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Before joining...

Please note that members must be 18 years of age or over to join. However, an existing member of Fools and Heroes can sponsor a junior member at 16. The person sponsoring must be a Fools and Heroes member of at least one year.

 

COVID UPDATE JULY 2021

As well as our FAQ, please refer to our Covid Risk Assessment Document before coming to our events. The risk assessment contains important information regarding changes to the gameplay to maintain the safety and comfortability of our players. This will also be addressed during your player brief. 

FAQ

Who can I talk to about any questions I might have? 

For any questions about our events or wanting to join Norwich Fools and Heroes, please send an email to our Norwich branch Liaison Officer on norwich.lo.fnh@gmail.com

What is Fools and Heroes? 

Fools and Heroes is a Live Action Role-play system based in the UK. 

What is Live Action Role-play? 

Live Action Role-play (or LARP) is similar to other role-play games, but it's done in real life! Instead of rolling a dice to find out if you've hit the goblin, you simply have to hit the goblin with your LARP weapon! You also get to role-play as your very own character. While Fools and Heroes has themes inspired by The Lord of the Rings, other LARP systems may use other themes such as post-apocalyptic, or even western.

What can I play as?

There are many races and classes to play as - so don't be put off by the concept of heavy metal and shining swords if that's not your thing. There's a class to suit everyone's interests: mage, physician, alchemist, knight, sneaky scout and more!

I can't sword fight - is my character going to die on day one? 

Of course not! The purpose of the game is never to kill people's much-loved characters. Although character death can happen, it is very rare. No one is expecting you to be a master swordsman! At "level 1", your character is also a beginner adventurer who may not necessarily know how to fight, but as your confidence grows you will be slaying your way to victory in no time!

How much does it cost? 

Your first two games are free. This is because we understand LARP is an unusual hobby and is something you need to try out for yourself first! If you're happy to become a member after your first two games, it's just £20.00 per year. This fee goes towards public liability insurance, annual LARP events and local branch kit. Once you are a member of the society, you can play any day adventure at other branches for free! 

Why is it so cheap? 

This is because we 'monster' as well as play. Some LARP systems will have a dedicated team of people to fight as the monsters and NPCs in order to progress the mission. However, at Fools and Heroes players turn up in the morning and are split into two teams, depending on which of the two missions you want to be hired on. If you're not playing your mission, you are 'monstering' the other one. Your ref will brief you on what monsters and NPCs you will be playing to help progress the story for the other team. After a lunch break, the second mission begins and the roles are swapped!

So, when can I join? 

July 2021 Covid update: With lockdown easing, the society has started to run events again. It is recommended you join our Facebook page to be notified of our events. For now, it is likely we will run LARP events one Sunday a month.

Normally, we would run every first Sunday and third Saturday of each month, and meet-up around 10:00 am in Mousehold Heath car park. This is located opposite to the pitch & putt (see Find Us for map details) and the post code is NR3 4RX. We recommend you request to join the Facebook group first in order to list your yourself as 'going' on our event pages.

Mousehold Heath is area designated as public grounds and therefore we often meet members of the general public when playing. We take these encounters very seriously and will always pause gameplay to allow "walkers" to pass. Once the area is deemed clear again, a ref will call "time-in" to continue the game! As it is likely we will be in the presenced of minors while adventuring, we take an extremely dim view towards offensive language and swearing, and will ask players not to do so during a LARP event.

What should I bring? 

You won't be expected to bring a lot of kit to your first session. This is because all new players begin at "rank one", so you won't have much equipment to begin with. The main idea is to help you get to grips with the game first. In terms of what to wear, avoid t-shirts with graphics or jeans. Remember this is a medieval-fantasy based LARP. Instead, wear plain clothing that you don't mind getting dirty. Feel free to bring your character's kit to your first game, and this will likely evolve the more your play! Comfy, supportive walking boots are essential!

Bring your own water and a packed lunch. Ensure you look after yourself particularly in the summer, as we adventurers get very hot during a battle. If you need to stop and rest for any reason - tell someone! Health and safety is our main concern.

For weapons, most players are happy to lend you equipment for your first adventures. This depends on what you want to use with your chosen class. If you want to bring your own weapons a ref will check them before deeming it safe enough to use. If you are new to LARP and do not currently own any LARP-safe weapons, we highly recommended you consult with our ref team before purchasing as they will advise on what is suitable for the system.

The features we look for a LARP-safe weapon include:
- Dense foam with a light, solid core such as carbon fibre or fibreglass. Wood or metal cores are strictly prohibited.
- The foam is often covered with a coat of latex to seal it. However, injection-moulded foam weapons are becoming more common, which do not have a latex coating. 

- We do not allow "duct-tape pool noodle" LARP weapons.

Make sure you come along with a concept of your character already in mind. This makes it easy for you and our Refs to get you kitted-up before the first mission. You will also receive a safety brief by one of our Refs before adventuring. 

As mentioned before,  join our Facebook group and have a read through our player guide before coming to your first event. Ask as many questions as you can and talk about what character you have in mind. We're all very happy to help and look forward to seeing you!