Bravery outcomes

Halfway through the larp, the characters have to go and fight a serious fire. They will face danger as they try to rescue the people trapped inside the burning building. This is the ultimate test of their bravery, and also of their teamwork. See [other page] for how we did the actual firefighting, but this page is about the outcomes that the characters experienced from it.

Because bravery is what this larp is about, we wanted a mechanism which allowed players to decide how brave their characters were going to be when fighting the fire, and to generate a set of personal outcomes randomly based on that decision.

So the way this works is: before the firefighting event, each player is asked to decide how brave they want to be during it (Cautious, Moderately brave, Very brave, or Recklessly brave). Then the probabilities that they will emerge from the event with an outcome of a particular level of fortune or misfortune are as shown here:

Bravery

Disastrous misfortune

Misfortune

Steady performance

Significant fortune

Extraordinary fortune

Cautious
(6d6)

6–12
(2%)

13–17
(19%)

18–24
(58%)

25–29
(19%)

30–36
(2%)

Moderate
(3d6)

3–5
(5%)

6–8
(21%)

9–12
(48%)

13–15
(21%)

16–18
(5%)

Very
(2d6)

2–3
(8%)

4–5
(20%)

6–8
(44%)

9–10
(20%)

11–12
(8%)

Reckless
(1d6)

1
(17%)

2
(17%)

3–4
(33%)

5
(17%)

6
(17%)

These probabilities were based on rolling dice, as you can see: but in the actual game we didn’t do that because we figured it would be too fiddly and intrusive having handfuls of dice flying about the place. Instead we made up four mini-decks of cards with outcome cards in the correct proportions, and each player drew one card from the deck that was appropriate for their chosen bravery level.

The text on the outcome cards is like this:

  • Disastrous misfortune
    It all went horribly, tragically wrong.
  • Misfortune
    That really went pretty badly. Thank heavens it wasn’t worse.
  • Steady performance
    You did your job, capably and well. No-one should ask for more.
  • Significant fortune
    You performed well and achieved something special. Some might think it was a kind of heroism.
  • Extraordinary fortune
    You achieved remarkable success. Most would call it heroism.

and then under that they all say:

[You can invent as much detail as you like about exactly what happened in the fire. You might want to tie it in to something that happened to the ‘one person who you would lay down your life for’. If you want yourself to have been killed or injured or something, that’s absolutely fine.]

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