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Conflict resolution system
Card draw
3 hours
Number of participants
45 / 66
Sean Broadley, Naomi Guyer, and Stephanie Pegg

Sanctuary is a flagship theatre-style larp run in New Zealand. It was run for the first time at KapCon 2008 in Wellington, NZ. The original version was written for 66 players, but a smaller 45-player version has since been re-run.

The game is inspired by Guy Gavriel Kay's A Song for Arbonne, Shakespeare's Twelth Night and Loves Labours Lost, and the Arthurian romances.


It's the time of the festival, a truce held every four years at the Sanctuary of Lykeion. This is the time to catch up with friends and enemies; you can celebrate the good times, negotiate treaties, arrange marriages – all blessed by the holy time of the gods.

It will be a troubled festival, though. There has been famine all about, and bickering amongst the nations. Some say the goddess of fertility has left the land. Some even say that all the gods have left, upset by the people's departure from the old ways. In the meantime, worryingly, strange ships have been seen far off shore.

It's the time of the festival. Come, come and join the queen of Madrigal, the warrior-leaders of Necale, the emissaries of the ancient realm of Vidan as they celebrate the quarter. Come and see the ship-born strangers that rumours say will appear at the Sanctuary. Come, join the happy crowd of duellists, the philosophers, the merchants, the scoundrels.

Strike a deal, save your people from the famine, pursue a feud, celebrate the gods. Scariest of all, maybe you'll get married.


  • January 19, 2008, at KapCon (66 players)
  • November 21, 2015 at Medusa 2015 (45 players)
  • April 16, 2016 at Hydra 2016 (45 players)

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