Volcano's Edge


It is 1930. Wall Street has just crashed, sea ice lingers in the Bering Straits, volcanos have exploded in Turkey and hurricanes devastate the United States. The mysterious ‘red weed’ has started to colour shores all around the globe. The Society for Investigative Researchers (SIR) has called for the world’s best and brightest to attend a symposium to try and address these natural disasters, among other problems. But the world has not long recovered from one World War - attending too are the players of the Great Game, the murky world of espionage that countries have to play or die. Are rumours of another World War on the horizon fearmongering or dire prophecy? Can such conflict be prevented or will personal vendettas bring down empires? And what are the rumours of dinosaurs really all about?

Volcano’s Edge is a one-off larp of politics and intrigue in the world of the classic pulp magazines. Explorers, scientists, spies and adventurers all vying to Save the World! It was written by Nickey Barnard, Steve Bassett, Dream Cloutman-Green, Sue Lee, Cat Tobin and Janet Young and has 33 player spaces.

Character sheets are quite long - 10 sides of A4 are typical. Costuming appropriately is encouraged to add to the feel of the game. There are certain 1930s prejudices that are implicit in the character’s world views but they are not dwelt upon. Violence in character’s backgrounds does exist consistent with the pulp era, but is not graphic.

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Signups are now open:

Also, here’s a cast-list:

Currently we have 17 signups for 33 spaces. I’m hoping to cast by The Lotus so people have 4 weeks to prep, so if you can convince anyone else to come that would be useful.

There are now just six spaces left in this. If you want one f them, sign up here;

The game has now been cast. Players should check their inboxes for the spreadsheet.

There are still four spaces left, if anybody wants them to be a playboy millionaire inventor, or an English lord who was raised by wolves in Siberia…

There are now only two spaces left, one male and one female. Please get in contact ASAP if you want them.

Character sheets have now been sent. If you don’t have one, please check your spam folder; if its not there, please get in contact ASAP. They’re quite large, so I recommend reading them multiple times before the game.

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And we’re back up to three vacancies again. Anyone want to be a Russian physicist?

I’m actually vaguely tempted. But also terrified. And I have nothing to wear.

Well, that didn’t seem to go too badly. Except for needing more time. And another GM. And fewer earthquakes :slight_smile: But better to have too much plot than too little.

I was also really excited at the end to hear about all the other stuff coming up. Not one, not two, not three, but five campaigns (Consequence, Contagion, Londinium Rising, Thunderrealm Island and Age of the Argent), covering a range of sizes, formats, and styles. Theatreforms for the next few months as well. Lots to do!

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I really enjoyed myself, even if I didn’t get involved with as much of the plot as I probably should have. I feel like it was really a learning experience in ‘how to get things done.’ It was really cool as a new LARPer to see all the costumes and how larger theatreforms work.