Boats Against the Current

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Boats Against the Current

Roaring '20's
Number of players
How long it runs
2 hours
Date written
Anna Klein
Boats Against the Current

Boats Against the Current is a theatre-style larp by Anna Klein inspired by the book "The Great Gatsby". It was run for the first time at KapCon 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand. The game focuses on introspection, awkwardness, and guilt, and uses a soundtrack of radio news broadcasts to heighten tension and encourage the characters to gradually reveal their relationship to a mysterious dead millionaire and their feelings about him.


New York, in the throes of the roaring twenties. An age of defiance, rebellion, blazing forth into a bright future in a whirl of liquor and dancing.

Recently, an eccentric but much talked about millionaire socialite has died under very questionable circumstances. Speculation abounds in the streets, and splashed across the papers - who was this man, really? Where did he come from? Who killed him? And why?

This afternoon is his funeral, and you are not at it. In the shimmering heat of summer you and other glittering people, none of whom were the sort to have anything to do with the likes of him, while away the afternoon slowly with alcohol, music and something akin to gnawing guilt.

A mature theatreform larp for nine people, inspired by "The Great Gatsby"


  • January 18, 2014, at KapCon (Wellington, NZ)
  • January 19, 2014, at KapCon (Wellington, NZ)
  • August 16, 2014, at Chimera (Auckland, NZ)

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