LARP venues

Has this been implemented successfully ever? I've recently watched a couple videos about failed attempts to do this, the star wars hotel and evermore respectively, and I'm curious to know if this is even possible. Has there ever been a general admission venue where the larp "immersive" experience has ever actually worked?
The video on watching, she also did one on the star wars hotel. They're long, but entertaining.

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  1. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The star wars one

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  2. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    the only thing that comes to mind is Wasteland Weekend - where a bunch of dorkass nerds set up a post apoalyptic village in the desert and send visitors on WoW style fetch and trade quests. Its more like a big convention than anything, thats probably the best scale to do something like this at.
    https://www.wastelandweekend.com/

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Well, it's an answer. The Mojave is a bit of a hike for me, but thanks for giving me something to look into.
      Nice trips.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      The same team also puts on a cyberpunk variant of the same concept, called Neotropolis.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      intradasting

  3. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I feel like the concept is doomed once you try to commoditize it. LARP works when the participants are all enthusiastic volunteers. Once it becomes transactional, it starts to fall apart.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      This. Larp is pretty damn expensive and requires a ton of effort by all participants. Either you do it as an event, cut corners in terms of quality or hope you have a large enough audience of passionate fanboys with infinite money. The latter does not exist.

  4. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The murder mystery cruise I went on once is quite successful. Successful enough to fill up their sign up list every year. But it's the kind of people who go on off season cruises, really old retired people who look like aged tumblers as.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Omg. I have that same kilt.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      i would have sex with the white haired one on the far left wearing the black dress

  5. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I don't understand people who pay top dollar to go to LARP venues: why not just save some money and do a "real" LARP instead? Sure, it requires more effort in preparation but the money spent should make the hourly wage of the prep pretty good. The actual experience looks pretty similar except that a real LARP is much much better.

    Worst case: hire a local theater kid to handle the prep for you. Maybe this could be a service: Instead of paying $3000 for the Star Wars Hotel, you pay $1000 to someone to do "premium prep" for a generic sci-fi LARP.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I think you need a solid IP first like the Star Wars hotel, or at least a very solid reputation before people fork over the money needed. In such cases, you need good starting capital to not just build the physical sets, but also script writing and training the actors. Think how expensive medieval times must be with their weapons, practicing, and horse care, not to mention the actual food prep and so on. That's just for a two hour dinner and show too, with few or any really interacting with the crowds directly.

      The best way to do it would be to sell it basically as a LARP Camp, with people signing up for a number of days that include a series of activities. Then you have to be able to handle spergs who all want to have the main character Experience, but with dozens of them instead of just your buddies you DM for once a week. You have to commercialize and mass produce events, which can work with kids but for adults you have to have them be willing to buy in and work with each other so the divided attention works for each other.

  6. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You just couldn't find enough of the sociable nerd and theatre kid type roleplayers to make it a viable business. Normoids would mock it and many are too stupid to grok the concept of roleplaying anyways. And autists are way too self-conscious to let go of their inhibitions.

    That said, European LARPers mog the shit out of American ones but I don't think theirs are commodified.

  7. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    There was a Star Trek DS9 bar in Vegas that was really really good. Better than it had any right to be and then some.

  8. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Don't renfaries and the SCA count?

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      They do. Those function because of the vast number of staff and amateurs who are participating, though. They've got tight communities who all agreed to the larp first, and so don't get drowned out by the non-participants as easily. It's not really a profitable business model, I think is the problem. To get enough people into it requires having a shit ton of staff. And earning the good will of people who want to participate requires well... requires their not feeling like they're being exploited for unpaid work. So you've gotta higher lotsa staff, and you've gotta be praying to break even like a renfaire does, or it's not going to work out. Which makes it a pretty un-attractive business model. Which is why the only people successful at it are the people who are willing to lose money doing it.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Sort of? Ren faires dont really have interactivity. You dont really get quests or have the ability to insert yourself into an evolving story through out the event. Generally, I understand this is done some times. You dont expect guests to fit in. You also dont really charge too much to get in, making money of vendors and inner sales. They also use a lot of volunteers, something a bit money event really can't.

