YOUR FIRST GAME
We are really excited that you would like to join our community. Please feel free to let us know if you have any questions through our Facebook page. We are happy to help and look forward to seeing you at the game!
Now that you're planning on attending a game, we can talk about what else to bring, what not to bring, and procedures before and after game. The following information (and more!) can also be found in our Official New Player Guide.
Consider the Following...
Although we sleep in cabins with rudimentary mattresses, you will need some sort of sheet or blanket to cover them. We recommend bringing some kind of sleeping bag and more blankets/sleeping bags than you think you’ll need, as it can get surprisingly cold at night, even in spring and summer. You can always keep extra stuff in your car, or lend it out to someone who didn’t bring enough. Creating an immersive sleeping area with furs and blankets is not required, but highly encouraged!
You will need to bring all of your own food. Even though we have a stove and fridge space available, it is limited. For this purpose, we suggest you bring things that either do not have to be refrigerated or cooked, or bring some means of cooking it. Both camps have limited space on stoves, ovens, and microwaves, as well as a few places to plug in crock pots. There are a few fire pits and grills for cooking, but you will need to bring your own wood and charcoal. Coolers can be kept in the cabins as out of play items. Form many events there will be a food vendor, that will be announced ahead of time as another option.
DRINKS AND CONTAINERS
All of our sites have potable water that you can use, but you are encouraged to bring something to rehydrate you such as Gatorade to replace electrolytes. No alcohol or labelled bottles (even empty) are allowed at the events. If bringing wine bottles with non-alcoholic drinks in them, the original labels MUST be removed completely before bringing them on site. Modern bottles, cans, or logo containers (sports bottles) are not permitted during play. Drinks must be used in tankards, rustic canteens, or other non-modern looking drinkware. Camp kitchens also provide cups that can be used in play (but please wash and return them afterwards).
Bring plates, bowls, and a mug or some other form of drinking item that is period for using in the in game area. You may still use normal silverware for eating with in the in game area, but please no plastic or disposable utensils. The camp kitchens also have some feastware that is in-play permitted. Please clean your own dishes!
Please bring everything you need to feel clean. There are modern bathrooms, showers, and sinks in both camps; however, toilet paper is NOT provided, so please try to bring a roll or two to share. We provide soap and bleach for camp clean up.
We play rain or shine, unless the weather is dangerous. Please prepare for wet and cold weather, and bring extra changes of underclothes, extra top layers, and if possible, and extra pair of shoes. We do not allow modern rain gear during play (plastic coats, umbrellas, etc), but even a simple fleece cloak will work great to keep the rain off.
No Things Left Behind... Except These
There are some items that you won't need to bring, due to camp or game regulations. Lands of Exile strives to be an immersive fantasy LARP. As far as our requirements, we ask that everything you bring into play lends to the aesthetic we wish to build. Medical devices, such as modern glasses and walking aids, are always permitted as they are.
The basic rule to go by is, if it doesn’t look like it would belong in the middle ages or a Lord of the Rings scene, then it doesn’t belong in the in game area. If you have modern items, they must be kept in your car or in a designated out of game area. Immersive props and atmosphere are a huge part of the creation of our fantasy world.
The following items are not permitted at the camp:
No drugs or alcohol, or labelled alcohol bottles (even empty). If bringing wine bottles with non-alcoholic drinks in them, the original labels MUST be removed completely before bringing them on site.
Space Heaters. These are prohibited by camp rules.
Flame burning candles. Battery operated candles are encouraged!
The following items are not permitted during game play (this list is not comprehensive, but important):
No T-shirts, modern shirts, or modern outerwear. This includes any shirts that have pockets like dress shirts or ribbing around the neck like cotton shirts. Clothing worn underneath your kit can be modern, but should still be black or grey in the case that it shows.
Sweatpants and Jeans. No other modern or visible pockets in pants, either.
Tennis shoes/sneakers. You can wear black or brown colored tennis shoes if they are covered with boot toppers, but any bright colors are strictly prohibited.
No plastic utensils or plates. The camp itself supplies items you may use, but please clean and return them.
No modern day water bottles or cans. There are holders for bottles and cans that can be used to cover the non-period items.
No modern folding chairs. If you have a modern folding chair, we ask you cover it with a period appropriate blanket or sheet to make it not stand out in our world. We highly recommend using wooden bog chairs.
Please see the Dress Code page for for details on clothing and costuming!
Arriving to Game
Singletary Lake Group Camp, Elizabethtown, NC 28337, USA
The camp has heated Cabins, potable running water, showers, modern plumbing, kitchen area with stove, fridge and microwave, swimming (lake). Please see the Campsite Info page for more regarding accessibility and other guidelines.
You may arrive on-site as early as 5PM on Friday, unless you opt for Early Arrival in which case you may arrive as early as noon on Thursday.
Please try to arrive at the site no later than 7pm Friday evening so you can be checked in by 8pm. If you do not attend check in during the designated time, you may have to wait a while for a team member to assist you after game on.
Check in is mandatory, and starts at 7:00pm ending no later than 9:00pm. Please check in fully costumed and bring all your weapons and shields for a safety check. Make sure you buy or create a safe weapon! We reserve the right to reject any weapon or armor from use in the game if we deem it is unsafe (sharp-edged plate armor, for example) or not up to immersion standards.
You will need to sign the forms and waivers.
Your bed sign up will be confirmed.
Weapons and armor will be checked.
Sign up for an NPC shift (not required for first-time players).
Pick up your character sheet.
Perform any other logistics needed.
If you arrive late to check in, you will have to wait until a team member has time after game-on to check you in!
Pre-game announcements begin at 9:00 pm, typically in the "Big Red Tavern".
It is very important you attend announcements, as we will go over rules changes/clarifications, photographers, non-combat players, any last minute safety messages (animal activity, trails that are off limits, etc), and other things related to having a good time at the game. Typically, announcements take 20-40 minutes.
New player orientation takes place immediately after announcements, while returning players begin the game.
NEW PLAYER ORIENTATION
As returning players start game, first time players will be taken aside and have a second, more in depth (out of character) briefing that will bring you up to speed on what Lands of Exile is like. You will have time to ask as many questions about the game and rules as you wish. Orientation typically takes 60-90 minutes, so please make sure you've eaten beforehand. After the briefing, you will get escorted to the game-on location and will all enter the game together, as if you just arrived on an refugee ship, escaping the dragon fire in the burned lands.
There is no official game off call, and gameplay runs non-stop until early Sunday morning. Plot typically shuts down around 2-3 am, but players are welcome to continue roleplaying until they fall asleep or the sun rises.
SUNDAY CLEAN UP
Sunday morning is clean up day, and every attendee is expected to chip in to clean their cabin and sleeping area. You are always welcome to do more (there are many different tasks to do!), and doing so will earn you Feather Points. Please see a team member at the game to make sure you get Feather Points for any extra work!
We clear out of the campsite by 12pm Sunday morning.