What to Do About Tam Lim?
|Author(s):||Julia Bond Ellingboe and Emily Care Boss|
|Game EMail:||stonebabygames AT gmail DOT com|
|Male Players:||Min: 4 / Max: 6|
|Female Players:||Min: 4 / Max: 6|
|Neutral Players:||Min: 0 / Max: 2|
|Total Players:||Min: 8 / Max: 14|
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At Samhain in early Pagan England, Fae and Mortals congregate at the ruins of Carterhaugh for their annual Court. The fate of Tam Lin and his Mortal lover Janet hangs in the balance. The Court tell their stories of lust, incest, murder, and true love to try to influence the decision of the judges, the Queen of Fae and Thomas the Rhymer.
Janet, the daughter of the Earl of Murray discovers Tam Lin, a mortal man raised by the Fae, at the ruins of Carterhaugh. Without either knowing the full story of Tam Lin's lineage or circumstances, they fall in love and Janet is determined to free him from the Fae. Janet and Tam Lin make their appeal to a joint Court of Fae and Mortals on the night of Samhain. Witnesses present their testimonies in order to sway the Queen of Fae to either let the lovers marry, or to keep Tam Lin in the realm of the Fae.
If you are Fae do you have a grudge against Tam Lin or his kin, or Janet and her kin? Do you want him or her for yourself?
If you are a mortal, do you fear the lovers will never be happy, based on your own dealings with Fae lovers? Do you trust the Fae to keep their bargains? Do you wonder if Tam Lin is too Fae to live among you?
Perhaps you are one of those who hopes true love will prevail. Perhaps their story reminds you of your own past.
Loosely based on the folk ballad Tam Lin, intertwined with the plots of several other ballads.
This is a hybrid LARP with flashbacks in the style of improvisational theatre.Costumes strongly encouraged!
In the gamer world Julia Ellingboe is the one woman show sometimes known as Stone Baby Games. She played in her first larp about two years ago, a jeepform game called The Upgrade!. She went on to join her local Vampire larp, and has been larping ever since.
But her gaming life doesn't begin there. She came to role playing sometime after the new millenium. In 2007, she published her first table top rpg, Steal Away Jordan, a surprisingly fun game where players create slave narratives set in the antebellum South. Her second table top rpg, Tales of the Fisherman's Wife, a game set in the fantasical world of Ukiyo-e art and Japanese folk tales, is due sometime in February or March.
What to Do About Tam Lim comes partially from her love of murder ballads and English, Scottish, and Appalachian, folk music and ballads in general. Unless you have a few hours to kill, avoid asking her about "Pretty Polly". She also plays said ballads on a custom built zebrawood chromatic 21 bar chorded zither (aka "autoharp") when she thinks no one's listening.
Julia is a Memphis transplant residing in Western Massachusetts with her husband, their two wild haired daughters, and three of the worst cats in the world. When not indulging in her hobbies, she's a Behavioral Instructor in her local public school.