Welcome to Underworld! Whether you’re a veteran LARPer who’s looking for a new game or new to LARP all together, we have all the information you need right here. Below you’ll find our handy New Player Guide. It should give you the basics.
1. What Is Larp?
2. What you Need to Know
b. Character Creation/Skills
c. Backstory/Character Goals
f. Logistics at Event
g. What Are NPCs?
h. What to Expect at Event
i. Immersion and IG/OOG
3. Prelog / Future Events
4. How to Pay
Have questions? Ask our New Player Liaisons! Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet our New Player Liaisons
1. What is Larp?
LARP stands for Live Action Role Playing and is basically a big game of fantasy improv in which you create a character and act out their life in a fictional setting. If you’ve ever played DnD then LARP is similar, except it’s actually you running around fighting the monster and not a figure on a map and dice rolling.
Underworld LARP is an 18+ fantasy horror LARP with the motto of “Run, Fight, Hide” so you can expect to do a lot of all three. It is one of Canada’s largest LARPs with guilds all across the country (from BC to Nova Scotia) as well as in Japan and the US. All the guilds exist in game as various locations so once you make a character you can play them in any of the other guilds you happen to want to visit, and story that affects one guild could end up affecting another.
Games are run by Shapers. They are your storytellers, like a Dungeon Master in a table top game. They create and help tell the stories that you will be interacting with. There is a head Shaper, the rest of the Shaper team, and a team of dedicated NPCs (non-player chatacters – more about those guys later). If you hear people talking about the Plot team, that’s these guys.
Marshals are our other staff members. They help with mods, check armour and weapons for safety, offer assistance if you get hurt, and do other smaller jobs that Plot or the Shapers need doing.
2. What you need to know to start
A. The Rulebooks and how to use them
(1) your Player Name (your real name),
(2) your Character Name,
(3) your True Name (See the Rulebook page for details on that),
(4) your race and
(5) your class
rep in game. For your first event you can borrow a weapon from NPC camp to use, but after that weapon rentals are $5 per item per event.
know how many points of armour your reps are worth.Armour and weapon creation guidelines can be found in the Core Rulebook and a quick
guide by a player for building boffer weapons can be found below.
and ask away. If they can tell you the answer they will, though sometimes the answer will be “find out in game” or “FOIG”. Do keep in mind: the NPLs are playing the game as well, and not all of their characters are trustworthy. When in doubt, trust in your NPLs but maybe don’t trust their characters because some of them play some real sketchy guys.