Can you give me an idea what you mean by light combat?
Light combat is combat that will not hurt or bruise with weapons that have 5/8 inch foam over their core. It is the same or a little harder than Alliance or NERO standard, harder than Dystopia Rising, but much lighter than foamsports like Amtgard or Belegarth. Spell-balls and live archery are used and all will give a noticeable thump, but the ideal is nothing more than that.
Will I need to buy whole new costumes?
No! It is a dark fantasy setting, so any fantasy-type costuming, or ren-faire type costuming will work, even/especially older garb. There are species that can make use of your elf-ears, your demon horns, or your wonderful animal costuming.
What is the financial model for this LARP?
Hollow Dawn is being run by Geas Gaming, which is a 501(c)(7) non-profit. As such, we are not trying to make a big payoff, or eke every cent out of our players. Our budget is heavily prioritized towards props and costumes, to try and make the most immersive experience we can.
What is the Rule System like?
We are using an abbreviated version of the full Geas 5.0 ruleset. It is a system that you can read more about in the Rules tab. It has character classes, live-fire archery, low-call combat, and easy, keyworded effects in much the same style as Accelerant. The ideal is that you don't have to learn a bunch of spells and powers, just know the keywords and you will know how everything works.
The classes avaiable for this setting are: Fighter, Rogue, Mage, Slayer, Necromancer, Warden, and Wisen.
Will there be more games after the inital run?
“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.” ― Gilda Radner
Who is behind this project?
There is a Steering Committee made up of six individuals with over 100 combined years of LARPing experience. Check out the Steering Committe page to know more. Hollow Dawn is many more people than just SteerCom, though, from people who just want to portray NPCs, to artists working on props and costumes, to writers who have put together the plot.
Hollow Dawn is being run under the Geas Gaming brand.
Why is this necessary?
There seems to be an appetite lately for a Dark Fantasy LARP and we wanted to provide it. Many of us have always wanted to run our own LARP from scratch, and this is our opportunity to provide for both those desires.
How old do I have to be?
In order to play a character, you must be 18 years old. Some individuals under 18 may be allowed to help staff if they are under adult supervision. We have a strict policy that minors cannot ever be alone with an un-related adult. See the Code of Conduct page for more information.
Is there content for kids?
No. This game skews much more adult in nature. It will embrace darker themes and more adult situations, including ones that will test characters' morality in difficult and mature ways.
What is the food situation?
With your event fee, some food is included. Don't eat people. Eating people is wrong.
What is this sleeping situation?
Once dates have been locked down we will announce more information regarding the site, dates and sleeping situations.
Do I need to be on a team?
Not at all. As we get closer to launch we will have more information about the different factions within the world. There will be plenty of content for solo players and team players alike. Player Representatives and Plot Members will be available to assist players in writing character backgrounds that will integrate them within the game world.
Who should I ask for help?
If you are wondering where to ask questions, check out our contact us page!
What are the requirements for your weaponry?
They need to be safe for light-touch combat. That is combat that concentrates on obvious hits, but not on requiring actual force. In general, the NERO/Alliance standard of weapon is a good one to use, requiring 5/8 inch of padding between any hard material and the striking edge of the weapon. Latex weapons are generally not great as they are both heavy and can be hard, especially in cold weather.
What happens if I miss an Event?
All characters will be the same level for each game, so you will go up in level whether you attend each Event or not. You might need to be filled in on some plot, and have a little ways to catch up with Resources, etc., but you should definitely just come to any Events you can; there will be content fof you.