What is LARP?
LARP is an acronym for Live Action Role Play. Ok, so what is that? Well, LARP in it’s most basic form is a group of people getting together, playing characters they have made up, acting out scenarios in a fantasy world. There are many different genres of LARP’s, some are set in a medieval world, some in a futristic world, some in a wild west style world, and some are just set in modern day. What they all have in common though is people playing roles and reacting to the situations placed before them. For a more in depth description of what LARP is, you can look it up here at wikipedia.
What Kind of LARP is Lands of Exile?
Lands of Exile is what’s considered a high fantasy LARP. Our setting is much like that of Lord of the Rings or other fantasy novels. There are fantastical creatures, and magic. Our main goal is to provide an experience for our players that makes them feel like they are in another world. Our players, as well as our staff, are costumed in appropriate garb for the fantasy genre, and stay in character for the full game from beginning to end. This keeps everyone immersed in the fantasy, allowing people to forget about the outside world. We are a combat LARP as well. We resolve combat using soft foam weapons and utilizing our combat system, as well as packets filled with bird seed for spells, and padded arrows.
What Sets Lands of Exile Apart?
Here at Lands of Exile there are a few things that we do to make sure or players are having a great time at our game, and there are a few things we do differently than other LARPs in the area.
- We have an approachable and friendly staff. Our goal is to provide everyone with a great experience and we would be more than happy to help you work your character into the story.
- Our world is reactive to the character decisions, meaning you will have a real impact on the world around you, so that it feels like you are a living, breathing part of it.
- Our combat rules are a bit more aggressive than other LARPs in the area. We allow weapon trapping, one step shield pushes (without intent to knock down), and expect our player to swing their weapons in a more believable manner.
- We are a full immersion LARP. As such we require fully costumed characters and players, and we provide props for everything, to make the game world feel real and natural.
- We do not use narration of scenes or circumstances. Instead our plot members play key characters that interact with the players in character in order to tell the story. This reduces or eliminates game pauses, and allows the story to flow in a more realistic manner.
- We use LARP bows. We are using private property to host our LARP, so we are allowing the use of approved bows and padded arrows.
Lands of Exile is a full immersion fantasy LARP. As such, we require all of our players and our monsters to be fully costumed. As far as our requirements, we ask that all of our players’ costumes be made out of fabric that would be suiting of the medieval period. Sequins or the cheap silky fabrics that flood party city, for example, would not be desirable.
At your first game, we will ask to do a costume and weapons inspection just to make sure everything is passable. If it’s not perfect the first time, don’t fret! We will offer gentle suggestions on how to improve anything that may need to be change, and are always willing to help you find or make any part of the costume you may need. We also offer limited amounts of loaner costuming and weapons for your first game.
For a basic costume you will need the following items. If you don’t mind putting in a little handy work, and you already own a set of dark shoes, then you should be able to put together a basic costume for under $50! If you want to make your costume, we have provided tutorials and suggest getting fabric either at a fabric store or buying old bedsheets at a second hand store. Here is what you’ll need:
- Basic Shirt – Purchase one from us or follow this tutorial on how to make your own.
- Basic Set of Pants – Purchase one from us or follow this tutorial on how to make your own.
- A Belt – Not required but very useful. Look for these at your local thrift stores!
- Footwear – You will need either leather or dark colored footwear. If your shoes are dark but still look modern, you will need to cover them with boot toppers. Medieval footwear can be expensive and we dont suggest buying the really cheap boots from online stores as they tend to fall apart easily and are usually uncomfortable. You can usually find some dark leather military boots at Army Surplus stores.
- Utensils and Feastware – Metal mugs, wooden plates, and some forks and spoons. There is usually catering at our events so you definitely want to be prepared!
- Medieval gear to NPC in (If you only have one set of medieval clothing, that’s fine! We have ways to add to your costume to make you look different from your regular character.)
Modern shirts, modern pants (especially jeans), and tennis shoes are not allowed.
