Thursday, November 5 - Sunday, November 8, 2015
At the Morristown Hyatt & Conference Center in Morristown, New Jersey


LARP (Live Action Role Playing) SCHEDULE for METATOPIA 2015

Updated 11/4/15 at 11:30PM

METATOPIA Event Registration works slightly differently from other Double Exposure events. While there are no advancement rounds, some of the events are red to start with because they are "invitation only". This does NOT mean that you are completely excluded from playing in them, only that you need to be invited. So when you send an eMail to us, you may ask to be included in those events. We will probably call you and discuss your choices with you.

All non-panel events are classified as one of three different levels of Playtest:

[FOCUS GROUP]: The game is still in the concept stage and players should be expecting to discuss ideas and opinions about how the game should be created, but not actually test much.

[ALPHA TEST]: The game is in early development and not quite ready to play from beginning to end. Players should be expecting to play parts of the game, and perhaps replay those parts or focus on one section of the rules at a time.

[BETA TEST]: The game is in late development and is ready to be played all the way through. Players should be expecting to give feedback and criticism about the game while playing it.

If an event is tagged by the phrase "[NDA REQUIRED]", the Designer has asked that details about his/her game design be kept quiet. The Designer may ask players to sign an actual NDA form, or to just verbally promise not to discuss the game after the playtest.

PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR PHONE NUMBER(S) IN YOUR EMAIL SO WE CAN REACH YOU IF NECESSARY!

So send eMail to m2015@dexposure.com with the events you would LIKE to play in, and PLEASE INCLUDE EVENT CODES IN YOUR EMAIL!. We will then do our best to match you up with the events that you are interested in. There WILL be a Big Board at METATOPIA, and any seats which are not filled in advance CAN be filled at the convention.

You are also allowed to submit a second and third choice for events in the same time slot, which will save us time in negotiating what you can get into if your primary choice is filled already. Just make it clear what is an alternate choice so we can enter things quickly.

VERY IMPORTANT: If there are specific times that you DO NOT WANT TO DO ANYTHING, please specify those times. If we see holes in your schedule (that are not lunch or dinner breaks), we MAY try to fill them!

Also, PLEASE note "D" events (panels and seminars) along with others - it is important that we track interest in the various panels, and that we know where you have holes in your schedule.

Send your reservation eMail to us at m2015@dexposure.com

You may ONLY reserve seats in METATOPIA 2015 events if you are pre-registered. Click here to pre-register for METATOPIA 2015 if you have not already done so.

We will reply within 24 hours with a confirmation that your requests were received. If you do NOT get a confirmation, assume that your codes are NOT received and try again. Note that you MUST include a valid eMail reply-to address for us to reach you to confirm!


The MASTER INDEX OF EVENTS


L113: [BETA TEST] "Glitzy Nails" by ; presented by Kat Jones. Glitzy Nails is a freeform/semi-live scenario about intersectional feminism, interactions among women, and nail salons. It is a game for 2 or 4 players. 1 or 2 players will take the role of employees at Glitzy Nails, 1 or 2 players will take the role of customers at Glitzy Nails. The game is played while the customer(s) gets a manicure from the employee(s). Be aware that touching (of the hand and arms) is an important aspect of this game and will be involved in the playtest. Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages.

L118: [FOCUS GROUP] "Kensei" presented by Craig Page. A World Martial Arts Tournament Boffer LARP. Set in a cyberpunk dystopian future where MegaCoprorations control nearly every facet of society and life. People find solace in putting themselves in to the arena and fighting each other. Players take on the roles of members of this combat culture that is burgeoning in the world. From fighters to managers and trainers; to merchants, medics, reporters and gamblers, players are invited to make friends, enemies, and rivals as they get closer to notoriety. This game is designed for fans of both boffer combat and social roleplay found in theater LARPs, because the real drama of the fight is what happens before and after the match. Friday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

