NEW! Marin League
January 30, 2024 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
What is Fanwar LARP?
In Live Action Role Playing (LARP), players pretend to be someone else, living in a different time or place, and acting out events that might happen in that world. Many of these games involve battles, and so LARPers use safe, padded props that look like weapons to act out the combat. Unlike in a play where everyone has certain lines to say and the story is set, in LARP, the players each act out a certain person and make their own decisions for that person as the game evolves.
Live Action Role Playing is a combination of sports, drama, and table-top role playing games. It has many forms and settings all over the world, and has been a popular pastime for kids and adults for generations. Every child who plays at pretend has done LARP, although they didn’t know they were doing it. We are not the creators of LARP, but rather, those keeping the tradition of imaginative play alive in our culture.
Our LARP is specifically medieval fantasy based, with swords, spells, and dragons, but many other settings exist with other LARP groups and players. We have created a set of rules to keep everyone playing safely, fairly, and focused. That is what the FanWar LARP Rule Book is for. Our game has been continuously added onto by all the players, so that over time it has stayed fresh and exciting. The game world we use has also been affected by hundreds of players over time, so when you step into our story, you are entering a long history of adventures, mysteries and battles!
All the steps to learning to play the game have been clearly organized for you in the rule book, from the simplest and most important in the front, to the very complex and rare in the back. The book is broken up into chapters based on how complex of a game you are involved in. Simple battles can be done using just the first Chapters. More complex stories can be told using character creation rules, and the most complex of adventures can be taken on using the entire set.
Welcome to our game. We love what we do, and hope you enjoy it as well.
“All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination.”
- Carl Jung
The Regulars LARPing (SF Chronicle)-
The First Five Rules-
TEDx Talk on LARPing with Kids and Teens-
Fanwar LARP 2023 Rulebook-
Registration: New players can only join at the start of the month. All families must pre-register for this event. There are a limited number of spaces available. Registration and payment are required to save your spot. To register fill out registration form and e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or turn in to Christopher Melville at a Fanwar event. Payment may be given to Christopher at a Fanwar event, sent via PayPal at the above email address, or sent in the mail (PO BOX 149, Graton CA 95444). Make checks payable to Christopher Melville or Fanwar LARP and please write your child’s name on the check or payment memo as well.
Reminder: Because this event is during the week, parents are not required onsite, provided you have emergency contacts on file with the organizer and your child does not pose a significant risk to the flow, safety, or management of the event. All children must demonstrate that they are responsible and cooperative and cannot leave the premises for the duration of the camp hours without express written permission (see below).
Cost: Players sign up for each season of play. They must pay for the entire season (Fall, Winter, or Spring etc.) on the first event of the season (unless they make other arrangements). If you are joining late, you may prorate the remaining months in the season. Players are not allowed to pay for each day they attend, but must make one payment of the flat rate. If they miss a large number of sessions, they can arrange to get credit for the missed days. Trades for crafting of supplies and repair work is also accepted for those who wish to play a lot but keep the costs down. See Christopher for projects to do as trade. Players with several years of experience can also volunteer and attend events for free as “baddies.”
WINTER Marin League Dates: November- 7th, 14th, 28th. December – 5th, 12th. January – 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th. February – 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th. TOTAL: $390.
SPRING Marin League Dates: March- 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th. April – 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, (NO CLASS April 30th). May- 7th, 14th, 21st. TOTAL: $330.
Location: The camp is being held at Hal Brown Park at Creekside in Kentfield (Larkspur/Corte Madera area).
What to bring: Students need to bring food and water (if attending both sessions), clothing for variation in the weather, as well as adequate sun protection and good athletic shoes. Costumes and props are also a wonderful addition to our events.
Schedule: We plan to meet every Fridayand begin in the afternoon, with an early afternoon and an evening session. Each session is a series of missions, training, and role-playing encounters. (If you need early drop off or late pickup- contact me). Each season of events follows a specific story and will change and be refreshed with each new season and setting, allowing new players to catch up in the story during each new season.
Weather & Emergencies: Though we plan to meet on the listed days, there are some where we simply cannot safely run LARP outdoors. If the fields are saturated due to rain, and closed by the city, or if wildfire smoke makes outside air unhealthy for kids, or if heavy rain and wind are forecast during the hours of larp, we usually cancel that day. Keep an eye on the website www.fanwar.com and our Facebook Page, for updates about date cancelations. Because the fees are being kept low by using a flat rate, weather related cancelations are not refundable.
