High fantasy, victorian gaslamp, dystopian sci-fi and post-apocalyptic Western – these are the LARPs in February in the US, UK and Australia
Xadune, Laire, Alliance, Ascension and The Witcher. Battle orcs, strike bargains in Rivia, defeat the exclusion zone slumlords and cast spells – so many spells. From Tennessee to Georgia, and New Jersey in the US, to Surrey and Manchester in the UK and Perth in Australia, these are some of the most exciting new and upcoming LARPS in February.
9 Awesome Live Action Role Play events: LARPs in February
Xadune: Victorian Gaslamp Fantasy LARP
10–12 February 2023
Create your class or specialise as you go! Set in an island city on planet Xadune, which most closely resembles Earth’s Victorian period, Xadune is a multi-day LARP focused more on the role-play aspect of the game – combat is minimal and light-touch. Though there are some awesome events to drive story direction. With a rich backstory and loads of classes, races and histories to build your character around, Xadune offers something for everyone – unsure first-timer? Come and play a monster or help out the story team till you get the hang of playing Xadune.
Watch: The Xadune LARP Experience
Where Camp Macintosh, Indian Springs State Park, Georgia, US
When 10–12 February 2023
Type Victorian Gaslamp Fantasy, Role-Play focused, Light-Touch Combat
Setting Mysterious Island City on Planet Xadune, 4 continents, 23 homelands, 17 playable races, 26 churches and cultures
Skills Knowledge and Learnable Special Skills Age 17+
Cost $15–$18 | Book now
Laire: Medieval High Fantasy LARP
10–12 February 2023
The No 1 reason to try LARPing and probably one of the best-known LARPs in February. Set around the city of Avalon in Midlantia, Laire is a monthly multi-day LARP in a high fantasy setting (swords, elves, dwarves), that’s built pretty close to traditional role-play rules. So it’s all about creating your character and then living your hero’s journey – once a month, that’s awesome. The best part? Your first LARP weekend is Free! No jokes, you just pay for your food and come check it out for free at Laire LARP.
Watch: The Laire LARP Experience
Where Camp Forestburg, New Jersey, US Type Medieval High Fantasy, (Swords & Magic) Action Setting Avalon City in Midlantia, where magic is real, dark VS light, dwarves, elves, humans and more. Age 16+ Cost $55 or your first LARP Free All dates for Laire LARP | Book now
Ascension LARP (Perth): Map and World-Making & Parlour Playtest
12 February 2023
Crumbling lands. Raging armies. And a battle for survival. Ascension LARP in Perth is hosting its monthly LARP event – 5-hour Ascension-style battles and gameplay to determine the outcome of the current Era and Game. What’s unique is that Ascension play is limited, one day only, 5 hours, and once a month. But the event includes special showcases and introduction to other LARPs, including vampire-based, Blood Riot at the Ascension LARP Perth event.
Where Wandi Community Hall, 302 De Haer Road, Wandi, Western Australia (20 minutes outside of Perth)
When 12 February 2023, 12:00 to 22:30 (UTC+08)
Type 5-Hour battle session, part of 5-event faction-based season
Setting The Realm of Ascension, a vast and ever-changing fantasy world
Contact organiser | Facebook group
After the End: Post-Apocalyptic Cyberpunk Western LARP
17–19 February 2023
Mutants, drifters and technology gone wrong. After the End is a unique Cyberpunk Western-style LARP set in a post-apocalyptic Georgia (though hosted in Tennessee). Chose between combat or non-combat modes, be a monster or a player – all in that unique twisted robot cowboy setting of After the End LARP.
Where Possum Trot Cabin, 517 Adkins Trail, Winfield, Tennessee, US
When 17–19 February 2023
Type Post-Apocalyptic Cyberpunk Western
Setting The world ended long ago, this is what comes after – drifters, mutants, dysfunctional tech
Cost $100 | Book now
Denver Alliance: High Fantasy LARP (with Chapter Hopping)
24–26 February 2023
LARPs with chapter hopping! Set in the medieval fantasy world of Fortanni, with oathsworn, dryads, dwarves, elves, ogres, orcs and more, this is an event of the Denver chapter of the multi-chapter LARP guild, Alliance. Complete with character creation, high-actin battle or quiet merchant life – play as you choose – and fairly traditional RPG rules and gameplay. But what sets it apart is chapter-hopping: Alliance has over 11 chapters around the US and Canada, and you’re allowed to port your character to any other Alliance event.
Watch: The Denver Alliance LARP Experience
Where JCC Ranch Camp, Colorado, US
When 24–26 February 2023
Type High Fantasy, Action-packed or merchant/town life
Setting Fortannis, a medieval fantasy world of magic, dwarves, elves and more.
Skills Hundreds to master, D&D style Age 16+
Cost $60 (plus $30 membership fee) | Book now
Something Ends, Something Begins: The Witcher LARP
24–27 February 2023
Geralt. Yennefer. And Ciri. Something Ends, Something Begins in Spain (original Spanish: “Algo termina, algo comienza” is very unique among LARPs in February in that it’s set in the popular universe of The Witcher. Something the organisers Efimeral can do, because they are the official distributor of the books in Spain. With a little less combat, more social play and political intrigue, there are only 40 spots available, and that means there’s a waiting list, but it’s definitely worthwhile checking out The Witcher LARP in Spain.
Watch: The Something Ends, Something Begins Witcher LARP Experience
Where Carrer Verge del Pilar, Sallent, Barcelona, Spain
When 24–27 February 2023
Type Low fantasy, social and political LARP set in The Witcher universe
Setting In the medieval world known only as the Continent, a low-fantasy society where elves and dwarves are looked down upon by powerful monarchies, mages and humans.
Cost €70 | Waiting list
The Zone: Near-Future Sci-Fi LARP
24–26 February 2023
Following a devastating nuclear explosion in the UK, an exclusion zone is established where raiders, freelancers and unscrupulous companies have set up a fledgling economy. But governments want to crack down on it, and mysterious strangers are arriving in search of rumoured divine presences inside the zone. Expect laser-tag battles and lots of plot twists in this unique sci-fi LARP near Manchester, UK.
Where Giant’s Seat Scout Camp, Off Ringley Road West, Radcliffe, UK (20 minutes outside of Manchester)
When 24–26 February 2023
Type A near-future dystopian sci-fi LARP, with laser tag equipment for battles
Setting When the Calder Reactor in Scotland explodes, an ever-expanding exclusion zone is declared – you must survive it
Cost £60 | Contact to book
Age of Essence: Family-Friendly High Fantasy LARP
25 February 2023
Goblins, orcs, nomads and elves. Age of Essence is a unique UK LARP in that it is 1-day and family-friendly – everyone is welcome. Combat is safe, both physical and magical, and the game rules are pretty straightforward, so anyone can jump in and have fun. There are monthly LARPs, and, if you just want to check it out, you can play a monster for free at Age of Essence.
Where Nonsuch Park, Ewell, Surrey, UK
When 25 February 2023, 10:00–16:00 local time
Type High Fantasy – magic, elves, orcs etc. but family-friendly.
Cost £7 All dates for Age of Essence | Contact to book
Ilydan: An Introduction to LARPing
26 February 2023
Weapons training, costumes and character creation – all included. Here’s something unique, Ilydan Larp in the UK are hosting a special 3-and-a-half-hour introduction session for new players in Somerset woodlands 20 minutes outside of Bristol and Taunton. It’s exciting since the organisers are supplying all equipment – costumes, LARP-safe weapons etc. (or bring your own).
Where Woodland Play Centre Crowcombe, UK
When 26 February 2023, 13:30 – 17:00 GMT
Type General – an introductory experience for new players Age 14+
Cost £12 | Book now
Note: I try my best to get every bit of info I can on these LARPs in February, and will keep updating this page all the time. If you know of a show or channel that should be on this list, let me know at email@example.com and I’ll make it happen.
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