- Plane Weaver
We want Animus to be as accessible as possible. If you would like to ask us to make an adjustment or accommodation in order to make the game more accessible to you, please let us know and we will explore what we can do.
All games run by the Oxford University Role-Playing Games Society are subject to the Conduct and Acceptable Themes Policy which can be found on the OURPGSoc website. It is expected that all GMs and players will be familiar with this policy when playing Animus.
We expect Animus to be darker in tone than Memento Mundi. The PCs are citizens participating in a form of totalitarian government with a strong imperialist ideology, who have been ordered to resume a campaign of world conquest. Whilst one of our goals with the game is to deconstruct this, we expect there to be a darker undercurrent beneath the more ligthearted, Saturday-morning romps that make for fun LARP fare.
However, we don't want to make players feel uncomfortable if they don't want to be. Below is a list of potentially upsetting topics which you may encounter in the game. Please feel free to let us know any topic (including those listed below) that you would prefer to avoid - while we can't guarantee you won't be exposed to such themes (especially where other players are involved), we will do our best to limit your exposure to them as much as possible.
These topics will be present in the game to some degree. It is likely that your character will be directly exposed to several of them, and you will hear about more second hand. It is expected that you treat these subjects in an appropriate manner. This not an exhaustive list of topics that may appear in the game.
These topics must not be mentioned, even in backstory, by either the players or the GMs.
Adventures in Animus will typically compromise at minimum about 50% fighting encounters, and will be outside, where participants are expected to walk through Shotover and sometimes carry equipment in sessions lasting around 5-6 hours. We understand that this is not something that everyone is able to do.
Animus offers those who do not wish to engage in combat the opportunity of playing the role of a Herald of Echoes, the rules for which are included in the Supplementary Rules section. In addition, a number of combat classes can be played without using offensive weapons (such as Erosion Weavers and Forest Touched), though mechanically players will be at a disadvantage when doing so.
We envision regular fluff (non-plot) freeform events being an important part of the game, and incentivise participants who run these by awarding XP. There is no requirement to attend the main Animus LARP to attend these freeforms.
If there is an individual or element of the game that is making you uncomfortable, it is completely acceptable (and encouraged) to raise this with the GM of that week's LARP. If there is a problem with the GM, then you are encouraged to speak to your designated LARPO. If there is an issue with your designated LARPO, you are encouraged to contact the President of OURPGSoc directly. Such behavior will be dealt with in accordance with Section 6 of the Conduct And Acceptable Themes Policy.
We will not tolerate the harassment or bullying of any members of the society.
The LARPOs can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a form which can be used to (anonymously) contact the LARPOs here.