I run LRP games that have reasonably high visual standards because I enjoy creating those environments for my players. I find good light and sound effects more immersive and am running the game I want to run (tempered by the fact it also needs to be the game that those I work with want to run). Zap Fest was not the standard event for us. We had a very low budget and we’re aiming for the look and feel of a 1950s B-movie sci-fi film. We aimed for monsters and settings more evocative of that look.
I would also like to run a game where we simplify the visuals as much as possible. Costumes are replaced with plain white t-shirts with words printed on them. I think I would end up with a whole pile that just read ‘Human’ for the players. Possibly all the NPC shirts would also just read ‘Human’. I suspect that would amuse me. Buildings would be labelled ‘forum’ or ‘house’ or whatever was appropriate and any items the players encounter would be represented by tokens bearing the appropriate label.
(Ed: The ‘Human Being’ shirt in the image above is available from Origin 68 – please go take a look, they have some seriously cool stuff!)
Like Zap Fest and Jurassic LRP if this was ever run it would be a one off event. We would be looking at pushing the boundaries to the extent that we’ve removed an element of the game and see how it effects the way things run. It would also take quite a large amount of effort to put that little into the game visually. The lighting effects would still be used, and would probably be more effective if we have succeeded in reducing the game environment to mostly white.
Who fancies it?