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New LARPer with some questions 2 Years, 11 Months ago Karma: 1  
Hi all,

Great to be with you finally. I'm totally new to LARP but will be coming to April's event the Time of Reckoning. I know they've probably been answered a hundred times over but I just have a few questions:

- When do I arrive for the even that starts on a Thursday? Like at what time? I'd love to come early and meet people and get some advice for starting out but I don't want to be alone at the sit obviously.
- What equipment is 100% necessary? I have a couple of outfits (I got into LARP through starting leathercraft as a hobby and making costumes) and an old tankard that needs a bit of cleaning. I have access to a sleeping bag and pillows if needed. I will be arriving by car so I can bring stuff with me. Can my sleeping bag be modern or does everything have to be in-character?
- I have never done the in-character thing except for drama class back in the GCSE day (some 5 years ago now) and am a bit worried about having to stay in-character, especially backstory. I've read all of the rules and the info on the setting but I don't know it well enough to really give myself a good backstory, which is irking me.
- How much money should I bring with me? Do I even need any money? I don't want to bring too much given that it's effectively camping.
- All of this stuff about skills and points and stats has me confused. I know the concept from online games etc but are you meant to keep it in your head all of the time? What about the combat? Won't I be a bit outclassed by everybody else who is a much higher level?
- I want to be a scout-type class, though I would not be averse to being a warrior. Anybody have any advice on costuming, play-style, etc?

These are my questions for now, I'm sorry there's loads but I'm excited and just a bit confused!

- Emily (Or, in-game, Riss. Which do I use??)
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Re:New LARPer with some questions 2 Years, 11 Months ago Karma: 12  
Hi Emily!

All good questions, so here's my 2p worth...

- When do I arrive for the even that starts on a Thursday? Like at what time? I'd love to come early and meet people and get some advice for starting out but I don't want to be alone at the sit obviously.

Events normally start around 9pm, and the bulk of people start to arrive from 5ish probably. The refs are often on site much earlier, and there are usually some extra keen bods milling about earlier too. You'll get an email from HQ admin a week or so before the event with details in any case.

- What equipment is 100% necessary? I have a couple of outfits (I got into LARP through starting leathercraft as a hobby and making costumes) and an old tankard that needs a bit of cleaning. I have access to a sleeping bag and pillows if needed. I will be arriving by car so I can bring stuff with me. Can my sleeping bag be modern or does everything have to be in-character?

Check out: www.heroquest-larp.co.uk/whats-it-all-ab...s/what-to-bring.html

- I have never done the in-character thing except for drama class back in the GCSE day (some 5 years ago now) and am a bit worried about having to stay in-character, especially backstory. I've read all of the rules and the info on the setting but I don't know it well enough to really give myself a good backstory, which is irking me.

I wouldn't worry too much about a back story for your first time. For a start, keeping it simple makes staying in-character much easier. And don't worry about that too much either - no-one's looking for Shakesperian quality acting - the main rule is to not talk about real life. As long as you mostly avoid that you'll be just fine. And the odd slip is fine - it's only a game.

- How much money should I bring with me? Do I even need any money? I don't want to bring too much given that it's effectively camping.

Everything is laid on and all part of the cost, so no real need to bring any really. The only thing that isn't is snacks and booze, so if you're so inclined, make sure you bring your own.

- All of this stuff about skills and points and stats has me confused. I know the concept from online games etc but are you meant to keep it in your head all of the time? What about the combat? Won't I be a bit outclassed by everybody else who is a much higher level?

Whilst higher level characters are obviously going to be more capable, the rules are designed to allow mixed level parties to adventure together. It may be prudent to stay more out of harms way than the high level Knight, or whatever, but first timers have slightly different, more forgiving rules and are generally given more leaway by the refs. Again, it's a game and the reason why any of us do it is to have fun, so my advice would be, especially on your first outing, don't worry about the rules too much and get stuck in!

- I want to be a scout-type class, though I would not be averse to being a warrior. Anybody have any advice on costuming, play-style, etc?

A scout's a good choice, but first timers essentially play something fairly generic (the rules are designed that way so you can a) get a feel of what you might like and b) not worry about the intricacies of the rules that apply to certain classes. And don't worry about getting stuck in a class you don't like - you can always change later if you want. Again, it's a game, it's for fun, nothing toooo strict here.

And finally, WELCOME, you're gonna have a blast!!

Phil.
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Re:New LARPer with some questions 2 Years, 11 Months ago Karma: 11  
Hello Emily, welcome to the boards.

As these are out of character forums then you real name is good
I'll have a go at answering your questions.
- Arrival on a Thursday is up to you. folks will often be on site from around 5-6pm onwards though we don't tend to start until 9pm-ish.
- The event is at Consall which is a Scout camp so you will need sleeping bag and pillows. Modern day stuff in the sleeping areas is fine. There is a list of suggested kit somewhere on the site
- We do stay in character for the whole event (except for battle boards after combat). Don't worry about back story, have a rough idea what you want so you can chat in vague terms if asked. It's not often that someone asks you background details in character as a new player. However there are plenty of people that can help you with this before the event.
- You don't need money on the event assuming you have already paid.
- Yes the rules can get a bit mathsy but there are short timeouts called battle boards where things are recorded and it's the battle-boarders job to sort that out/ do the math... you just try and remember what happened to you. As for skills starting characters have guild assistance (effectively spells etc that are cast even things out with higher level characters).
- You play the type of character you want, choose a base race template (orc, elf or human..note these don't have to be you race just racial type i.e. a dwarf is normally based on the ord template [strong and tough, poor at magic]). Scout types tend to be the ones who go ahead of the party to give folks warning. I can't really suggest costume or play style as that is up to you. (I have a scout characters who is a cowardly 1/2 orc that is generally a waste of space).

