Darkness Visible

Author(s):Emily Care Boss
Game EMail:emilycare AT gmail DOT com
GM(s):
Emily Care Boss    emilycare AT gmail DOT com
Julia "Julia" Ellingboe    stonebabygames AT gmail DOT com
Kate "Kate" Freedman    karendy81 AT gmail DOT com
Katherine "Kat" Jones    muskatine DOT jones AT gmail DOT com
Evan Torner    evan DOT torner AT gmail DOT com
Organization:Black & Green Games
Home Page:http://blackgreengames.com
Male Characters:Min: 0 / Max: 0
Female Characters:Min: 0 / Max: 0
Neutral Characters:Min: 7 / Max: 7
Total Characters: Min: 7 / Max: 7
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The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.

England, 17th century. Civil war rages. Plague, fire and heresy ravage the land. The European Enlightenment movement beckons, fed by study and scholarship hailing back to the ancient Greeks preserved and built upon by Muslim scholars, and forever changing the course of knowledge and politics in the Christian west.

In 1608, John Milton is born. Poet, theologian, political and social theorist and radical. From an idealist scholar to a disillusioned blind and ailing master poet. His works influenced centuries of English speaking poets and writers, undergirded the burgeoning French and American revolutions, and foreshadowed feminist critiques of society (perhaps despite himself).

In Paradise Lost, Milton's great epic poem, Satan raises a host of heaven against God. Milton's anti-hero has perilous parallels with the author and his chosen partisans, who rise up against Charles the First and eventually take the head of the King of England.

Explore Paradise Lost from the inside. And examine the many sides of Milton.


Darkness Visible is a freeform larp, in the American Freeform tradition. It will be run in the Nordic freeform or scenario style of having discrete scenes, with a director using Meta- techniques. We'll do workshopping at the start to get familiar with the period and ease into the techniques. Roles are sets of different characters to play in the parallel settings, similar to roles in the Tale-telling larp tradition of Alleged Entertainment (such as The Last Seder and 10 Bad Larps). Roles will be cast independent of gender. Some roles involve directing scenes.

Knowledge of the era is not needed to play, but is welcome. Historical characters and events may be composited or abstracted.

Content Warnings:
18+ only. Mentions of rape, warfare. Christian religious theology. Political and social analysis of historical events and figures. Poetry excerpts featured.

Rule Warnings:
Scenes have set events, and are governed by active direction. Looking for people interested in exploring and interpreting these stories.



Boss, Emily Care

Emily lives in western Massachusetts and designs tabletop and live action rpgs under the name Black & Green Games.

Ellingboe, Julia

Freedman, Kate

Jones, Katherine

Torner, Evan

Evan wears a hat.

He is known for Intercon games such as: Metropolis, BloodNet, Uwe Boll's Christmas Special, City of Fire & Coin, and Voyage to Venus – Planet of Death. He also spends considerable time in the Nordic larp community, having had several scenarios in competition at Fastaval and attended several Knudepunkt conventions. His background is in the indie tabletop RPG scene from western MA but, heck, he's now really a larp guy. He helps run Origins Games on Demand and Larps on Demand at GenCon.

Evan's games are usually adaptations of film and literature, often in collaboration with Kat Jones, and inevitably contain absurdist elements or open paeans to questionable genre fiction.

Intercon is the US convention with the best larpers, which is why he keeps coming back. :-)