Alliance LARP has implemented a new nationwide database called the Character Management Application or CMA. This database enables players to create their characters on their own without having to send multiple emails to logistics. Once you have reviewed the rules, enter the application to choose your name, race, chapter and abilities. The database tracks events attended, gobbies, experience and much more. It also allows you to transfer your character to play in other chapters. It is highly recommended that you first create your character using the free play version of the database. If you are a returning player, you should already have an account in the CMA based on your email address associated with your character(s). Please go to the real CMA to get your password using your email as login. This allows you to see your experience total. Then go to the free play version to fiddle with your builds. Click on the free play link here to start your adventure!
***Please note that the Alliance Gettysburg CMA database is now live!***
There are a couple of things you should keep in mind when first creating your character:
- What are their motivations?
- What are their strengths?
- What are their weaknesses?
Once, you have the basic character idea, identify the traits your character will have. Are they courageous, honest and loyal or sneaky, murderous and morally flexible? What skills do they have? Do they like to fight, use magic, make potions or scrolls? What do they look like? Do they have scars, a limp or a horrific disease? As long as your character concept fits within the rules of the game you are only limited by your imagination. It is highly recommended to create a character history for your character. The more in-depth you are, the more material our plot team has to work with. Please submit your character histories to our plot team for review and approval.
Alliance is a live action role playing game that takes place in a high-fantasy medieval environment and all of your costuming (commonly referred to as “garb”) should keep that time period in mind. For your first event you’re going to want to make sure you have a basic form of garb so you look the part that you are trying to represent. Things to avoid:
- Tennis shoes
- Blue jeans
- Religious Iconography*
The best place to look for starter gear is actually thrift shops. Goodwill, Salvation Army and others can have the look and price you want. In addition, a thrift shop can be an amazing resource for the little trinkets and other details that really bring your character to life. Jewelry, a brooch for your tunic, a bag or pouch, cloak, etc. These are all things that can help bring your character to life.
- For the crafty types, you might find that a t-tunic (pattern here), is everything you want for your starting look. They are simple to make with a little sewing skill and some patience.
- If you have a little money to spare, then something like this “knight’s shirt” might be worth considering.
- An inexpensive first pair of pants to buy is unisex draw-string scrub pants. They look great and they are cheap! What more could you ask for?
- If you are handy with a sewing machine and you want to try your hand at making wrap pants, that is an option too!
- If you simply cannot find anything, then a pair of lightly-colored sweats that you dye yourself with some cheap Rit dye can hold you over for a few events while you decided if Alliance is the game for you. Rit dye is easy to find locally if you have a craft shop nearby. A bottle or box is usually around $3.
The key point here is comfort and stability! While hardly anyone is hurt in LARPing from the weapons, sprained ankles are the most common injury. Many rules marshals and staff are very lenient in terms of footwear in regards to period authenticity. Since footwear is so vitally important to being comfortable in LARPing, if you show up with a sturdy pair of hiking boots no one is going to fault you for that. It is handy to pick up a pair of leather swiss gaiters to cover them and stay more in-period but this is definitely not required, especially for a new player. The biggest no-no for footwear is to wear tennis shoes! Do not wear tennis shoes!
Here is a comical video for making quick and dirty garb in under four minutes! You’ll want to eventually graduate into something much period-looking if you decide to stick with the hobby but this will get you started for sure!
Something to keep in mind is that Alliance is a LARP without a pantheon of gods. In fact, Alliance avoids religion in any way that it can so as to not offend any of our player base. This means that it is a good idea to avoid any religious symbolism in your background or your costuming.