Anyway feel free to ask questions here and I am sure folks will help. (there is also a Heroquest Facebook group).

Rob
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Re:New LARPer with some questions 2 Years, 11 Months ago Karma: 26  
Hi Emily!

I see Phil has already answered quite a lot of your questions, I'd just add that you definitely need to bring a sleeping bag & pillow (doesn't matter what they look like as effectively the sleeping area is an out of character area)

On money, generally I think people pay for events in advance (e.g. via bank transfer or cheque) so you wouldn't need to take anything extra beyond what you'd normally want for travelling somewhere. Also, I've been LARPing with HeroQuest since 2002 and I've never had any money go missing, if that helps put your mind at rest

An old tankard would be just the trick!

On character backgrounds, we do have a special "character ref" - this is a gent named MBT, who can help you come up with something. For your first event you may want to keep things fairly bland and then decide afterwards more about your character's history - but at any rate, it certainly doesn't need to be perfect up-front

On rules - there will be a dedicated player ref with the party almost all the time whose role is to keep track of how injured you are and explain any effects to you that you may be unfamiliar with.

The rules have been rewritten over the last few years to allow mixed-level parties to function together, and I would expect some of the higher level characters to tool a low-ranking character up somewhat (it's a team game).

Other people would be better placed than me to advise on costume etc but I would recommend warm clothing! (I found a fur gillet off ebay for one of my scouting characters, which could also be used in real life. Or if you've more of a budget, nothing wrong with getting a cloak!)

I'm not sure where you're based, but there's a LARP kit fair called "What's your game" in February in Gloucester where you could find inspiration & plenty of costume! www.facebook.com/events/375074232641168/

Hope you have a great time
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Re:New LARPer with some questions 2 Years, 11 Months ago Karma: 1  
Thank you so much for all of your help!

I just wonder, is the big list of stuff to bring conclusive? Like, is there anything I can leave out that's not really necessary?

I'd love to get involved in the community on the forums but I've obviously not been to an event so I can't do much. Is there a beginner's guide to LARPing thread I can look at or something to be involved in? I used to be a bit of a forumgoer when I was younger but now not so much, but there's always time to get back into it. April seems very far away!

- Emily
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Re:New LARPer with some questions 2 Years, 11 Months ago Karma: 22  
Hi Emily,

For a first timer who wants to give it a go the only really vital things are a reasonable base layer to keep you warm enough (dark long sleeved top, dark trousers, sturdy boots), something to sleep in (sleeping bag/duvet) and a "have a go" attitude. Sleeping is all OOC so modern bags are absolutely fine!

If you come along to play your first event you will find almost everyone at the club happy to lend you armour, kit, weapons, etc so you can try things out without having to invest a load of money up front (weapons and shields etc can be quite pricey but lots of us have spares we've collected over the years). I for example am more than happy to bring some gear for you to borrow.

In terms of the forum community I think it's fair to say our online presence is fairly quiet generally and we don't really have "first timer" threads. Your approach here of asking questions and starting the conversation is probably going to be the best option who knows you might get a few more of us to stumble out of our "no event for ages" malaise and get chatting!

Cheers

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Re:New LARPer with some questions 2 Years, 11 Months ago Karma: 1  
Thanks so much Shaun, that info is super helpful

As I said I think I have all of the kit I need - I got the idea to go LARPing first from making some armour for myself as a little TLC hobby project so perhaps I can show off my frankly miserable sewing and riveting skills when the event finally comes I'm so excited and it's four months away, I wish I could come sooner but I'm a student so I have to wait until the holidays, and I'm also a medical student so I have vicious exams in January and June that have to be revised for (which is what I'm currently doing; Christmas, what Christmas?).

I got myself a sword which I love playing with (my family now know to avoid me when I'm swinging it around like a madwoman) but I'm trying to make most of my kit myself as a good project and also for some downtime from my course. Do many people homemake their stuff or just buy it? I've been around the various LARP websites and everything seems quite expensive. The event itself was quite expensive too, even with the first timer discount, but I suppose it will be worth it and money is for spending etc. What else would it go on, given the student lifestyle; takeaways and alcohol?

-Emily
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Re:New LARPer with some questions 2 Years, 11 Months ago Karma: 22  
Yes lots of people have home-made kit and no-ones going to be critical of your efforts I am sure (in fact expect lots of "how did you do that" and "can you make me an X, Y Z2 ) I've got several bits of homemade kit that see regularly use including cloaks, armour, hoods, belts and pouches. . and a very old shield and I agree that making stuff between events is half the fun!

Yes HQ is certainly on the higher end in terms of direct cost per event but the fact that it's fully catered (to the point that I never bring snacks anymore as I am never hungry enough to eat them) cannot be underplayed. Self catering at events is both costly (simple, easy to cook single portion stuff being more expensive than cooking at home usually) but more importantly eats up _loads_ of time especially when you have 20 people fighting for time on one hob/oven . It's also a very small event so you tend to get more "bang" for your buck in that you will be involved all the time with plot, encounters etc especially when compared to the larger festival style events. This is starting to sound like a salespitch . . I shall stop now (but also just mention that monstering is entirely free which isn't true at some other events). All that said I've tried other systems and HQ will still always get my time/money as I find it the best value in terms of time spent/fun had that I can get and hopefully long may that continue
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