Game by: Karolina Soltys and David Owen
Welcome to Hard Times is a Nordic-style larp based on the novel of the same name by E.L. Doctorow. It is a tale of human resilience and frailty, and the impossible dream of permanence. In their doomed struggle to create a permanent home the characters grow increasingly entwined. The story is told using various techniques: narration, naturalistic scenes, non-verbal physical play. Symbolic props will allow the players to tangibly participate in the cycle of creation and destruction of a small Midwestern town.
Knowledge of the novel by no means necessary, but it’s a great read, so do check it out if you have the time!
“I told Molly we’d be ready for the Bad Man but we can never be ready. Nothing is ever buried, the earth rolls in its tracks, it never goes anywhere, it never changes, only the hope changes like morning and night, only the expectations rise and set. Why does there have to be promise before destruction?”