New to all this? Don't worry. You're in for an experience of a lifetime: braving the apocalypse, surviving the undead, and creating a new society in the Wastelands with hundreds of other post-apocalyptic wanderers.
This is about you. Your survival. Your heroism.
So what's LARP?
LARP stands for live-action roleplay. If this is your first LARP, you might feel overwhelmed or like you don't know what's going to happen. But don't worry -- you almost certainly did something like this when you were a child. Maybe you pretended to be super heroes with your friends, or made your treehouse the crow's nest of a pirate ship. The biggest difference between that and LARP is now we have a lot more people, cool costumes, and a beautiful place to play together!
Before your first event, you can reach out to create your character's personality and a bit of their backstory along with all of their starting abilities. We have a very active local and national Facebook group, along with specific pages for each of our events which we encourage you to use to get to know your fellow players and make connections with their characters. Once you physically get to the event, we'll walk you through New Player Orientation so that everyone is on the same page. Then the game starts shortly after.
There is no script for you to follow for our events. You just focus on becoming your character--do what they would do in any situation you find yourself in. Do what you think is going to be interesting and fun for you while keeping in mind the feelings and fun of the players around you. The goal isn't to "win the game," but rather to have an exciting adventure and come away with amazing stories to tell. That often means making choices that will get your character in all kinds of dramatic trouble!
All of our adventures are built cooperatively. The Directors build the basics of the world and help you make your characters, and the participants bring those characters to life through their actions, costumes, and ideas. The story emerges organically from the interactions and cooperation between everyone, with results cooler and weirder than any one of us could create alone! While our characters might oppose each other sometimes, as players we're all friends working together to tell a story. Different people come from different backgrounds, and everyone is equally welcome. If you're feeling overwhelmed, that's totally okay! We're happy to help, please reach out and we'll take care of you.
Check out our Character Creation Guide, which will walk you through the important parts of our rulebook and how to create your first character for Dystopia Rising: The Mass.
Dystopia Rising: The Mass is run by a queer non-binary Storytelling Director named Kelsey, and a gay POC Coordination Director named Gabe. As such, it's important to both of us that our play space is as safe as we can make it for all identities and individuals from the moment they arrive at game until when they leave. We have community guidelines that all players are held accountable to; it's all of our jobs to make sure Dystopia Rising is a place where you, the player, can be you.
Both Directors have worked with and are trained by RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, and can help guide those in need to resources. There is also a help hotline that players can call at any time. We, as a community, donate yearly to organizations in need, such as Youth Pride, Inc and the Dorcas Institute. We take our commitment to treating our community with care seriously.