During the Member Engagement Survey last summer, we asked several questions regarding the future direction of the club. Some of the questions involved how to support the inter-chapter connectivity (aka the “larger than local” game). Our respondents were divided on whether or not The Hidden Parlor should allow in-character mass communication platforms. Some felt that such tools would help player characters connect and encourage PC-driven stories. Others were concerned about how such tools could take the focus away from the local, in-person LARP.
After weeks of discussion, the Board of Directors created a policy regarding in-character mass communications. You can read more about the policy in Chapter 6 of our Membership Handbook, as well as below:
Mass Communication is defined as forms and methods of communication that are designed to reach an audience where not everyone is a direct participant in the immediate conversation. An example of this is an “in-character” list where everyone has access to a conversation between a small number of participants. Direct correspondence between characters (ex: phone calls, emails, handwritten letters, etc.) does not count as mass communication as the sender and receiver are direct participants in the conversation.
Inter-Chapter Mass Communication
There may be in-character mass communication platforms that stretch beyond the territory of your local Chapter. Some examples of these include, but are not limited to:
- Clan / Faction lists
- A Prince’s Forum
- Harpy Skype Sync-up
The Hidden Parlor requires approval for mass communication platforms where the audience and/or participants go beyond the territory of your local Chapter.
Here is the process to get such a mass communication platform approved.
- Create a proposal for the new mass communication platform, including the following:
- In-Character Logistics:
- How is the communication platform set up? (ex: courier, drop sites, online forum, etc.)
- How is this communication platform maintained? (ex: who is coordinating the couriers / drop sites, which PC is managing the online forum, etc.)
- In-Character Logistics:
- What in-character security measures are in place?
- What is the in-character rationale for this communication platform? Provide the in-character backstory behind why this platform would be created.
- Out-of-Character Logistics:
- What platform will players use? (ex: a club-level email list, forum, Slack, a YouTube channel, etc.)
- Submit your completed proposal to your storyteller for approval.
- If your Chapter Storyteller approves, they will then submit the proposal to the National Storyteller for approval.
- If the National Storyteller approves, they will then submit the proposal to the Board of Directors for ratification.