Info Dump 7: Singing and the Stage

Michael Young -- October 04, 2010

Info Dump 7: Singing and the Stage

This info dump has three parts: The Songbook and You, The Sound Equipment, Unscheduled Songs, and A Quote from the Rulebook

The Songbook and You

Thanks to the hard work of Merav Hoffman, the Songbook is now available here.

It is HUGE, over 80 pages.

And because it is so large, as usual, Lullaby of Broadway will not be providing songbooks to players. Weíll have maybe a handful printed out. We strongly urge people to bring their own copies of the songbook and share them. Especially share them because at 80+ pages, weíre really killing trees here.

And if you have a song you plan to do that isnít in the songbook, itís up to you to bring the lyrics for it. Weíll have a computer and printer attached to the internet, but itís likely going to be busy doing GM things and wonít be that available for printing lyrics.

The Sound Equipment

Thanks to the hard work of Shane Amerman and Andrew Zorowitz, we will have the same sound setup as last year. It was nice. There will be a jukebox of all the songs, both karaoke and with vocals. There will not be a karaoke scroller, so bring your own printouts of your lyrics (see section above).

There will be a quick demonstration on how to use the sound system right after the rules briefing on Friday. And this is an important point: the GMs are only allowed to use the sound system for scheduled songs we are in. Otherwise, the players are totally empowered to use it.

Why? It all goes back to the concept of ďthere are 70 of you and only 1 of me (3 o r4 of us).Ē Lullaby of Broadway works with a very low GM to player ratio because the players are empowered to make GM decisions (read the rules). This means that every moment we are pressing a play button for you is a moment we arenít explaining the secret history of the mythical land of Brigadoon, which only I know. Anyone can press a play button; having a GM do it doesnít add credence. Go for it! You are empowered.

One final note: The jukebox will not have a way for external devices to plug into it. We will have smaller systems around game space for mp3 players and cd players. You can use those. If you have specific mp3s you want to use for your songs, please send them to Andrew or Shane ahead of time.

This segues nicely into Unscheduled Songs.

You can view the game schedule here. It will also be on the back of your player booklets and the rule booklets. It will also be posted around game space. I will also have a copy on me at all times during the game, which I will forget about and/or lose, and panic and ask to borrow yours (if history is any indication of future behavior).

There are some songs that are scheduled. Most are not. If you wish to sing a song that isnít on the schedule, consider this question: is it the kind of song where everyone can join in and sing along OR am I and a few other people singing to the audience?

If the latter, I strongly suggest that you do not use the stage to sing your song. There will be plenty of places around game space to sing, and we will have speakers or devices for mp3 players and cds if you need background music.

We had some complaints about overuse of the stage last game and we want to avoid that this game. Please only use the stage for big, group singalong songs.

And, of course, please remember that nobody is every required to be part of the audience and watch you perform. People have plots to accomplish and interactions to have. Do not feel that you have to have or be part of an audience. Be polite to performers, of course, but you donít have to watch if you have other things to do.

Info Dump 4: Hotel and Meal Breaks.

Michael Young -- September 15, 2010

Hi folks! Iíve sent out e-mail about the hotel a few times, but time is getting critical. Our room block is released at the end of the month. This means that you have TWO WEEKS LEFT TO MAKE HOTEL RESERVATIONS. Last game everyone waited until the last minute and some people almost didnít get rooms. I will post a list of who has reserved rooms at the end of this letter.

The hotel is the Hagerstown Hotel and Convention Center in Hagerstown, Maryland. The hotel phone number is 301-790-3010. Their website is http://www.hagerstownhotelandconventioncenter.com/ Rooms are $85/night + 12% tax. You can share rooms. If you have a bed available or are looking for a roommate, post your information here.

Unlike last year, Lullaby of Broadway will not be serving meals. Instead, the hotel will have a buffet for lunch and dinner on Saturday as well as their normal breakfast buffet every day (probably Ė see below). I believe that the breakfast buffet cost $5 last year, but Iím not sure.

The hotel has asked for a head count for people who are planning to get lunch and/or dinner there. Please send a message to the GMs if you would be interested in getting the lunch and/or the dinner buffet on Saturday at the hotel. If we take over most of the dining area, I see no reason why lunch and dinner cannot be in character.

I expect lunch to be around $10-$15/person and dinner to be no more than $20/person. Actually, to be clear, if we do not get at least 35 people for the lunch and dinner, then the hotel will not have the buffet, so it is very important that you let us know.

