This page answers frequently asked questions from participants that are planning to, or already attend our events. If the answer to your question is not listed here, please check out the game guides we have published on our RULES & LORE page which are free to download. Alternatively, you can contact us directly by completing the form on our HOME page.
1) WHAT IS LIVE ACTION ROLE-PLAY (LARP)?
LARP is a form of role-playing game where the participants physically portray their characters. The players pursue goals within a fictional setting represented by the real world while interacting with each other as their characters. LARP is a form of interactive theatre, where participants act without a script. The outcome of player actions is often mediated by game rules or determined by consensus among players. Costume, props, makeup, prosthetics, masks and realistic-looking foam weapons are used by all participants to represent various characters they are portraying in the fictional universe. We have produced various videos to help explain what LARP is, and also what happens at our events and behind the scenes. You can find these on our YOUTUBE CHANNEL.
2) HOW DOES COMBAT WORK? HOW DO I FIGHT?
Combat occurs in real-time, you use sturdy foam weapons, professionally built and painted, to physically strike your opponents. You may block, parry, deflect and dodge your opponent as they attack you, and also make use of abilities, spells, damage and effect calls (as listed in the core rules) to enhance your effectiveness on and off the battlefield. When you have taken a certain amount of hits (depending on how many your character has), you must seek healing to restore your lost hit points from someone that has the relevant abilities to mend your wounds and/or armour. If your character has lost all of their hit points and does not receive any healing, you are dead.
3) WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHARACTER DIES DURING A GAME?
Character death, whilst not frequent, does occur at our games from time to time. It is all part of the LARPing experience. If you are attending a game as a player, and your character is unfortunate enough to die, you have two options:
1) Make a back-up character before the event starts. Contact us via email, and we'll help you set up an additional character sheet. Bring your back-up character's costume. You can jump back into the game as your new character.
2) Join the crew! Spend the rest of the event crewing. Crew earn 4 Hero Points per day for crewing.
These points can then be put towards a new player character you make.
NOTE: If your player character dies and the event has not concluded we do not offer full or partial refunds for any tickets you have purchased if you wish to leave the event early. We advise referring to points 1 and 2 above to decide how you would proceed at an event following your character’s death.
4) WHY USE ABILITIES, SPELLS, DAMAGE AND EFFECT CALLS?
Abilities, spells, damage and effect calls are used to represent feats of strength that would otherwise be impossible or unsafe to physically perform in the real world. These can include but are not limited to: striking a person with such force that it crushes their torso, using magic to harm, heal or fling an opponent away from you, performing intricate medical procedures or communicating with the spirits of the dead. These are but a few examples of why such mechanics are used in our games.
Not everyone is skilled in real life at fighting with swords and shields etc. To compensate for many participants' understandable lack of skill in such practices, the system dynamics we have implemented allow heroic feats to be performed via the use of abilities, spells, damage and effect calls. Whilst some purists may scoff at the thought of hearing damage and effect calls during gameplay, we believe that all LARPs should be inclusive environments for everyone that attends. The mechanics we have implemented allow for everyone, regardless of their talents in real life, to unlock the potential of the character they wish to play.
5) I HEARD AN EFFECT CALL. I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT MEANS. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
We are lucky to have a very friendly base of players and crew at our events. If you don't understand a rule, effect call or another aspect of the game, please don't hesitate to speak to a member of staff or the player or crew member that called the effect.
They will be happy to explain it to you.
6) IS PVP (PLAYER VS PLAYER) COMBAT ALLOWED?
PVP is very much allowed in our games. If you have a genuine, in-character (IC) gripe to settle, and you feel combat is the only way to resolve it, go ahead and attack that player!
7) CAN I GRAPPLE / ROUGHHOUSE WITH OTHER PLAYERS/CREW?
Grappling or wrestling is to engage in a close fight or struggle without weapons. Whilst this is allowed at our events, participants do so at their own risk. Neothera Saga UK LARP takes no responsibility for any injuries caused as a result of participants grappling. If you wish to grapple an opponent, you must ALWAYS ask permission to do so before engaging in combat.
Please respect the wishes of those that are not comfortable with grappling.
8) I WANT TO ATTEND BUT DO NOT WISH TO TAKE PART IN COMBAT. WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?
