This Cyberpunk Noir thing will be a for of Broken Reality Theatre, or "BRC," pronounced "brick." It is distingushed from a "larp" in that there it contains surprisingly low levels of math, goth, suck, and other things that bother people about larps, plus it it will be run as a business.
The main event will be once a month, or pehaps twice. It will be a on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, depending on which day looks best for the demographic (Thursday is the leading contender).
The question I'm working on is where it should lie on a continuum of cabaret vs ARG (i.e. majestic
). In the former case, it's open doors, with members playing characters needing to pass a short interview. The latter is a bit more select: people who want to join have to answer some questions to see if the BRC fits what they want. Both will involve a monthly or twice-monthly fixed-location event where there will be vending of food, beverages (no liquor for safety and personal reasons), and merchandise, and possibly some live music too. The latter case probably involves more meet-ups around Vancouver, with stories set on the waterfront at night, or in an old warehouse or a park or something (and possibly shadowy emails and threatening phonecalls). The former mode will be cheaper; the latter, more costly.
The setting will be near future social speculative film noir melodrama set exactly 28 year in the future Why 28? the calendar cycles every 28 years from March 1st, 1900 to February 28th, 2100. 28 years hence is more intimate that 56 or 84.
I think I will start in January of '07, but will run a test event or two prior to then, which will be open to people who are willing to provide feedback.
So then. The set-up process... and YOU (from most likely to involve you to least)
1. I will be hosting weekly evening things, where I will be asking questions, and having movies or short films, and there will be food.
2. If you'd like to make or do something that you'd like to sell or get paid for at the BRC (food, costumes, hats, posters, fiction, facepainting, live music, DJ-ing, cyberpunk-themed buckets of fish), give me a shout.
3. If you are starting a service business, especially one with a similar product or demographic, we should get together and talk, because we probably can share useful information, maybe buddy up on some costs, or at least freak out together.
4. There will be a need for volunteers to help market the cabaret, set up and clean up shop, and play some "high-planning" characters. Volunteers will get discounted and/or free stuff.
5. I may need a staff person or two, but this is a ways down the line