The current German government is cooler than ours. Thirty percent of their energy comes from renewable sources, and the chancellor Angela Merkel is a former research scientist. But now here's something that dials up the coolness to 11: The German Federal Agency for Civic Education is funding a Battlestar Galactica live-action role-playing game (LARP). On a battleship.
According to the Verge,
On February 4th, a retired German destroyer will become the site of a five-day, 80-person larp based on Ronald D. Moore's Battlestar Galactica. In Projekt Exodus, the ship will be temporarily redubbed the Hesperios, a space freighter that picks up an escape pod and is — through events unknown to us — drawn into the war between human and Cylon.
If you've never participated in a LARP, you're missing out on the fun. It's an immersive game where you take on the role of the character and stay in that character for the day, the weekend and in the case of this Battlestar Galactica LARP, an entire five days. The setting -- a decommissioned battleship -- is the perfect location and will undoubtedly kick the game’s realism up a notch.
There's a reason this five-day adventure is being funded by an education agency that deals specifically in politics. This event is actually a lesson in diplomacy. Do you torture Cylon agents for information, or do you negotiate a trade? It's up to you. And with different players interpreting the characters in their own way, you can play the same game multiple times with a unique course in every instance. So players can expect anything from Adm. Adama creating a military dictatorship or Gaius Baltar getting a lobotomy.
Unfortunately, there are no plans to bring Projekt Exodus to the United States, so participants had better brush up on their Deutsche. But if you go, chances are your experience will go better for you than it did for the actual crew of the Battlestar Galactica.