Lands with lakes and rivers were made for man to live in. 

The desert was made for man to find his soul

Tuareg Proverb

Sahara Expedition

A new larp era

Sahara Expedition – In search of the Unknown is a high-budget live action roleplaying game for 60+ players in the style of  Southern Way/New Italian Larpset against the most fascinating natural backdrop: the Sahara Desert.

It is also a larp redefining the boundaries of its craft, setting the bar higher, a way to dream big, to bring stories to their habitat, to live a great journey within the game and outside of it. A full package, an incredible, unique experience.

During the event, players will step in the shoes of technicians, administrators, soldiers, politicians, explorers, scientists and adventurers taking part in the Sutton – Gudrian expedition.

A fully immersive game experience, where every character can make a difference.

 

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Cthulhu Mythos

The setting of the game will draw inspiration from the Cthulhu Mythos by H.P. Lovecraft and the narrative universe originated by it.

We completely reject his racist ideas, but as authors we believe in the possibility of a critical approach to a universe which belongs to everyone and whose ties to its original author become weaker every day.

We believe the Mythos may be read from many different directions and spawn new narratives each time. This larp will not be a celebration of colonialism or fetishization of the exotic.

On the contrary, the event will be respectful, and written with the maturity we put in our every work.

Themes

Sahara Expedition is a deep larp about ambitionwarhatredlove, the search for one’s self and the discovery of what exists beyond the veil.

It delves into what we truly are.

The Expedition

THE SETTING

 

The year is 1934. While Europe shivers under the current of totalitarianism and the horror of World War II brews, someone is at work.

Some of the most influential organizations in the world prepare an expedition into the heart of the world’s largest desert in search of something whose existence is only remembered by ancient scripture.

Scientists, soldiers, men and women of faith, adventurers, archeologists, guides and workers from every field prepare for one of the most incredible voyages ever undertaken by humanity.

Imagine…

… in 1934 a team of men and women of culture, action and adventure sets out for a journey they will remember forever.

… a real adventure in the Sahara, one of the most spectacular landscapes of our planet.

… a story set in the Thirties, with realistic, functional props.

… your craft, your ambitions, your love, your secrets, your life in the heart of the Sahara.

Game Props

Players subscribed from 25 countries

Text pages

of original audio recordings

Players Feedback

Staff

Characters Design

Plot

NEW RUN

Join the Expedition 

 

We’re looking for dreamers and adventurers who want to be part of something big! Hundreds of people have already take part in this incredible larp… and a lot of people want to participate so we want to plan new runs ;).

Pre-register by filling out the form to be informed about upcoming events and to have priority when registration will be open! 

Preregistration is free and not binding.

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Info

Logistics

Date
RUN #3 ENG > 23-26 April 2020 (Sold Out)
RUN #4 ENG > 30 April – 3 May 2020 (Sold Out)
RUN #5 ENG > TBA
RUN #6 ITA o ENG > TBA

Location
Sahara, Tunisia, Douz.

Players
Around 70 per run

Tickets
400€ – 650€ ca.
Flight to Tunis NOT included. It is possible to pay in three instalments.

Age
Open to all ages. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Language
English. If English is not your first language, don’t worry! Your English doesn’t have to be perfect!

For all

No training or physical fitness is required to play. Sahara Expedition is designed for people with big dreams and spirit of adventure. 

Sahara Expedition is designed and built to be played by a wide variety of participants, it is a modular larp in which each player, depending on the character they choose, will have the gaming experience they prefer.

Waiting List

The waiting list if open for run #3 and #4, who are sold out.

Put yourself on the waiting list by clicking here and if there are defections we will draw new adventurers. Adventure awaits you! 

Program

All meals, night stays and travel costs (hotel and desert camp) are included in the ticket price. Flight to Tunis not included.

Day 1
  • 11:30 am – Meeting at Tunis Carthage International Airport

  • Departure towards Douz Oasis in 5-star bus

  • Workshop #1

  • Dinner and lodging in 4-star hotel

Day 2
  • Workshop #2

  • The Larp begins
  • Departure towards the Desert

Day 3
  • Larp
Day 4
  • Departure towards Tunis Carthage International Airport (arrival by 16:00)

The Guides

Game Guide

The Game Guide is online, inside you’ll find:

  • Description of the game experience.
  • Info about the setting.
  • Details about the costumes.

Characters Guide

In Sahara Expedition you will share an intense experience with your character: you will have a challenge with yourself, a complicated past and a descent into madness… 

The complete characters are online!

Procedures Guide

The Procedures Guide explains step by step what your character’s “work” is and gives you advice and documents to get the best out of the part.

The guide is currently being updated, but will be available soon 😉

    Location

    The Sea of Sand

    The Sahara desert is one of the most fascinating places on Earth. An incredible scenario which for centuries has inspired people to create, to fight, to explore. The largest desert in the world, majestically spread over 9 million square kilometers. And at its heart, our camp.

    Not a location but a space without boundaries, where the only thing you can meet for miles around is your own self.

    The Camp

    Our traveling camp will be fitted with real Berber tents, a great pavillion, functional period equipment, torches, carpets, pillows in proper Tuareg fashion.

    Everything will be handpicked to the tiniest detail to offer you all the charm of a camp among the dunes. Imagine the starry night above you, as something lurks just beyond the campfire…

    Have you already participated?

    THERE’S A LOT OF NEWS

    The new Sahara Expedition Run will be perfectly replayable and full of amazing upgrades!

