Now some news from my historical edu-larp project which is currently going on in 14 selected high-schools. Łukasz Wrona, the manager of Kraków-based volunteer team running my larps in schools, writes on 13th of April:
The first larp behind us, played by 25 students (mostly girls), with the teacher present in the room all the time. The group was very smart and knowledgeable in history, and several of them had some larp experience.
When roles and name/title tags were distributed, we divided them in three factions supervised by members of our association (historical reenactment group Pospolite Ruszenie Szlachty Ziemi Krakowskiej). In the prep stage, we encouraged them to get to know each other’s character and opinions. We also suggested to search for allies in the other factions, and be aware of people of radically different views.
Factions (at least the patriotic one) were soon troubled by internal dispute over the idea of starting a new war. In unofficial negotiations everyone (100% of students) was active, trying to recruit more people to their factions. We suggested that they could call for a vote in an official debate, which was moderated by our gamemaster, giving the floor to speakers and bringing forward new topics. Finally, despite the huge efforts of Kościuszko’s followers, who even produced banners with lofty slogans, it was the King who was supposed to lead the uprising against Russia.
In the end, we congratulated the students on their character immersion and the (perhaps inadvertent) recreation of the real course of history - historically, no agreement was reached, and the war broke out. The students liked the larp very much, sharing lots of thoughts on its benefits, and asking for another one. On our part, we tried to temper their enthusiasm, claiming they had been having such a good time thanks to themselves and their knowledge.
The teacher also considered the game to be beneficial and despite the logistic problems, is strongly in favour of using them as an educational tool. Success! (The fathers of success: Sławomir Furtak, Tomasz Łomnicki, Łukasz Wrona)