The Guy

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 still alive....)

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 Parliament.

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:
  1. 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.
  2. Make or obtain some costuming appropriate to your character.
  3. Review the following files, and print them out to take with you to the game:
  4. 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 possible.

Electronic References


Remember, remember, the fifth of November
Gunpowder treason and plot
We see no reason
Why Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot

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This game is a Subterranean Homesick Games production.