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Roleplay in a Correspondence LARP

It's a unique blend of old and new to be writing as Regency-era characters while connecting with modern-era players through the internet. It's also an adjustment in an actively digital world to slow things down for this style of game and savor the interactions and events as they unfold in letters through the post.

LARP is centered around storytelling and roleplay, and in a game that does this through correspondence, and has an online platform to support community development, there can be a lot of DM roleplay to set a scene, create story beats for letter writing, or deepen character connections and draft interactions. To be clear, while the game is focused on the letter writing itself and what comes from the written materials, we're happy to have characters and players connecting and interacting to support that letter focus.

For a little bit of guidance with RP in mind, a character's actions become Canon, or actually happened, in the world of Yours, Etc. in one of four ways:

  1. It's in a PC’s record (the game's copy of player’s final character submission)

  2. Anything submitted via email or the monthly recap & major events forms to (and confirmed by) Letter Ink staff.

  3. Anything printed in game-world publications (such as The London Chronicle or the Topic Sheets (Literary Coterie, Rumour Occulatus, etc.)

  4. Letters written and received by players/characters, or in game-wide event ISO resolutions.

Anything that is not Canon exists as theory, not as truth. Which means that any roleplay that happens in small chats on the discord server, DMs or during special events is effectively theory until it has passed through Yours, Etcetera headquarters in one of those four cannon-ways. This means that players have lots of avenues to discuss, plot, and RP with one another, but everyone agrees and acts with the best intentions that until something is printed (or submitted to YE), it remains theory, since digital interactions exist to promote the creation of letter fodder in-game. It also means if something comes up that players don't want to make canon, it doesn't need to be.

If something comes up during RP that everyone involved would like to make canon, it can be written about in letters, added to a monthly recap, or (if it's major scandal/event material) submitted by everyone involved through the major events form. For more information on what makes a Major scandal, see the Scandalous Ton Page.

In a nutshell, roleplay can be a great support for letter writing content and story drafting, and if something comes up during these improvised moments that a player isn't interested in making cannon, it doesn't have to be.

Because this is, at its heart, is a game centered on collaborative storytelling through physical mail. And that can be supported with modern roleplay drafts.

Yours, Etc.,

The Letter Ink Team

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