Your First Weekend
It can be pretty intimidating to come out for a weekend. We will do our best to make this an enjoyable experiece. Here are some of the things you need to know:
Before you arrive:
We cannot stress enough that pre-registration is VITAL to us. We need to know you are coming and we need to know what you are playing, or if you want to be an NPC for the weekend. We need to know how many players are showing up and how many NPCs we have for the event as well. You can register for all of our events here
All players MUST fill out this waiver before they can play. It has medical information we require in case something happens to you at an event (injury, allergic reaction etc). Players will not be allowed to engage in our events until this waiver is signed. It is form -fillable and we ask that players use that function to ensure acuracy of data. (in otherwords, sometimes player's handwriting is nearly impossible to decipher!)
What to bring:
The must-have items will be different for each person, but below you will find a suggested packing list of essentials.
If you are PCing (playing a character you create and control) for your first event you will need to bring your own costume pieces. There are some recommended costuming tips and we will have a link to those shortly.
If you are an NPC (playing the monsters, townsfolk and other roles assigned and controlled by the Directors) for your first event, you will want to bring comfortable black clothing you can use as a base layer. Sweat pants, yoga pants, and tank tops are all recommended. You'll also want a warmer layer to add on when it gets chilly late in the night, as our events run until after 2am and most of our Crew stay awake and active that entire time.
Suggested Alliance Calgary Packing list:
- Bug spray. One tip is that there are misquito "patches" that we have found to work fantastic. They may land on you, but you "taste aweful" and they don't bite. Several weekend of camping has confirmed this!
- Your "costume kit" including clothing, make-up, a belt with a clip for your battleboard and anything else you may need to get into character.
- Tent unless you have pre-registered for a cabin
- Bedding: air mattress or pad, sleeping bag, pillow
- Extra clothing: socks, underwear, t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc.
- An Allinace Rulebook and it's handy to have the race package and our player guide as well.
- Extra costuming. Trust me, you will get hot/wet/sweaty etc and will want a change of costuming.
- Weapons, spell packets, whatever your character needs for their class
- All your personal hygeine items. We hope our site will have showers and we do expect players to use them!
- Comfortable shoes/boots. Remember - no white sneakers! WE have a cool patern for "slip over" boot covers that you can make to, well, slip over your shoes and fasten them to your leg.
- Extra materials to fix your weapon in case it breaks (duct tape, electrical tape etc). We may not be able to set you up with extra weaponry, so please ensure you bring a "kit" to fix your stuff.
- Battery-operated lantern or other light source (no flames) for your lean-to or tent
- Personal snacks and drinks to get you through between meals
- Bug spray. Did I mention you really will need this in Alberta? We've seen misquitos carry away small pets!
When you arrive:
Check in with Logistics
When you arrive please head directly to Logistics (also known as Monster Camp). Please also announce yourself as you enter the area to let any NPCs know that a PC is coming into the building.
Once there you need to check in. Let us know you are here, show us any weapons or items that you need tags for. At that point we will assign you to your cabin (or tent area) and you may go unpack. Once you have unpacked, please return IN COSTUME as you are now IG for the weekend. We need to assess your armour (if any) and get you your Battleboard and item tags.
If you are a brand new player to Alliance Calgary we will also go over the basics of the game such as combat and casting spells, the HOLD rule and anything else that you may need to be aware of.
When you head home
Clean up after yourself. Garbage in the appropriate bins, sweep your cabin and ensure everything is back to how it was before you arrived. Please be aware that we may be camping in Bear/cougar areas and all trash and food must be stored properly.