L143: [ALPHA TEST] "Laban for LARPers" by Unruly Designs; presented by Moyra Turkington. A workshop in-development for LARPers who want to learn how to translate their character intention into physical embodiment. Through this workshop Mo aims to bring her theatre background to the LARP community and develop a workshop to teach the basics of Rudolf Laban's method of understanding Shape, Weight and Time to physically manifest emotion - and build powerful character portrayal. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

L182: [BETA TEST] "Celestial Bodies" by Phoenix Outlaw Productions; presented by Nicolas Hornyak. Come play as planets, stars, and even galaxies in this freeform LARP about relationships and balance on the cosmos. Against a mythological backdrop and a wall of silence, players take on their own roles and discover their own meaning in the greater dances, leaving metaphor to the personal mind. Enjoy a transformative experience as you explore the depths of the universe when it's given meaning with music. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

L183: [BETA TEST] "Psychic Detective Agency" presented by Jay Treat. You are the world's foremost psychic detectives, and you've all been summoned to help solve the murder of the century. Different players have narrative authority over the past, present, and future. Try the most exciting American Freeform game from the #threeforged RPG challenge. Your characters might see the end coming, but you never will. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

L184: [BETA TEST] "Suspiriorum" presented by Banana Chan. It's the 80's and seven people are stuck in a nightclub with a killer on the loose. As each person gets killed off, they become ghosts who will change the outcome of the game. In the end, two characters will remain; the protagonist and the murderer. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

L185: [BETA TEST] "The Golden Cobra Contest Winner Showcase" presented by Jason Morningstar. The winners are in. The judges have explained the contest. Now, let's play some games! Due to the nature of the contest, we won't know until just before the convention what will be running. We encourage you to be flexible when you show up for this event. Based on audience preference, number of players who arrive and various other factors (entirely left to the discretion of our crack facilitator team!), any or all games of each winning category might run. Categories include: Most Convention-Ready, Most Appealing to Newcomers, Cleverest Design and Game We're Most Eager to Play. Each game will run a minimum of once during the convention. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

L225: [FOCUS GROUP] "Support Signals: An Attempt to Address Challenges of Support and Safety Techniques" by Games to Gather; presented by Tayler Stokes. This is a focus group that examines a play tool in development called "Support Signals", which aims to provide players with a non-disruptive way to established yes-based consent in play. The objective is to discuss the limitations of our current tools and to imagine what might make for more effective play communication. To do this we will need to explore the difference between the safety needs of players who find themselves requiring distance from play events, support for players who need to stay engaged with their experience, and the various difficulties we've had in trying to strike that balance. Friday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

L226: [BETA TEST] "THE INTREPID SEVEN: Diary of a Septad" by Damocles Thread Development; presented by Jacqueline Bryk & Evan Torner. An American Freeform scenario about scavenging and limerence. Seven survivors of a crashed colony ship scavenge the wreckage to build their new society. Fortunately, they have the help of their new spouses: each other. The Intrepid Seven is a romantic science fiction game about the first seven days of terraforming and society building on a new planet by a group of seven survivors. The twist? These seven recently unfrozen colonists have just been placed into a hasty arranged marriage with each other, as is their culture's custom. The game explores themes of making the best of an unusual situation, as well as the excitement that polyamorous newlyweds might feel toward each other as they act on the world around them. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

