The Barbecue

Author(s):Jeff Diewald, Marsha Gershon, Sarah Judd, Joshua Kronengold, Joshua Rachlin, Gaylord Tang
Game EMail:gaylord_tang AT yahoo DOT com
Gaylord Tang    gaylord_tang AT yahoo DOT com
Organization:NELCO BYOG
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Male Characters:Min: 5 / Max: 5
Female Characters:Min: 5 / Max: 5
Neutral Characters:Min: 0 / Max: 0
Total Characters: Min: 10 / Max: 10
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It’s a quiet, sunny summer day in the suburbs. The monthly neighborhood barbecue (and pie contest) will be hosted by the Kessenich family this Sunday. The Rossi and Lee family will be in attendance as usual, along with the Kessenich’s new tenant Brittany.

This is a freeform-style, character-driven drama, lightly plotted with no magic or supernatural elements. GM-sanctioned mayhem only. Mature themes.

Content notes: The setting is contemporary and realistic. The game is intended for players over 18. While there is no racism, sex abuse, or rape in this game, content may include abandonment, abortion, adultery, aging, crime, divorce, drug use, poverty, separation, serious illness, unexpected pregnancy, internalized homophobia and internalized sexism. Risk of inflicted insight.

The casting questionnaire may be found at

Tang, Gaylord

Departing the State of Nature

And once upon a time, the government / was a figment of one person's conscience: / too pure will set in facile'ted judgment / to make, to assert the "correct" violence / to make abhorrents norms, and make alien / what once came innately. Deprogramming / to program the epicopalian / recursive, retroactively acting / towards conformation of belief(s): compile / protocol(s) versus unsuspected mode(s) / and whether this was meant to be worthwhile / the system(s) became lost in cryptic code(s) / Empowerment as oriented state(s): / System error(s) - slaking processed dictate(s).

I've been at Intercon since J, but have been LARPing for about as long, longer than that (albeit with less frequency when before J) elsewhere. I've helped with the NELCO BYOGs for the past four years, and facilitated the one in 2015. I generally play in the NYC area's games - both commercial and non-commercial, theatre-style and boffer (but generally not all combat games), but do make my way up around MA for more of that with different folks. I'm a relatively late addition to the Straightjackets Optional crew.

I'm an "art stuff" hobbyist, and am interested in LARP as an artistc medium, both on the performing and authorial sides. (I'm considering moving more toward the latter and less the former in 2016, or moving away from LARP for a bit. GMing also feels more satisfying than it used to.) To me, "art stuff" is not about talking about or thinking about - it's more "blue collar" than that: It's about doing a ton of work to make a point, sometimes obscure, that maybe nobody would notice or appreciate. So, yes, beauty and truth, but above all that, work, even so-considered "pointless" work.