Miss Maypole and the Christmas Pudding Affair

When: 3 October 2020; 7:30pm
Where: Petone Community House, 6 Britannia St, Petone, Wellington [Map]
Registration: https://forms.gle/ptTHa5s7AfrkgfmZ9
Cost: $20, $15 for NZLARPS / SAGA / VUWGC members and new larpers

It’s December 24th 1933 and tonight is the traditional Christmas Eve party which has been hosted by the Asquith-Jones family of Cerne Abbas, Dorset for at least three generations. It’s a vitally important event for the family as it is the one occasion every year that the Asquith-Jones use to demonstrate how much taste, sophistication and most importantly money they have in comparison to the St John-Smythe family. Plus they get to show the St John-Smythe family how to throw a party before the St John-Smythe’s New Year’s Eve party.

So far everything hasn’t proceeded exactly as planned. The radio forecast predicted heavy snow and so everyone arrived a day early and had to stay overnight, instead of arriving today. It has thrown Cook into a complete whirl. The heavy snow fell as predicted overnight and it now appears that everyone will need to stay for Christmas as well and this news has thrown the rest of the staff into chaos.

Worse than this however is the fact that Theodore St John-Smythe the head of the family had the audacity to be found dead this morning. It’s all very inconvenient.

Ho Ho Ho - Remember 'tis the season to be jolly ………………………

Join the Asquith-Jones, the St John-Smythes and their friends for Christmas Eve and ensure this is a party that will go down in history.

Miss Maypole and the Christmas Pudding Affair is a not-terribly-serious theatre-style larp inspired by classic murder mysteries such as the works of Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers. There are 14 characters, with an even mix of male and female characters. It will run as a double-feature with An Ecumenical Matter.

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We’ve had ten signups for this so far, which is a pretty good start.

My intention is to cast a month out, on the weekend of 5 September, but I’ll do it early if the game fills early.

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Obviously this is now on hold due to tonight’s Covid news. The game is still 8 weeks away, so we will be seeing how things go. Obviously, we will simply cancel if there is a sustained lockdown, or if it looks uncertain whether we can run, or just if it seems unsafe.

Given today’s announcement, my current plan is to do casting on September 6, once we know the lockdown situation. It is likely that we will be in level one by October, in which case the game can go ahead. But obviously, we live in uncertain times.

Casting email has been sent.

With the level 1 announcement, we will be going ahead (barring something else bad happening). I hope to have character sheets and payment information out today or tomorrow.


Wanted: fallback GM for “Miss Maypole” this Saturday. While currently fine, there is a non-zero chance I will get sick this week and not be fine by Friday, in which case my options are either get someone else to run the game, or cancellation. Would prefer someone who is not currently a player, as otherwise I’d need to fill the resulting gap. I have a printed and stuffed copy of the game here, and I guess I would need to courier it if the worst happens. But hopefully it won’t.

Any volunteers?

I now have two people for this, so thankyou, we’re covered for that contingency!

Reminder: if you haven’t paid online yet, please try and do so. While I can take cash at the event, money is a vector, and I’d prefer to just mark people off on a spreadsheet. If you get sick on Friday and can’t attend, please let me know, and I’ll arrange a refund. While we’re in Level One, its better to be safe than sorry.

The game is printed and stuffed, and I have a backup GM in the event that I get sick and a plan to get everything to them. So everything is looking good on this end.

Pre-game reminder has been sent. If you are feeling sick, please get in touch ASAP so I can activate the waitlist.

People are doing the sensible thing and bailing due to sickness, so I’m going to need at least two more people for “Miss Maypole” tonight. Both current vacancies are male: a doddering aristocratic patriarch, and the village’s new vicar. Please contact me either here or on larpwellington@gmail.com if you are interested.

Well, that went well! Also, welcome to our new larpers!

Those of you who use larp resume, you can add the game to your resumes here: http://larpresume.boldlygoingnowhere.org/games/325/4223/miss-mary-maypole-and-the-christmas-pudding-affair

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