Frequently asked questions

What is a LARP?

LARP is an acronym which stands for Live Action Role Play. The term describes roleplaying games wherein the participants act out the actions of their characters instead of rolling dice to see if they succeed or fail.

Is NERO safe?

Absolutely! All combat is conducted with padded weapons and cloth packets filled with birdseed (which represent spells, arrows, and alchemy). Our events are no more dangerous than hiking in the woods or playing low-contact sports. No one has ever been seriously injured as a result of NERO combat; the game is designed to be as safe as possible.

What kind of costume do I need?

Your costume can be anything that looks in-period for a medieval era. You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on a costume, but you should make an attempt to look good. No blue jeans, t-shirts and sunglasses, and if possible, avoid sneakers or other shoes that are obviously modern. For your first event, a simple tabard and pair of loose pants will work fine. Cloaks are a great way to make any costume fancier, as well as warmer. As you get more experience, you'll get a better idea of what you want your costume to look like. For a few helpful costume creation tips, check out our tutorials.

What's the age range of those who play?

We have had people from all ages come and participate at NERO events. The majority of the players are between 15 and 50, but that doesn't mean others are prohibited. Minors are required to have a medical form and insurance waiver filled out and signed by a parent or guardian prior to being able to participate. Younger children are required to be non-combatants until they prove that they can be safe in combat.

How much does it cost?

A weekend event costs $35 if you preregister, and $40 if you don't. Food is another $15.

Why does it cost money?

NERO Rizen is a nonprofit organization, so all money collected is put back into the game. Our largest monthly cost is our camp site. We also pay a percentage of our gross income to NERO International, who uses the funds to maintain the national webpage and database. The rest of the money is spent on props, make-up and costuming for our game. We rely heavily on donations, but anything that we need which is not donated must be purchased. We need everything from printer supplies to costumes and weapons to run the game and create the stories you enjoy. The staff members are all volunteers, donating their time and money to make the game fun.

What is an NPC?

NPC stands for non-player character. They are the monsters you fight, the merchants who sell you gear, and the townsfolk who ask you for help, along with many other roles. NPCs volunteer their time for the weekend, and in exchange get free food and a free event. You can also take a few hours off from adventuring and volunteer as an NPC in exchange for various rewards.

What about religion?

Although religion played a large role in actual medieval life, we do not wish to offend anyone's beliefs. There is no religion in a NERO game. There are no fantasy gods or demons, and players are not allowed to create their own. Please avoid including recognizable religious symbols in your costuming.

What are build points? How do I earn them?

Build points are what allow your character to have skills. You are automatically given a base number of build points for each event you attend. The amount earned is based on your current skill level, so when you're a beginner you can get new skills very rapidly. After each event, you spend your new build on new skills, which each cost a certain amount. New players start with 30 build, which can be spent on their first skills.

What should I bring to an event?

A sleeping bag, your costume, extra warm clothing for winter, toiletries, and water are the most important things to remember. There are heated cabins on site, but you need to bring your own bedding. Snacks can be good to have as well. You'll want a change of clothing to wear under your costume, as you'll probably be running around and getting your clothes dirty. If you have weapons, bring them; if not, or if you don't know if your weapons are approved for NERO combat, another player should be able to lend you some.