Following their community safety meeting in April, the NZLARPS Auckland Committee requested that the national committee amend its project guidelines to require the following:
That NZLARPS projects be required to complete an Expectations Statement to be released to prospective attendees outlining the expected themes of the larp, so that attendees know what to expect and can choose to play or not based on their own judgement. NZLARPS will not ban any themes but instead encourages open communication and consent between GMs and participants. Players should be able to opt in to themes.
That NZLARPS projects be required to advise on their alcohol policy when applying for NZLARPS project status. NZLARPS does not blanket ban alcohol from its events (except when the venue rules prohibit alcohol) but expects that projects will set a responsible policy that suits their game. NZLARPS reserves the right to refuse projects that do not have a responsible alcohol plan.
This information would be required to be submitted alongside the project scope and budget.
As projects are managed and approved by regions, this requires consultation. Do you approve or disapprove of the proposed changes? In particular, we are interested in your views on whether the proposals:
- are relevant to the sorts of projects run in your region;
- would enhance safety at those projects or in the region as a whole (either directly or indirectly e.g. by providing an example of best practice);
- would deter GMs from seeking project status;
Any other comments you have on the projects process in general are welcome.
Please consult past, present and potential project managers as required. We are interested in their views as well as those of regional committees.
Please respond either on Diatribe here or by email to "firstname.lastname@example.org".