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Front page for Masquerade

RPG system: LARP
Participants: 70 players

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UK Freeforms and Mystery in Mind


Venice 1763: The Carnevale has begun and the city is swept in a myriad of colours as the celebrations take place. It is a time of magic where Venetians take to the streets dressed in lavish costumes, their identities concealed by masks of every different type, in order to indulge their greatest pleasures. Rules of society mean little in such a time of decadence and confusion. Personal identity, gender and status are no more than an ever-changing illusion that spreads through the deeply shadowed alleyways.

And yet a darker side slips beneath the lights and colours where the substance of nightmares lies in wait. War torn nations struggle in the search for power and wealth. Corruption and persecution roam free and evil walks unnoticed. Even the sanctity of religion may turn to the shadows, lured by false promises. Welcome to La Serenissima, where not all is as it seems.

Masquerade is a weekend long, freeform roleplaying game for approximately 70 players, set in Venice 1763 during the carnival. Players will assume the roles of both locals and visitors to Venice to experience its intrigue and mystery. Please note that the game has many dark themes and may even involve some aspects of horror and is therefore unsuitable for children.
Although this game and its characters are set within a certain period of history, we would like you to note that we have taken many liberties with both the setting, characters and timeline so would advise against any in depth research. Many characters will not be what they appear to be.
A note on costuming

As the game is set during the Venice carnival, there is huge scope for costuming. Costumes can vary from simple historical (up until end 18th century) to something more fantasy based – your imagination can run wild! We do ask that people try to make some effort to fit into the theme and are more than happy to help out with resources and ideas should people need.
Of course a mask will be required!


18. - 20. February 2011

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