Next year for our high school reunion, my wife and I are considering the possibility of doing an apocalyptic-themed survivalist LARP at a camp in the middle of nowhere Colorado. This is something that all attendees would be interested in. Some of them have no RP experience whatsoever, some of them have RP experience but no LARP experience, and some of them may be experienced. What set ups would work with our group size (20-50) and the mixed level of experience? It doesn't have to be a formal system; it can even be something that you made up on the spot, but I don't have a lot of experience organizing LARP so I'm looking for advice.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks for the welcome. I'm mostly familiar with the set up here as I use stackoverflow quite frequently. Are there any significant differences I should be aware of? I perused the help and it seemed pretty straight-forward. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jun 21, 2013 at 22:04
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    \$\begingroup\$ @called2voyage: No major differences from SO. Our standard of "factual" has to be a little fuzzier sometimes, but the usual SE rules about answerable questions and examples from practical experience apply. \$\endgroup\$
    – Tynam
    Commented Jun 21, 2013 at 22:25
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    \$\begingroup\$ @called2voyage - I have a lot of experience running and creating LARPs, and for the most part (excluding Mind's Eye Theatre, which doesn't suit your purposes) - most LARP systems are created for the game, there's very few "systems" that you can just pick up and run with. For your purposes (once-off, mixed experience levels) you're going to need something quite specific, and different from campaign LARP systems. I'd be happy to help you create something, if you get in touch (email: phyrefly dot phyre at gmail dot com). \$\endgroup\$
    – Ryno
    Commented Jun 22, 2013 at 0:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Ryno Thanks, I'll definitely contact you if we need help as it gets closer to the time. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jun 23, 2013 at 18:27

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One idea that may fit your theme would be Humans Vs Zombies. It has a simple learning curve and is geared for mid sized groups like this.

One thing to consider with HvZ is each player is going to need either a Nerf gun or pairs of socks that they are willing to damage/lose. The game can be run without Nerf Guns with very little change.

Short and simple: The game revolves around group of Human Survivors trying to survive in a location. This becomes a challenge when Zombies start to overrun the surrounding areas. The game starts as Zombies start to attack the group(1 - 5 Zombies at start).

Zombies can turn Humans into more Zombies, Guns and Socks/Marshmallows can stun Zombies, and the aim is to survive a period of time. Humans win if they last till the end, Zombies win by converting all Humans. Zombies can also die by starving.

The rules and concepts of the game are easily flexible to accommodate level and length of game play. Some games can be resolved in a day or two, while others last for weeks.

More on the game can be found at http://humansvszombies.org/

Also missions and other RP elements can be added to enhance the game.

If you want you could limit how much the guests know before arrival(just that the LARP in question involves Nerf guns and the rest will be explained).

Then hold a meeting when they have all arrived. In this meeting start with a back story on how Zombies have overrun civilization, they are a group of survivors. During this have the seed Zombies brush close to create atmosphere. Following this have the leaders explain what is known about the Zombies and start the game.

  • \$\begingroup\$ This sounds like a great idea. It is simple, fun, and easy to learn. We could then camp and incorporate this as part of the camping experience without it getting too complicated. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jun 23, 2013 at 18:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ Feel free to email me at dan dot itservice at gmail dot com if you want some ideas to go with this. Also don't forget you can pick the answer as the best one by selecting the check mark next to it. Easy points helping you get into chat. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jun 24, 2013 at 6:30
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    \$\begingroup\$ Thanks for offering help! As far as picking the best answer, I was waiting to see if anyone else wanted to say anything, but it's been enough time now. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jun 24, 2013 at 13:31
  • \$\begingroup\$ May I recommend face masks for the Zombies; people are going to shoot them in the head, no matter how many times they're told not to. A nerf shot to the eye is unlikely to be fun. \$\endgroup\$
    – Rob
    Commented Jun 26, 2013 at 13:51

To add to RMDan's post, you can mix it up with a scavenger hunt as well. We played a game called 'Tribes' where there were four teams (red, blue, green, yellow) each with a base, a flag, team members... and a laundry list of BS they had to go get. There was no real attacking as no one had weapons, but the point of the scavenger hunt was to collect items for the tribes to use in order to capture the flag, in which they would get that tribe's items... as well as their flag. Some of the items were rope (to lasso an enemy), a lighter (for light), a key (to enter someone else's base), a map (obvious), a pen, water bottles, food, shield, foam floaty tubes, etc. It was like survivor, except without the voting and the 'me!me!me!' aspect. It lasted about two days and was a lot of fun. It was like trying to play paintball in a national forest without the paintball guns, and having to use your brains. Terrain permitting, this could be quite fun for large groups, as I did this with about 20 people.

  • \$\begingroup\$ This is an interesting suggestion. It might be another thing we could do, as we will probably need a number of activities. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jun 25, 2013 at 21:55

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