Practical

The nitty gritty

Where

Lurbo, just outside Uppsala, Sweden (30 min drive from Arlanda Airport)


When

5th to 8th of April 2018


Participants

Minimum 155 players, maximum 300.


Language

Lotka-Volterra will be played in English.


Cost

  • 1700 SEK - Subsidized tickets (limited amount, available on request once the larp is fully funded)
  • 2600 SEK - Standard ticket
  • 3600 SEK - Supporter ticket

We can take Stripe (international credit cards) and a few payment methods specifically for Sweden/Scandinavia (Swish, Klarna).


What you need to bring

(this is TBD, but will not change much)


Clothing

  • Boots.
  • Pants/trousers, preferrably with leg-pockets like cargo pants.
  • Base layer: socks, underwear, neutral tshirt or tank top
  • Warm, neutral non-patterned sweater (knitted or similar)
  • Work gloves

Clothes you bring should be neutral (no prints) and be somewhere on the color-scale brown-green-grey-black. Try to keep tactical stuff to an absolute minimum. Two things are completely haram: camouflage and shemaghs. You will need to make your clothes look worn, mended and dirty. There will be a thorough video guide for how to do this later.


Personal items

  • Sleeping bag & sleeping mat (no air mattresses please!). We are working on a solution for you to be able to buy this from us and have it delivered at the venue (if needed), more info on that later.
  • Hygiene products & any medications you need in discreet packaging (off-game).
  • A towel
  • Ear plugs. Do yourself a favor and bring them. It just takes one snoring larper to ruin your night.
  • A few personal effects for your characters (photos of loved ones, a book, a deck of cards etc).

What we will provide

  • Any gear and clothing needed for your specific character and/or work shifts (like tool belts for Maintenance etc).
  • A jacket including a name tag for your character
  • Headwear specific for your group/role
  • A personal mug for coffee or tea.
  • Food

There is a diegetic kitchen onsite, which will serve three hot meals a day. All meals will be vegan, and we will be able to handle most food allergies (it’s important you inform us about this once you are assigned a character/spot). Coffee and tea will be available 24/7. Since you’ll be working shifts around the clock the serving schedule is pretty generous, which means you won't miss a meal.


Smoking

The entire underground site is a non-smoking area. Vaping is OK, but remember “Chocolate Strawberry” might not be the perfect flavour for this specific larp. You will not be able to just pop out for an off-game smoke during the larp. Smoking indoors will lead to fire alarms going off, followed swiftly by you getting kicked out of the larp, so just don’t do it.


Safety & Sanity

Sweden in April is cold. Expect outside temperatures at max 12°C daytime and somewhere around 0°C at night (it can drop below zero). Being underground should give us a base temperature of around 10°C, so be prepared for that. There will be heaters in some places (we will aim to keep dormitories and work areas heated), but the bunker is huge and heating it up to normal room temperatures will be impossible, take that into account.

You will basically not see daylight during the larp, even if your character has surface missions. The Outpost will be dark and can be claustrophobic. Take this into account as well.

The bunker system has been kept well ventilated and dry, and we didn’t detect any mold when we were there, but if you know that you are sensitive to exposure then it might be better not to take the risk.

Surface Missions will be conducted at night, meaning you will be wandering around potentially rough terrain with some elevation in some places, in the dark. If you are physically unable to do this, don’t sign up for SURFOPS.

You sleep in shifts, and for some of you those shifts are way off from your normal sleep cycle. Beware that there is very little (if any) possibility to take an extra/different sleep shift, and limited off-game sleep areas. You will be sleeping on camping beds. You will *not* be sleeping directly on the concrete floor. We are currently operating on the assumption that most of you will have one bed each – but we like the concept of hotbunking and think that will be a nice touch to the game, and so it will be optional at a later stage if you want to have a hotbunk buddy.

There will also be an offgame room if you need rest away from players, and should you for any reason need to crash somewhere else we can house you in the GM lounge located a hundred meters outside the bunker.

Also, note: We will not interrupt your eight hours of sleep. While the larp will keep going on, sleepers will not be woken or forced out of their beds to do larp stuff. Diegetic alarms etc will, as far as technology and the location allows for it, be silent in the sleeping areas. While you’re sleeping, you’re essentially out of game and not to be disturbed. We will not intentionally do anything weird to your sleep or sense of time, apart from you all working shifts around the clock.


Accessibility

Due to both the nature of the underground location and the game elements that take place on the surface the accessibility in this venue a challenge. If you have an impairment of some sort and have questions about this, don’t hesitate to contact us. Some key areas will be inaccessible by wheelchair, but we will naturally try to accommodate you in any way we can.


Toilets

There is no running water or working drains in the bunker. Porta-potties will be used, and there will be sinks, water and soap etc adjacent to them. All sanitary needs for menstruation, washing of moon cups, etc covered. If you have more questions regarding the hygiene-solutions don’t hesitate to contact Martina Jansson (our head of logistics) at martina@beratta.org.

There will be rudimentary washing up solutions in place to take wash up. Better than being out in the woods, but worse than being in a hostel


Transportation

It is our intention to be able to provide transportation for those who need it. Pricing and exactly what kind of transport will depend on how many need it, and from where. You will have the option to request transportation when you sign in to the participant system, and we will see further down the line how many need it, so more info on that at a later stage.


Timetable

  • Thursday 5th of April 13:00 Everyone on-site
  • Thursday 5th of April 13:00 Onboarding, workshops, gearfixing, briefings.
  • Thursday 5th of April 19.00 Game on
  • Saturday 7th of April 20:00 Game ends (this time is flexible)
  • Saturday 7th of April 20:00 After party (this time is flexible)
  • Sunday 8th of April 07:00 Breakfast
  • Sunday 8th of April 09:00 Postlarp clean up, and check out.
  • Sunday 8th of April 11:00 Participants evacuate the premises
Lotka-Volterra

When: 5th to 8th of April 2018

Where: Lurbo, Uppsala, Sweden

Contact: lotka@beratta.org

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