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Thursday 3 September 2015

Tormenting trenches

The young boys lie in the trenches. Their faces illuminated by bright explosions. Rumbling thunder. Dirt are thrown over them in the dark of night, then the screams and the pain. Lost memories flow among the ruins. The fog comes first and then Death, with shining eyes scouting for souls. Its hunger is known throughout the trenches. Many boys are hollow without joy in their life. Dead in their eyes.

In this larp participants play two halves of the same character, fighting to survive in the terrors of war while clinging to the memories of the past. Which part of you will you lose, or will vanish completely, when Death goes hunting and memories fade.

All the Little Boys Are Dead (DK) by Frederik Berg & Rasmus Høgdall is set in the trenches of the first world war, it follows 8 young men, in their struggle to survive while keeping their memories and sanity intact, while bombs are falling all around them and death comes to steal them away.

All the Little Boys Are Dead is a larp running for two hours. It is heavily scripted and relays on both transparency and expectations among the players to work. The larps run-time is determined by the soundscape designed specific for the larp. The soundscape is a mix between nature sounds, bombs exploding and a horror track for when death comes. All the sounds is used as ques for the players, so they know how to react in a certain situation.

All characters are played by two players, where one player is mute but can see and the other is blind but can talk. Between them they have three memories that keeps them alive, if they lose them the become hollow and are left in the trenches when the larp ends. The memories are inspired by everyday life and common feelings.

Image by Grindelbear on Deviantart under a Creative Commons Licence

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