We want to keep the in game area free of modern items that would take away from the immersion. We will require period looking drinking, eating, and seating items. This means no plastic utensils or plates, no modern day water bottles or cans. There are holders for bottles and cans that can be used to cover the non-period items. For seating we would like to keep it period as well, this would mean no modern folding chairs. If you have a modern folding chair, we ask you cover it with a period appropriate blanket or sheet to make it not stand out in our world. The basic rule to go by is, if it doesn’t look like it would belong in the middle ages, then it doesn’t belong in the in game area. If you have modern items, they must be keep them in your personal tent or in a designated out of game area. This is to ensure everyone has as strong of a break from reality as possible, as props and atmosphere are a huge part of the illusion of a fantasy world.
Singletary Lake State Park
Offers: Heated Cabins, Running Water, Showers, Modern Plumbing, Kitchen Area, Fridge. If you have a period appropriate tent you can bring it to set up if you wish.
All fire must be in designated fire pits. Candles and other forms of fire are prohibited due to camp regulations.
We use Camp Loblolly in the colder months, and both camps during the warmer months. You can find out additional information here.
Google Map to the site is here.
What to Bring
Our LARP is set in a very rustic environment to bring the greatest feeling of realism to our medieval themed events. As such, most of our sites do not have indoor sleeping areas or kitchens, as we camp in tents and cook over fire pits. You will need to bring the following items:
- A Tent and Sleeping Gear – We recommend bringing some kind of sleeping bag and more blankets/sleeping bags than you think you’ll need. It can get surprisingly cold at night, even in spring and summer. We have seen many times in our years on the field people unprepared for the weather. Make sure to stay warm and bring more than you need! You can always keep extra stuff in your car, or lend it out to someone who didn’t bring enough. A modern tent is ok to bring, and you will not need to bring a tent if we are camping at Lake Singletary State Park, as cabins are provided at this location.
- Food and A Way to Cook It – You will need to bring all of your own food. Keep in mind we do not generally have any kitchen, microwave, or refrigeration available. (Lake Singletary State Park does offer a kitchen and fridge). For this purpose, we suggest you bring things that either do not have to be refrigerated or cooked, or bring some means of cooking it. There are usually either a fire pit or grill that you can cook things on, but you will need to bring your own wood and charcoal as the camp does not provide it. You are also welcome to bring a cooler and camping stove to use in our out-of-play area if you like.
- Stuff to Drink – All of our sites have potable water that you can use, but you are encouraged to bring something to rehydrate you such as Gatorade to replace electrolytes. No alcohol is allowed at the events.
- Period eating and drinking utensils – Bring plates, bowls, and a mug or some other form of drinking item that is period for using in the in game area. You may still use normal silverware for eating with in the in game area, but please no plastic or disposable utensils. It is your own responsibility to clean your own eating and drinking ware.
- Soap – You will want to bring some kind of natural soap like Dawn to wash your dishes at the site between meals. Most of our sites do not have access to showers.
- Costuming and Clothes – You will need to bring a full costume and weapon and/or spell packets. All players are required to play an npc shift for the weekend, so if you have more than one set of medieval clothes, we encourage you to bring an extra set to NPC in. If you do not have an extra set, that’s fine! We have NPC gear on site that we can help with. We highly recommend bringing several changes of clothes and layers. Under-layers are also good to have on hand. You can get sick even in warm weather if you sleep or remain in wet clothing.
- Rain Gear – We play rain or shine! So unless you want to huddle in your tent the whole time, we highly suggest bringing some rain gear that can fit under your costume, or bring period rain gear!
- Weapons and Packets – You will want to bring something to beat on people with! For now, we will accept any type of boffer weapon. We aim to move towards a latex only weapon LARP, as we feel latex weapons provide a greater level of believability than duck tape! But, until we are able to build up a stock latex weapons for our players to use, you will want to bring what ever type of weapon you can. If you plan to play a spell caster, you will also need to bring packets to throw. They need to be light colored so that they are easy to find. You can find a packet making tutorial here.
Contacting Us and Questions
We are really excited that you would like to join our community. Please feel free to let us know if you have any questions and we’d be happy to help! The best way to get a hold of us is through our Facebook page. Simply request access and we will add you to our group. We look forward to seeing you at the game.