Players are welcome on-site after 5pm on Friday of the Event. When you arrive, the first thing to do is find a place to bunk. If you arrive late and are having trouble finding space, or if you have requirements due to an injury or disability, ask, and someone will help you locate suitable sleeping space. Once you’ve unloaded your gear, please move your car immediately to the designated parking area. The parking lot near the main building will be an in-game area.
Next, you’ll want to sign in (even if you’re only NPCing). There are two options; if you preregister you will be able to collect your character card (even if you have not created a character yet) and starting components and gear at the Preregistration Table in the main lodge between 8pm and 10pm on Friday. Weapon and armor checks will be done at this time. If you didn’t preregister or if you arrive after 10pm Friday night, you’ll need to sign in at the Staff Cabin (ask, and someone should be able to direct you to it). You’ll also need to sign up for an NPC shift – if you preregister, you are able to do this ahead of time.
Around 9:30pm on Friday we run New Player Orientation. If you are around for this, you should attend! Our Community and Safety Marshals will go over rules and systems specific to Doomsday and will answer questions specifically for new players. If you’re unable to join us for this, please review our Player Guide.
All that remains after this is to get into costume (if you are playing your character) or comfortable black clothing (if you are NPCing). Pre-game is also a great time to check out the building, introduce yourself around and meet other players. Marshals and Staff will be available to answer questions regarding rules or help you with your character.
Around 11pm, Opening Announcements are held and Lay-On (the official start of the game) is called. You should be in costume by this point, and ready to begin.
Doomsday normally has 5 NPC shifts during which gameplay occurs: Lay-On to 3am, 10am to 2pm, 2pm to 6pm, 8pm to Midnight, and Split Shift, which runs in two parts: Midnight to 2am and 10am to Noon on Sunday. There is a break between 6pm and 8pm on Saturday for dinner. During times outside of the regular NPC shifts players are welcome to continue roleplaying with each other, even if no mods are running. Some players even choose to sleep as their character, but this is not required or expected.
If this is your first LARP, you may find things bewildering for a bit. Some new players catch on immediately, while others take their time over the course of a few events and a few character card tweaks to find their groove. Get involved, do things because they are fun or interesting; even if they might get your character killed. It’s all part of finding out where you belong in this world. If you’re feeling out of sorts, let us know and we’ll do what we can to help.