A SIMPLE, FREE POST-APOCALYPE LARP      by Sean Patten


INTRO

RULES

TIPS

GEAR

TINS

FACE


GET OR MAKE COOL GEAR FOR RADLANDS

GEAR FOR SURVIVORS

TRACKING ENVELOPE AND MARKER. All players need one of these, especially the survivors.  The envelope should contain your hidden identity that begins with "you are a..."  Glue the tracker to the front of the envelope, and the hazards summary to the back.  Then tape the cap of the marker to the envelope, so you can easily get the pen out when you need to mark anything.  Here's what a finished Tracking Envelope should look like.

SINGLE SHOT NERF GUN. You can often find these second hand at thrift stores.  Pictured here is a modded and painted Nerf Niteshot, and an unmodded one.  If you paint your Dart Guns, be extra careful not to wave them around at bystanders who might mistake them for a real gun!  When in doubt, use a brightly colored unmodified version.

FOAM MELEE WEAPON. Any kind of soft foam weapon will work, but it is best if all players have weapons roughly the same size for a fair fight. Pictured here is a foam Mace made from Pool Noodle, plastic pipe, and foam insulation.

INSTRUCTABLES- MAKE YOUR OWN FOAM MACE

UTILITY BELT. These are optional, but very handy for players to carry their gear, tins, water, and envelopes.  Pictured is a nylon webbing Tool Belt, which has nice large pouches for easy access to gear, and an adjustable belt to fit any size player.

FLASHLIGHT. These are optional, but recommended for dark indoor play areas.  Pictured are a regular mini LED flashlight, another one that is clamped to the top of a Nerf Gun using a bike flashlight mount, and lastly a headlamp for hands-free illumination.

MAP OF PLAY AREA. These are optional, but help players understand the play area boundaries, and can add to the fun of the game, especially if the locations have names the players can use to say where things are.

 

GEAR FOR ROTHEADS

ROTHEAD MASK. This is how players know who is a Rothead, so it is very important!  You can just tie a cloth or bandanna over your mouth and nose, but pictured here are special dust masks that stretch over your face and neck and give a more menacing look.  The white skull mask is cheap and easy to find, but more elaborate colored masks cost more and look great.

RADSWORD. Rotheads can use foam melee weapons like the survivors, but a fun variation is the Radsword.  This is a toy Lightsaber with a red foam Pool Noodle slid over the blade so it still lights up and makes great noises.  The handle and base of the foam were weathered with black and brown Acrylic paint.  Indoor ambushes are very exciting with one of these.


RAD GRENADES. These are made from color cycling tea lights and a bit of yellow Pool Noodle foam.  Rotheads can reuse these, so the light makes them easier to find after they have been thrown at a survivor.

INSTRUCTABLES- MAKE YOUR OWN RAD GRENADES

RAD HAZARD LIGHTS. You can use battery powered, color cycling lights to indicate a room or area that is a Rad hazard.  These are light up coasters, but you can look for pumpkin lights or the like, especially around Halloween time in the US.  Large lights that take at least AAA or bigger batteries are best- you get more light, longer life, and much cheaper replacement batteries.

ARMOR. This is totally optional, but makes your Rotheads look very menacing!  These are football shoulderpads purchased from a thrift store, and decorated with aluminum tape and glue-on spikes from a craft store.  Then it was weathered with acrylic paints.  It looks best when worn over a leather jacket or military clothing (which can also be purchased from thrift stores).

JACKET. Optional, this is a good alternative to armor as it is just a bit less insane looking and won't freak out bystanders as much.  Starting with a leather jacket from a thrift store, Kneepads were taken from some baseball Catcher's shinguards and pop-riveted to the shoulders and the whole thing weathered with acrylic paint.  Although it looks cool, it does get warm, so don't wear these in the middle of summer.

SHIELD. Optional, but this can give a Rothead a real advantage in a fight if needed.  This shield was made from anti-fatigue foam floor mat that had a diamond pattern on it.  The foam was glued to Cardboard to add stiffness, and then distressed with a knife to look battered.  The foam is painted with a coat of black Plasti-Dip spray, then with Antique Bronze paint and finally weathered with brown acrylic paint.  Rubber straps were hot-glued to the cardboard back so it can be used hands-free.

GOGGLES. Optional, but these make your Rotheads more menacing looking.  Starting with costume welder's goggles, the lenses were replaced with plastic cross stitch grating and painted with brown acrylic paint.  Spikes were added around the lenses too.  The mesh lenses let in more light than the original tinted ones, so these work better in dark areas.



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