      They do. Those function because of the vast number of staff and amateurs who are participating, though. They've got tight communities who all agreed to the larp first, and so don't get drowned out by the non-participants as easily. It's not really a profitable business model, I think is the problem. To get enough people into it requires having a shit ton of staff. And earning the good will of people who want to participate requires well... requires their not feeling like they're being exploited for unpaid work. So you've gotta higher lotsa staff, and you've gotta be praying to break even like a renfaire does, or it's not going to work out. Which makes it a pretty un-attractive business model. Which is why the only people successful at it are the people who are willing to lose money doing it.

      100% correct. You don't really make money. the best events I've book kept for make a pretty tiny amount of profit, thats then reinvested into all the props. You just do it because you love it.

  9. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I feel more and more service sector is focusing on the higher strata, those who have real purchasing power. People who make 6 figures and can spend 10k on a day of a vacation at a whim. Like how there are more luxury restaurants than ever while small time diners are getting closed.

    I think such expensive theme parks are companies desire to capture that money. But they fail to do so, furthermore people who go there are often middle class smugs who take a loan or something to treat it as a one in a lifetime experience, thus they have even higher expectations.

  10. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I often fantasize about encountering Jenny Nicholson on vacation with her friends/family, and saving the life of one of them through heroic medical care, and as a result having her fall in love with me in the proceeding months afterwards. She would ramble to me after I return from a long day’s work about failed Star Wars larp attractions at Disney world that cost thousands of dollars. I expect we would have between two and five children, despite her being several years my senior. I would go to superhuman and extraordinary measures in a physical, mental and spiritual sense to preserve her happiness in an increasingly weary world that is not kind to children or theme parks. While she would not share my love for tabletop RPGs, she would attempt to cultivate some degree of interest. After realizing I could never convince her to play traveller, we would settle for a D&D 5e star wars conversion rule set. The rules would be terrible but the occasional games would be a source of idyllic nostalgic experiences for the family.
    I often think about this most when I am lifting weights, running long distances or performing Americana arm locks at the grappling gym. I’m not saying I’m a good or bad person for this, it’s just what I’ve experienced. I think I’ve grappled with such thoughts since seeing her FiW series as a child. I would perform feats to rival at least those of Johnny Kim, or perhaps even Odysseus, to make Jenny Nicholson my wife. Thanks for reminding me anon, but no, I think general admission LARPs are a bad idea.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Jenny is too extroverted for me, dating would be hell, relationship even more so. Imagine her pushing you into talking with strangers and shit, the horror.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I typically enjoy meeting new people.

        i just want to ruin her face. make that mascara run.
        luv autistic girls, tell me about your obsession please.
        [...]
        nah, just have to film her probably.

        Your desires make me sick.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          good, i also disgust myself. i've ruined every relationship i've ever been in.

          I feel more and more service sector is focusing on the higher strata, those who have real purchasing power. People who make 6 figures and can spend 10k on a day of a vacation at a whim. Like how there are more luxury restaurants than ever while small time diners are getting closed.

          I think such expensive theme parks are companies desire to capture that money. But they fail to do so, furthermore people who go there are often middle class smugs who take a loan or something to treat it as a one in a lifetime experience, thus they have even higher expectations.

          I think so as well. cheap businesses are disappearing in general. even mcdonalds is getting expensive as shit. makes sense to hit higher up the chain

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      i just want to ruin her face. make that mascara run.
      luv autistic girls, tell me about your obsession please.

      Jenny is too extroverted for me, dating would be hell, relationship even more so. Imagine her pushing you into talking with strangers and shit, the horror.

      nah, just have to film her probably.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Jenny is too extroverted for me, dating would be hell, relationship even more so. Imagine her pushing you into talking with strangers and shit, the horror.

      She sounds like my sister in law, so I kind of associate that voice with a dirty snatch. I guess I'm immune.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You should just do this, but for a woman you ask out on a date, you'd make a good husband.
      I actually think you can make it, just reading your post is very wholesome without the parasocial relationship aspect.

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