Rum, Sodomy and the Noose
RPG system: LARP
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Queer history, naval sodomy, execution.
This Larp explores the interior sexual landscape of the men of a Napoleonic-era British warship the HMS Africaine. A culture of sodomy and sexual acts has evolved on board. Sodomy carries the death penalty, and this Larp will end with two characters being executed. The players will explore the landscape of “lust and risk” that leads up to these deaths.
This larp features exclusively male characters, but the players need not identify as male. This larp features heavily sexual themes, but involves no acting out of these sexual encounters. It is about queering history by allowing the players to develop a group of characters with wildly varying interior sexual worlds, and see how they first create a shared culture. We then see how this culture is fractured when society pulls back on the reins.
Content Warnings: The sexual landscape that this larp explores (though steering clear of abuse or rape) would not be considered ‘healthy’ by modern standards, and thus this larp is unsuitable for people triggered by unequal power relationships or abuse.
Laurie Innes: Laurie came to Larp through tabletop roleplay and art. Knowing little about Larp he found himself floating around the Baltic sea for Solmukohta, sparking a fascination with the strange and wonderful artform. He has since larped whilst not on Baltic cruise liners, and has started writing his own larps (though his first self-written larp involves a boat, so first impressions eh?) To this he brings experience of creating art installations and workshops, and pretending to be made-up characters whilst cycling around London to help pass the time.
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