Guy Fawkes Day
By Sharon Tripp and Scott David Gray.
Running Noon - 5 PM at Brandeis University, Saturday November 21st.
Guy Fawkes Day is a Live Action Role Playing (LARP) game for 22-24
players. Each player in the game is given a character to portray. Each
character has her/his own goals and personality. In this game there are
no winners or losers. Though some characters may have 'goals', actual
success at attaining the goals is no reflection on the
player's ability. (For example, an actor is playing
Shakespeare's Hamlet rather poorly if by the end of his performance the tragic prince is
It is November 5, 1605, in London. A Catholic soldier named Guy Fawkes
has just been caught in the basement of Parliament, with a couple tons of
gunpowder. This is apparently part of an act of terrorism designed to
kill virtually all members of the government -- King James I, members of
the House of Lords, members of the House of Commons, and King James's heir
Henry -- in an explosion when James addresses the opening session of
No special knowledge of history is important to play in this game.
Sufficient background information will be given to players.
Note, also, that this game will not necessarily be totally true to
history. We are presenting this in the historical context of November 5,
1605, London, but small aspects of history that are now "known" to
be true may have been changed for game purposes. This is to create a
sequence of events and plots that can put 24 separate characters into major
roles in a short time on screen, to make it easier for the players to
remember their historical roles and what is going on, and to create or
maintain an air of intrigue or romance where there may have been none in
real life. If parts of the history that we have written in these pages, or
in your character sheets, seem mistaken, play the game as though the LARP is
correct (and speak to us afterward -- the difference may have been an
oversight that we wish to correct).
Guy Fawkes Day first ran on Saturday, March 11th 2000.
Guy Fawkes Day next ran on Saturday, November 13th 2004.
Guy Fawkes Day is scheduled to run on Saturday, November 21st, 2009 from
Noon to 5:00 PM. The game will be taking place at Brandeis University, in
the Olin-Sang building.
If you want to play, and can commit to play in Guy Fawkes Day, please:
Be sure to come to the game on time with your
costuming. If you learn that there is any chance that you may be unable to
attend after all, please inform us as soon as
- Fill out a casting questionnaire so we know
what role to give you. You will receive a copy of your character via email,
which you should read over until you feel comfortable with the role.
- Make or obtain some costuming appropriate to your character.
- Review the following files, and print them out
to take with you to the game:
- England in the Seventeenth Century (1603-1714), third
edition, by Maurice Ashley (1961).
- A Short History of 17th Century England: 1603-1689,
by G.E. Aylmer (1963).
- A History of the English Speaking Peoples, volume 2,
by Winston S. Churchill (1966).
- Faith and Treason, by Antonia Fraser (1996).
- The Gunpowder Plot, by Alan Haynes (1996).
- The Century of Revolution 1603-1714, third edition,
by Christopher Hill (1980).
- The History of England, by David Hume (1762).
- Stuart England, second edition, by J.P. Kenyon
- Scapegoat for a Stuart, by Kate Kirby (1977).
- Fawkes: The Quiet Guy, a musical, by Kjartan Poskitt
- Shakespeare: His Life, His Language, His Theater, by
Sam Schoenbaum (1990).
- History of England, Volume 2, third edition, by G.M.
Remember, remember, the fifth of November
Gunpowder treason and plot
We see no reason
Why Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot
Other links that you may wish to review
- See pages about Mont Saint Michel;
another 17th century European LARP by the same authors.
- See pages about Deep South by Daylight;
another LARP by the same authors.
- See GRAPE; a pen and paper roleplaying
game by Scott David Gray.
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This game is a Subterranean Homesick Games production.