LARPing Pennsylvania: What You Need To Know

LARPing Pennsylvania has a strong history that Alliance Gettysburg is proud to continue. Even so, newcomers often have trouble getting information about LARPING in PA. Part of it is that most information is hidden away on social media or message boards, making it difficult for new players to join in on the experience. The good thing is, there are lots of LARP events in Pennsylvania for those with years of experience or those who are new.

LARPing, or Live Action Role Playing, is a free-form roleplaying game where each person gets to portray a character that they create themselves. While playing, LARPers take on the appearance of their character, including their garments, their patterns of speech, their thought processes, and more, acting within the storyline. LARPING in PA continues to grow in recognition, but not all events are created equally.

LARPing Pennsylvania: How Do I Find An Event Near Me?

Finding a LARPing event in Pennsylvania isn’t difficult if you know where to look. Your best option is to start online and see what links you can find there. At Alliance Gettysburg, we have LARP events in Pennsylvania, but players who come from as far away as New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Washington DC, and many more. We welcome you, no matter where you are from!

For activities that we host, we use the Alliance LARP Rulebook, which means that if you join any of the other LARP events that use this Rulebook, you will have the ability to build a person and then use that same character at another event. Familiarizing yourself with that rulebook will make playing much better.

To start LARPing in Pennsylvania in general, it is a good idea to look at the social media of each different event and the hosts of that event. It will tell you the info that you need to safely start playing. When possible, we suggest bringing a friend with you.

The key to live action role-playing in Pennsylvania is to just get going and then the opportunities will quickly start to present themselves to you.

Does LARPING in PA Have Different Rules?

Before you go to a LARP event in Pennsylvania, you want to look on their website or social media to see their rule book. While most events will have the same or very similar rules, it is essential that you refresh yourself. Certain events will have certain rules about what you can bring with you, what your outfit can look like, and more.

For example, depending on the location, you may not be able to bring a specific type of vehicle due to size limitations – or, you may be able to bring an RV. At other events, you may not be able to bring tools made out of particular materials. Even if you go to an event that is sponsored by the same organization, you may want to check the rules again – things are always changing and evolving.

How To Get The Best Experience LARPing In Pennsylvania

Before going to any PA LARP event, you want to do some research about that event and the world in which you will play. You may wish to discover the different players, structures, and affairs within that world. This will give you the best adventure. For example, at Alliance LARP Gettysburg, we work within the World of Barran and all of its different planes.

If you can, look at the outlines, worlds, and vocabulary used by that specific host group and event. It doesn’t have to take you a long time, but it should take a bit.

Of course, Pennsylvania is known for having some unique (and extreme) weather, so be sure to do your research there as well. LARPing in PA in the middle of the summer is one thing, but it is completely different to do it in the winter.

Interested In Live Action Role Play In Pennsylvania?

Alliance Gettysburg is a high fantasy live-action role play game. There are multiple playable races within the World of Barran, including Elves, Dwarves, Humans and more – create the character that you’ve always dreamt about. Your imagination is the limit, and if you want to travel to attend our events, it is likely that you will be able to use that same character in live action role playing events near you.

We host our events in Pennsylvania, but we welcome LARPers from all over the country – the more players, the better. Reach out to us today if you have any questions or concerns moving forward.