Information Dump 1

Michael Young -- September 06, 2010

Thereís a lot going on at Lullaby of Broadway, and Iíve found that players donít appreciate a large amount of information all dumped on them at once. So, instead, Iím going to space out the information every few days and serve you tapas style rather than all-you-can-eat buffet style. Itís upscale!

Info Dump 1: How to Save Money on Lullaby of Broadway

I know the economy is still hurting people but I did want to assure everyone that LoB is doing fine for player count. We are down one player, and that will be solved within the week. We will lose a few more players as we get closer to the game Ė itís the nature of LARP Ė but LoB has always run full and I donít see why this episode should be any different.

That said, I wanted to give a few money saving tips for Lullaby of Broadway, from smallest to largest.

- Keep track of your service credits. Remember that it costs $50 to register for Lullaby of Broadway, and the remainder is due at the door. The remainder can be anywhere from $0 to $50 depending on what service credits youíve earned. You can check your service credits by logging onto http://www.interactivitiesink.com/larps/broadway/login.pl Cast and tech are not eligible for Service Credits.

- We are giving a $5 at the door service credit to anyone who brings an artificial Christmas Tree for us to use in the Woods. We might not use them, and if we donít storing your tree is your responsibility, but we will give you $5 off regardless. You are responsible for tagging, locating, and retrieving your tree after game.

- Likewise, we are giving a $5 at the door service credit to anyone who brings an air mattress we can use. We should have an inflator available. Again, we may not use them (you still get the $5 credit) and you are responsible for tagging, locating, and retrieving your air mattress after game.

- Donít drop the game. And find people to play. You get a $5 service credit if this is your first Mike Young LARP and you get $5 for each person you get to play the LARP who has never played a Mike Young LARP (one referral credit per referee). But further, Iíll give a blanket $10 service credit to EVERYONE if we are still full as of 5:00 PM Friday of the game (when character packets become available).

- Share hotel rooms. This very chat list is a nice way to facilitate finding a roommate or two. And Iíll be frank. The price of the function space is not tied to the hotel rooms, so if you are local and want to commute Iíll understand. On the other hand, there are future LARPs who want to run at this hotel and giving them a nice room count is a good way to assure this so if you can help the local LARP community by getting a hotel room, then please do so.

- The hotel will have a buffet for us for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and the prices will be reasonable. I do not have prices for the buffets but I will get them. Note that the game does not include an in-character dinner, and we will have breaks for all means. But if you really need to save money, there is a grocery store directly across from the hotel and you can get sandwich fixins there. The game will have complementary water, tea, and lemonade available over the course of the weekend.

June Update

Michael Young -- June 15, 2010

A quick note: We are still at the same hotel, but that have switched function space on us. Instead of the larger function space, we are back in the smaller function space. Itís still The Hagerstown Hotel and Convention Center. The room block should be open, so the time to reserve your hotel rooms is now. The hotel phone number is 301-790-3010.

The game is no longer full. We have one male character available. His name is Boq. He is from Wicked and eventually becomes the Tin Woodsman. Just sign up and heís yours.

Cast/NPCs

We still need Cast/NPCs. It costs $25 to cast for the weekend, or $35 to cast on Saturday only. Cast/NPCs will get a series of smaller, less fulfilling characters over the course of the game and will still be able to attend all game functions, such as the dances on Friday and Saturday night.

State of the Game - Feburary 2010

Michael Young -- February 04, 2010

We have confirmed that we will be at the same hotel as episode 2, The Hagerstown Hotel and Convention Center. The room block should be open, so the time to reserve your hotel rooms is now. The hotel phone number is 301-790-3010.

The writersí list is buzzing and we have started to plot the game, beginning with the big plots and the show plots. Weíll be working on the personal character plots in February and March and then the actual writing starts in April. I will cast the game once plotting ends in April, and not before, even if we fill to overflowing.

On that note, we have filled to overflowing. There are 70 characters available in the game, including adult and child characters. We now have 71 people signed up for the game, of which over 45 are confirmed. The rest of you simply havenít paid the $50 deposit.

Unless there are drops (there will be drops; there are always drops), someone who registered isnít going to get to play. The database stores the date that you registered, so players will be put in the game in that order. However, *confirmed* players are bumped to the head of the list. This means that if you pay your $50, you are guaranteed a spot in the game. If you wait to pay at the door, youíll get in in the order you registered.

The very last person to register without paying is the first person on the wait list. Do not worry though. We have enough people willing to go to cast that the people on the wait list will get in.

