All players are expected to comport themselves in a certain manner when engaging other players. Whether this is at an event, or online through our social media. "I didn't know" is not an excuse for disregarding these policies below.
Refuge LARP has many policies in place to ensure that our game is safe and enjoyable to everyone. Each event will have at least one designated Safety Marshall. ONLY these Marshals are permitted to move during Safety Holds (see Holds below).
While we maintain a dedicated safety team as well as comprehensive insurance (for everyone, including those coming out as a trial-members) we would rather prevent injuries than treat them.
While it is stated quite clearly in the rule book, we will restate it here. The most important rule in Refuge is the “Pause Game Rule”. Simply put, when you hear the word ”Pause Game!” shouted, you must take a knee if able, and look at the ground. Pauses are called when someone notices a safety issue. This is not a time to look around for people sneaking up on you but you may go through your tags to track your abilities remaining. A Pause will end when the caller of the Pause does a three count to”game on”. If you see an immediate safety concern, call “Pause Game” in a loud voice. It is better to have an extra Pause, or two, then to have an injury. But remember, Pauses are primarily for safety issues and are NOT intended for asking rules questions or clarifying an effect a monster or player is using.
Harassment of others,verbally, physically, sexually or otherwise, is illegal and strictly prohibited in our campaign. Players whose behaviour can be construed as harassment will be asked to stop immediately. If the behaviour continues past that point, that player will be banned permanently from the game. We are trying to create a fun and safe game atmosphere; harassment of players and/or staff does not belong. Any player that feels they are being harassed should bring the matter immediately to the attention of the Owner and/or General Manager.
Types of harassment include, but are not limited to: bullying, psychological harassment, racial harassment, religious harassment, sexual harassment, stalking, mobbing, hazing, and hate speech.
Any questions about the definition of harassment should be directed to the Owner and/or General Manager.
Please Note: This rule extends outside of game and includes all interactions on any of our social media platforms, or communication with any member of our LARP.
Players are expected to stay within the bounds of reasonable taste, and avoid causing discomfort to other players. Any player receiving complaints about their conduct will receive ample warnings and the opportunity to adjudicate the matter if they feel the complaints are unwarranted or constitute harassment. If legitimately offensive or “creepy” conduct does not show significant and sustained improvement after the warnings, Refuge reserves the right to ban the player as per our policy on harassment.
In order to allow players that cannot safely engage in combat to enjoy LARPing, such players may “Page” for an event. Any player with an illness or physical circumstance that prohibits their involvement in combat should Page for their own safety. Pages must wear a clearly visible orange headband with the word “PAGE” written across the front. Pages may not remove or hide this headband in any fashion throughout the weekend, except when in obviously OOG areas. The following rules apply to Pages are non-negotiable:
All players are considered In Game for the entirety of the time they are on-site during game hours, unless they are wearing an easily visible white headband. All items stored in a container or clearly marked OOG are considered personal possessions and are not stealable. In Game (IG) items may NOT be stored in an OOG container or vehicle – doing so is considered cheating.
In addition to wearing a white headband, players in the bathroom are also OOG. Players may not be attacked or threatened while in the bathroom.
Players may not retreat to an OOG area in order to avoid combat or threatening IG situations.
During our weekend events we want to maintain a safe environment and that includes sleep. From 2am until 9am there will be no combat events without notice by PLOT or the GM, and those instances will be very rare indeed. You are more than welcome to continue to talk and interact, but we ask that you respect the players that have chosen to get some shut eye by not speaking or interacting near the sleeping areas. We will try to ensure that the “tavern area” is always available for you.
The kitchen or cooking area of the camp is a special “No Combat” IG zone. Players that are in the kitchen when combat breaks out have the option of joining the combat immediately, or waiting until it is over. Players may not retreat to the kitchen and then pop in-and-out in order to avoid being struck in combat. Doing so will have a 3 count by a Marshal. If the PC does not exit by the 3 count the player will be slain and must move to a resurrection circle immediately, dropping all possessions in the process.
Monster Camp is where all the NPCs gear up for their modules. Monster Camp is a restricted OOG area. PCs must announce themselves when approaching Monster Camp, using the words “PC incoming” or something similar. PCs may not enter Monster Camp until they are invited in. This policy is not intended to make players feel excluded, but rather to allow the Plot Runners to speak freely to the NPCs without worrying that they might ruin the weekend for a paying player by revealing information that would force the player to sit out that portion of the weekend’s event.
Sounds pretty simple huh? Well you would hope so, but we need to go over a few things just in case you are unaware:
Please remember that when you arrive you will be in another “world”. For those of you that may never read anything about medieval life you should come prepared with a few tidbits:
Refuge expects some things from all players: