KapCon 2020 flagship

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Thanks to @Anna_K, KapCon 2020 has a last-minute flagship - though it may be familiar to some of you. Breakout Day was the very first flagship larp run at KapCon, way back in 2001. Its been rerun and rewritten over the years, but hasn’t had a Wellington re-run. Until now. Blurb below:

It’s Breakout Day for the call centre staff of Zonix Inc, an evening devoted to training and team building. But there’s an efficiency expert on site, and rumours of layoffs are rife. Secrets abound, mysteries flourish, and is it that the night teams are full of vampires? And what on earth is the product you sell when you make these calls? Breakout Day is horror-comedy set in the corporate world with a twist, where getting fired may be the least of your worries!

ZONIX INC is a multinational company based in Wellington, but a fairly small one. No-one who works in the call centre knows what the products actually are. The call centre has a high employee turnover and is not a very happy place to work. The company sells products to customers by means of cold calls from a call centre. In the call centre, employees use computers to manage their calls. They cannot make personal calls, and the computer places each call. As soon as a call is answered the computer provides a simple script, standard sales stuff but with a numerical code instead of a product name. All the customers on the database know who Zonix is and what the numbers refer to, because many of them agree to make a purchase. Zonix’s HQ is run by Lenora Bracklee, who seems a perfectly typical member of senior management. It was Bracklee who announced this paid, compulsory “breakout day”, probably to counter plummeting morale.

Originally written for and run at KapCon X, January 2001, by Morgan Davie, Bryan “Baz” Clark, Luke Walker, Jonathan Todd and Nate Cull. Additional material by Anna Klein, Rowena Knill and Blair Purkiss for Battlecry 2010. It has been further revamped and rewritten by Anna Klein to suit 2019 themes and play styles.

The game has apparently played a lot, and should be replayable for those who played the original.

To sign up, fill out the casting survey, and register for the con.


From @Anna_K on Facebook:

Hi everyone,

Matt and I are running a larp on the Saturday night of Kapcon, and we’ve still got about 10 spaces to fill. Come play a customer service representative in a completely normal call centre that definitely is not weird and nothing weird will happen at the larp and it’s all completely normal, hahaha, totally totally normal. So for a completely ordinary evening of teambuilding with your coworkers (all of whom are definitely normal humans) and impressing the efficiency expert (who is definitely not there to fire anyone) sign up via the Kapcon website: http://kapcon.org.nz/?q=larp

Costume requirement/Dress code is SMART CASUAL and if you have no idea what that means, don’t worry, no one does so you literally can’t wear the wrong thing.

Got the cast list: it looks like there are two spots left. Last chance, people! :smiley: