Blackfyre Rising takes place in George R. R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” setting, roughly 120 years before the events of the books. No knowledge of the books is necessary, and the LARP will not contain any spoilers.
It has run at Procon 2008 and Intercon 2011. The writers (and GMs for those runs) are Kristen McFadyen and Jamey Patten. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We love this setting, so would be very happy to answer questions.
King Aegon IV will be known to history as Aegon the Unworthy. On the day of his death, he legitimized all of his bastards. This might not have been a problem, if there weren't so many of them, or if they hadn't been ambitious. To complicate matters further, it appears that the previous king did not die of natural causes. No one has been accused yet, but murdering a king isn't something that ever goes unpunished.
Aegon's legitimate son has assumed the throne, but an official coronation ceremony has yet to take place. The High Septon, leader of the faith, has not blessed the new king. All of the bastards have returned to King's Landing, and have been seen in diplomatic talks with nobles from the great houses. It seems only a matter of time before one of them challenges the new king. The real question is how things will fall out afterwards.
Nobles from each of the great houses have marched down to Kings Landing. Some of them have brought their bannerman with them. It could be seen as an honor that so many men will be attending the new king's coronation -- if, of course, it couldn't also be seen as a threat.
Tonight is the night that the new king will be officially crowned as King Daeron II. There is also a great tourney being held, with his wife the declared queen of love and beauty -- a title which could be passed to another if one of his champions does not win. The new king has indicated his daughter is available for marriage, and is expected to announce an engagement. If another throne contender is to make a move, it seems it will happen soon.
We will have a variety of roles in the larp, since we know people are looking for different things in their larping experience. Some people like politics and some don't, some like magic and some don't, some like playing good guys and some like moral ambiguity.
Roles include lords of great houses -- people with military control and political ambition. Knights -- loyal, and valiant. Young men and women who are in love with one person but promised to another. Pirate raiders. Pious clergy members. People working on alchemical experiments. Devious nobles, and nobles interested in family loyalty and honor. Mysterious easterners. Pyromancers and maesters. And who can say -- maybe even one of the legendary assassins, a Faceless Man.