You should be aware that Neothera Saga UK LARP is a combat-heavy system, meaning that battles will inevitably take place at all of our events. If you do not wish to take part in combat, you need to inform us as soon as possible before an event is due to take place - ideally via the contact form on our HOME page and at least one week before the event start date. We do have measures we can take to allow you to avoid combat, and we would also suggest building a player character that takes advantage of abilities (listed in the core rules) that are not combat-orientated, such as healing or crafting. If you wish to crew but do not want to take part in combat, again you need to inform us when you sign up to attend an event. There are plenty of options to play non-combat NPCs.
9) AM I EXPECTED TO LEARN ALL OF THE RULES BEFORE I ATTEND AN EVENT?
When you are planning on attending one of our events, especially if it is your first time LARPing, we highly recommend downloading and reading our core rules, available in the RULES & LORE section of this website. Whilst we do not expect you to learn the rules inside out, we at least ask that you get an idea of the concept of the system and take note of some of the basic rules. If you enjoyed your first event, and want to attend future games with us, it is at this point you should begin to ensure important rules (such as instructional calls for effects and damage etc.) and abilities your character has acquired are committed to memory, or at least jotted down in some form of notebook for you to refer to whilst at a game. In our experience, those who have taken the time to study the game rules have a more enjoyable time with us, and it also prevents interruptions to gameplay whilst rules are explained privately to individuals who are not clued-up.
10) HOW DO I CREATE A PLAYER CHARACTER?
When you have purchased a PLAYER ticket to an upcoming event, you will be emailed confirmation of your purchase, along with details about the event itself. We will also create a character sheet for you (accessed via Google Sheets) and email you a link to it. You can access your character sheet anywhere, anytime providing you have an internet connection. We strongly recommend reading our core rules to learn the basics of creating a character. You can download our core rules from the RULES & LORE page of this website. To purchase tickets to our upcoming events, please visit the BOOK PLAYER TICKETS page.
11) WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO AN EVENT?
We are often asked this question, so we have put together a guide that explains everything you need to know. This guide is a must-read if you are new to LARP or planning on attending one of our events and are not sure what to prepare or bring with you. This guide explains what to take to a game, as well as covering event site rules, site safety, the facilities available, logistics, and times. You can download our Prepare for Adventure guide from the RULES & LORE page on this website.
12) ARE THERE ANY WEAPON RESTRICTIONS?
Yes. We highly recommend downloading and reading the core rules for restrictions on weapons that are allowed at our events. The guide is available on the RULES & LORE page of this website. Please be advised that weapon restrictions are in place for health and safety reasons, not simply to restrict what equipment can be used by participants for rules mechanics.
13) WHAT IS MY CHARACTER ALLOWED TO KNOW ABOUT THE GAME-WORLD?
Your character knows what is written in the lore compendium, as well as what they learn in-game.
You can download the lore compendium from the RULES & LORE page of this website.
14) HOW DOES IN-CHARACTER (IC) THEFT WORK?
Theft in the game world is certainly not uncommon, and whilst we do not dissuade this behaviour due to the types of characters people wish to play, we would like to make players aware that if they are caught stealing in-character (IC) the consequences can often be very serious! If you manage to steal an item at an event, you should always inform a member of staff AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, stating exactly what item/s were taken and who/where they were taken from. This rule applies for ALL ITEMS (except Llandies, item cards and potion bottles), especially other players' personal, IC property, regardless of how mundane you think the item is. Failure to do this will result in EXP and/or HRP being deducted from you. It is NOT acceptable to steal items from out of character (OOC) areas, nor is it acceptable to hide IC items in OOC areas to prevent them from being stolen.
15) IS IN-CHARACTER (IC) SEXISM, RACISM AND NAME-CALLING ALLOWED?
This is a sensitive topic, and we would like to begin by stating that Neothera Saga UK LARP does not tolerate out of character (OOC) sexism, racism, harassment or bullying of any kind (see our TERMS & CONDITIONS for more information on this). That said, such topics can sometimes occur in-character (IC) at our games and should not be mistaken for genuine, OOC bad-behaviour. Such instances are only acceptable if a participant is comfortable with being confronted in such a way, and you should ALWAYS ask someone if it is okay to notch up the role-play to include sexism, racism, or any types of verbal or physical harassment.
