the text itself interpreting ancient Sumerian practices documented on tablets, players are then asked to interpret the freeform procedures themselves from the sparse text provided. We found the situation evocative, feminist, and multicultural at its core. The Committee saw in this work the kind of historical imagination and creative leaps needed to make a tight, engaging game.
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