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The Decline of Panopticritia

RPG system: LARP

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Styles of Play: Freeform larp, Chat/Message, Streaming/Online Face to Face, Video/Transmedia

An elderly dragon fades slowly, surrounded by her dwindling entourage of princesses, knights, and sentient magic items

Tags: dementia, memory, sad, magic

Played at

Golden Cobra Challenge (2020)


Golden Cobra Challenge (2020)

Nominated, Judges' Choice Honorable Mentions
The great dragon Panopticritia is now old and weak, and the knights, princesses, and magical objects who attend to her day to day needs gradually leave her one by one. This is a challenging and complex game about aging, caretaking, memory, and abandonment. This game needs a more robust section on its own potentially upsetting content around aging, physical and mental decline, and allegory for elder abuse, and there is currently no scaffolding for player safety contained in the text beyond a gloss of the above themes. Once that safety section is written, this game’s mechanics will shine the brighter for it. We’ve never seen a game that mechanically harnesses the technical frustrations of remote communication to further its narrative and emotional impact. While the safety section would be required before we can fully endorse it, it is a strong contender that appeals to players who are willing to tackle challenging subjects, and is certainly one of the more unique remote frameworks we’ve seen.


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