Safety Policies and Rules
Alliance Calgary 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 Marshalls 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.
The Hold Rule
While it is stated quite clearly in the rule book, we will restate it here. The most important rule in Alliance is the “Hold Rule”. Simply put, when you hear the word ”Hold” shouted, you must take a knee if able, and look at the ground. Holds 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 Hold will end when the caller of the Hold does a three count to”game on”. If you see an immediate safety concern, call “Hold” in a loud voice. It is better to have an extra Hold, or two, then to have an injury. But remember, Holds are primarily for safety issues and are NOT intended for asking rules questions or clarifying an effect a monster or player is using.
Waivers and Medical documentation
All players within, even those attending for the first time as a trial, must complete a Waiver and Medical Information Form. We don’t do this to be nosy; we do it to ensure our safety team is kept aware of all medical issues including allergies to food or medicine. This is an absolute requirement to play, and while we do not wish to turn anyone away, you will not be allowed to participate in our game without completing these forms. These are available online for download and should be filled out prior to your first game
Age to Play
Players must be 18 years or older for the entirety of the event in order to play. Proof of age will be required the first time a player is on-site. See “Paging” below for special circumstances.
Playing as a Page
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:
- Pages may NOT enter combat in any way. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Giving potions to unconscious bodies on a battlefield.
- Being within 25 feet of any combat – a Page within that range when a combat breaks out should make every effort to move away as soon as possible.
- Pages may not use or carry a weapon, and may not throw spells or alchemy. Pages may touch-cast spells and use all alchemy with the exception of gases (which must be thrown).
- Any player found to be “player bashing” a Page (see rulebook for definition) will receive a warning card from a Marshall.
- If at any time a Page acts outside these guidelines and the spirit in which they are intended, they will be asked to leave the event for their own safety.
Out of Game (OOG)
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.
Other "Camp Rules"
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 Ops 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.
Expectations for an enjoyable event!
Sportsmanship and Courtesy
Sounds pretty simple huh? Well you would hope so, but we need to go over a few things just in case you are unaware:
General "Life in Medieval times" primer:
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:
- Any NPC of authority (King, Magistrate, Sherriff or Guard) must be treated as you would if you met a real world leader (the Prime Minister, Judge, Police etc). Remember that treating these NPCs disrespectfully (verbally or physically) will more than likely have your character sitting in the “stocks” for an uncomfortable period of time. Depending on their rank, you character could even be put to death. We will do our best to identify these NPCs through the use of Sashes across their bodies as well as pictures of these NPCs at the entrance to the event.
- While we understand that there are modern world items that you will bring with you, each player must ensure that they are not used in an IG area (yes the Kitchen at Camp is still an IG area). Cellphones, iPods, laptops etc are strictly prohibited during the events. If you need to use these devices, please go back to your vehicle. Any person caught using these items during an event will be asked to leave. Watches and glasses are permitted, but you must conceal your watch at all times (many players cover their watch with an arm guard or bracer).
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.
“Creepy Martin” Rule
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, Alliance Calgary reserves the right to ban the player as per our policy on harassment.
- Out-of-game theft
- Out-of-game physical assault
- Multiple OOG verbal altercations with other players or staff (evaluated on a case-by-case basis)
- Harassment, sexual or otherwise, of other players or staff
- Repeated, purposeful cheating/rules-breaking
- Willful defacement or destruction of property
- Any convicted sex offender found to be playing in the campaign will be immediately banned and escorted from the site
Out of Game (OOG)
If you need to be "out of game" for any reason, please ensure you are wearing your white headband! Never wear a white head covering as part of your IG character as this will lead to confusion. Another way to represent OOG is by holding your weapon up to the top of your head. This will normally happen if the NPC monsters are in costume and wearing a headband would not work out for them.
Please do not stay in an IG area if you are OOG . Again this can lead to a lot of confusion should something in game occur (such as a town fight, or an important NPC wandering the area)
Alliance Calgary expects some things from all players:
- Play fair
- Treat each other with respect and lend a hand if needed
- Know the rules, have the rulebook with you at Camp and know how your character "works"