Finally! Two years after I agreed to try out this post-apocalyptic LARP, I got to go. Between terrible weather and Covid, it has been a long time coming.
It was worth the wait. So worth the wait. Never before have I had fun crawling around in the woods in the dark trying to avoid being seen. I have not enjoyed rolling about on the muddy ground in the rain as much as I did this weekend.
Knowing where to start describing how awesome this game is difficult, but I will try to move past simply saying ‘ahh this is great!’
My first taste of the game was trying to retake the compound in the gloom of Friday evening. I was shot at a few times – nothing too serious, and was able to collect a sample of a bad guy’s blood. I play a scientist and I am keen on learning all I can about the surface of the game world and how the people there are affected. The QR code system makes this easy to do without intervention of ‘refs’ which kept immersion high.
I spent some time the next day looking at samples, before being dragged out in the dark to disrupt a bad guy nanite conversion facility. In order to do so, we had to avoid several patrols – which was terrifying and fun at the same time. It was a bit like the scene from War of the Worlds in the basement when the characters are trying to avoid the alien eye. Except it was in the overgrown woods and lasted for about an hour. I have never had so much fun crawling through the undergrowth in the dark before. The fight when we got to the facility was over quickly because we were super organised, though I did get to shoot a mad doctor type and steal yet more blood (a theme perhaps?)
The following day, we were sent out again to put up a nanite disruptor and captured the facility. More killing in the woods – this time with maximum speed so plenty of fire fights on the way. Following this, we held a position while engineers put up the disruptor. Lying on the ground in the wet was not something I ever thought I would like – I had no time to care as I was too busy shooting at bad guys and making sure those near me did not get dead. It was amazing fun!
Everyone at the game was very friendly, and welcoming. The food was excellent, the facilities were exactly what you would expect for a Scout camp and was fit for purpose.
I am very much looking forward to the next event in April and hope there will be more things to learn, shoot at and crawl through. I have so many more ideas that I want to try out and cannot wait to get back in the field.
If you want to get in on the action, there are some places left available for players and crew. You can find more information here: