Byzantine Thessaloniki: Role Playing Game from Gamecraft at the Museum

Byzantine Thessaloniki: Role Playing Game from Gamecraft at the Museum

Start Date:  06 Nov 2016

End Date:  06 Nov 2016

Start Date Time:  10.00

Showroom:  Permanent Εxhibition of the Museum

The excellent initiative ‘Byzantine Thessaloniki’, a collaboration of the Commercial Association, of the Museum of Byzantine Culture, of the Byzantine Research Centre (A.U.Th.) and the of the Holy Diocese of Thessaloniki highlights the city’s Byzantine identity through a three-day event, on 4, 5 and 6 November. Gamecraft will present the role-playing game ‘Purple Codex’ in the Museum of Byzantine Culture on Sunday, 6 November in four groups of up to 18 players (children over 9 years old and adults) at 10.00, 12.00, 14.00 and 16.00.

«On the traces of the purple codex»: Role playing game through Byzantine History

The “Purple codex” (6th century AD) is the second oldest surviving Gospel around the world. It belongs to a Bible created in order to be given as a gift to the newly established Archdiocese of Constantinople. It was stolen by the crusaders in 1204 AD and its pieces were found in almost all Europe.

Scenario: The conquest of Constantinople by the army of the Fourth Crusade is a fact (April 1204), with the participants to take on the role of citizens of Byzantine Thessaloniki, which was already under occupation since 1185 AD. Living in an occupied city, they will soon become witnesses of an amazing discovery. Ahead a well kept secret – with an unexpected manner – is unfolding. An object of an immense value, a book of faith and magnificence, might fall into the hands of avaricious Normans. The last of its guardians have hidden it in a masterly manner, so that only the truly worthy and able can discover it.

Players will solve puzzles and will “talk” to the citizens of Thessaloniki during the Byzantine era. Using a free theatrical improvisation, with a presence of a narrator, they will gain an important knowledge of Byzantine History, which will help them to reach the final solution.

Details of the action

Duration: 70-80 minutes

Groups up to 18 people (children over 9 years old and adults)

Four groups with start times: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

There are no reservations, participation is free and those interested should come to the Museum to join the next available group.