I have never played in any LARP before, can I attend?
Of course! We try to make the OldTown friendly for both experienced and beginner players. The LARP accreditation system will facilitate an introduction for even a total novice. Workshops introducing into history and game mechanics will be held before the game. You can also consult with the organiser at the Festival Office or via dedicated helpline.
Do I have to know OldTown history or LARP plot from previous years?
It is not necessary but we encourage to get familiar with articles available at our webpage and OT Wiki. If your character arrives to the OldTown for the first time it is justified to not know the history or the plot. During the LARP itself many players will share their knowledge and experience from previous years for sure
What should I bring with me?
For the LARP attendance a postapocalyptic outfit and a proper eye protection are only required. We strongly recommend having of a high, sturdy shoes, a watch and a knife. Except that – anything you consider necessary for you to survive a week in camping conditions: something to sleep in (sleeping pad and bag; something to “dress” your tent, for example a camouflage net), accessories needed to cook and eat a meal (cutlery, a bowl, a canteen), some protection from rain (raincoat, rain cape) and sun (headwear, sun lotion).
Do I have to have my own outfit?
If you want to play in the LARP, you have to have postapocalypic outfit. Do not worry, outfit preparation is not hard. Ragged trouserd, tattered shirts, goggles, hats, everything worn out and dirty to emphasize hard life in the wasteland. Only your imagination restricts you in outfit creation. For inspiration we recommend our Pinterest and Instagram profiles. Also check out our crafting manual at http://oldtownfestival.net/crafting-en/
During the festival part postapocalyptic outfit is not mandatory but still advisable.
Is it possible to create own faction?
Yes, to do that you have to fill a form at this site: www.form.oldtownfestival.net/faction
. We warn though that we can do not accept an application if the faction do not fit general concept of the LARP or copies an existing faction.
How to join an existing faction?
Factions recruit their members independently from organisers – the best course of action is to contact desired group directly. Read the faction description at http://oldtownfestival.net/factions
. Next search for it at Facebook or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you need help in establishing a contact.
CAN I GET A ROLE FROM THE ORGANIZERS/BE A NPC?
Sure! Every year we have several dozen smaller and bigger NPC roles. Contact us by writing at email@example.com
, and we’ll find a perfect role for you.
Do I have to create my own character, or will it be designated by the organisers?
Everyone has a full freedom in their character creation. In case you can not decide or have no particular idea a form received after buing the accreditation comes with some help. Eventually you can join NPC Corps and become a character whose actions are coordinated by the LARP organizators.
I want to play a mercenary, so I will not work for no pay. Is that technically possible?
Yes, it is possible, as long as you’ll be able to convince other players to hire you. There is always a need for a skilled mercenary.
How will quests be given to me? Is there a chance I accidentaly miss all quests?
Quests are not given, they are earned. We do our best to encourage all the players to participate in our story, however we like to think that we went beyond the quest system to do so. Of course you can find an NPC with a big yellow exclamation mark over his head (well, metaphorically) that will tell you to deliver a parcel to a certain persona. However to truly immerse in the story you will have to find the location of the super-secret-crypt by yourself, through all the cunning you can muster. Don’t worry, we will leave enough breadcrumbs lying around.
Is there an extra currency on the Oldtown? Something like bottlecaps in Fallout?
We use our own currency during the larp. It does not replace the Zloty when purchasing non-ingame items (unless both sides of the transaction agree upon it), but sometimes its used simultaneously with Zloty (ie when purchasing a food during larp while actively playing)
Can I bring my own caps or do I get them at the festival?
Caps are the currency of the LARP, are unique and issued only by organisers. Issuing own caps is against regulations.
What happens if you die in the game?
If you want to use the 8 hour respawn to the fullest, we recommend you to contact your friendly NPC Corps supervisor and enlist as a NPC. This will allow you to still be a part of the story, even while dead.
I want to avoid conflicts. How can I avoid shootouts?
There are OFFASG areas in which shooting as well as most forms of aggression are forbidden. If you truly want to avoid conflict staying in there is the best way to do so. Outside of the town only your wits can protect you.
DO I HAVE TO HAVE AN AIRSOFT GUN? DO I HAVE TO HAVE A SAFE FOAM WEAPON?
No, quite the opposite. We encourage you to leave your ASG at home if the story of your character doesn’t require it – even in a post-apocalyptic world not everyone runs around with a gun. Not having an ASG or a foam weapon doesn’t mean you’ll have less fun, and we know from experience that usually you’ll actually have more. Fighting is barely an addition to the game, not its core.
What is the maximum allowed muzzle velocity for ASG?
During the LARP ASG of muzzle velocity not greater than 450 fps (measured on BB ammo weighting 0.20 g) is allowed. During fights inside buildings the maximum velocity is limited to 350 fps.
Can I bring my own ammunition?
During the LARP only accredited BB ammo of right coulour (changed every year) are allowed.
Does ASG has to be stylized to look postapocalyptic?
Postapocalyptic stylization of an ASG is not mandatory but advisable.
Does rubber knife counts as a white arm?
Usually we accept rubber training weapons in play if they are not sharp pointed. However it is advised to acquire weapon made of foam or latex, without hard core.
Can I use fire or pyrotechnic materials?
No. Only organisers and persons privileged and marked by them can use pyrotechnic materials.
Where can I reload batteries for my ASG? Or do I have to bring my own generator?
Though sparesly, electricity runs through wasteland. We will provide the option to charge your devices at designated places (although sometimes there is a waiting line). We do encourage you to bring your own generator if you have one, as this will surely turn into a solid asset for your party.
What is the language used during LARP?
OldTown is a settlement situated in the north-west Poland – therefore the most commonly used language is Polish. Although lately the ever growing trade business brought many foreigners – and with them the art of speaking (and even sometimes writing!) English. So as long as you know one of this 2 languages you should be fine.
Is larp 24 hours a day, or are there any breaks during the game?
Once the larp starts, its unstoppable. You will sleep, eat and breath within the game for 72 hours.
CAN I NOT ROLE PLAY DURING THE LARP?
Yes and no. During the larp, everyone in the settlement plays. You’re only offgame around and in your tent and when using the toilet or taking a shower. In special situations (like giving or receiving medical assistance, explaining contentious issues or giving organizational information) you can go into a “ghost state” by putting on a reflective vest. Remember, nothing prevents you from morning toilet, going to the lake, preparing a meal or drinking a beer while staying “in character”.
Where can I get wood for my campfire or campconstruction?
How big is the game area?