A live action role-playing game (LARP) is a form of role-playing game where the participants physically portray their characters. The players pursue goals within a fictional setting represented by the real world while interacting with each other in character. The outcome of player actions may be mediated by game rules or determined by consensus among players.
It is our goal to raise the bar for live action role playing in both the region and across the hobby. And while this may seem like a lofty goal, we have know we have the right community behind us to make it happen.
The experience we want to offer our community is as follows: a live action role playing adventure that is highly immersive, of a high level of production in both costuming and props, utilizes a set of rules systems that are easy to understand and adopt, and most importantly, a healthy community of players and volunteers that encourages mutual respect and builds a culture of trust.
Eldritch is a low fantasy, grimdark, medieval world of kings and queens, lords and ladies, knights and villains, old institutions and orders, and a little bit of strange and wonderful magic that seems to be lurking just around every corner.
Events take place in western Washington state near Seattle every 3 – 4 months, ensuring that we have plenty of time to create events that will surprise and delight, be engaging, and offer our players a singularly unique experience. The campaign will take place over a three year arc that will tell a grand story. Over the course of this arc, players will be brought into the fold at every level of the plot, their personal decisions and those they make as a group directly affecting every event that follows. Eldritch can be referred to what is known as a “secrets” live role playing experience. A common paradigm of a secrets game form is that not all information is made available to every player. This is to ensure that as we progress in the campaign, player members of our community will consistently experience the thrill and excitement of discovering secrets they can use to interact with the game world and advance their story and the story of Eldritch.
Events are set in the Annwyn, a mysterious land in the western part of the kingdom that has seemingly appeared from out of nowhere. Players have set out upon an expedition to settle this new land, uncovering its many secrets and unraveling its mysteries. The inhabitants of this strange land struggle to establish a foothold amidst old conflicts and new alliances. Ancient institutions and dynasties, old and noble, seek to use this discovery to tip the scales of power in their favor. And yet, something stirs, old and insidious from beyond the veil of this world, seeping in like droplets of water from behind a rotten and creaking dam. And when comes the flood, what of the schemes and many machinations of man? Who will stay afloat upon the ebb and flow of the tide and who will find themselves drowning, chained to weights of their own making?
Eldritch will run for three years, over which time players may enter play at any period, with roughly the same amount of mechanical benefit as existing players. Over the course of four events per year, Team Eldritch will tell a grand story, ultimately leading to the climactic event at the end of 2024. The overall campaign can be compared to any beginner level table-top roleplaying game campaign. Characters will begin their story in relative obscurity, inexperienced as to the ways of the greater kingdom at large. As the campaign progresses and the story unfolds, characters will be presented with both physical and emotional challenges, serving to further the plot of Eldritch and the story of each and every character.
Creating a Character
The process for creating a character at Eldritch has been designed to be as easy as possible. Please follow the steps detailed below to do so and if you have any questions please drop us a line via the form on our Contact page. We look forward to seeing you at a future Eldritch event.
Preparing for Your Event
Create Your Costume
Start by consulting the player's guide for costuming criteria. No modern clothing will be accepted as part of your character's costume, i.e. t-shirts, jeans, beanies, uncovered tennis shoes, etc... If you have any questions about what is acceptable, we encourage you to contact us or search our Reddit for many questions that have likely already been addressed. To help you in defining the aesthetic for Eldritch, we have provided Pinterest boards as part of each Protectorate page. Here you can find attire put together for each region of Arnesse, in addition to the clothing worn by different classes in the setting. You can find a link to our pinterest board below for a complete collection of all costuming inspirations. Linked below is also a guide we have put together to help you in finding suitable footwear for your at-event experience.