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Gotta Fund 'Em All

RPG system: LARP
Participants: 6 players

By

✏️Elizabeth Decolvenaere

Intercon U (2023), Crowne Plaza, Warwick, Rhode Island, United States

OrganizerElizabeth Decolvenaere

Description

Despite having a career as a prestigious pokemon professor, you don’t actually get to spend much time doing *research*. Between teaching responsibilities, managing rambunctious pokemon, and the constant battles with Reviewer #2, it’s hard to find the time. And then there’s the grants! Writing grants, submitting grants, and even occasionally *reviewing* grants – after all, serving on grant committees does tick off that pesky “community service” box. But any pokemon professor with experience in the act would rather treat a gyrados with a sore tooth than try to get six of their peers to agree on anything!

Still, the six of you have a whole stack of grants to review and make funding decisions on, and nobody gets to go home until everyone can agree, however begrudgingly, on how to split a limited pool of money among too many projects. Will old grudges, eccentric personalities, and esoteric theories get in the way of scientific progress?

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**This is the first run of a brand new game, written by a second-time LARP writer. The timing, balance, and content may not be well-calibrated! Please keep these factors in mind when considering if you wish to play Gotta Fund 'Em All.**

Some basic familiarity with the pokemon universe is required. This game will contain some references to the original games (Red/Blue[/Green]) and the first few seasons of the anime, as well as Pokemon Snap, Hey You Pikachu, and Pokemon The First Movie (though none of these should be taken to be “required reading” to enjoy the game). **Pokemon Scarlet/Violet are _explicitly_ not canon in this game, please pretend they do not exist**. Several characters will contain references to meme-worthy inconsistencies in the Pokemon universe or well-known glitches in the games. While some serious subjects will end up being discussed, this is not meant to be a serious game, and we encourage players to have fun with their characters’ eccentricities and fixations.

All characters are written as gender-neutral, and only surnames are specified – players should feel free to assign whatever gender identity to their character that they wish to embrace. While costuming cues are provided for each character, this is a costuming-optional game, and players should feel free to dress however they feel. The theme of the meeting is “business casual”, which in the Pokemon universe means something akin to how most gym leaders tend to dress on a daily basis.

This game likely has low replay factor -- one of the goals is figuring out which grant belongs to which lab, and what various character's not-so-secret fixations are. However, in future runs if we end up writing more characters/grants, replayability may be re-considered.

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Note: This game will be played masked, though players may briefly raise/lower their mask to consume beverages (such as water or coffee). Please plan to wear a high-quality mask -- we will have a supply of N95 and KN95 masks available for players. Please do not plan to eat during this game.

Played at

Intercon U (2023)


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