“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” – G.K. Chesterton
SERVICE is a freeform live action role-playing scenario about United States citizens called up for military service during a brutal war.
Each player takes on the role of a citizen who has been torn out of their everyday life and brought to the Orientation Center for deployment to basic training. Everything they own has been removed from them as they are about to embark on the transformational experience of becoming a soldier.
This is game about saying goodbye to the life you’ve known, about patriotism versus the reality of war, and issues of personal versus societal responsibility.
Number of Players: 10-20
Number of Organizers Needed: 1
Length of Play: 2-3 Hours
SERVICE was created as an exercise in how to introduce freeform larp to a group of master’s students at the NYU Game Center in the fall of 2013. The challenge was to encompass what it is to larp, with a short workshop, full game experience, and debrief for twenty new players in under two hours. This game is the result of that experiment, expanded and refined after the initial experience. It was initially played at the NYU Game Center, then once more at Metatopia 2013 and Knutpunkt 2014. It was made publicly available in the American Freeform Bundle of Holding in 2014, and will soon be available for public sale.
What would you miss if you had to go to war?
What would you leave behind?
What do you think is worth fighting for?
Now a finalist in the 2014 IndieCade games festival!