Be aware that some fantasy races in the game world have a strong dislike for each other, and IC insults or physical violence may occur as a result. As a general rule, racism must only occur between the fantasy races included in the game, such as goblins, elves, beastkin and the undead etc. Some participants may play characters that are generally pig-headed, nasty or rude, and whilst we do not discourage this, we ask that everyone makes sure they are respectful to each other. If someone’s behaviour, IC or OOC is upsetting to you, please speak to a member of staff so that we may address your concern discreetly and professionally.
16) WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE AN ISSUE WITH ANOTHER PARTICIPANT?
Firstly, unless you are comfortable in doing so calmly and reasonably, do not confront the person that is causing you concern. Our seasoned staff are always on hand to deal with any issues people wish to raise. If something doesn't feel right, you have problems with another participant, or generally want to voice any concerns you have, please speak to a member of staff who will address your concerns discreetly and professionally.
17) I THINK SOMEONE MIGHT BE CHEATING AT THE GAME. WHAT DO I DO?
Our staff are always on hand to deal with any issues participants wish to raise. If you have a problem regarding cheating, please speak to the game staff who will address your concern. Those found to be knowingly cheating at our events will lose EXP or HRP. Those that continuously cheat after receiving a warning from the staff may be asked to leave the event site. If this would result in you, or any others accompanying you also having to leave the event site, full or partial refunds for any tickets purchased will not be issued.
By purchasing any type of ticket, or attending a Neothera Saga UK LARP event, you agree, in full, to our TERMS & CONDITIONS.
18) I NEED TO TAKE A BREAK DURING THE EVENT. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
We understand that Neothera Saga events are physically and mentally demanding. If you are a player or crew member and you need to take some time out, no matter what the reason is, please let a member of staff know ASAP so we can accommodate your needs.
19) IS THERE A RECRUIT A FRIEND BONUS?
If you recruit a friend, you can get 3 Hero Points (HRP) after you and your friend attend their first event as a player or crew member.
If you both attend a second event together, you each gain another 3 HRP.
HRP may be used to do the following:
1) Increase your character’s Experience (EXP) cap beyond 200 (1 HRP increases your cap by 3 EXP)
2) Converted to EXP (on a 1-for-1 basis)
3) Purchase unique abilities, spells and crafting ideas (6 HRP each)
4) Purchase additional Faith abilities (6 HRP each)
5) Purchasing additional Endurance abilities (cost varies)
20) CAN I ARRIVE EARLY FOR A WEEKEND EVENT?
The day before a weekend event is due to begin (Thursday) the staff will be on-site preparing for the game, applying set-dressing, and sorting costumes, weapons, props and other equipment. Players and crew are welcome to arrive on Thursday any time after 10 am, however, an additional payment of £15 must be made in cash to cover your attendance. You must make this payment as soon as you arrive at the site. This additional fee covers the use of site facilities and camping for one person.
21) DO YOU PROVIDE OR SELL FOOD AND DRINK AT EVENTS?
We do NOT provide or sell food and drink at our events so you must ensure you bring a decent supply of your own. That said, there is free drinking water available at the Taw Bottom weekend event site, and the crew (during weekend events only) will be provided with free squash, sweets, fruit, tea, coffee and other snacks.
22) IS THERE AN AGE RESTRICTION FOR ATTENDEES?
CREW must be at least 16 years old to take part, and PLAYERS must be 14 or over. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a guardian who is 18 or older. One adult can be responsible for up to four minors. We must be informed in advance (via the contact form on our HOME page) who the guardian of the minor/s is, providing a name, address, email and contact telephone number. A guardian must supervise a minor at all times and ensure they are present for the duration of the event the minor is attending. Please be aware that if a guardian fails to supervise a minor at all times, the staff reserve the right to ask them (and the minor/s) to leave the event site. In this instance, full or partial refunds for any tickets purchased will not be issued. Be aware that Neothera Saga UK LARP is not aimed at a young audience. As such, we will not alter or censor potentially disturbing in-character (IC) occurrences (such as gore, bad language, violence and adult subject matter etc.) with a view that minors will be attending a game. By allowing a minor to attend an event, their guardian understands and agrees to our full TERMS & CONDITIONS.
