About

The Basics

We are Room Thirteen, a survival horror LARP group. We run horror-based live action role playing events and are based in the North West of England. If you’re looking for detailed information then try our FAQ.

LARP stands for Live Action Role Play. Roleplaying is a kind of game in which you physically act out your character’s decisions and actions. Like a film, or play, your character is the centre of the story, which unfolds around you. You can interact with the game world however you choose.  The players in Live Roleplay physically embody their parts, donning their clothes, eating their food and living their lives for as long as the game lasts. If you’re still unsure what LARP is then Wikipedia have a thorough article.

Buying books at a village fete

Buying books at a village fete

Horror LARP means we’re trying to scare you. Survival Horror means that your character will have to be very lucky or very resourceful to live through the weekend, or that dying (in mind, in body, in both) is a part of the role-play. We create an atmosphere for your characters to interact, solve-puzzles and be very scared in, the rest comes from you!

We use a non-contact combat system and run one-off events, there is no consistent ‘universe’, this means if you’ve never played in one of our events before you know exactly as much of how things work in-character as everyone else. There are no characters that will have come back for another outing and there is no list of monsters or events to learn.

About Events

Players listening to the brief

Players listening to the brief

Afternoon and Evening Events consist of about an hour’s briefing (introduction to the setting, reminder of how the system works and a repetition of safety requirements) and seven hours gameplay (usually including a meal or buffet in some form). During the briefing we will hand you a copy of your character sheet so you have something to refer back to during the game. Sometimes you might get other things depending on the game (eg. caps for a wartime game, name-tags for a tv-show or occaisional other props). They will usually start in the early afternoon and finish around 9 or 10 o’clock at night.

Weekend Events consist of spending one or two nights in the scenario. They are 24 hour time-in games and we provide meals during the event. For example for a two night weekend event you will get an evening meal on Friday, three meals on Saturday and Sunday breakfast as well as a roast served after the end of the game. Depending on the scenario you may be staying in a country house or a scout hut. The costs of our event go towards accomodation, food and building cool props.
Events will usually start on Friday evening with a briefing (introduction to the setting, reminder of how the system works and a repetition of safety requirements) and we will hand you a copy of your character sheet so you have something to refer back to during the game. Sometimes you might get other things depending on the game (eg. caps for a wartime game, name-tags for a tv-show or occaisional other props). They will continue through, usually until Sunday morning unless the players decide to end the event early, possibly by setting fire to everything.

Check out our Previous Events page to give yourself an idea of what sort of thing we’ve run in the past.

Refs running over the safety rules

Refs running over the safety rules

Insurance

We get our insurance through LRP Alliance, we run over the safety requirements we need you to follow to be covered by our insurance before each event.

Players

As a player you’re expected to organise your own transport and costume, though we’re happy to answer questions and give advice about both.

Players talking in character

Players talking in character

We’ll write your character, we’re happy to accept requests and suggestions when possible. You’ll receive your character idea a few months before the event and your full character sheet about a month before (so you will know what sort of costume will work and you can ask any questions you need to).

New Players

We’ve had first time roleplayers at every event from 2012 onwards. We have an FAQ and Jargon Buster specifically for you. Send us an email and we’ll address any other specific concerns you may have.

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