The Naked Truth
RPG system: LARP
Participants: 1 GM, 4 players
Ropecon (2018), Messukeskus Helsinki Expo and Convention Centre, Helsinki, Finland
The moment of truth had come. I spoke the words I had held inside me. All the time fearing I would see revulsion rise to the faces of my friends. Time stood still. Then on contrary to my dread I saw understanding and acceptance. At that moment I knew I would not face this alone.
Four men have gathered for a long-awaited sauna evening. Summer cottage, couple of beers, and old friends. They do not stay in touch as much as they would like, but the sauna evening is a tradition from the days of old. Back then they shared dreams and desires, but the years have taken their toll. Sitting in the steaming sauna, all of them are pondering: What can I tell the others? What will they think of me? And in the end, will they be there for me?
The scenario is about the difficulty of talking and opening up. In Finnish culture, sauna is something that removes social boundaries. It's a place where everybody is equal. Rank, wealth, and seniority carry no weight there. Everybody is naked, both physically and mentally. You are not in a hurry. And in this place alone you can cast away the stoic shell that our society expects of our men.
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