If this is your first LRP event, or even your first experience of role-playing games, please do not be afraid to ask for advice. On the first day of every event, there is a new player briefing at the tavern. It’s fun and friendly, so do drop in! Staff and players are usually only too happy to start you off on your LRP career and will give you the basics to get going. This is particularly important if you have never experienced the fighting style used at LRP events. You definitely need to get training in order to fight safely.
What to bring?
You will need whatever costume, weapons and armour, etc. that your character has, of course. For somebody new to LRP these can require a considerable financial outlay, so ask any friends if you can borrow anything from them! Check out the CP Facebook page , where you can ask if anybody has anything that they are willing to lend you. Your Group and Faction can also often help in this area; many of the Factions have stores of weapons and armour specifically for this purpose.
Charity shops are often a good source for cheap costume and jewellery, etc. There are also, of course, many traders who trade online as well as at events, although always check delivery dates when ordering from any trader, and if they’re attending the events you’re planning to go to; sometimes it’s best to see things before you buy. This applies especially to costume and armour, etc., which of course have to fit properly. Ebay is a rich source of costume, phys reps and the like, although you are generally encouraged to buy your weapons direct from LRP traders as they are likely to be made to a higher standard.
Camping, clothing and medical considerations
English weather! How do you prepare for it? Be prepared for hot and cold, wet and dry! Bring warm clothing; it can get cold at night, and the game remains timed in for at least four or five hours after sunset. Also bring wet weather gear, at least a raincoat. On the other hand, make sure you bring some good sun block; burn times can be as low as 20 minutes. A good tent is essential: cheap supermarket pop ups, for example, are great if the weather is fine, but often aren’t capable of withstanding some of the more extreme weather we seem to be experiencing these days. Make sure you do not become dehydrated; drink plenty of fluids regularly (alcohol doesn’t really help dehydration at all!) and eat salty foods. Finally, stay out of the afternoon sun as much as possible. The strenuous activities of LRP can soon bring about heat exhaustion. Should you feel ill, do not hesitate to seek the advice of the Medical team, any member of the Event team, or indeed any CP staff member.
If you have any existing medical condition that may affect your health at an event, then please inform the Medical team on your arrival; don’t be embarrassed no matter how trivial the matter may seem, your safety and enjoyment at our events are our primary concerns. Always make sure you have any medication that you need and that it is a safe and secure place, and that someone else knows where it is in case of an emergency. If you have any medication that requires refrigeration, then please inform the Medical or Event team and they will ensure that it is kept in a safe, suitable place for you.
Finally never be afraid to ask any question. Everybody was new to LRP at some stage and probably had the same questions as you do, so just ask. Remember the idea is to have fun and that is easier to achieve if you are comfortable with the environment that you are in.