L227: [ALPHA TEST] "Three Short Games About Waking" presented by Graham Walmsley. In a forest, creatures wake in their new bodies and discover who they are. In a shipping container, teenagers wake and wondering where they are going. And, after a war, a city comes to life again. In this workshop, we'll experiment with three embryonic games on the theme of waking up: Frankenstein's Creature, 8x40 and This Is Tomorrow. We'll move quickly from game to game, playing bits of each and seeing what works. Come along if you're ready to experiment! Friday, 4:00PM - 7:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] L228: [BETA TEST] War Birds; "Lumberjills" by Unruly Designs; presented by Moyra Turkington. In the highlands of Scotland in WW2, British women come together in brutal physical labour: felling trees and processing timber in service of the war effort. In the woods, they find newfound confidence and physical capacity - and in dance socials with neighbouring lumberjack and training camps discover romance, and new options for their lives. Play if you like dancing, falling in love and dreaming about days past. Friday, 4:00PM - 7:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] L280: [ALPHA TEST] "An Evening of Space Disasters with Bully Pulpit Games" by Bully Pulpit Games LLC; presented by Jason Morningstar. If you equally enjoy switching gears from tabletop to LARP, join Jason Morningstar for two hard-SF near-future space disaster games. Off Nominal: As you begin your final approach to the OPSEK space station in low Earth orbit, you watch in horror as a Chinese satellite collides with it. What was a routine crew transfer is now a race against time as you try to rescue OPSEK's crew. Off Nominal is a one-shot roleplaying game with some tactile, board-game-like elements. CARTWHEEL: You've crashed on the moon and all your lives depend on managing an escalating series of failures. You are leaking atmosphere, the temperature is dropping, and rescue is a broken S-band transmitter away. Part locked room puzzle game, part intense LARP, CARTWHEEL mashes up a jargon-heavy near-future technothriller with a drama-heavy relationship game. You will be playing in darkness and crawling around under time pressure. We'll play both, and then you'll need a drink. Friday, 8:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

L281: [BETA TEST] "Blessed Be the Host of the Kings of Heaven!" by Games to Gather; presented by Tayler Stokes. Lucifer has lost the favor of God and has been banished from Heaven. In this hour a Choir of Angels gathers to decide how Heaven will handle the aftermath of Lucifer’s Fall. Blessed Be the Host of the Kind of Heaven is a brief freeform game about stature and voice for three to seven players. This game has something of an experimental design, so your play experience will likely be a bit off the beaten path. It’s all about the debrief! Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

L307: [BETA TEST] "Here. Me. Now." by Special Snowflake Games; presented by Gavin White. Have you ever relived a traumatic moment of your life? Have you ever thought your perspective had been ignored or overrun? Was there ever a time when you thought no-one understood or cared about you? Have you had one of those moments flash up around you so powerfully that you froze, lashed out, silenced yourself, or ran away? Have you wished that moment had gone differently, or wondered who you might be without that experience? Here. Me. Now. is a freeform game that builds empathy between its players. One player tells a story of a challenging moment in their life, and the others listen with their whole bodies, using theatrical movement and interpretive dance to express the story and their emotional experience of it. At the end, storytellers have an opportunity to recast their story, and integrate and embody this new version. Content may be visionary, innocuous, and/or violent, and descriptions abstract and/or vivid. While it can be played with lighter topics, it is designed for use with challenging material, and with a high degree of attention to allowing the players to choose their level of engagement. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

L308: [BETA TEST] "Starship Freeform" presented by Jay Treat. Report for duty, officer. This starship is headed for stars unknown, and the crew depends on your skills and judgment. Each player takes the role of an officer on the bridge of a starship, with the narrative authority that relates to their field of expertise. Expect science, danger, emotions, and quandaries. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages.

[FILLED] L309: [BETA TEST] "Waiting For Slenderman" by Goldfinch Games; presented by K.N. Granger & Jacqueline Bryk. A suspenseful free-form live action roleplay game about the known, the unknown, and the imagined - as well as how myths and reality sometimes can be uncomfortable bedfellows. Note: this game is played almost entirely in the dark. Game intended to be an experiment in accessibility for low-vision persons. (People who don't feel comfortable with the premise should opt-out.) Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

L333: [BETA TEST] "Glitzy Nails" by ; presented by Kat Jones. Glitzy Nails is a freeform/semi-live scenario about intersectional feminism, interactions among women, and nail salons. It is a game for 2 or 4 players. 1 or 2 players will take the role of employees at Glitzy Nails, 1 or 2 players will take the role of customers at Glitzy Nails. The game is played while the customer(s) gets a manicure from the employee(s). Be aware that touching (of the hand and arms) is an important aspect of this game and will be involved in the playtest. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages.

