I have participated and mainly organized a LARP in Switzerland for several years. This year, I have for the first time participated in a major GN project organized in Germany (Conquest of Mythodea, about 9000 people).
While there, one of our friends met another participant in the said LARP – actually one of the NPCs. It happened at a party before the event when people were not yet in character, that is, rather normal things that could happen at any music festival.
Later, while taking part in the real story of LARP, a sort of quest was distributed where the goal was essentially to make nice discussions / flirt with any other player. Regardless of the details of this quest (and how it might be considered complete or not), it made me think …
Is there a social contract / practice established on how the GN community handles flirtation or similar romantic advances?
Of course, LARP should be a fun experience for everyone. You would absolutely want to avoid creating situations in which players would feel uncomfortable (or worse) by unexpected advances. And although breaking the character is of course always an option to tell someone to stop, I wonder if there is no danger that people will feel "submissive" to pressures "in a certain role or a certain scene. Moreover, breaking the character is rather frowned upon in some circles and would probably be considered a measure of last resort …
I am looking for LNG responses with personal experience of this topic and / or established social contracts. Bonus points if the experience comes from the European / German LARP scene.