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This page has currently information about the following
- General information
- Venue and how to get there
- Participation fee
- Costume and props
The game languages are Finnish and English. All information will be available in both languages, and the workshops will be held in English. The characters will by default have the same language skills as the players.
Because there are heavy themes in the game we will only accept players who are at least 18 years old.
Participants are expected to actively participate in character creation and development. Our game design is based on co-creation, where we as organizers only create a framework for a common story, and players add into that.
Sign up for the second run opened on 29 March 2016 at 8pm EET. The game fee has to be paid by 18 April.
Character concepts will be sent to participants in May, and characters will be further developed in a workshop held in Helsinki on 5 June 2016.
Players should arrive at the venue on Friday 5.8. around noon and the game ends on Sunday 7.8. afternoon. Debrief ends at 5pm at the latest.
The larp is organized at a campsite by Keravanjärvi lake in Mäntsälä, Southern Finland. The venue has sleeping quarters for all participants in rooms for 4 to 8 people. These are very basic and old campsite rooms with bunk beds and no luxuries. Everyone needs to bring their own sleeping gear (bed linen and/or sleeping bag). Some players will spend the first night in a tent, and they also need to bring a sleeping mat.
The venue has only outdoor toilets but there is tap water and electricity (used only offgame). You can wash yourself in the sauna or the lake, water will be as warm as it gets in Finland (between 15-20°C in early August). Going to sauna will be a part of the game, but it is not compulsory in any way.
How to get there?
The venue is located in Mäntsälä, Southern Finland, less than 1 hour drive from Helsinki (~2 hours from Turku). The address is Keravanjärvenranta 205, Mäntsälä.
If you arrive from abroad we will kindly help you find a ride to the venue from Helsinki and back (Turku might also be possible) and provide accommodation before and after the game if needed. The venue is a bit difficult to reach by public transportation. The nearest train station Mäntsälä is located 15km from the venue.
Probably the easiest option is to fly to Helsinki airport on Friday morning. We can most likely have someone pick you up from the airport on their way to the venue. The same goes if you arrive from Stockholm or Tallinn by ferry.
The game participation fee is 55 € (50 € for members of Harmaasudet ry). It will have to be paid in April, either by bank transfer to Finnish bank account or through Pay Pal. If the payment is not made on time, the place will be given to someone on the waiting list. If you have to cancel your attendance more than one month before the game, we may be able to return the money. After that it is not possible.
Participation fee will cover the rent of the venue, food costs, black box, and scenography. It doesn’t cover your character’s props or transportation to the venue.
We think that preparing food is an important part of daily survival in a post-apocalyptic setting and therefore we want to have this as an integral part of the game. During the game all food will be prepared by players, organizers will only give some assistance. Organizers will buy all the food, store it during the game, and supply all necessary cooking equipment. We will also serve food on Friday before the game.
Food will be mostly canned food and other remains of the old world, but there will also be some fresh products such as berries. Food allergies and special diets will naturally be taken into account when buying the food. There is a barbecue area available where the players can prepare the food. The kitchen at the venue is used only for offgame purposes.
Costume and props
Because the setting is post-apocalyptic Finland in 2017, you can in principle wear or carry anything that can be found in modern day Finland. We have some restrictions concerning e.g. weaponry (see below), but we don’t want to restrict your possibilities too much. We encourage players to choose costume and props that tell a story about the character; what has she experienced after the apocalypse, where has she gotten a specific item, does something remind her of a certain person or event? Costume and props can be wrong size, worn, patched, or stained; what do these things tell about the character?
We kindly ask you to avoid the biggest post-apocalyptic clichés such as gas masks, and also refrain from excessive use of military gear unless it really suits the character. Armed conflicts are not a big part of our story, and therefore we limit all weapon props in the game. We will inform the players who might need a weapon prop for their character. Furthermore all medicine props will be provided by the organizers. This does not include your offgame medicines.
You should also keep in mind that there will be ingame sauna in the game. This means that possible makeup or masks need to be redone after going to sauna.