Cast/NPCs

We still need Cast/NPCs. It costs $25 to cast for the weekend, or $35 to cast on Saturday only. Cast/NPCs will get a series of smaller, less fulfilling characters over the course of the game and will still be able to attend all game functions, such as the dances on Friday and Saturday night.

Christmas Trees

As you are busy packing up the holiday ornaments, donít forget that LoB is giving an at the door $5 discount to anyone who brings a tree with stand that we can use during the game to make the woods. You get the discount whether or not we use the tree.

Registration now open for Episode 3

Michael Young -- October 20, 2009

Same hotel as Episode 2. If you have not yet registered, click the link below. Make sure that you not only fill out the questionnaire, but that you also register for the game. You have to do both.

Thanks

Michael Young -- October 06, 2009

Episode 2 was swell. Thanks to everyone! Check back in November for registration and information on Episode 3.

Registration is now live

Michael Young -- October 01, 2008

Please register for Episode 2 by clicking here.

Don't forget to fill out your Player Questionnaire. The questions have changed since Episode 1. You can fill it out here.

Thanks for playing!

Thank you for playing

Michael Young -- September 21, 2008

To say the game went well would be an understatement. Thanks for playing! We'll have registration available for the second episode by the end of September.

Character Sheets Available.

Michael Young -- September 05, 2008

Character sheets are now available. You can get your character sheet and your stats by by selecting the Character Menu tab then Manage Your Characters.

You can see all public documents by selecting the document library under the Player Tab.

You can also see members of all the groups your character are part of by selecting the Character Menu tab and selecting ďView your character groups.Ē

Please e-mail me if you have any questions or problems.

Hotel Information

The game takes place September 19-21 at the Dayís Hotel, Timonium. Call 1-(800)-235-3297 for reservations; mention Lullaby of Broadway for the good rates. Keep in mind that if we get 30 room nights, 1 person from each room gets a $5 service credit. If we get 40 room nights, everybody gets the $5 service credit (these do not stack). Our room block is freed THURSDAY the 22nd, so make your reservations NOW!

Players Wanted

Due to some last minute drops, we need players for the following characters:
Tommy Djilas [The Music Man] Ė teenager preferred.
Sky Masterson [Guys and Dolls].
Patsy Barton [Babes in Arms].

We will have one final logistics e-mail in early September. Thanks for playing!

Bit Parts, Hotel Information, Dead Dog

Michael Young -- April 28, 2008

Bit Parts, Dead Dog, and Hotel Information

Bit Parts

I wanted to give you all the opportunity to earn service credits just by watching your show on DVD and taking notes.

We will need a number of Bit Parts for the game. A Bit Part is a character that can be picked up and played for a scene where the player wants to attend, but his or her character would not be there for some reason. Bit Parts have a brief description and no real plot.

I would like people to write up Bit Parts for their shows. Please refer to the document ďWriting Bit PartsĒ for instructions how. Players who write Bit Parts will get 1 Service Credit per Bit Part created.

Bit Parts are like scenery. They add a lot to the game but are entirely player generated. If players donít write the Bit Parts, there wonít be any available. Players who write Bit Parts will get 1 Service Credit per Bit Part created. You can just bring your printed Bit Parts to the game and get your Service Credits there, or e-mail them to Mike Young before September to get pre-game Service Credits.

Note that you will get your service credits for your Bit Parts even if someone else writes the same ones. Weíll just try to remove duplicates as they are brought to game. Of course, the Lullaby of Broadway Chat list is a perfect place to negotiate writing Bit Parts to avoid duplication of effort in the first place.

Hotel Information

The game takes place September 19-21 at the Dayís Hotel, Timonium. Call 1-(800)-235-3297 for reservations; mention Lullaby of Broadway for the good rates. Keep in mind that if we get 30 room nights, 1 person from each room gets a $5 service credit. If we get 40 room nights, everybody gets the $5 service credit (these do not stack).

Dead Dog

Iím looking for someone willing to coordinate the Dead Dog. This involves:

- Locating a restaurant that will take 40-60 people.
- Coordinating attendees
- Printing out and providing directions to the dead dog at the game.

The dead dog will be 4:00 or so at a nearby restaurant. You have to be willing to call restaurants in the Timonium area. You do not have to be local. Coordinating the dead dog is worth 15 Service Credits. Reply to this email if you are interested. Thanks!

Announcing Dream Casting

Michael Young -- January 17, 2008

Dream Casting is the January 2008 update to the Interactivities Ink website and is a fun activity you can participate in even if you have no plans to play in Lullaby of Broadway.

