“Man has the advantage of choice, woman only the power of refusal; that in both, it is an engagement between man and woman, formed for the advantage of each; and that when once entered into, they belong exclusively to each other till the moment of its dissolution; that it is their duty, each to endeavor to give the other no cause for wishing that he or she had bestowed themselves elsewhere,and their best interest to keep their own imagination from wandering towards the perfections of their neighbors, or fancying that they should have been better off with anyone else.”
– Northanger Abbey
The goal of this larp is for the characters playing women to have feel-good experience where they can get what they want, putting themselves and their experience first and not caring about the ethics of what they’re doing. They’ll have fun, enjoy the park and get exactly the experience they want – at least if they have paid for the Gold package.
For the characters playing men it’s about subjugation and trying to adhere to your programming. It’s about over-extending, trying to please everyone. It’s about making small mistakes and being reprogrammed because of it. It’s about being the weakest, while acting like the strongest.
For the Company employees, it’s another day of work, trying to produce the best results, trying to not think about the ethics of what you’re doing. Hanging out, drinking, flirting with each other and getting into silly arguments. It’s about a tight-knit workforce, trying to do what the Company needs.
For the servants it’s about doing a good job, advancing and networking with the guests and the Company employees. It’s about having fun, being good or bad at your job and making some good and bad decisions. Maybe about getting drunk and getting in trouble, falling in love or making a plan on how to advance.
On the surface, this larp is about one event at the theme park, where the men, the Company and the Staff try to keep the women happy. It’ll be about playing cards, attending workshops, dancing at a ball, gossiping, flirting and drinking tea.
On a deeper level, however, this is a larp about what humans can do, once they stop considering another group to be human. It is a larp about privilege, and the underprivileged. It is about the Heroines getting their love story, without caring about any consequences, and about the normal people who are cogs in the oppressive machinery of the Androids Universe.
This is not a larp about a revolution. Android and AI characters may experience glitches, and therefore need “reprogramming” – physical and mental reconditioning for Androids, or played out reprogramming for AIs – but there will not be an uprising at the larp.