SIGN UP FORM
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Is your child permitted to walk off site (out of the park) during the camp hours to go get food, drinks, on their own? YES [ ] NO [ ]
Physical Activity Release Live Action Role Play (LARP) (the “Activity”) IN CONSIDERATION OF being permitted to participate in the Activity, the undersigned, on behalf of myself and my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, hereby: 1. Release and forever discharge the Organizer and its employees, officers, directors, shareholders, affiliates, agents, representatives, successors and assigns (collectively the “Releasees”) of and from all claims, demands, damages, costs, expenses, actions and causes of action (collectively the “Claims”) in respect of death, injury, loss or damage to myself or property howsoever caused, arising or to arise by reason of or during my participation and/or involvement in the Activity, and notwithstanding that any Claim may have been contributed to or occasioned by the negligence of any of the Releasees. 2. Indemnify and save harmless the Releasees from and against any and all liability incurred by any or all of them arising as a result of or in any way connected to my participation in the Activity. 3. Understands and acknowledges that the Organizer does not carry or maintain health, medical or disability insurance coverage for the undersigned and therefore agrees to assume responsibility for such insurance coverage on the undersigned. 4. Agrees that in the event that any provision of this Release and Indemnity is held to be invalid or unenforceable by any court of competent jurisdiction, the invalidity or unenforceability of such provision will not affect the remaining provisions of this Release and Indemnity which shall continue to be enforceable. I understand that the undersigned will be held to a standard of conduct during this event. Failure to abide by safety rules will result in a warning or expulsion from the event. I also understand that these events may include special effects and costuming that is considered frightening to some children. I also understand that the undersigned may use and be hit by a foam weapon of some sort by other participants and/or staff during this event. I understand/have helped the undersigned to understand that I/they may decline to participate in any part of the event. I give MUSE and FANWAR LARP permission and consent for photos/videos to be taken of the undersigned during activities, and for these to be used for promotions in brochures, press releases, and other media. By signing up the undersigned for this event, I acknowledge and understand that the participant will be voluntarily engaging in activities that may involve contact and the risk of serious injury, permanent disability, or death, and may cause severe social or economic losses due to not only the participant’s actions, inactions, or negligence, but also to the action, inactions, or negligence of others or conditions of the premises or of any equipment used. Further, I agree that I will not, nor will anyone acting on my behalf claiming by or through me, bring or maintain any suit in Court to assert any claim against MUSE, FANWAR LARP and/or any instructors/assistant instructors/staff for any claim that I might have arising out of the undersigned participation in any activities performed by, directed by, or endorsed by MUSE, FANWAR LARP or the instructors/assistant instructors. I agree to pay for any and all expenses (including but not limited to any medical expenses) that might relate to the participant’s care and treatment.
I HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE READING, UNDERSTANDING, AND AGREEING WITH THE FOREGOING. Name(s) of Participant(s) _____________________________
Signature(s) of Participant(s)____________________________
Name of Parent/Guardian of Participant(s)_____________________________
Signature of Parent/Guardian of Participant(s)____________________________
Note: We will comply with the County Health Orders for whatever county we are currently operating in.
LARP Camps Procedures
Wildfire Smoke Impact Prep. and Camp Plans: This year is on track to be one of the worst for wildfires ever, and that is saying a lot given how bad last year was. We are already well ahead of acreage burned for this time of year, and we are in a drought, combined with now seeing heat domes that break high temperature records becoming a regular part of the season. It is not a matter of if we will have smoke impacts, but when. Thus, I am laying out the plans for what we will do if smoke impacts out summer camps or fall events.
(A) Continue as Planned (Green-Yellow): I mostly base my decisions to do LARP on a given day on the Air Quality predictions. If they are in the green (0-50 ppm of 2.5 particulate) or yellow (50-100), we are good to go. If they are forecast for Orange (100-150) then it has to do with amount of time it is forecast to cross that line. If its only going to hit 150 or so, for an hour or two, we are fine, but all day well above 150 means we have to adjust our event (see below).
(B) Reduce Activities (Orange PPM 2.5 above 100-150): At these levels we, we will adjust our day and do less running around. We will select more relaxed and discussion based missions. If this level of smoke combines with high temperatures, we may cancel, as masks, smoke, and heat doesn’t combine well. Usually we will first setup cooling stations where students can get icepacks and relax as needed.
(C) Cancel Activities or Go Online (Red PPM 2.5 above 150-200): If the smoke levels approach 200 PPM for the majority of the event, we will cancel the event or (if it is a Summer Camp) move the event online for that day, checking back in the next day to see if the air is better. Normally we might move indoors in a situation like this, but with COVID, this is a worse option in our case.
(D) Change Locations: If levels are forecast to be above 200 PPM for an extended period of time, we will move the camp to a location forecast to have better air (closer to the coast for example), and hold the remainder of the camp or weeks events there instead of the usual location.
(E) Online if Shelter In Place: If all of the above fails, we will then go back to online LARP, but only if the entire region is inundated with smoke for the foreseeable future.
Due to the increased need for safety procedures, we must follow these guidelines below if we plan to attend any LARP camps. These guidelines are based on state and county laws and keep us all safe and able to enjoy this outdoor experience. If these guidelines are not being followed, it jeopardizes the entire camp, and we may lose our opportunity to attend the camps all together, or worse, may shut down the entire camp, so please take these measures very seriously.
1. Parent Responsibilities (these are the pieces that need to be attended to by each family to ensure they are doing their part to protect others at the camp).
Protocols for attending camps
-Have you or your child had a fever in the last 24 hours of 100°F or above?
-Do you or your child now, or have recently had, any respiratory or flu symptoms, sore throat, or shortness of breath?
If any of the above applies, we need to reschedule your camp. If you question your health or your child’s health in any way, please do not come in. Safety is first and foremost..
2. Parents and Students Responsibilities: the following items are needed for each student to have at the camp for their personal use. It is the responsibility of the parents and students to make sure these items are bought every day
Bag or Box Lunch (since some students cannot leave the campus, they must bring enough food for themselves to be comfortable all day long)
Fork Friendly Foods (we want to discourage any students from eating foods with their hands at camp. If possible, please send food that allows your child to eat with a fork, or is wrapped in such a way as to allow them to not need to touch it to eat it).
Drinking Water (students will not have access to drinking fountains or other drinking water on site, so they must bring enough water for them to be comfortable all day long in changeable weather).
Sunscreen or Hats as needed (since it can be quite hot at times, and players will also be wearing masks and gloves, hats that keep off the sun and/or sunscreen that they can use are needed).
Emergency First Aid Card: Each student should bring a card with their emergency contact number, and any prudent health issues, such as allergies, etc. clearly printed on it, to be turned in to Christopher’s Box at the start of the camp, in case of emergencies.
Backpack or Bag for all the above items: Since students need more personal items than usual, providing something with their name on it that can contain all these items is a necessity.