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Follow My Lead

RPG system: LARP

By

✏️Susanne Vejdemo

Description

Follow My Lead is a non-verbal larp about kink exploration and negotiation that gives participants the alibi and tools to artistically play with submission and domination. Each character is either a Dominant or a Submissive, and has a particular power-dynamics kink. During the game they will search for their ideal kink-matched partner while leading, or being led (blindfolded), through the game space. An IRL involvement in kink is not necessary to make this a fascinating experience, according to playtesters.

(Just to be clear: there is no actual sex in this game. You will also not be asked anything about your offgame sexuality and sensuality.)

Content Warnings: General out-of-game discussions about sex and kink, touching on hands and arms, being led blindfolded to music.

Susanne: is a larpwright and linguist whose larps, be they 360-degree realistic multiday productions or small theater larps for conventions, often deal with interpersonal drama and social conflicts. In the last few years she has (co)produced, among others, Suffragette!, Fight Like a Girl, Frizon, Great Grandma’s Tiara, Shiny Heroes, So Mom I Made This Sex Tape (#Feminism), and Athena’s Chosen.

Follow My Lead is **non-verbal larp about kink exploration and kink negotiation** that gives participants the alibi and tools to artistically play with submission and domination.

Each character is either a Dominant or a Submissive, and have a particular power dynamics kink. During the game they will search for their ideal kink-matched partner while leading, or being led (blindfolded), through the game space. Unless more touch is explicitly negotiated and consented among all present players, players will only touch each other on hands and arms. Players will play several characters.

The game is played through a series of rounds (each 15-20 minutes). In each round, all Submissives encounter all the Dominants, one by one, in a series of scenes where they move across the room to music. Each scene lasts the length of a song. After all scenes are played, the Submissives will choose which Dominant they think is their best kink match. Each round is followed by after-care.

This experience can be deeply emotional, sensual and transformational. Negotiation, consent and safety are paramount in the game design. The four hour experience starts with two hours of safety oriented activities and a faciliator led interactive negotiation session between players. There is no actual or simulated sex in this game, and safe words and tap out signals are used.

The larp has been run several times in different countries. No player experience or interest in kink is necessary to have a cool experience. Some quotes from participants:

*“Fun and sexy”, “I never thought I’d learn so much about myself from short larp”, “I felt very comfortable submitting/dominating people I’d never met before”, “excellent job emphasizing consent at all points” ,“limit and kink negotiations were wonderful!”, “high replayability”.*

This game will be published in the upcoming larp anthology "Honey & Hot Wax: An Anthology of Erotic Art Games", edited by Sharang Biswas and Lucian Kahn.

Follow My Lead is **non-verbal larp about kink exploration and kink negotiation** that gives participants the alibi and tools to artistically play with submission and domination.

Each character is either a Dominant or a Submissive, and have a particular power dynamics kink. During the game they will search for their ideal kink-matched partner while leading, or being led (blindfolded), through the game space. Unless more touch is explicitly negotiated and consented among all present players, players will only touch each other on hands and arms. Players will play several characters.

The game is played through a series of rounds (each 15-20 minutes). In each round, all Submissives encounter all the Dominants, one by one, in a series of scenes where they move across the room to music. Each scene lasts the length of a song. After all scenes are played, the Submissives will choose which Dominant they think is their best kink match. Each round is followed by after-care.

This experience can be deeply emotional, sensual and transformational. Negotiation, consent and safety are paramount in the game design. The four hour experience starts with two hours of safety oriented activities and a faciliator led interactive negotiation session between players. There is no actual or simulated sex in this game, and safe words and tap out signals are used.

The larp has been run several times in different countries. No player experience or interest in kink is necessary to have a cool experience. Some quotes from participants:

*“Fun and sexy”, “I never thought I’d learn so much about myself from short larp”, “I felt very comfortable submitting/dominating people I’d never met before”, “excellent job emphasizing consent at all points” ,“limit and kink negotiations were wonderful!”, “high replayability”.*

This game has been published in the larp anthology ["Honey & Hot Wax: An Anthology of Erotic Art Games"](https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/321495/Honey--Hot-Wax-An-Anthology-of-Erotic-Art-Games), edited by Sharang Biswas and Lucian Kahn.

Played at

The Smoke (2020)
Intercon T (2020)
Intercon U (2022)


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