L334: [BETA TEST] "Shame" presented by Jay Sylvano. A freeform game about "honor" violence. Shame is a scenario about so-called honor violence, also referred to as shame violence, patriarchal violence and sometimes femicide. In this scenario you and your fellow participants will take on the role of a family who has determined that an “honor” killing is the only possible course of action to be enacted upon another family member who has disgraced you. One person will play that family member. Saturday, 9:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] L335: [BETA TEST] "Will That Be All?" presented by Graham Walmsley. In the last years of a country house, the servants gather for dinner. We meet them three times, in 1928, 1931 and 1935, as their feelings for each other grow and change. This is a game about love and relationships between servants, starting in the affluent 1920s and ending with the threat of war in the 1930s. Play if you like emotional, theatre-style LARPs or you're enthusiastic about playing servants in love. Saturday, 9:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

L375: [BETA TEST] "Love and Betrayal" presented by Banana Chan. Three people are trapped as actors in a soap opera. Each scene, they are given a different script to act out, while the audience members watch and pass along orders to the GM (their assistant). Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

L376: [BETA TEST] War Birds; "Mobilize" presented by Kira Magrann & Moyra Turkington. Ft Oglethorpe, Georgia, 1943: Five queer women find each other, community, and a new way to be in the Women's Army Corps. Clothes to feel themselves in, a job that let them get their hands dirty, a lover, a family, a home all under pressure and the intense scrutiny of military authority. Tolerated only because the military needed the numbers; and by regulation still classified as mentally ill - the threat of a dishonorable discharge was real. Sometimes that threat meant making the hard choice between doing the right thing, and surviving as a queer woman in the army. Play if you want to get under the skin of the queer struggle of history. Saturday, 11:00AM - 2:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

L392: [FOCUS GROUP] "Kensei" presented by Craig Page. A World Martial Arts Tournament Boffer LARP. Set in a cyberpunk dystopian future where MegaCoprorations control nearly every facet of society and life. People find solace in putting themselves in to the arena and fighting each other. Players take on the roles of members of this combat culture that is burgeoning in the world. From fighters to managers and trainers; to merchants, medics, reporters and gamblers, players are invited to make friends, enemies, and rivals as they get closer to notoriety. This game is designed for fans of both boffer combat and social roleplay found in theater LARPs, because the real drama of the fight is what happens before and after the match. Saturday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

L425: [ALPHA TEST] "Slayer Cake" by ; presented by Kat Jones & Evan Torner. Heavily inspired by Brutal Legend and Metalocalypse, Slayer Cake is a LARP set in the fantastical Metal World, where music has magical power. Players take on the roles of musicians and roadies who must rehearse and perform a variety of rock songs. By "perform," we mean lip-sync and air guitar. Players will journey to different mystical sites of Metal World in preparation for several climactic gigs. This playtest will provide an overview of the game, but will focus specifically on testing the preparation, performance, and battle of the bands mechanics. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

L426: [ALPHA TEST] War Birds; "Blood is Thick" presented by Kimberley Lam. Though the brutal Khmer Rouge was ousted from power in 1979, the years since have been filled with Vietnamese occupation and civil war. One family has struggled to rebuild amidst the continual war and upheaval. However, the joy of rediscovering a relative thought to have been killed in a notorious execution center is short-lived when her steadfast refusal to return for the traditional New Year's festivities causes unresolved pain to rise once more to the surface. Blood is Thick is a small group LARP about struggling with the lingering aftermath of genocide when victims and aggressors reside side by side and are sometimes the same person. Best for playtesters who want to explore emotionally intense family dynamics, are comfortable with some degree of narrative control and can play secondary characters under direction. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

L472: [BETA TEST] "Suspiriorum" presented by Banana Chan. It's the 80's and seven people are stuck in a nightclub with a killer on the loose. As each person gets killed off, they become ghosts who will change the outcome of the game. In the end, two characters will remain; the protagonist and the murderer. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

