Lullaby of Broadway Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated September 25, 2008

Lullaby of Broadway is a series of three thematically connected games. The games are not a campaign and will have no continuity of character or plot. Our second episode, All That Jazz will run October 2-4, 2009 in Hagerstown, Maryland. You can find out more information here.

Q: I'm confused. Are the characters putting on a show or are they characters from the shows, or are they generic characters like "the high school student?"

A: All of the characters in the game are directly taken from Broadway Musicals. So expect to be playing characters like Mamma Rose, Roxy Hart, and Juan Peron.

Q: What shows will you be using?

A: The current list of shows is here. You'll note that the shows have a count of thumbs up and thumbs down next to them. That's because players can vote on which shows they'd like to see in the game.

Q: I have horrible stage fright, plus I can't hold a tune. Will I have to perform in front of others or sing at all?

A: Did you know that performing in front of others is one of most people's biggest fears? You are not alone! Regardless, Interactivities Ink has a strong history of never forcing players to do things they don't want to do. Players will never be forced to sing in public or perform on stage. These opportunities are always available for those who revel in them, but they will never be forced up those who do not.

Q: Will this be an actual LARP or just a bunch of vignettes watching other people perform?

A: I was reading some of my old livejournal articles and found one where I said, "Yeah, I like to watch things and be outside of the action. That's why I LARP. Thanks." I was being sarcastic, of course, but the point remains. LARP is all about interactions between people in character. And Lullaby of Broadway is a LARP first and foremost.

The current plan is to make as many of the things that happen on stage as audience participatory as possible, not just watching others perform, but being part of that performance, to the extent that you are comfortable, of course.

But even then, players will never be forced to watch other people's scenes on stage. The game space will have three large areas for roleplaying. If you don't want to be part of the big scene going on in one area, you are always free to go to a different area to roleplay, or - if it comes to it - the lobby is just around the corner from game space and you are always free to sit in the comfy chairs there and talk and roleplay in character. No big scenes will ever happen in the lobby.

Q: Will I be forced to play a host of different characters during the game?

A: Absolutely not. I'm not even sure where this rumor started. Again, we will never force players to do things they don't want to do. One thing we will be doing; however, is having a set of bit part characters available. Your character will be your typical LARP character with plots, goals, and motivations. But you can grab a bit part character from another part of the game so you can participate in certain events.

For example, your primary character might be Billy Flynn, a highly paid lawyer. There will probably be a sock hop in game Friday night. Now, if you can find a way for Billy Flynn to go to a sock hop, great, go for it! However, you will always be able to play a bit part, a high school student who would go to the sock hop.

But to repeat: You never have to play anyone but your primary character if you do not want to.

Q: I want to pay for the game, but I haven't gotten my degree in the Lullaby of Broadway pricing structure. How much does it cost to play?

A: I apologise for the complexity. I'll try to summarize. It costs $50 to register for the game. The balance of $50 must be paid at the game. However, you may do things for the game, such as making scenery, or helping set up, which can lower your balance. These things are called service credits. If you earn more than $50 in service credits, some of them carry over to future episodes.

You can see the current list of service credits here, but more will be added as more things can be done for the game.

Q: What does the money go toward?

A: The hotel, mostly. Also the buffet on Saturday. Additional money will go toward props, set, office supplies, paper, and lots and lots of printer ink. My larps tend to run from a $400 deficit to a $200 surplus. I'm not in this to make money. Any surplus from the first episode will be rolled into the second episode, and likewise, any surplus from the second episode will be rolled into the third.

Q: How many players do you expect?

A: The stall speed bottom number is 40 players. That is a gimme putt. My real expectation for a lower number of players is 60, and the game will max out at 75 players.

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