Dungeon Duos is an “arcade style” LARP based on the Infocom computer games (such as Zork) from the 1980s. It is scalable from 2 players up to 10 players at a time and is played in pairs: one player is the “Warrior” and one player is the “Wizard” on each team. It is a recreation of the “Go North - Get Axe - Attack Grue With Axe” variety. Each player begins with a list of 5 “commands” (verbs) which they can understand. As the game goes on, players learn additional commands as they find them in the game. Players can only move and act if their partner tells them to do so, starting the game with one player as “player” and the other as “character”, switching roles and gaining more commands as the game progresses. The player tells the character what to do and the character can ONLY do what the player tells them… AND can only do things that are on their beginning character card or are on any additional cards they have collected.
Teams can play the game again later in the day to see how much further they can get and how much more treasure they can attain. Players can also change partners in future plays of the game. Dungeon Duos has been the brainchild of Pat Mannion for the past 5 years and was play-tested at UCLA’s Enigma’s annual game convention, “Maxicon” in 2016.