    Experience the expedition you loved from a different perspective by playing another character or relive the emotions that made you fall in love with this larp by playing the same character with different people on the best expedition ever. 

    Best expedition ever!

    We are always very attentive to the feedback from our players, so each new run is implemented with mechanics, characters and storylines more and more refined.

    We are always working to offer you the best Sahara Expedition ever.

    Playstyle

    The game is centered on caravan life and on the hardships and ambitions an expedition like this needs to tangle with day after day. A human story made of longing, power, hatred and love. The story of a strenuous search, within and without.

    The game and its setting are designed to let you experience your character and their relationships, as well as a search into the unknown. 

    WHAT YOU WILL FIND

    WHAT you won’t find

    An eerie exploration of madness and the themes central to H.P. Lovecraft’s work.

    Intense relationship play (love, rivalry, revenge, hope) with the other characters.

    A deep dive into the psychology of the characters, their motivations, their traumas and ambitions.

    Live the life of a real expedition and practice your craft. A functional caravan needs soldiers, politicians, artists, explorers, scientists, adventurers and so much more.

    Physical confrontation and fighting.

    A win-or-lose competitive larp.

    Scarcity of food and water.

    Monsters to fight. This is not a live reenactment of “The Call of Cthulhu”, the tabletop RPG.

    Playstyle

    The game is centered on caravan life and on the hardships and ambitions an expedition like this needs to tangle with day after day. A human story made of longing, power, hatred and love. The story of a strenuous search, within and without.

    The game and its setting are designed to let you experience your character and their relationships, as well as a search into the unknown. 

    WHAT YOU WILL FIND

    An eerie exploration of madness and the themes central to H.P. Lovecraft’s work.

    Intense relationship play (love, rivalry, revenge, hope) with the other characters.

    Live the life of a real expedition and practice your craft. A functional caravan needs soldiers, politicians, artists, explorers, scientists, adventurers and so much more.

    A deep dive into the psychology of the characters, their motivations, their traumas and ambitions.

    WHAT you won’t find

    Physical confrontation and fighting.

    A win-or-lose competitive larp.

    Scarcity of food and water.

    Monsters to fight. This is not a live reenactment of “The Call of Cthulhu”, the tabletop RPG.

    Inclusiveness and Safety

    OUT OF GAME

    For this incredible larp we are partners with the most experienced Saharan guides: Stefano Fazzini e Hédi Belhadj Brahim

    They and their Tunisian team know the desert and Tunisia perfectly and will take care of the logistical aspects.

    Trekking

    Every day the caravan proceeds on its journey on foot with the help of camels to transport the luggage.  Alternatives are provided for those who cannot walk.

    in game

    All aspects of our larps are designed with care, especially in terms of safety and inclusiveness.

    Our approach is to be safe by design, guaranteeing that you will never find yourself in a situation you wouldn’t want to be in. And we’ll do it without disturbing the narrative flow.

    We also take care of every detail, from the moment you sign up to the end of your experience. Our guarantee? We have more than 25 years of experience and thousands of loving players.

    Inclusiveness and Safety

    The Chaos League has always been very attentive to the safety, emotional well-being of its players and the inclusiveness of its community.

    • Chaos League welcomes everyone and all identities. We strongly believe in a diverse, inclusive, respectful and amazing community.
    • We’ve decided to create a Safety Team composed of a number of trustworthy and empathetic organisers. They will do their best to offer players a safer space during every larp.
    • The safety of the expedition is a theme we are deeply invested in. We’re actively cooperating with expert guides and local authorities, particularly the Brigade Turistique, whose people operate daily in the area.

    • A dedicated Off-Game Space will be available to players during the event, especially after particularly intense scenes and overwhelming feelings. The Safety Team will be there to ensure players’ comfort and privacy, to support them in case of emotional need and to give tips on how to develop their experience.
    • We have designed specific mechanics to ensure player safety. More information on the event guide.
    • Part of the pre-game workshop will be specifically dedicated to player safety and the introduction of the Safety Team.

    • We’re happy to announce the beginning of our cooperation with experts and advisors from two wonderful communities: the writer Wu Ming 1 and our local consultants, Hella Grichi and Rihab Mejri, who will help us design an event that fits in tactfully with Tunisian culture, its history, its society and its traditions. We also would like to thank Clio Davis and Eva Wei for their precious advice

    Dream Big 

    the adventure of a lifetime

    The Sahara Expedition is our most ambitious project yet, a high-budget larp for 60+ players in an unforgettable location: the Sahara Desert.

    It’s been one of our dreams for many years and we have been nurturing it with devotion. We made it real thanks to the support of the many players who wanted, like us, to dream big and follow us in this incredible adventure.

    A boundless backdrop, a journey planned with the utmost care, a gargantuan production effort: several camps with period tents, carpets, furniture, functional equipment, everything down to the tiniest detail.

    A true caravan with unforgettable characters, an expert crew and… dromedaries! A unique story, the adventure of a lifetime.

     

    Help us spread the word!

    share the dream 

    Share the event on your social networks and give us a helping hand in bringing this massive larp project to life. We’d be truly grateful!

    Larp for Change

    sustainable and ethical

    We firmly believe that The Sahara Expedition as well as many larp can be a democratic and participatory tool to reflect on aspects of our society, to inform and be aware.

    The game as well as other media can contribute to the common good. At Sahara Expedition we are committed to working with suppliers and workforce that are in line with ethical and sustainable criteria.