What is Dream Casting?

Have you ever seen a movie or play or tv show and started casting it with your friends? I know that [my friend] would make the perfect [iconic character of the show].

Well, Dream Casting allows you to do that with the shows for Lullaby of Broadway! It lets you vote for your dream cast of a show and then it will tabulate the votes to see who the peopleís choices are.

Right now you can only see the results on the Dream Casting page, but next month we will also display the results on the public shows page for all to see.

How Do I Dream Cast?

Click here OR...

Log in at http://www.intink.com/larps/broadway
Navigate to the Player Menu (tab)
Select the dark red Dream Cast link on the left menu (itís the first link).
From there you just click on your show and select your cast from the drop down list of players. You can change your vote any time you want.

The Small Print

In order to Dream Cast, both you and your target cast members must be members of the Lullaby of Broadway database. You may create an account in the database even if you have no plans of playing the game. Yes, you may vote for yourself. Note: Dream Cast is just a fun exercise and is not a guarantee of casting for the game itself.

Lullaby of Broadway Update: January 2008, The State of the Game

Michael Young -- January 01, 2008

The game is progressing nicely. Though a lot of hard work and some help (Thanks Del and Dean), we have gotten all the core shows up on the web site. This means that if you go here you can see exactly which shows we are most likely using, get a summary of those shows, and see the characters we will be taking from those shows.

However, we are still in the final stages of merging, adding shows, and removing them. We still have shows in the queue to review and it is possible that some shows will be voted off the list (Iíve already removed Seven Brides for Seven Brothers for example).

And here is the important part: you can vote too, even if you donít plan to play. Really, although if you donít plan to play, Iíd prefer that you vote in good faith. To vote, select the red Vote for Shows link under the Player Menu tab.

We may even add some new shows, although that will be tougher. What Iím looking for now are shows that would merge well and add plot to existing characters rather than shows that would add new characters. One or two new characters might be ok, but I think weíve hit about the right number for the game. If you have any suggestions drop me a line, but please understand that I might not have time to see a lot more shows this month.

That brings me to the next thing that will be happening in January: the Great Merge. I expect that we will have between 40 and 65 players when all is said and done. Right now, we have 21 people signed up, and I forsee no difficulties at least hitting minimum. Nonetheless, I will start really pushing for people to register now that weíre in the new year. If you plan to play, please register soon, because casting will be in a few short months. If you have no plans to play, please *tell me*. Saying ďmaybe,Ē will just get you caught in the next advertising push. Saying ďnoĒ means Iíll leave you alone. Saying, ďmaybe, but please give me some time to make up my mind,Ē will mean I leave you alone until the middle of April when we cast and itís important that youíve signed up by then.

Also remember, if you have friends who may be interested, you can get $5.00 off the price of the game if they say they referred you. With careful work and planning you can play the whole game for only $25, easily well worth it.

Anyway, back to the Great Merge. Right now we have 70 primary characters in the database and 31 secondary characters. The plan is to merge these characters together until we have 60-70 characters total. This isnít as large as a merge as it might seem. Nonetheless, when we are done will we have the backbone over which plots may be written. By the way, in case you didnít know, Iím writing Lullaby of Broadway in a fishbowl and players are welcome to contribute content. Already we have gotten content from a few players which has led to a whole slew of new plots.

However, at the end of January, we will have stabilized the list of shows and the characters and plotting will begin in earnest, so vote early and vote often.

Finally, we will have another important announcement in January about a fun thing that players and non-players of the game alike can share: dream casting. More about that toward the end of the month though. Hope you had a happy New Year!

Welcome

Michael Young -- October 07, 2007

Welcome to Lullaby of Broadway, a series of LARPs based off of some of Broadway's biggest and brightest musicals.

Episode One, Another Openin Another Show, is now open for registration.

Feel free to take a look around the site. We are in the process of adding content. Check out the list of shows, for example.

Don't forget to fill out your Player Questionnaire! It will help us cast you later.

Check out our FAQ if you have any questions.

Welcome

Michael Young -- August 18, 2007

Welcome to Lullaby of Broadway, a series of LARPs based off of some of Broadway's biggest and brightest musicals.

Episode One, Another Openin Another Show, is now open for registration. The first 10 people to pay get a $10 Service Credit.

Feel free to take a look around the site. We don't have a great deal of content right now, but we will continue adding content and cool things to do over the next few months.

Don't forget to fill out your Player Questionnaire! It will help us cast you later.



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