What is a Play Test?

By Liz Minor

What is a play test?  Have you ever wondered how this question pertains to LARPS? Well, let us share with you what it means to Winged Throne Productions (WTP).

Winged Throne Productions is comprised of IT professionals, an insurance agent, a teacher, a businesswoman and a theater production manager who have developed a mission to help new LARPs develop and grow.  One of the actions WTP takes to help new LARPS and their directors is to engage in a Play Test which we’ve opted to term this in respect to IT terminology such as Alpha, Beta and the like.  This play test is a “shortened” weekend event where the players and cast put the rule system of the LARP to the test. We use plots, mechanics of the ruleset and deliberate attempts to test all newly developed rules/effects/mechanics as well as existing ones that one may find at any other LARP.  The play test will start on Friday night and continue through Saturday evening. Game Play will end sometime between 1-2am Sunday morning.  Then on Sunday we will reconvene around 9am for breakfast and lead into a question and answer session with the players to discuss what rules worked well or didn’t work well, what new rules surprised us or need further clarification, and so on.  Using this process, WTP is able to provide constructive feedback to the LARP directors from a players’ point of view to help improve the ruleset and assure the directors that their LARP idea can come to life.

WTP does have a NEW LARP Play test coming up sponsoring Angel Fall Larp on October 27-29, 2017 with a brand new director team comprised of Hope Ring, Chris Herrmann and Storey Campbell.  We encourage everyone and anyone to experience a Play Test with WTP as it can be a very rewarding experience not only for the new directors but also to the players who participate as a way to help shape a new LARP before the ruleset finalizes.

For more information on this LARP and its upcoming Play Test, please click the links below and register today!

Event Registration at this website

Angel Fall LARP website

Angel Fall LARP on FaceBook

Angel Fall LARP Play Test event page on FaceBook