Xadune, Laire, Lands of Exile and Alliance – these are the most exciting new LARP games, LARPING events and LARPs in September 2023
Empire LRP, Lands of Exile, HeroFest, Calamity, Garden of Destinies, Xadune, loads of Alliance LARPs and a unique family-friendly UK LARP not to be missed. From epic high fantasy adventures to unravelling strange gaslamp happenings – these are some of the most exciting new and upcoming LARPs in September 2023.
Complete with info, dates, tickets and how to take part in your fave Live Action Role Play (LARP) games and LARPing events from the US and the UK.
14 Awesome New LARPs September 2023
New Jersey US, 1–4 September 2023
Probably the No 1 reason to try LARPing and one of the best-known US LARPs. 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, 1945 NY-42, Forestburgh, New York, 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
Lands Of Exile LARP
North Carolina US, 8–10 September 2023
Humans, dwarves, so many elves, drows and even all-new ravenous blood magic types descend on the Lands of Exile. Elandari, Fallen Sword, Magik, Fae and Eldest amass as the homelands fend off the exiled in the all-new Heart of the Forest event at North Carolina LARP, Lands of Exile.
Watch: The Lands of Exile LARP Experience
Empire LRP – Autumn Equinox
Buckinghamshire UK, 8–10 September 2023
Possibly the biggest and best-known LARPs in June, if not the world, then at least the UK. Empire LRP is a festival LARP happening four times a year and drawing in an amazing crowd of players from all around. The 9 distinct cultures that make up the world of Empire are constantly vying for power – hence the skirmishes – while high mages converse with the Eternals from the 6 adjourning panes of existence to try and get their homestead the upper hand. All whilst the Empire is under near-constant attack from barbarian Orcs. Who will rule Empire LRP?
Watch: A Fun Fan-Made Look at Empire LRP
Type High Fantasy Where Dadford Road Campsite, Buckinghamshire, UK
Cost £75 | Get tickets
New Jersey US, 15–17 September 2023
Experience a fantasy realm on the cusp of change. The once high-fantasy realm of Sha’uru was forever changed when the dwarves discovered the new energy source Aurum. And Sha’uru thrust into a new age of budding medieval and steam-powered technology. Magic is all but gone, however, and world powers have hired you to claim resources on the newly discovered continent of Antioch. First-time players play for FREE in the monthly New Jersey Aurum LARP.
Garden Of Destinies
Tennessee US, 7–9 April 2023
The Garden is a mysterious location, and characters from 9 very diverse realms seem to end up here for some reason. Each with their history, skills and abilities – create your hero from a host of choices – and find your destiny among other destitute travellers in the Garden of Destinies.
Where Harrison Bay Group Camp, Tennessee, US Type It’s multi-genre because characters are from a very diverse set of worlds, with their lore, style etc. With boffer weapon combat. Setting A mysterious location where characters from 9 very diverse homeworlds somehow end up in Cost $65 | First-time Free | All dates for Garden of Destinies | Get tickets
Denver Alliance LARP
Colorado US, 15–17 September 2023
LARPs with chapter hopping! Set in the medieval fantasy world of Fortannis, 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 15–17 September 2023 Type High Fantasy, Action-packed or merchant/town life Cost $60 (plus $30 membership fee) | Book now
Wisconsin Alliance LARP
Salem US, 15–17 September 2023
A brand-new LARPing experience! Wisconsin is the latest new chapter in the Alliance LARP guild – and it already looks like a ton of fun. Set in the medieval fantasy world of Fortanni, with oathsworn, dryads, dwarves, elves, ogres, orcs and more, this event uses the Alliance rules and gameplay. And, of course, also includes chapter-hopping.
Watch: The Wisconsin Alliance LARP Experience
Where Old Settler’s Park, Salem, Wisconsin, US
When 15–17 September 2023 Type High Fantasy: Action-packed or merchant/town life Cost $30 | Get info
Staffordshire UK, 21–24 September 2023
A fun-filled and balanced weekend of LARPing. Described as the ultimate mix of LARP festival and campaign, Herofest is a low-hit PvP system, which means that, yes, there’s a fleshed-out LARP world and campaign, but you are not bogged down with story stuff too much during the event itself. At Herofest, you join one of 12 factions in the world of Orin Rakatha, and your actions will decide the story in-between events. So it’s just a lot of fun missions and battles on the day at Herofest LARP.
Watch: Defending the Catsle at Herofest
Where Huntley Wood Campsite, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, UK
When 21–24 September 2023 Type High Fantasy PvP
Cost £85 | Get tickets
Georgia US, 22–24 September 2023
Normally in Washington, this time in Georgia. Echoes LARP is a game of humans, forest spirits and Slavic-inspired creatures. With 7 homeworlds, an endless variation on 3 key traits, magic, skills and attributes, craft and submit your character – with a focus on Play V Enemy play (not so much PvP) – and every type welcome, from warriors to wieldy merchants and sly diplomats at Echoes LARP.
Type PvE, Fantasy Where FDR Small Group Camp, Lake Franklin Rd, Pine Mountain, Georgia, US Cost $65 | Get tickets
Alliance Crossroads (XR)
Tennessee US, 22–23 September 2023
Possibly the best-known and loved chapter if Alliance LARP, Alliance Crossroads is the Tennessee chapter of this high-fantasy LARP with chapter-hoping across the US and Canada. A recent new element of the campaign is a growing dark power from within the Wyldes of Kosmara. There are monsters everywhere, and nearby settlements risk losing everything. The call has sounded throughout Fortannis; you are summoned to help before the Wyldes are lost forever at Alliance Crossroads.
Watch: The Alliance Crossroads Experience
Where 520 Doc Hawkins Rd, Greenville, Tennessee, US
When 22–23 September 2023 Type High-Fantasy LARP
Cost $70-$80 | Register
Georgia US, 29 Sept – 1 Oct 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 Rutledge, Hard Labor Creek State Park, Rutledge, Georgia, US When 29 Sept–1 Oct 2023 Type Victorian Gaslamp Fantasy, Role-Play focused, Light-Touch Combat Cost $15–$75 | About Xadune | Book now
Calamity! A Weird West LARP
Georgia US, 29 Sept – 1 Oct 2023
Something weird happened in 1874. A comet fell from the sky, starting a chain of strange events all over the Old West. Horses went extinct. Cannibalism is rife. And people have been encountering ghosts way too often. They called it the Calamity, and you play a character of your choosing in the town of Carrion Creek, in Calamity! A Weird West LARP.
Where AH Stephens State Park, Georgia, US When 29 Sept–1 Oct 2023 Type A western-style LARP (with a bit of HP Lovecraft and steampunk thrown in)
Cost $80 | Book your spot
Alliance New Hampshire
Newport US, 29 Sept – 1 Oct 2023
Another chance to chapter-hop! New Hampshire Alliance LARP offers some really cool module (player and NPC encounters and puzzles) play, combined with exciting combat. Set in the medieval fantasy world of Fortannis, with oathsworn, dryads, dwarves, elves, ogres, orcs and more, this event also uses the Alliance rules and gameplay.
Watch: Combat Action at Alliance New Hampshire
Where 964 2nd NH Turnpike, Newport, New Hampshire, US
When 29 Sept–1 Oct 2023 Type High Fantasy: Action-packed or merchant/town life Cost $50 | Register
Age Of Essence
Surrey UK, 30 September 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.
What is LARPing?
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