23) I WANT TO ACCOMPANY A PERSON THAT IS PLAYING OR CREWING, BUT I DO NOT WISH TO TAKE PART MYSELF. CAN I STILL DO SO?
If you are accompanying a person that is playing or crewing, but you do not wish to take part in the event (accompanying a minor for example), the following rules apply:
1) We must be informed in advance (via the contact form on our HOME page) of the name of the person (playing or crewing) you are accompanying. You must also provide your name, address, email and contact telephone number.
2) A cash payment of £20 PER PERSON (regardless of age) must be paid when you arrive at the event site. This payment covers your site attendance (including any camping fees and use of site facilities) for the entirety of the event in the case of weekend events. This fee must be paid even if you are not camping.
3) You do not need to pay to accompany someone to a single day adventure, but you must still contact us in advance as per point 1 above.
4) You are NOT allowed in the in-character (IC) areas of the event site unless with permission by the game staff. Anyone found to be breaking this rule will immediately be asked to leave the IC areas. If you continuously break this rule after being warned, the staff reserve the right to ask you (and anyone accompanying you) to leave the event site. In this instance, full or partial refunds for any tickets purchased will not be issued.
5) During our weekend events, you may make use of the car parking, camping, shower, toilet, and wash facilities whilst onsite.
6) Please be advised that staff make spot checks in the out of character (OOC) areas regularly during an event. If a person is found to be staying onsite without paying the relevant fee upon arrival, they will immediately be asked to leave the event site. If this would result in you, or any others accompanying you also having to leave the event site, full or partial refunds for any tickets purchased will not be issued.
7) By purchasing any type of ticket, or attending a Neothera Saga UK LARP event, you agree, in full, to our TERMS & CONDITIONS.
24) DO YOU ALLOW SPECTATORS AT YOUR EVENTS?
We do not allow spectators at our events unless agreed beforehand by the system manager or if they are official photographers, filmmakers or involved in work behind the scenes at an event. If you are accompanying a minor but not taking part in an event, you are NOT allowed in the in-character (IC) areas of the event site unless with permission by the game staff. Anyone found to be breaking this rule will immediately be asked to leave the IC areas. If you continuously break this rule after being warned, the staff reserve the right to ask you (and anyone accompanying you) to leave the event site. In this instance, full or partial refunds for any tickets purchased will not be issued. Please also note that we DO NOT allow photography or filming of any kind whilst you are onsite unless with prior permission from the staff. By attending a Neothera Saga UK LARP event, you understand and agree to our full TERMS & CONDITIONS.
25) CAN I TAKE PICTURES, FILM VIDEO, RECORD AUDIO OR LIVE STREAM AT YOUR EVENTS?
Only official videographers or photographers may take photographs, film video, record audio or live stream at our events. There are several reasons this rule is in place, and we ask all participants to respect this request. If you want to film, take photos, record audio or live stream at our events, perhaps for promotional purposes, we ask that you contact us in advance so we can discuss the purpose for this and whether we can accommodate your request. See more about this topic on our TERMS & CONDITIONS page.
26) I AM PREGNANT, CAN I STILL ATTEND ONE OF YOUR GAMES?
If you are pregnant, you cannot attend a Neothera Saga UK LARP event as a player or crew member. It would be highly irresponsible for any LARP system that includes a combat element to allow anyone pregnant to be present during a game. Whilst we strictly follow numerous health and safety protocols, accidents could still happen, and it is not worth taking the risk that you could get hit by a stray projectile or someone bumping into you by accident in the heat of the moment.
27) DO YOU ALLOW PETS?
We allow well-behaved dogs at our weekend events but not at our single day adventures. All animals (unless with prior permission from the system manager) are NOT allowed in any of the in-character (IC) areas. You must always clean up after your pet/s and dispose of any poop in the grey bins provided at the site entrance. Please be aware that our events often contain the use of pyrotechnics, strobe lights and music/SFX played at a high volume which may affect some animals. You are ALWAYS responsible for your pet, and if the staff consider it a hazard, nuisance or concern for health and safety, we reserve the right to ask you to remove it from the event site. If this would result in you, or any others accompanying you also having to leave the event site, full or partial refunds for any tickets purchased will not be issued. By purchasing any type of ticket, or attending a Neothera Saga UK LARP event, you agree, in full, to our TERMS & CONDITIONS.