L473: [BETA TEST] "The Golden Cobra Contest Winner Showcase" presented by J Li. The winners are in. The judges have explained the contest. Now, let's play some games! Due to the nature of the contest, we won't know until just before the convention what will be running. We encourage you to be flexible when you show up for this event. Based on audience preference, number of players who arrive and various other factors (entirely left to the discretion of our crack facilitator team!), any or all games of each winning category might run. Categories include: Most Convention-Ready, Most Appealing to Newcomers, Cleverest Design and Game We're Most Eager to Play. Each game will run a minimum of once during the convention. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

L474: [BETA TEST] War Birds; "Lumberjills" by Unruly Designs; presented by Moyra Turkington. In the highlands of Scotland in WW2, British women come together in brutal physical labour: felling trees and processing timber in service of the war effort. In the woods, they find newfound confidence and physical capacity - and in dance socials with neighbouring lumberjack and training camps discover romance, and new options for their lives. Play if you like dancing, falling in love and dreaming about days past. Saturday, 4:00PM - 7:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

L518: [FOCUS GROUP] "Support Signals: An Attempt to Address Challenges of Support and Safety Techniques" by Games to Gather; presented by Tayler Stokes. This is a focus group that examines a play tool in development called "Support Signals", which aims to provide players with a non-disruptive way to established yes-based consent in play. The objective is to discuss the limitations of our current tools and to imagine what might make for more effective play communication. To do this we will need to explore the difference between the safety needs of players who find themselves requiring distance from play events, support for players who need to stay engaged with their experience, and the various difficulties we've had in trying to strike that balance. Saturday, 8:00PM - 9:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

L556: [BETA TEST] "Picnic in the Dog Park" by Goldfinch Games; presented by K.N. Granger & Matt Weber. A thrilling six-person puzzle LARP based on the rich and evocative setting of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast. (Canon-adherent up through summer 2015 hiatus.) The Night Vale City Council has opened the Dog Park - in fact, why haven't you been yet? It's always been open, and always will be. Scattered in the Dog Park are... things. Things that *might,* in fact, have memories. Or not. You never know, in the Dog Park. Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] L557: [ALPHA TEST] War Birds; "Keep the Candles Lit" by Phoenix Outlaw Productions; presented by Shoshana Kessock. Three generations of women in one family escape the grasp of the Nazis and take to the woods to fight as partisans during the war. From a traditional Jewish background, they have spent their lives steeped in their culture and religion and now must decide what they can preserve, and what they will carry with them for future generations. Good for players who are interested in exploring cultural tradition and transition. Historical, semi-live, black box LARP. Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

L587: [BETA TEST] "The Golden Cobra Contest Winner Showcase" presented by Evan Torner. The winners are in. The judges have explained the contest. Now, let's play some games! Due to the nature of the contest, we won't know until just before the convention what will be running. We encourage you to be flexible when you show up for this event. Based on audience preference, number of players who arrive and various other factors (entirely left to the discretion of our crack facilitator team!), any or all games of each winning category might run. Categories include: Most Convention-Ready, Most Appealing to Newcomers, Cleverest Design and Game We're Most Eager to Play. Each game will run a minimum of once during the convention. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

L621: [BETA TEST] "This is Your Life?" presented by Jay Treat. You live in a nursing home. That's all you know anymore. Until the people you touched in the past host an event to remind you why they care about you. Based loosely on the black and white reality show by the same name, players will present an artifact and then remind our guest who they are and what good deeds they've done to touch our lives. They'll become the person they forgot they were. Bring a photo, or anything else old, unique, and/or personal! Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

L622: [ALPHA TEST] War Birds; "Blood is Thick" presented by Kimberley Lam. Though the brutal Khmer Rouge was ousted from power in 1979, the years since have been filled with Vietnamese occupation and civil war. One family has struggled to rebuild amidst the continual war and upheaval. However, the joy of rediscovering a relative thought to have been killed in a notorious execution center is short-lived when her steadfast refusal to return for the traditional New Year's festivities causes unresolved pain to rise once more to the surface. Blood is Thick is a small group LARP about struggling with the lingering aftermath of genocide when victims and aggressors reside side by side and are sometimes the same person. Best for playtesters who want to explore emotionally intense family dynamics, are comfortable with some degree of narrative control and can play secondary characters under direction. Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.


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